Spring 2024 - CA 461 D100

Studio in Visual Art VI (5)

Class Number: 6350

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • 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.


Critical and historical mindedness: a critical and historical understanding of the place of art in the world; the ability to apply historical knowledge and multiple critical perspectives to their own artistic and scholarly disciplines and practices.

Disciplinary aptitude and capacity for creation and expression: the capability to work skilfully and creatively in their chosen areas of artistic practice and/or scholarship; the ability to compellingly and convincingly articulate and communicate their individual intellectual and artistic visions in appropriate forms. 

Interdisciplinary knowledge and collaboration: knowledge of multiple disciplines of artistic production through academic study, experiential learning, and learning-by-doing; facility in creative and/or scholarly collaboration within and across disciplines; an ability to work with others--artists, scholars, the community; the capacity to give and receive constructive feedback.

Openness to experimentation and surprise: a receptiveness to encountering and learning things that cannot be anticipated; an openness to embracing unexpected opportunities to gain knowledge, to gather experience, and to expand their artistic and scholarly range.

Artistic and intellectual independence: an ability to work on one's own, to define artistic and scholarly projects, and to carry them out independently; disciplined reading, writing, research, and technical skills useful for the independent, creative, and collaborative tasks required in varied artistic and professional settings.



  • projects (including research/notebook, installation work) 70%
  • class participation (including exhibition planning, prep and take-down) 30%





Projects must demonstrate an intentional and considered relationship between material, conceptual and methodological properties, as well as curiosity, imagination, skill and resourcefulness on the part of the artist.

The proper use of shop equipment, cleanup, and responsible sharing of jobs and tools is also taken into consideration when grading.

The student is required to keep a sketchbook or other form of research notes.  To ensure that meetings with the instructor are focused and useful students must come fully prepared (with sketches, image archives, notes etc.).

Students are expected to fulfil the requirements of any in-class assignments given, for example, reading a specific text or researching certain artists.

Through discussion with the group, it is each student’s responsibility to find the most effective ways to offer their time, knowledge, skill and curiosity to the complex task of mounting the BFA exhibition.  Students are expected to participate fully in the planning and mounting of the exhibition.

Students’ performance at critiques, meetings with the instructor, and their studio habits will be considered in the evaluations.

Students are expected to attend all studio classes and be actively working during class.

Projects are to be completed on time and properly installed for critiques with attention to presentation (prepared walls, floors and lighting).

Project development must be evident at every meeting with the instructor and presentation, both verbal and visual will be judged at critiques.



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Registrar Notes:


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