Program Director: T. Mars (416-287-7137) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Studio program at UTSC offers courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, video, new media, animation, and conceptual practices. Students can also take specialized courses in digital imaging, sound art, or thematic courses that explore such things as the relationships between art and globalization, or art and politics, or time-based art practices. UTSC Studio students develop a combination of technical, theoretical, conceptual and critical skills that enable them to express and communicate their ideas confidently in a variety of visual languages. Students explore art as a tool for examining and intervening in visual culture, to consider the role of creativity in shaping communities locally and globally.
Our students are encouraged to engage with the diversity of contemporary art by examining art-making from aesthetic, intellectual, social, and political perspectives. They are exposed to current positions in contemporary art theory, criticism, and curation and study the history of art from various cultural and historical viewpoints. The wide range of artistic experiences offered by the UTSC Studio program provides a rigorous general visual arts education for students interested in careers in the cultural and design sectors. Studio also offers focused preparation for students interested in pursuing advanced visual art study at the graduate level.
The Studio program is connected to the department of Visual and Performing Arts, which offers students an interdisciplinary framework for analyzing the ideas and theories connecting the arts, and encourages students to explore the related fields of literature, history, anthropology, and other areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Guidelines for 1st year course selection
SPECIALIST PROGRAM IN STUDIO (ARTS)
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Enrolment in the Specialist in Studio is limited. Students must apply to enter the program after completing four credits including VPSA62H3 and VPSA63H3. Decisions are made on program admissions only twice a year, in May and August, and are based on student requests submitted to the registrar through ROSI. Admission is determined on the basis of a student's overall GPA and grades in VPSA62H3 and VPSA63H3. For students applying after 8-10 credits, admission will be based on the overall GPA and grades in VPS courses taken.
This program requires the completion of 14.0 credits, including 4 full credits at the C-or D-level of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the D-level.
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2. (0.5 credit)
3. (6.0 credits)
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Undergraduate Advisor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Advisor Email: email@example.com
Enrolment in the Minor in Studio is limited. Students must apply to enter the program after completing four credits including VPSA62H3 and VPSA63H3. Decisions are made on program admissions only twice a year, in May and August, and are based on student requests submitted to the registrar through ROSI. Admission is determined on the basis of a student's overall GPA and grades in VPSA62H3 and VPSA63H3.
VPSA61H3 Painting I
An investigation of the basic elements and concepts of painting through experimentation in scale and content.
VPSA62H3 Foundation Studies in Studio
An introduction to the importance of content and context in the making of contemporary art.
VPSA63H3 But Why Is It Art?
This introductory seminar examines the key themes, concepts, and questions that affect the practice of contemporary art. We will look at specific cases in the development of art and culture since 1900 to understand why and how contemporary art can exist as such a wide-ranging set of forms, media and approaches.
VPSA70H3 Drawing I
An investigation of the various approaches to drawing, including working from the figure and working with ideas.
VPSA71H3 Introduction to Sculpture
This course introduces students to the use of three-dimensional materials and processes for creating sculptural objects. Traditional and non-traditional sculptural methodologies and concepts will be explored.
VPSA73H3 Video I
An introduction to the basic principles of video shooting and editing as well as an investigation into different conceptual strategies of video art. The course will also provide an introduction to the history of video art.
VPSA74H3 Foundations in Digital Studio Practice
This hands-on, project-based class will investigate fundamental digital concepts common to photography, animation, and digital publishing practices. Students will learn general image processing, composing, colour management, chromakey, and typograpic tools for both on-line and print-based projects. These will be taught through selected Abobe Creative Suite software on Apple computers.
VPSB62H3 Painting II
A continuation of Painting I with an emphasis on images and concepts developed by individual students.
VPSB63H3 Sculpture Concepts
Contemporary sculptural practice is a diverse and expanded field that covers a range of strategies that confound traditional definitions of sculpture and blur the boundaries with other contemporary art forms. We will explore key ideas that transform sculpture into three-dimensional practices that embrace time, found material, architecture and audience interaction.
