Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

First Year Visual Arts Courses

Visual Arts: 1000 Level Courses

VISA 1010-3 2-D Foundation 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 1020-3 2-D Foundation 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 1030-3 3-D Foundation (3,1,0)
VISA 1040-3 Photographic Fundamentals (3,1,0)
VISA 1110-3 (FINA 111) History of Art 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 1120-3 (FINA 121) History of Art 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 1210-3 (FINA 113) Drawing 1 (3,1,0)
VISA 1220-3 (FINA 123) Drawing 2 (3,1,0)
VISA 1500-3 (FINA 150) Introduction to Visual Culture (3,0,0)

VISA 1010 2D Creative Design: Thinking and Making (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: VISA 1010
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VISA 1030 3D Foundation (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: None
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VISA 1040 Fundamentals of Photography (3,1,0)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: None
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 1110 History of Art 1 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is a survey of the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture, from pre-history up to the Renaissance.
Prerequisite: None
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VISA 1120 History of Art 2 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course is a survey course in Art History, from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.
Prerequisite: VISA 1110
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VISA 1210 Drawing 1 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: none
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VISA 1220 Drawing 2 (3,1,0)(L) Studio

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: VISA 1210
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VISA 1500 Introduction to Visual Culture (HTA) (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: None
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