Spring 2022 - CA 461 D100

Studio in Visual Art VI (5)

Class Number: 7699

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 460 and status as an approved major in visual art.



Permits students completing the visual art major to work in an open and critical studio situation. Students continue to develop a body of work begun in CA (or FPA) 460 for their graduating exhibition at the end of the term. Preparation and installation of the exhibition is part of the course requirement. A course materials fee is required. Students with credit for FPA 461 may not take this course for further credit.


This course is the culmination of the four years of studio practice in the BFA. It is designed to facilitate critical studio production and class critiques of work. The course also focuses on all aspects of the organization, promotion, design and mounting of the BFA graduating exhibition in April. Discussions will include professional practices and the artist’s relation to gallery/museum. Students will develop their proposed projects in consultation with the instructor.

Students are expected work independently on self-motivated studio projects and to participate in class critiques.

(Exhibition/Studio Participation includes exhibition planning, prep and take-down as well as contribution to class discussions and critiques. Participation also includes discussions with professor about the planning of your work and how you incorporate feedback from professor and peers)


  • Projects 70%
  • Exhibition/Studio Participation 30%


Grades are determined according to the student’s level of:

  • seriousness of engagement with their practice and the problems posed during the course
  • openness and willingness to pursue avenues of investigation relevant to their own progress and needs of their work

  • openness to and awareness of issues in contemporary art
  • complexity of ideas manifested in projects and how those ideas are transformed into material existence ie. understanding of the relationship between materials used and an artwork’s connotation

  • understanding of the chosen process of production
  • attention paid to the “finish” of works: care of fabrication appropriate to works; presentation of works

  • contribution to critiques: level of thoughtful analysis of works

  • ability and willingness to integrate feedback from critiques and from instructor into one’s practice i.e. future work and the thinking about one’s own work and other artist’s work
  • development of work over the semester: degree of advancement attained beyond entering level of achievement

  • ongoing contribution to class group as a whole


Please note the following:

• 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.
• Students are expected to be in class and working during scheduled class times; material collection, research, etc., is to be done outside of class.
• Students are expected to spend at least as much time on the course outside of class as in class, i.e. 3 hr class + 3 hr extra.
• Complete your projects to meet deadlines. This includes organizing your work for online critique prior to the beginning of class. Marks will be deducted due to late projects.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


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.