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Studio Arts

Section 81.110

Please note that the current version of the Undergraduate Calendar is up to date as of February 2017.

Faculty

Chair
ERIC SIMON, MFA Université du Québec à Montréal; Associate Professor

Professors
RAYMONDE APRIL, BA Université Laval; Provost’s Distinction
TIM CLARK, MFA MA Concordia University
DAVID ELLIOTT, MFA Concordia University
TREVOR GOULD, MA Carleton University
BARBARA LAYNE, MFA University of Kansas
ERIN MANNING, PhD University of Hawaii; Provost’s Distinction; Concordia Research Chair
FRANÇOIS MORELLI, MFA Rutgers University
LEOPOLD PLOTEK, MFA Slade School of Art
BILL VORN, PhD Université du Québec à Montréal
JANET WERNER, MFA Yale University
CATHERINE WILD, MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Professors
INGRID BACHMANN, MA School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SHAWN BAILEY, MFA York University
ELEANOR BOND, BFA University of Manitoba; Provost’s Distinction
GENEVIÈVE CADIEUX, BA University of Ottawa; Provost’s Distinction
JUDY GARFIN, MFA Maryland Institute College of Art
ELIZA GRIFFITHS, BFA Concordia University
LYNN HUGHES, Advanced Dip Vancouver School of Art
DANICA JOJICH, MFA Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
JEAN-PIERRE LAROCQUE, MFA New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
LUANNE MARTINEAU, MFA University of British Columbia
MARISA PORTOLESE, MFA Concordia University
LEILA SUJIR, BA University of Alberta
KELLY THOMPSON, MA Australian National University
PATRICK TRAER, MFA York University

Assistant Professors
ERIKA ADAMS, MFA University of New Mexico
SURABHI GHOSH, MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art
JEFFREY MITCHELL Jr, MFA University of Alberta
LINDA SWANSON, MFA New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

For the complete list of faculty members, please consult the Department website.


Location

Sir George Williams Campus
Visual Arts Building, Room: VA 250-2
514-848-2424, ext. 4262/4263


Department Objectives

The Department of Studio Arts offers programs that emphasize the importance of practical work with practising artists. Through a series of courses in ceramics, drawing, fibres and material practices, intermedia (video, performance and electronic arts), painting, photography, print media, and sculpture, students increase their awareness of what constitutes creativity and understanding of the aesthetic and intellectual aspects of art today.


Students are responsible for fulfilling their particular degree requirements; hence, the following sequences must be read in conjunction with §81.20.
The superscript indicates credit value.


81.110.1     STUDIO ART

Program Objective

The Major in Studio Art offers students the freedom for exploration while still developing proficiency within a disciplinary core. The program encourages the cross-referencing of different creative traditions within a solid, historical, theoretical and studio foundation. Its primary objective is to give students the choice to define their own needs in tailoring an individualized program of studies within open parameters. Students are encouraged to choose among a series of studio art electives and progressively establish their concentration or concentrations through required higher-level disciplinary courses. While promoting a respect for disciplines, the program stresses diversity and versatility across studio options.
Students may select their 48 studio art credits required in any media. There is also a similar range from which students can select 12 credits in Art History. Within these specifications, students may fulfill the requirements of the Major in Studio Art either by specializing in a medium or combining studios in a number of them. However, students must complete one studio course at the 300 level (intermediate) and meet the 400 level (advanced) in the same discipline to fufill their requirements.

Program
 
  60    BFA Major in Studio Art
    6    DRAW 2006
  30    Studio Art electives
  12    Chosen from 3006- and 4006-level courses in a single medium from one of the following disciplines:
          ARTX; Ceramics; Drawing; Fibres and Material Practices; IMCA; Painting; Print Media; Sculpture.
    6    Art History electives
    6    Chosen from Art History; ARTT; VDEO 3506; or other history-based courses chosen from
          Cinema and Theatre

Admission to the Major in Studio Art

In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major in Studio Art. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.2     CERAMICS

Program Objective

The Ceramics program offers students a unique opportunity to develop individual studio work in a context that links contemporary art practice to a rich and diverse material history. A vital program within the Studio Arts Department, courses in Ceramics regularly include special collaborative projects, field trips and visiting artists. In addition, the Ceramics program provides students with an important point of departure for investigating diverse subjects ranging from traditional craft practice to new technologies. Well-equipped studios and scheduled labs afford students the means to develop technical skills and to seek information specific to their needs. Course content at all levels of the program includes seminar discussion pertinent to both students’ work and to the current practice of ceramics. At an advanced level and in consultation with an advisor, students in Ceramics have the opportunity to pursue independent-study courses.

