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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Undergraduate Courses Visual Arts Courses
Visual Arts Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

The following courses are offered in the Department of Visual Arts:

Visual Arts 0400      Art Appreciation
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A basic introduction to art, artists and the processes of art making based on the exhibition program at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery combined with lectures and some practical studio experience. This is a course for students who have an interest in art, yet have little previous art experience.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 3 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: This course does not count toward an HBFA degree.     Enrolment limit: 25
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Visual Arts 1000      Basic Design
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A practical and theoretical exploration of the basic two and three dimensional design elements common to man-made and natural forms. Through studio work, illustrated lectures and recommended readings, students are encouraged to recognize and expand their creative and perceptual potential.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 25
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Visual Arts 1010      Introductory Painting
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A beginning painting course introducing students to both traditional and contemporary painting techniques. A variety of subjects, including the nude figure, is employed to explore the practical applications of colour and design theories.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 25
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Visual Arts 1020      Introductory Drawing
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A basic introduction to drawing materials and techniques in which fundamental elements of visual communication such as line, tone, and composition are examined within a problem-solving format. A variety of subjects, including the nude figure, is explored.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 25
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Visual Arts 1030      Introductory Sculpture
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to basic vocabulary, concepts and processes of three-dimensional form.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 1050      Introductory Ceramics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to the techniques of handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel designed to familiarize the students with the nature of clay. The course includes clay and glaze decorating techniques as well as the loading and firing of kilns.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 1070      Introductory Printmaking
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This is a survey of the historical, technical and aesthetic aspects of intaglio and relief printmaking. The course covers the basic procedures and technical processes of printmaking.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 1080      History of Art
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: A survey of visual art from the Paleolithic through the twentieth century with attention to cultural context. Lectures will emphasize the "western" tradition, but may include non-western topics for comparative purposes.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Visual Arts 2021      Figure Drawing
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1020
Description: A course that involves both traditional and contemporary methods of drawing the human form. Creative approaches to the subjects, including the nude figure, are emphasized.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 20
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Visual Arts 2041      Intermediate Painting
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1010
Description: An exploration of traditional and contemporary trends in painting. Craftsmanship, knowledge of materials, and painting theory are major topics.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 20
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Visual Arts 2060      Native Arts and Crafts
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: This studio/lecture course focuses on the traditional designs and craft objects associated with the indigenous groups of Canada from immediate pre-contact to the present. Historical and cultural contexts are analyzed as they relate to various Native groups and their artistic production.
Cross-List(s): Indigenous Learning 2060
Offering: Lecture/Studio 3 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 25
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Visual Arts 2101      Intermediate Ceramics
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1050
Description: The development of wheel-throwing and hand-building clay techniques with special consideration for good design and craftsmanship are the focus of this course. Contemporary ceramic styles, together with their respective clay and glaze decorating techniques are studied. The firing of kilns by students is an integral part of the course.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 2121      Intermediate Sculpture
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1030
Description: A continuation of the study of processes of three-dimensional form through an investigation of materials and the application of techniques. Issues in sculptural practice since 1900 will be addressed.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 2143      Intermediate Printmaking
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1070
Description: A study of the history, processes and aesthetics of intaglio, relief, and serigraphic printmaking. This course covers traditional techniques and proceeds to explore photo-based imagery and other modern trends.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 2210      History of Nineteenth Century Art
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A survey of the major developments in nineteenth century European and North American visual art with attention to cultural context.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Visual Arts 2220      History of Art Since 1900
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080
Description: A survey of the major developments in European and American visual art after post-impressionism with attention to cultural context.
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
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Visual Arts 2310      Special Topics in Art History
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An in-depth study of a particular theme or historical period in art history. The subject matter will be announced by the Department in advance.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Visual Arts 2315      Special Topics Studio
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An in-depth exploration of an area of studio practice. The topic will be announced by the Department in advance.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: Studio 3 hours per week.
