Spring 2024 - CA 367 D100

Seminar in Visual Art II (3)

Class Number: 6353

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 366. Corequisite: CA 361.



A seminar course to be taken by all students in CA 361. It deals with visual arts topics of an historical, critical and theoretical nature that concern practicing artists in the contemporary context. Students will be required to present research papers. Each research subject will be studied in connection with the student's own artistic work. Students with credit for FPA 367 may not take this course for further credit.


This course is a co-requisite with CA 361. This seminar enables students to develop a greater understanding of some of the theoretical issues important to the practice and reception of contemporary art.

The assigned readings are intended to build a theoretical framework to inform a critical contemporary studio practice. Reading and sythensizing challenging material and developing a curiosity and appreciation for aesthetic and other theory is a course goal. A particular thematic of this seminar will focus on the approach suggested by Spring 2024 Audain Visual Artist-in-Residence, Iman Issa. 

Students are responsible for coming to class prepared to fully engage in the weekly readings. Students will present readings, make weekly posts on canvas regarding each reading, perform in class exercises, write a research paper and present their research to the class.


  • In Class presentations/discussion/comments/preparedness and comprehension of readings (also includes discussion on Canvas discussion pages) 35%
  • Essay Proposal 10%
  • Essay Presentation (in person or in class) 10%
  • Final Essay 30%
  • Participation/planning for exhibition "program" with Iman Issa 5%
  • Artist Statement 10%


Grading will be announced during the first class.



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