Whether you are a beginner wanting to explore your artistic potential or an experienced art professional looking to practice and enhance your artistic skills, the Creative Arts program provides a hands-on learning experience offering courses in painting, composition, drawing and mixed media. Students develop a solid foundation in current art techniques and theories while building the confidence to work independently on projects.
Level 1 Expected Availability Credits Fall Winter Summer Managing the Business Side of the ArtsBUSI-1146 3 Yes No No A guide to self promotion and solid business planning for artists of all disciplines. Topics include: goal setting, artistic relationships, legal implications, basic accounting, market demand, exhibit planning, self promotion and arts related career opportunities. Art Through the AgesARTS-1081 3 No No Yes A survey of Western artistic traditions beginning with the Italian Renaissance provides an understanding of continuity and change in art making. The exploration of art movements is framed thematically in relation to societal issues. This course will also introduce students to Asian, Islamic, First Nations and African art. The fundamentals of theoretical issues will be incorporated. Students will be expected to complete required readings, participate in discussions, complete written assignments and a final exam. Drawing & Visual FundamentalARTS-1061 3 No No Yes Design, composition and colour with an emphasis on drawing. Express yourself visually in a more interesting way. Draw from observation. Illustrate perspective; draw 2D and 3D representations using a variety of media. Expected Availability Credits Fall Winter Summer Pottery Level 1ARTS-1033 1 Yes Yes Yes This course will help the beginner student to grasp the fundamental process, techniques and concepts when working with clay. Pottery Level 2ARTS-3022 2 No No Yes This course will enhance the concepts learned in Level 1 to enable the student to develop complex forms both on and off the wheel. Painting-AcrylicARTS-3020 2 No No Yes Course will include the history and chemistry of Acrylic painting. Guided discussions of the advantages and disadvantages of Acrylic paint as compared to oil, egg tempera, watercolour and others. Practical hands on studio work. Painting-WatercolourARTS-5009 2 No Yes Yes A studio course designed to introduce students to a variety of painting techniques including colour and composition skills covering the watercolour medium. Creative DrawingARTS-2005 2 No No Yes This course is designed to develop observation and illustration skills. Working from objects, models and photographic reference, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of drawing. You will explore various media: pencil, coloured pencil and pen and ink. Pencil sketching skills lay the foundation for a good artist. Photography 1-IntroPHOT-1002 2 No No No Examines the fundamentals of Photography using a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR). This includes design and composition, aperture, shutter speed and exposure. Bring a DSLR camera with its Memory Card (also the camera manual) to all classes.This introductory level course is structured to provide a balance between technical instruction and demonstrations, out-of-class shooting assignments, photographic digital darkroom practices, discussion of ideas and concepts. A critical analysis of student's work and its connection to the subject of photography will be ongoing. Photography-DigitalPHOT-1057 2 Yes Yes Yes Examine digital SLR camera. Topics include: design, composition, storage media, operations, files and file types, lenses, electronic flash, filters and macros. Graphic Designing-ElectronicallyCOMP-1304 1.5 Yes Yes No This fast paced course offers a wide set of skills for the computer graphic newcomer. Effective design theory will be combined with Adobe software (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign). Discover digital illustration, improving photographs, dynamic page layout and efficient image editing. Sculpture: Mould MakingARTS-1062 2 No No No This studio course explores the traditional and contemporary world of sculpture materials and processes. Students will learn contemporary techniques for creating and reproducing objects in three dimensional space. Fundamental development of technical skills and manipulation of media are emphasized while maintaining safe and appropriate use of tools and materials. This course introduces the student to methods of transforming simple materials into works of art. Webbased PublishingCOMP-6023 3 No No No From basic HTML to designing a website using Dreamweaver you will be entrenched in everything web. Topics taught include site-planning, navigation, design and colour, typography, how to write for the web, promoting, testing a website and a basic introduction of Photoshop. Drawing-Beyond BasicsARTS-3044 2 No No Yes This course is designed for students with a basic knowledge of drawing and perspective. The course will further develop observation and illustration skills working from still life, photography and models in a variety of materials.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
- Apply the formal elements and principles of design to a project.
- Create two and three dimensional projects using a wide range of materials, processes and techniques.
- Describe and compare/contrast historical and contemporary works of art.
- Create a business plan that reflects professional business practices to promote personal artistic interests.
- Produce and present a personal portfolio of works of art.
- Create and organize an art exhibit.
- Research and Demonstrate a variety of techniques to market, promote and sell personal works of art.
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