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Title Name Delivery
VISA 1000

 Art Worlds (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students are introduced to visual art and its practices across cultures. Emphasis is placed on the development of visual literacy through the consideration of art works, concepts and practices in different cultures. Students study the visual elements, media, art history and methods used to create and interpret various forms of visual art. Students learn how to appreciate, analyze, evaluate and contextualize a broad range of art works through presentations, readings and written assignments.

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VISA 1010

 2D Creative Design: Thinking and Making (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to the practices of contemporary visual art. Students are introduced to the elements and principles of two dimensional art and design through various projects that integrate basic fundamentals of design with contemporary ideas about art. The course covers: subject matter, content, elements of design such as line, shape, value, texture and colour, and organizing principles of composition. Students participate in studio work, group critiques, and seminars. Studio courses require students to work during class time as well as outside of class time.

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VISA 1020

 2D Art Foundation 2 (3,1,0)(L)

Credits: 3
This course builds on the understanding of elements and principles of design as students explore a range of techniques and mediums in contemporary and traditional formats. Students originate and develop creative ideas in their assignments with the objective of making artworks suitable for display. The course samples areas in painting, printmaking and photographic media.

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VISA 1030

 3D Foundation (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course introduces a range of materials, objects, techniques, and ideas fundamental to three dimensional aspects of visual art. Students are introduced to the equipment and safe working procedures of the Visual Arts carpentry workshop. Lectures and seminars are used for the discussion and critique of students' projects in relation to the history and contemporary practice of visual artists. Students are expected to work independently in the Visual Arts studios outside class time towards the completion of their course work.

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VISA 1040

 Fundamentals of Photography (3,1,0)(L)

Credits: 3
As an introduction to photography, the curriculum focuses primarily on the technical aspects of black and white analog photography as well as digital photography. The main objective is the use of photography as an artistic medium. An understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography is carried out in the context of an ongoing study of contemporary and historic photographic practice. Students are expected to complete assignments outside of regularly scheduled class hours.
Note: Credit for this course cannot be used towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree nor a Diploma in Visual Art

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VISA 1101

 Colour: An Introduction

Credits: 3
This studio course in art, based on ten half-hour video programs about understanding and using colour, is for anyone who wants to work with colour and use it effectively. The course covers basic colour theory, colour research (mixing pigments), colour energy and temperature, and colour schemes. Each unit's program begins with a lecture and/or demonstration followed by a studio session in which students work on the program theme. Each program concludes with an exhibition of students' work.
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VISA 1110

 History of Art 1 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3
This course is a survey of the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture, from pre-history up to the Renaissance.

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VISA 1111

 A Survey of Western Art I

Credits: 3
This humanities course introduces the significant developments in artistic expression, from cave drawings and the monuments of ancient Egypt to the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the early Renaissance.
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VISA 1120

 History of Art 2 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3
This course is a survey course in Art History, from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.

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VISA 1121

 A Survey of Western Art II

Credits: 3
A continuation of VISA 1111, this humanities course, considers the history of artistic development from the Renaissance to the modern period in Europe and North America.
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VISA 1201

 Mark and Image

Credits: 3
This studio course in art, which offers ten one-hour programs, is for anyone who wishes to explore a new approach to drawing and communication. Students begin with the fundamentals of physical mark-making; visual literacy; and points, lines, and shapes, and proceed to the human form. Topics include an analysis and interpretation of objects, both manufactured and natural; functional drawing for communicating information; and advances in electronic technology. Each unit's program begins with a lecture/ demonstration, followed by a studio session in which students work on the program theme. Each program concludes with an exhibition of students' work.
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VISA 1210

 Drawing 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of drawing, covering formal elements and general types of drawings, basic skills, and composition including practical techniques for seeing and drawing effectively. Through the exploration of a range of drawing media, subjects, and processes, the student explores both historical and contemporary image making related to drawing. Visual references, group critiques, discussions and readings combine to enhance studio work.

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VISA 1220

 Drawing 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Building on basic drawing skills, history and theory, students explore the use of texture, colour, layering, and proportion/distortion, with an emphasis on content, composition, choice of media and surface. Visual references, group critiques, discussions and readings strengthen students' knowledge of theory. Practical aspects of assignments are introduced in class, however, students are advised to timetable studio time in addition to class time in order to complete assignments for critique.