Program
 
  60    BFA Major in Ceramics
  18    CERA 2306, 3306, 4306
    6    DRAW 2006
    6    ARTH 2643, 3503
    6    Chosen from Art History; ARTT; VDEO 3506; or other history-based courses chosen from
          Cinema and Theatre
    6    Chosen from Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, or Sculpture electives
  18    Studio Art electives

Admission to the Major in Ceramics

Applicants to Ceramics may apply to enter directly into the Major in Ceramics, or enter the Major in Studio Art with the intention of transferring upon completion of the first year.
In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major in Ceramics. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.3     FIBRES AND MATERIAL PRACTICES

Program Objective

Fibres and Material Practices is a cross-media program of study that explores the relationship of materials to culture. Informed by discourses of post-modernism, feminism, and traditional aesthetics, the Fibres and Material Practices program offers an opportunity for intensive study, both practical and theoretical, of the art, technology, and history of textiles. Such creative and critical investigation, allied with technical proficiency, provides the base students need to develop as emerging artists.
Courses are available at all levels, ranging from introductory classes to independent study for advanced students wishing to focus on a single project. Students concentrating in other areas of Studio Arts are welcome to take most courses offered in the Fibres and Material Practices area.

Program
 
  60    BFA Major in Fibres and Material Practices
  12    FBRS 2406, 2606
    6    Chosen from FBRS 3413, 3613, 3713, 3723, 3853, 3863, 3953, or 3983
    6    FBRS 4806
    6    ARTH 2663, 3523
    6    Chosen from Art History; ARTT; VDEO 3506; or other history-based courses chosen from
          Cinema and Theatre
  24    Studio Art electives


Admission to the Major in Fibres and Material Practices

Applicants to Fibres and Material Practices may apply to enter directly into the Major in Fibres and Material Practices, or enter the Major in Studio Art with the intention of transferring upon completion of the first year.
In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major in Fibres and Material Practices. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.4     INTERMEDIA (VIDEO, PERFORMANCE AND ELECTRONIC ARTS)

Program Objective

The Intermedia program offers a rich curriculum that encourages an intermedia cross-pollination between traditional disciplines and new forms of artistic expression using technology and integrated media practices. Students choose from courses in electronic arts, performance art, and video, focusing on one of these streams or selectively combining areas of study in conjunction with other Studio Arts or Faculty of Fine Arts courses. The program provides a learning environment where students can study different combinations of electronics-robotics-programming, video, performance art, immersive environments, and sound art production.

Program
 
  60    BFA Major in Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts)
  12    Chosen from IMCA 2103, 2203, 2213, 2223, 2303; SCUL 2513; EAST 2313
  12    Chosen from IMCA 3106, 3213, 3223, 3313, 3323; 3983, 3996
    6    IMCA 4006
  12    Studio Art electives
    6    Chosen from Fine Arts electives outside of Studio Art*
    9    Chosen from ARTH, ARTT, VDEO 3506
    3    ARTH 3533
* It is recommended that IMCA students take three credits of CART course offerings in consultation with an advisor.

Admission to the Major in Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts)

In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major in Intermedia. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.5     PAINTING AND DRAWING

Program Objective

The Department of Studio Arts provides an in-depth program in Painting and Drawing, combining theoretical, historical, and practical study at all undergraduate levels. The aim is to provide students with a broad foundation on which they can base their own creative contributions.
Studio courses, seminars, and independent projects on such varied topics as collage, pictorial installation, popular culture, and narration supplement the core courses on painting and drawing. Recognizing the importance of providing basic skills and knowledge, in an atmosphere of freedom, the program is supported by a large number of faculty and guest artists, exposing students to a full range of approaches to drawing and painting.
A graduate program in Painting and Drawing is available for further studies.

