Visual Art Courses

Please refer to the program guides found on this website or contact an advisor for more information about program requirements and questions regarding registration.

For Undergraduate Visual Art program information, please visit Introduction to Visual Art Undergraduate Programs.

For Graduate Visual Art program information, please visit Introduction to Graduate Programs.


Summer

Summer 2017

VISA580 Major Essay Sections

M.F.A. only.

Winter

Winter 2016

VISA110 Studio Three: Digital Media Sections

Foundation instruction in techniques and approaches to digital practice. The nature of digital technologies and their role in contemporary culture will be examined. (This course is open to all UBC students, regardless of prior experience.)

Instructor(s): D'Onofrio, Christine

VISA180 Studio One: Foundation and Media Sections

Drawing, painting, and related media in an introduction to studio practice. (This course is open to all UBC students, regardless of prior experience.)

Instructor(s): Prince, Richard

VISA183 Studio Two: Meanings and Materials Sections

Contemporary art practices, emphasizing the relationship between meanings and materials, art historical contexts and concepts, and non-traditional materials. (This course is open to all UBC students, regardless of prior experience.)

Instructor(s): James, Gareth

VISA210 Digital Arts Sections

Examination of current art practices and issues related to digital technologies and contemporary culture. Technical instruction in image and sound manipulation with an emphasis on the theoretical conceptualization of digital artistic media.

VISA220 Drawing Sections

Development of skills in drawing including life drawing. Introduction to the development of personal style and concepts.

VISA230 Painting Sections

Development of a variety of techniques and approaches to painting. Emphasis on developing a strong paint vocabulary as well as acquiring knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in painting.

VISA240 Introduction to Photography Sections

Introduction to photography techniques and image-making. Emphasis on camera techniques and film and darkroom production.

Instructor(s): Jones, Barrie

VISA241 Introduction to Digital Photography Sections

Introduction to digital photography image creation in relation to contemporary art. Emphasis on digital camera use, file management, and digital print production. Only one of VISA 240 and VISA 241 may be used toward the program requirements of the B.F.A. Visual Art and the B.A. Visual Art programs.

VISA250 Introduction to Print Media Sections

Visual print culture, and contemporary and historical technical print practices. Emphasis on hand-drawn intaglio, relief, screen and/or stencil printing, and graphic digital applications.

VISA260 Basic Sculpture Sections

Contemporary sculpture practice and theory. Various sculpture materials and technologies including machinery use.

Instructor(s): Prince, Richard

VISA310 Intermediate Digital Arts I Sections

Exploring issues and topics in interactive digital media and culture through the creation of critical contemporary art. Includes technical instruction with a focus on the development of individual and group projects.

Instructor(s): Billings, Scott

VISA311 Intermediate Digital Arts II Sections

Investigation of issues and topics in digital media and visual culture through the production of contemporary video art. Technical instruction in video manipulation software. Individual and/or group projects.

Instructor(s): Claxton, Dana

VISA320 Intermediate Drawing I Sections

Investigation of drawing as a discipline in the context of contemporary art. Emphasis on expanding definitions of the drawing practice while focusing on technical and conceptual development.

Instructor(s): Gu, Xiong

VISA321 Intermediate Drawing II Sections

Investigation of drawing as a discipline in the context of contemporary art and theory. Emphasis on self-directed projects in consultation with the instructor.

Instructor(s): Gu, Xiong

VISA330 Intermediate Painting I Sections

Development of techniques and personal style in relation to ideas. History and contemporary issues in painting will be introduced to assist students in conceptualizing their painting practice.

Instructor(s): McCrum, Phillip

VISA331 Intermediate Painting II Sections

Further investigation of painting in the context of contemporary art. Emphasis on self directed projects in consultation with the instructor.

Instructor(s): McCrum, Phillip

VISA340 Intermediate Photography I Sections

An investigation of approaches to photography and its meaning in the context of contemporary art. The term theme will be determined by the instructor. B and W, colour and digital production.

Instructor(s): Piña, Manuel

VISA341 Intermediate Photography II Sections

An investigation of contemporary photography production and approaches to the constructed image with emphasis on medium and large format camera use and studio lighting techniques.

Instructor(s): Jones, Barrie

VISA350 Intermediate Print Media I: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Image Production Sections

Intaglio and relief print applications (i.e., etching, wood and/or lino cut, and collagraph) in combination with digital and photographic technologies, and drawing; discussion of contemporary and historical visual print culture.

Instructor(s): Zeigler, Barbara

VISA351 Intermediate Print Media II: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Image Production Sections

Screen printing and other print applications in combination with digital and photographic technologies, and drawing, explored within the context of contemporary art.

Instructor(s): Yumang, Jade

VISA352 Intermediate Print Media III: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Image Production Sections

Lithographic printing; suitable for students interested in drawing and print media interface in context of contemporary art; related digital and photographic technologies employed.

Instructor(s): Zeigler, Barbara

VISA361 Intermediate Sculpture II Sections

Development of personal concerns in three-dimensional work. Emphasis on the integration of diverse materials and techniques.

Instructor(s): Prince, Richard

VISA370A Special Studies I - SPECIAL STUDY I Sections

Intermediate tutorial. Not offered every year.

Instructor(s): Roy, Marina

VISA375 Artists in Society Sections

Exploring artistic practice through community-engaged partnerships and critical study.

Instructor(s): D'Onofrio, Christine

VISA380 Studio Theory I Sections

A seminar in problems in contemporary art practice and related theory. Preference given to Visual Art students.

Instructor(s): Claxton, Dana

VISA381 Studio Theory II Sections

A seminar in problems in contemporary art practice and related theory. Preference given to Visual Art students.

Instructor(s): Claxton, Dana

VISA390 Performance Art Sections

Seminar-based studio focusing on performance and actions in the field of contemporary art.

Instructor(s): Claxton, Dana

VISA401A Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): Zeigler, Barbara

VISA401B Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): Jones, Barrie

VISA401C Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): Claxton, Dana

VISA401D Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): Prince, Richard

VISA401E Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): Piña, Manuel

VISA401F Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): James, Gareth

VISA401G Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): D'Onofrio, Christine

VISA401H Advanced Open Studio - ADV OPEN STUDIO Sections

Research-based studio with thematic or disciplinary focus. Intended for senior Visual Art undergraduate students.

Instructor(s): Gu, Xiong

VISA475 Exhibition Theory and Practice Sections

Exhibition course focusing on current curatorial practices and theories with an emphasis on contemporary visual art with the aim of preparing students to engage in the active organization of a large exhibition. Restricted to 4th year Majors in either VISA or ARTH, or permission of the instructor.

VISA479 Performance Actions and Approaches Sections

Advanced performance art practices and research methodologies.

Instructor(s): Soussloff, Catherine

VISA480 Advanced Seminar I Sections

Readings in art theory and criticism.

Instructor(s): Gu, Xiong

VISA481 Advanced Seminar II Sections

Readings in art theory and criticism.

VISA580 Major Essay Sections

M.F.A. only.

VISA581 MFA Studio V Sections

Instructor(s): James, Gareth

VISA582 MFA Studio VI Sections

Instructor(s): James, Gareth

VISA583A MFA Research Seminar - MFA RSRCH SEMINR Sections

Instructor(s): Roy, Marina

VISA583B MFA Research Seminar - MFA RSRCH SEMINR Sections

VISA590A Directed Studies in Visual Art - DIR STDS VIS ART Sections

Tutorial work in visual arts and theory arranged by permission with an individual faculty member. Not available to students enrolled in the M.F.A. program in Visual Arts.