Spring 2022 - CA 269 D100

Methods and Concepts: Selected Topics (3)

Art and Text

Class Number: 7706

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Kathleen Slade
    Office: GC 3510
    Office Hours: By appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 160. A course materials fee is required.



A studio course introducing topics in art-making practices as they relate to practical, conceptual, aesthetic and historical issues in contemporary art. May repeat for credit.


This studio course will focus on contemporary issues, theoretical underpinnings and the recent history of text-based art. Taking Fluxus and Conceptual art practices as a starting point, students will engage with ideas around the relationships between art and text in the current art context. The class will provide a framework for students to explore the use of text within their own practice by means of a series of assignments. Students will produce three artworks, engage with readings, and deliver presentations. Students are expected to thoroughly read all assigned readings and to come to class prepared to discuss in detail. Active participation in the discussions is essential.


  • Projects 50%
  • Research Presentation 20%
  • Reading assignments 10%
  • Participation/Practice 20%


(Participation/Practice includes contributions to class discussions and critiques, how you make use of your time in the studio, discussions with your professor about the planning of your work and how you incorporate feedback from professor and peers)

Students will be marked on both progress and achievement in their studio projects. As the semester progresses, students will be expected to be able to clearly articulate their intentions and objectives and to also show initiative in self-directed research to support and extend their own inquiries. Students’ performance at critiques, and meetings with the instructor, will be considered in the evaluation. Projects are to be completed on time. Projects must demonstrate an intentional and considered relationship between material and conceptual properties, as well as curiosity, imagination, skill and resourcefulness on the part of the artist. Project development must be evident at every meeting with the instructor and presentation, both verbal and visual will be judged at critiques.

Attendance and punctuality are very important. We are in a pandemic. Please do not come to class if you are unwell. Email the professor to let them know. It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.