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Visual Arts 2410      Computer Art I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to commonly used techniques for producing two-dimensional images via computer technology. Using popular applications such as ADOBE PHOTOSHOP and similar programs, the course will introduce the student to issues related to image acquisition and creation, file formats and their uses, image editing, colour and tonal balance and the creative use of image masks.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Visual Arts 2430      Computer Art II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 2410 or permission of the instructor
Description: An advanced exploration of the techniques introduced in Visual Arts 2410.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Visual Arts 3001      Advanced Sculpture
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 2121
Description: Students will be encouraged to focus on particular materials and processes in contemporary sculptural practice through an in-depth investigation of construction techniques and context.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 3021      Advanced Drawing
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 2021
Description: An advanced study involving drawing from observation, memory and imagination. Both figurative and non-figurative subject matter are utilized. An emphasis is placed on the development of the technical and aesthetic skills required for effective self-expression.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 20
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Visual Arts 3041      Advanced Painting
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 2041
Description: A course that emphasizes individual problem solving and self-expression involving the painted image.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 20
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Visual Arts 3101      Advanced Ceramics
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 2101
Description: Students experience advanced wheel-throwing and hand-building towards developing individual expressions of form. Glaze technology is taught. The firing of kilns by students is an integral part of the course.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 3141      Advanced Printmaking
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 2143
Description: This course is a further exploration in silkscreen and intaglio methods, stressing experimentation and unconventional procedures, including the use of photo-media and mixed media. Projects will stress professionalism and development of a personal style.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
Notes: Enrolment limit: 15
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Visual Arts 3230      History of North American First Peoples' Art I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080
Description: A history of first peoples' art of the Northwest Coast and Arctic from the earliest known works to those showing the adaptation of western aesthetics and mediums.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Visual Arts 3231      History of North American First Peoples' Art II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080
Description: A history of first peoples' art of the Southwest, Southeast, Plains, Northeast, Great Lakes, and Subarctic areas from the earliest known works to those showing the adaptation of western aesthetics and mediums.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Visual Arts 3821      Special Topics in Art History
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080 or permission of the instructor
Description: The topic for this special Art History seminar varies from year to year. Please check with the Visual Arts office for the current topic being offered.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; 3-0 Project time as required.
Notes: Offered in alternate years.
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Visual Arts 3823      Special Topics Studio
Credit Weight: 1.0
Description: The topic of this special studio course will vary from year to year and will be given by instructors with a particular interest in an area where a yearly course offering is impossible. Please check with the Visual Arts office for the current topic being offered.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: Seminar 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4003      Senior Sculpture Seminar
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 3001
Description: In this course students will examine contemporary attitudes in the art world and will integrate these theories into studio projects. Projects in diverse media are created in order to test the formal, traditional and conceptual boundaries of art.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4010      Internship
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): 4th year standing in Visual Arts or permission of the Department
Description: The purpose of this course is to provide the student with work experience in an art-related setting. This may involve work in the area of commercial or applied art or other media-based industries, volunteer or paid labour in an art gallery setting, assisting in the teaching of art classes, tutoring in art, or other appropriate work experiences. Work experiences are recorded in a journal. Students have the option of producing a significant paper of sufficient length on a relevant topic. Specific assignments will be arranged for each student.
Offering: Hours per week will vary
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Visual Arts 4021      Senior Drawing Seminar
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 3021 and permission of the Chair
Description: An advanced investigation of various technical and conceptual issues involving the drawn image. Individual problem solving and the development of effective self-expression are emphasized.
Offering: Seminar 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4041      Senior Painting Seminar
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 3041 and permission of the Chair
Description: A further investigation of various technical and conceptual issues involving the painted image. Individual problem solving and the development of self-expression are emphasized.
Offering: Seminar 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4101      Senior Ceramics Seminar
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 3101 and permission of the Chair
Description: This independent study program in ceramics is arranged in consultation with the faculty advisor. The student is responsible for the basic design and implementation of his/her program which includes research papers and studio work.
Offering: Seminar 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4130      Senior Seminar
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): 4th year standing in Visual Arts or permission of the Department
Description: An examination of professional practice in the visual arts and a forum for testing critical thinking are achieved through the preparation of a portfolio.
Offering: Seminar 4 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4140      Major Studio
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): 4th year standing in Visual Arts
Description: An advanced, intensive exploration of the student's primary medium. The student is expected to provide a statement of intent and work to fulfill his/her stated goals. A significant body of exhibition quality work is expected. Works produced in this course are selected for an annual exhibition of fourth year work. The medium of the Major Studio may not be duplicated in other fourth year courses.
Offering: Seminar/Studio 12 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4141      Senior Printmaking Seminar
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 3141
Description: Students are expected to display a professional command of the print media and to develop a portfolio of mature work. Choice of media will be dependent upon the individual's creative and artistic needs.
Offering: Lecture/Studio 6 hours per week. Project time as required.
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Visual Arts 4211      History of Early Canadian Art
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080 or permission of the instructor
Description: Addresses the history of the visual arts in Canada from the French Colonial period up to the early 20th century.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Visual Arts 4213      History of 20th and 21st Century Canadian Art
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080 and 2220 or permission of the instructor
Description: Addresses the history of the visual arts in Canada from the early 20th century to the present.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Visual Arts 4250      Critical Theory & Art
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Visual Arts 1080 and 2220 or permission of the instructor
Description: Addresses a variety of critical approaches to the study of art, such as: Marxist, modernist, psychoanalytic, semiotic, structuralist, and post-structuralist.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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