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VISA 1301

 Material and Form

Credits: 3
This studio course in art is for anyone wishing to gain an understanding and appreciation of the materials that make up our physical world, and how these materials can be used in art and design. Each unit focuses on one material, such as wood, metal, plastics, paper, fibre, particles, earth, stone, liquids, and space. The sources, processing, available forms and developments in art and design history of each material are discussed through slides and computer animations. On-camera students then explore the physical properties and aesthetic possibilities of materials in the studio and in external environments.
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VISA 1500

 Introduction to Visual Culture (HTA) (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of culture through the study of our visual environment. Students beginning with historical foundations of contemporary Western ways of seeing and the development of a critical framework for understanding and deconstructing images. Students then proceed to an investigation of various forms of visual communication such as television, film, video, the Internet, billboards, graffiti, new technologies, and other image-making sources. This is a lecture class: no drawing skills are required.

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VISA 2110

 History of Art: Renaissance Art and Architecture (3,0,0)(L) HTA

Credits: 3
Students study the history of Renaissance art and architecture.

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VISA 2120

 History of Art: 17th and 18th Century Art (3,0,0) HTA

Credits: 3
Students study 17th and 18th Century art and architecture.

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VISA 2130

 A Survey of Modern Art 1 (HTA) (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course identifies the origins of Modern Art in the mid-19th Century and traces its development up to World War II. This course emphasizes evidence of artists who moved European art from the narrative tradition to secularism and the subsequent explosion of change in the first decade of the 20th Century.

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VISA 2140

 Art: 1945 to the 21st Century (3,0,0) HTA

Credits: 3
Students explore Art after World War II to Post-Modernism and the 21st Century.

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VISA 2150

 History of Canadian Painting (3,0,0) HTA

Credits: 3
Students survey the art of painting, from the colonial periods of the French and English in Canada up to, and including, recent concerns in Canadian painting.

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VISA 2210

 Drawing 3 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students are encouraged to become more experimental and individualized in their approach to studio work. Students develop and address the subject, content and form of their drawings through practice and in verbal and written forms. Students explore key historical and current issues in contemporary drawing.

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VISA 2220

 Drawing 4 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students pursue independent research and practice related to contemporary drawing. Seminars, group critiques and visual lectures complement students' development. Students gain a working knowledge of selected topics related to historical and contemporary practice of drawing in order to define and discuss their work in a present-day context. Students are expected to be self-motivated and prepared for independent practice.

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VISA 2310

 Sculpture 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course introduces students to sculptural materials, techniques and ideas. Students gain practical experience in sculptural practices of both an historical and an experimental, contemporary nature. Key historical and current issues in contemporary sculpture are explored through lectures, seminars, and critiques of student work. Through these activities, students develop a basis for addressing the subject, form, and content of their artworks.

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VISA 2320

 Sculpture 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students explore a wide variety of media, skills, and strategies that define contemporary sculpture. Students are encouraged to develop individual content and to consider their work in a contemporary context, verbally and in writing. Students are introduced to aspects of contemporary sculptural practice, including installation and experience-based practice as a means of expanding upon considering sculpture as physical, three-dimensional objects. In-class demonstrations broaden students' range of technical processes.

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VISA 2510

 Printmaking: Screen-Printing 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students are introduced to basic techniques of water-based screen-printing, such as stenciling techniques, digital and hand-drawn transparencies, light sensitive emulsions and registration. Through the production of their own imagery and artwork, students explore the conceptual and practical aspects of contemporary print media. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and critiques of students' work.

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VISA 2520

 Printmaking: Screen-Printing 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students advance their skills in water-based screen-printing. The use of digitally generated transparencies combined with hand drawn stencils is emphasized. Students work with computer-based software (Photoshop) to prepare continuous tone images, halftones, and duotones suitable for printing. Colour separation processes such as CMYK are introduced. Emphasis is placed on technical competency as students develop creative ideas in the context of contemporary artistic practice through printing screen editions.

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VISA 2530

 Printmaking: Relief-Printing (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This introductory course in printmaking emphasizes the basic processes of relief and intaglio printing. Students consider a variety of mediums such as linocut, woodcut, collograph and metal plate printing. Students explore printmaking as an artistic practice in contemporary art, and advance their understanding of how current approaches relate to relief and intaglio prints of the Western European masters.

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VISA 2540

 Printmaking: Etching and Intaglio (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course emphasizes the etching-intaglio processes. Students further develop medal plate-printing using colour processes, chine-collé and multiple plate printing. Students examine historical and contemporary approaches to these mediums as well as an ongoing exploration of personal imagery.