Program
 
  60    BFA Major in Painting and Drawing
    6    DRAW 2006
    6    PTNG 2006
    6    Chosen from a 300-level DRAW
    6    Chosen from a 300-level PTNG
    6    Chosen from a 400-level DRAW or PTNG
  18    Studio Art electives
    6    Art History Electives
    6    Chosen from Art History; ARTT; VDEO 3506; or other history-based courses chosen from Cinema and Theatre

Admission to the Major in Painting and Drawing

In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major in Painting and Drawing. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.6     PHOTOGRAPHY

Program Objective

The Photography program acknowledges photography as a discipline with a distinct artistic and historical identity. It also recognizes that contemporary photographic practice encompasses a rich multiplicity of formal and conceptual approaches. The course structure of the program and the orientation of its faculty reflect a concern that the students receive a strong historical and theoretical comprehension of the medium. The program stresses the need for students to acquire the concepts and vocabulary necessary for critical discussion of their own photographic work and that of others. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of photography’s sociological and artistic ramifications.

Programs
 
  60    BFA Major in Photography
  27    PHOT 2106, 2113, 3006, 3113, 3313, 4006
    9    Photography electives
    6    ARTH 2673, 3593,
    6    Chosen from ARTH or ARTT electives
  12    Studio Arts electives

  30    Minor in Photography
    9    PHOT 2106, 2113
    9    Photography electives
    6    Photography or Studio Arts electives
    6    ARTH 2673, 3593

Admission to the Major or Minor in Photography

In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major or Minor in Photography. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.7     PRINT MEDIA

Program Objective

The Print Media program provides students with a milieu to investigate the meaningful relationships that exist between the technologies of reproduction, individual expression, and contemporary society.Print Media offers multiple venues for student research from intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy to digital and virtual approaches. Experimental, innovative, and critical work is encouraged. Special topics and theory courses provide support for individual aesthetic development and explore the intersections of interdisciplinary practice.
Students in the Print Media program are expected to develop a strong critical understanding of their work and its relationship to contemporary society, as well as develop professional skills and an awareness of the diversity inherent in art practice.
 
Programs

  60    BFA Major in Print Media
  36    Credits chosen from Print Media as follows:
           9–12  Credits at the 200 level
         12–21  Credits at the 300 level
           6–18  Credits at the 400 level
    6    Studio Art electives
    6    Fine Arts electives
    6    Art History electives
    6    Chosen from Art History; ARTT; VDEO 3506; or other history-based courses chosen from Cinema and Theatre
 
  30    Minor in Print Media
  18    Credits chosen from Print Media as follows:
             6–9  Credits at the 200 level
             6–9  Credits at the 300 level
             3–6  Credits at the 400 level
    6    Studio Art electives
    6    Fine Arts electives

Admission to the Major or Minor in Print Media

Applicants to Print Media may apply to enter directly into the Major in Print Media or may enter the Major in Studio Art with the intention of transferring upon completion of the first year.
In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to the Major or Minor in Print Media. All applicants must submit a portfolio, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


81.110.8     SCULPTURE

Program Objective

The Sculpture program incorporates contemporary genres with divergent approaches to the discipline, ranging from performance to video installation, built environments, and 3D-digital applications, on to convergences of these ideas to the notion of intervention practices. Within the Fine Arts curriculum, these courses offer the opportunity for intensive study in both practical and theoretical contexts encouraging students to explore the relationships between object, material, body, and space. Such creative investigation, allied with technical proficiency, provides the base for students to develop an understanding of a broad range of sculptural issues. Courses are available at all levels, including independent study for advanced students wishing to focus on a single topic or project. To enrich their artistic training, students concentrating in other areas of Fine Arts may also take most courses offered in sculpture.

Program
 
  60    BFA Major in Sculpture
  24    SCUL 2106, 3106, 4106, DRAW 2006
    6    ARTX 480 or 400-level Studio Art elective
  18    Studio Art electives
    6    Art History electives
    6    Chosen from Art History; ARTT; VDEO 3506; or other history-based courses chosen from Cinema and Theatre

Admission to the Major in Sculpture

Applicants to Sculpture may apply to enter directly into the Major in Sculpture, or enter the Major in Studio Art with the intention of transferring upon completion of the first year.
In addition to the normal admission procedure of Concordia University, there is a distinct admission procedure for applicants to Sculpture. All applicants must submit a portfolio of their own work, as well as a letter of intent, as part of the admission process.
For more information concerning these additional requirements and submission deadline dates, please visit the following website: concordia.ca/finearts/future-students/applying-undergraduate.


COURSES

N.B.:
(1)  While priority is given to students within the program, students wishing to enrol in the course must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • Enrolment in a major or minor program in the Department of Studio Arts.
  • Enrolment in a BFA program with credit requirements in Studio Arts.
  • Written permission of the program director as determined by portfolio submission and space availability.

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