VPSB67H3 Photo I
An introduction to fundamental photographic concepts including depth, focus, stopped time, lighting and photographic composition in contrast to similar fundamental concerns in drawing and painting. A practical and historical discourse on the primary conceptual streams in photography including various documentary traditions, staged photographs and aesthetic approaches from photographic modernism to postmodernism.
VPSB71H3 Books and Multiples
Exploring the production, history and use of artists' books, students will focus on visuals and text, incorporating low-tech and printmaking approaches to multiples.
VPSB72H3 Digital Publishing
A course for students interested in publishing artworks in digital formats such as e-books, short-run printed catalogues and blogs. Lessons will identify common editorial and image preparation concerns while introducing software for assembling images, videos, sounds, graphics, and texts into coherent and intelligently-designed digital publications. Creative solutions are expected.
VPSB73H3 Curatorial Perspectives I
This course is designed to offer students direct encounters with artists and curators through studio and gallery visits. Field encounters, written assignments, readings and research focus on contemporary art and curatorial practices. The course will provide skills in composing critical views, artist statements, and writing proposals for art projects.
VPSB74H3 Drawing II
A continuation of VPSA70H3 with an increased emphasis on the student's ability to expand her/his personal understanding of the meaning of drawing.
VPSB75H3 Photo II
A studio course in digital photography as it relates to the critical investigation of contemporary photo-based art.
VPSB76H3 Video II
This course is designed to provide a history of contemporary video art production. The course will familiarize students with more advanced methods of production and contemporary video works. Classes will include technical instruction, screenings and discussions of tapes, critiques, written assignments and assigned readings.
VPSB77H3 Introduction to Performance Art
This course covers the history and practice of performance art. Students will employ contemporary performance strategies such as duration, ritual, repetition, intervention, tableau vivant, endurance and excess of materials in their projects. We will also study the relationship of performance to other art disciplines and practices such as theatre and sculpture.
VPSB80H3 Digital Studio Projects
An in-depth investigation of digital imaging technologies for serious studio artists and new media designers. Emphasis is placed on advanced image manipulation, seamless collage, invisible retouching and quality control techniques for fine art production. Project themes will be drawn from a critical analysis of contemporary painting and photo-based art.
VPSB83H3 Art and Activism
This course will explore contemporary artistic practices that blur the boundary between art and activism.
VPSB85H3 Text as Image/Language as Art
An elementary study of the typographic arts will inform presentation strategies, but the investigation of critical cultural discourse through language as visual art will form the most important content of this course. How do visual artists employ words in their art?
VPSB86H3 Sculpture and Technology
Students will be introduced to both the principles and practicalities of working with the concept of change as it relates to sculpture. Students will use both traditional and non-traditional materials in combination with technologically based media and processes including such things as simple circuits, machines, switches, LEDs, etc.
VPSB87H3 Documentary Photography
Photography has a rich tradition both as an art form and as a documentary practice. Each of these has engendered its own technique, aesthetic and cultural context. This course is designed to introduce students to the documentary branch of photography through focused, personal, photo-journalistic projects accomplished outside of the studio.
VPSB88H3 Introduction to Sound Art
Students will be introduced to sound as a medium for art making. Listening, recording, mapping, editing, and contextualizing sounds will be the focus of this course. Sound investigations will be explored within both contemporary art and experimental sound/music contexts.
VPSB89H3 Introduction to Digital Animation
A non-traditional course in the digital production of non-analog, two-dimensional animation through the use of computer-based drawing, painting, photography and collage. Students will learn design strategies, experimental story lines, sound mixing, and video transitions to add pace, rhythm, and movement to time based, digital art projects.
"Live!" investigates interdisciplinary modes of contemporary performance. Within a studio context, this course serves as an advanced exploration of 21st century Live Art. This interactive course reviews the dynamics of time, space and existence, and asks fundamental questions about the body and performance.
VPSC51H3 Curatorial Perspectives II
This course focuses on the finer details of curating and contemporary art. Students will delve into the work of selected artists and curators with an emphasis on the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of their projects. Term work will lead to a professionally curated exhibition organized by students.
VPSC52H3 Documentary Video
This course is designed to introduce students to documentary video approaches in video art. Students will gain insight into the history and development of the experimental documentary genre through screenings, readings, and field trips. The course will provide students with the opportunity to research, develop, and produce a short documentary project.