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VISA 2550

 Printmaking: Lithography 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students are introduced to fundamental techniques of black and white lithography, involving drawing on limestone and on metal plates. Processes in etching and printing are practiced in order to print editions of consistent prints. Students develop personal image-making and demonstrate technical concepts in the medium of lithography.

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VISA 2560

 Printmaking: Lithography 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students continue the practice of drawing on lithographic limestone and metal plates in black and white, and are introduced to color printing methods. Individual specialization in the mediums of photo-lithography, polyester plates, and plate lithography is demonstrated. Students practice the craft of lithography and are encouraged to develop personal imagery in the context of existing histories of printmaking, especially of lithography, as an artistic practice. Instruction includes lectures, demonstrations and critiques of students' work.

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VISA 2610

 Painting 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students examine the fundamentals, materials and techniques of acrylic painting and related media. Emphasis is placed on formal aspects of painting, composition, colour, tonal relationships, and spatial concepts. Critiques, visual presentations, and projects engage historical and contemporary issues in painting. Students integrate conceptual knowledge and creative skills into their projects.

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VISA 2620

 Painting 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course introduces oil painting processes and related media in a contemporary context. Further development of personal subject matter, process, and content is encouraged. Visual presentations, seminars, and critiques form the basis for explorations of oil painting through assigned projects. Students are expected to complete paintings in the studio outside of regular class time.

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VISA 2710

 Introduction to Photography 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students are introduced to the technical aspects of black & white analog and digital photography and the use of photography as a contemporary expressive and conceptual artistic medium. Technical and aesthetic aspects of photography are explored in the context of contemporary and historic photographic practice. A range of equipment, including 35mm single-lens reflex cameras, are utilized. Students are expected to complete assignments outside of regularly scheduled class hours.

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VISA 2720

 Introduction to Photography 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course involves further technical and aesthetic refinement and exploration of camerawork, digital applications, printing and studio techniques. Students use these skills to produce artwork within the study of contemporary artists working with photo-based media. Students are expected to find further studio time in order to complete assignments introduced and discussed in class.

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VISA 2780

 Video Production 1 (2,0,1)(L)

Credits: 3
Students learn basic theory and practical aspects of digital video production including: video camera use; basic video handling and sequence editing; basic sound editing; and introduction to special effects. Students are introduced to the history and theory of new media and artistic expressions using digital media in contemporary art, and in the theory and history of documentary filmmaking.

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VISA 3010

 Gallery Studies: Exhibition Curating (2,1,0) HTA

Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of curatorial practice; students examine the types of exhibitions common to public and artist-run galleries in Canada, as well as regional, national, and international survey exhibitions. Emphasis is placed on learning to write about artists' works in the context of contemporary art theory and working with artists towards planning an exhibition. Where possible, exhibitions at art galleries in the Kamloops region are used as a basis for these studies.

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VISA 3020

 Gallery Studies: Exhibition Installation (1,2,1)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students learn basic principles and techniques for the preparation and installation of artworks in a variety of formats. These are skills useful to artists and common to the staff at art galleries and museums. Students learn such techniques as creating frames and display apparatus appropriate to both two dimensional and three dimensional artworks, and consider the display of artworks of a more experimental nature. TRU's Visual Arts Gallery and/or the Kamloops Art Gallery may be used as a basis for some of these studies.

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VISA 3030

 Gallery Studies: Gallery Administration (2,1,0)

Credits: 3
Students study various types of galleries that exist in Canada, and the ways in which their management and programming are structured. The range of galleries considered includes public and private galleries as well as artist-run spaces. Students study the various roles or positions in a gallery, including Director, Curator, Registrar, and installation staff, as well as volunteers, various committees and the Board of Directors. Students also explore granting agencies for the visual arts in Canada, including those at the municipal, provincial and national levels.

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VISA 3040

 Gallery Studies: Public Art (2,1,0)

Credits: 3
In this course students will study the function of art created for public spaces as well as the collecting of art in public institutions. In considering the role of art created for public spaces this study will combine a historic overview with an examination of works commissioned by recent and contemporary artists. Similarily, the study of collections held by such organizations as the Canada Council and public galleries in Canada will be contextualized within an understanding of the historical development of museum and gallery collections. These studies will also include such topics as: policy development; cataloguing collections; application and jurying processes for public commissions, and working with scaled plans.

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VISA 3130

 History of Photography (3,0,0) HTA

Credits: 3
Students examine photography with an emphasis on European and North American traditions in a global context. The relationship of photography to other disciplines of the visual arts and to media culture is considered. The study of various aesthetic and social movements related to photography, such as modernism, post-modernism, and feminism is also covered. This complements courses in other academic areas that examine material and technological culture in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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VISA 3150

 Art of the Italian Renaissance: Painting (2,1,0) HTA

Credits: 3
Students study the major works of Italian Renaissance painting from the rise of the city-states (c. 1250) to the phenomenon of Mannerism of the 16th-century. Topics include the new conception of the artist and the changing role of the patron as well the transformation of traditional artistic genres to the humanist approach to the painting of the Renaissance. Painters studied in this course range from Giotto to late Michelangelo.

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VISA 3160

 Art of the Italian Renaissance: Sculpture/Architecture (3,0,0) HTA

Credits: 3
Students study the major works and innovations within sculpture and architecture during the Italian Renaissance. Starting with the Florence Cathedral Baptistery and Dome, the course will follow the development of sculpture and architecture from the early Renaissance up to and including developments in Mannerism. Sculptors and architects for study in this course will range from Ghiberti and Brunelleschi to Michelangelo and Romano.

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VISA 3310

 Sculpture/Intermedia (1,2,1)(1,2,1)(L) Studio, CPA

Credits: 6
The course focuses on finding the the most effective sculptural medium or media for exploring thematic ideas and students' individual interests. Along with considering current and/or traditional sculpture techniques, the course encourages an interdisciplinary approach in which students may draw upon other courses and experiences. Students are exposed to, and employ, a wide variety of approaches, ranging from sculpture's long-standing interest in physical objects to contemporary use of installation and time-based media.

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VISA 3510

 Printmaking (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio

Credits: 6
This course draws on the processes of etching and intaglio encouraging students to work with advanced plate-making techniques. Colour printing, the use of multiple plates, photo-etching and specialized processes are demonstrated. Different forms of presentation for the printed image are explored through artists' books and contemporary prints. Greater emphasis is given to technical considerations and the development of a personal image-making. Techniques demonstrated encourage work of increasing complexity.

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VISA 3520

 Printmaking: Advanced Screen-Printing (2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio

Credits: 3
Students utilize advanced techniques of screen-printing towards artistic research and production. Techniques include computer generated positives, photographic technology, alternative inks, printing on unique surfaces and a combination of stencilling methods. Students create a body of artwork that demonstrates conceptual knowledge of contemporary screen-printing. Examples of artwork by contemporary artists who work in the screen-printing discipline are emphasized. Students are encouraged to pursue a personal direction in their image-making.

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VISA 3610

 Painting 3 (3,1,0)(L) CPA, Studio

Credits: 3
This course encourages an increasingly creative and individualized approach to painting. Through lectures, seminars, critiques and readings, key historical and current issues in contemporary painting are examined. Emphasis is placed on establishing students' research and critique skills to address the subject, content, and form of their paintings in both visual and verbal forms.

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VISA 3620

 Painting 4 (2,2,0)(L) Studio, CPA

Credits: 3
Students advance their research and creative practice. Production is informed by seminars, critiques, and lectures. Students advance their knowledge of the history, current practice, and theory of painting to define, develop and discuss their work in a contemporary context.

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VISA 3630

 Drawing and Painting (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio

Credits: 6
Students explore contemporary drawing and painting, as both separate and interrelated media, in current artistic practice. Lectures present both theoretical and historical material, as well as practical methods for creating artistic works in areas of drawing, painting, mixed-media collage, and assemblage. Seminars are used to critique student work and to discuss readings and student presentations.

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VISA 3710

 Photography 3 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
In this course students become increasingly individualized in their approach to research and practical work in photography. Lectures, seminars, and technical demonstrations provide students with multiple formal and conceptual approaches to contemporary photographic history and practice. Through these activities students establish a basis for developing and addressing the subject, content, and aesthetics of their artworks in visual, written and oral forms. Students complete projects outside of regularly scheduled class hours.

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VISA 3720

 Photography 4 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
Students explore creative, conceptual and experimental approaches to photography emphasizing the use of analog and digital technologies. Independent research and practice is combined with technical demonstrations, group critiques, and lectures on contemporary photographic practice. Students develop a working knowledge of selected topics related to the history, theory, and aesthetics of photography in order to define and discuss their artwork within a contemporary context. Students are expected to be self-motivated and prepared for independent practice.