VPSC53H3 Kinetic Sculpture
Students will produce art projects using mechanical principles to create sculptural forms that change over time. Students will be encouraged to use altered machines, simple electronic components and a wide range of materials.
VPSC54H3 Painting III
An advanced course for students who are able to pursue individual projects in painting, with a focus on contemporary practice and theory.
VPSC55H3 Drawing III
An advanced course for students who are able to pursue individual projects dealing with the complex relationships between drawing and other art practices like installation, painting and mixed media.
VPSC56H3 Studio Practice
A supervised course focused specifically on the development of the student's work from initial concept through to the final presentation. Students may work in their choice of media with the prior written permission of the instructor.
VPSC58H3 Photo III
Focusing on both theory and practice, this is a portfolio-based course aimed at the development of idiosyncratic photographic styles and subject matter. Printing and presentation will form an important part of this portfolio's development. Students will research international networks, publications and institutions devoted to photographic discourse.
VPSC66H3 Theory and Practice: Two-Dimensional Work
An exploration of ideas and practice with an emphasis on two-dimensional work, including digital imaging.
VPSC68H3 Theory and Practice: Time-Based Work
An exploration of ideas and practice with an emphasis on time-based media: performance, video, audio, time-based sculpture and installation.
VPSC69H3 Theory and Practice: Art in a Globalizing World
This course will focus on the influence of global visual culture on contemporary art practices; exploring how artists respond to orientalism, colonial histories, migration, media, tourism, and the international art world. The culturally diverse backgrounds of students and their understanding of global media will be starting points for studio projects.
VPSC70H3 Theory and Practice: New Media in Studio
Information technologies are radically and rapidly transforming our culture. Networking, robotics, WiFi, GPS, ubiquitous computing, data mining, rfid, biotech, kinetic art, surveillance, sound installation, digital image processing and interactive display are all offering new opportunities for the artist as well as new critical issues to address. Students will create affordable projects that address these issues.
VPSC71H3 Performing with Cameras
This course investigates the relationship of the body to the camera. Using both still and video cameras and live performance students will create works that unite the performative and the mediated image. The course will cover how the body is framed and represented in contemporary art, advertising and the media.
VPSC73H3 Interdisciplinary Drawing Concepts
Interdisciplinary Drawing Concepts will extend drawing into a range of other media, allowing students to explore the sculptural, temporal and performative potential of mark-making.
VPSC75H3 Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture will provide students with an opportunity for a deeper investigation into various materials and fabrication techniques. This course will focus on the theory and practice of object making through studio assignments that develop a critical and technical literacy towards both traditional and non-traditional sculpture materials.
VPSC89H3 Digital Animation 2
A project based course, building upon concepts developed in VPSB89H3 Introduction to Digital Animation. Students will refine their control of sound, movement, and image quality. This course will also introduce three-dimensional wire frame and ray-tracing techniques for constructing convincing 3-D animated objects and scenes as they apply to contemporary artistic practices.
VPSD55H3 Advanced Special Topics in Studio
Selected topics for intensive practical and theoretical study in studio. Topics will change from session to session.
VPSD56H3 Advanced Studio Practice
An advanced course for students ready to work independently on their own projects. Students will be expected to work on their projects from conception to a final exhibition in the student-run gallery. Students may work in their choice of media with the written permission of the instructor.
VPSD57H3 Advanced Seminar: Interdisciplinary Practice
An opportunity for students in VPS to explore aspects of contemporary inter-media practice and theory. Students will make work in their choice of media with the written permission of the instructor.
VPSD58H3 Advanced Seminar: Two-Dimensional Work
Students who have developed strong portfolios in painting, drawing or printmaking and intend to pursue professional exhibition careers will continue their investigations into two-dimensional expression and develop professional quality projects with thorough promotional strategies.
VPSD63H3 Independent Studies in Studio: Advanced Level
This option is available in rare and exceptional circumstances to students who have demonstrated a high level of academic maturity and competence. Qualified students will have the opportunity to investigate an area of contemporary art that is of common interest to both student and supervisor.
See Art History in the Visual and Performing Arts section of this Calendar for a full course description.