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VISA 3730

 Photography and Literature (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 6
This studio-based course explores relationships between image and text, particularly as it relates to photographic practice. A variety of visual, literary and critical works, by historical and contemporary artists and authors, are considered. Projects include photographic series, creative writing, and interdisciplinary works that examine the connections between art and literature. This course is accessible to students who have no prior photographic experience, but it would also be of interest to students who have previously taken photography courses.

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VISA 3740

 Colour Photography (2,1,1)(L) Studio

Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of colour photography as an artistic medium. Students learn the principles, tools and techniques of creating photographic imagery using both analog and digital colour materials. Topics include contemporary and historic colour photography, as well as the related formal and conceptual issues within current photographic art practices. This course provides students with the basis for developing critical and aesthetic awareness in their photographic artwork. Students complete projects outside of regularly scheduled class hours.

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VISA 3780

 Video Production 2 (2,0,1)

Credits: 3
Students learn advanced aspects of digital video production including; camera use, lighting, and video and sound editing. Students learn strategies for displaying video art such as video installation, and internet/social media applications. Topics include the history and theory of new media and other forms of artistic expressions using digital media in contemporary art. Students are introduced to the theory, history and practical applications of documentary filmmaking, from news clips to feature-length documentary films.

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VISA 3810

 Directed Studies: 2D (2,2,0) or (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio

Credits: 6
This course encourages the development of a personal body of work, primarily in some two dimensional medium such as drawing, painting, photography, or printmaking. Students work in the Visual Arts studios under the supervision of a faculty advisor towards the creation of an independent body of work. Students also work independently in the Visual Arts studios outside class time towards the completion of course work Priority is given to BFA students.

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VISA 3820

 Directed Studies: 3D (2,2,0) or (2,2,0)(2,2,0)(L) CPA, Studio

Credits: 6
This course encourages the development of a personal body of work, primarily in some three dimensional medium such as sculpture or interdisciplinary media. Students work in the Visual Arts studios under the supervision of a faculty advisor towards the creation of an independent body of work. Students work in the Visual Arts studios outside class time towards the completion of course work. Priority is given to Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students.

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VISA 3830

 ***Selected Topics in Visual Arts Studio (3,1,0)(L) CPA

Credits: 3
This is a variable content course. Themes addressed in the course are ones that complement, or otherwise, lie outside the Visual Arts Program's regular offerings. Please see the current course schedule or the Program Coordinator to receive information on current offerings, including any that may be open to students outside Visual Arts. Independent work in the Visual Arts studios outside of class time is required.

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VISA 3991

 Cultural Theory and Images

Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary, seminar course offers an in-depth study of special topics in cultural theory and images. Students examine theories of culture that inform the processes and practices of visual production, circulation and reception. Students focus on major cultural theorists, such as Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, Williams, Hall, and Said, whose work on the intersection/interaction of power and meaning has influenced current research on representation. Students select a research problem, conduct literature research, assess sources of information, and present their findings. Students critically engage with and respond to the thoughts and opinions of others from various backgrounds, and an experienced faculty member. Learning activities are interactive and take advantage of the image-rich environment of the World Wide Web.
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VISA 4910

 Graduating Studio (0,1,20)(0,1,20)(L)

Credits: 12
This is a capstone course in studio-based production. Students work under the supervision of an advisor towards the creation of an independent body of artwork appropriate for exhibition. Artwork may be created within a single medium or approached in a more interdisciplinary manner as agreed upon by the student and advisor. Students pursue research and artistic production at a level expected for independent practice.
Corequisite: VISA 4990

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VISA 4920

 Graduating Gallery Studies (L) HTA

Credits: 12
In this course, students work under the supervision of an advisor on an independently researched and documented exhibition project, modeled upon professional curatorial proposals that includes a complete physical, thematic, and theoretical overview of the proposed exhibition. The proposal must be suitable for realization at a professional art gallery.
Corequisite: VISA 4990

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VISA 4990

 Graduating Seminar (1,2,0)

Credits: 6
This course is a forum for students enrolled in VISA 4910 and VISA 4920 to critically research artistic and theoretical trends in the contemporary art world, as well as consider the artwork of visiting artists and current exhibitions in the Kamloops region. Ongoing artwork and projects created by the students in VISA 4910 and VISA 4920 are periodically discussed and formally critiqued. Practical matters of being a professional artist are addressed including formulating a CV and artist statement, documenting artwork, writing grant or exhibition proposals, and researching sources of career support. The seminar is also used to plan, organize, and install the year-end graduating exhibition.

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VISA 4991

 Directed Studies

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