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School for the Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts

This program leads to a bachelor of arts (BA) degree.

Within the fine and performing arts, there are lively debates about the meaning and significance of individual artworks, as well as their relationships to audiences and to other forms of culture. The program investigates art and culture with attention to the historically changing forms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and aesthetics. It provides students with the knowledge, research and communication skills needed to participate effectively in contemporary debates about art and culture. The core program includes two introductory studio courses from a multidisciplinary range of choices; these provide the experience of the creative process in dance, music, theatre, video or visual art. The program is interdisciplinary, but also provides a knowledge of and sensitivity to the distinctive qualities of specific art forms. Course selection beyond the program’s core is flexible and students are encouraged to shape their studies in the school, or in the University at large.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most CA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study. Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is, or includes, ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Academic Continuance Policy

Policy:

All students who successfully complete the acceptance process within the School for the Contemporary Arts are offered the status of “Major” in a specific area of study entering the first year. In order to remain a major, all students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67. Students that fall below the 2.67 will have a limited time (see process below) to bring the average up before losing their status as a major.

Process:

All SCA student GPA levels will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, normally at the end of the Spring semester. A student who falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67 will be notified of their probation status as a major with a limited time to adjust their CA GPA. Students will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and Advisor and plan their academic career for either re-establishing the Major or pursuing an FCAT BA with a double minor program. If the student does not bring the cumulative GPA in CA courses to 2.67 in the allotted time, he/she will be dropped from the major. If the student is in first or second year of study within the major and falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67, the student will have two semesters to bring up their average to 2.67. If the student is in third year of their major, they will have one semester to bring their average to 2.67. Students who lose their status as a major in the SCA will have the option of pursuing the extended minor as part of the double minor BA option in FCAT, or via other options in the university. In extraordinary circumstances, the area coordinator and director of the school will review academic continuance policy cases.

Lower Divison Requirements for Both Streams

Students in both streams complete a total of 27 units including all of:

CA 137 - The History and Aesthetics of Cinema II (3)

This course will examine selected developments in cinema from 1945 to the present, with attention to various styles of artistic expression in film. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 137 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joseph Clark
Mo 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
D101
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D102
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
D103
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 200, Vancouver
D104
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
D105
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
HCC 1425, Vancouver
D106
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 1425, Vancouver
CA 168 - Visual Art and Culture II (3)

A study of the visual arts from the twentieth century to the present, with attention to the artists, artworks, movements, and discourses that re-defined the functions and meanings of art. The debates of modernism, postmodernity, postcolonialism, feminism, and the avant-garde will be systematically explored. Students with credit for FPA 168 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Claudette Lauzon
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
CA 186 - Art and the Moving Image (3)

Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well. Students with credit for FPA 186 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 210 - Artworks, Theories, Contexts (3)

Introduces theoretical concepts and historical issues that have informed the creation, perception, interpretation, and analysis of selected artworks in formative epochs, such as the Renaissance, Romanticism, Modernism, or Postmodernism. Prerequisite: 21 units including six in the history or theory of the fine or performing arts and CA (or FPA) 168. Students with credit for FPA 210 may not take this course for further credit.

Art and Performance Studies Stream

Lower Division Requirements

In addition to he lower division courses required for both streams, students in the Art and Performance Studies stream must complete:

CA 167 - Visual Art and Culture I (3)

An introduction to the visual arts of the nineteenth century. Formal and thematic approaches to the arts will be introduced, with attention to the social, institutional, national, and international contexts of art. Students with credit for FPA 167 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Plus six units from below:

CA 136 - The History and Aesthetics of Cinema I (3)

This course will examine the early development of cinema from 1890 until about 1945, with particular emphasis on the fundamental principles of film as an art form. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 136 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 140 - Music after 1900 (3)

An introductory survey of major historical trends and practices of music in the 20th and 21st centuries as revealed by the study of selected music examples. Critical issues fundamental to an understanding of contemporary composition will be examined (e.g. impressionism, twelve-tone music, indeterminacy, the role of technology, improvisation). May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 140 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
CA 227 - History of Dance: From the 20th Century to the Present (3)

Study of the development of modern dance and the reformation of the ballet from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on seminal dance artists and the impact their work has had upon the art form in western theatre dance. This course may be of particular interest to a range of students in departments across the University. Prerequisite: 12 credits. Students with credit for FPA 227 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Megan Andrews
Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
E101
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2205, GOLDCORP
CA 228W - Dance Aesthetics (3)

An introduction to aesthetic theory as it applies to dance. Lectures will address, among other things, the nature of aesthetic experience, as well as issues pertaining to critical judgment, communication, taste, and high and low art. Students with credit for FPA 228W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CA 235 - Experimental Film and Video (3)

A survey of the key works and ideas that have informed contemporary moving image art practice nationally and internationally. Beginning with antecedents in painting and photography, the course will move forward from the early European avant-garde to the lyrical and structural works of the seventies, the issue-based work of the eighties, and finally the gallery-based practices of the present day. Intended for all students with an interest in the moving image as an art form. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 167 or 168 or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 235 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Joseph Clark
We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
CA 257W - Context of Theatre I (3)

A conceptual approach to a selected body of dramatic work focusing on the detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts, their historical context, their development and production histories. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the evolving relationship between theatre and its audience. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 257W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 211 - Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the art and literature of the Italian Renaissance (c. 1300-c. 1500). Studies the major developments in Renaissance Italian painting, sculpture and architecture alongside some of the most influential texts of the period. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

And six units from below:

CA 120 - Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular (3)

A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every semester including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May repeat for credit. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Shauna Elton
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
E200 Marion Rose Landers
Mo, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
DFA 300, Burnaby
CA 129 - Movement Fundamentals (3)

This studio/theory course incorporates techniques of body awareness, centering, and structural realignment. The emphasis is on body conditioning and body connectedness. This course will be of interest to dancers, actors, kinesiologists, and athletes. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and extended minor program. Students with credit for FPA 129 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 150 - Introduction to Acting I (3)

An approach to the elements of acting based on improvisation, with some attention to working from established texts. Focus will be placed on the development of the actor's instrument. The work will include the development of individual powers of expression - vocally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, and emotionally. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alexander Ferguson
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
E200 Tanya Elchuk
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SP 291, Surrey
CA 160 - Introductory Studio in Visual Art I (3)

A hands-on studio course modeled on the progressive development of artistic practice from simple mark-making to full scale installation. Through a process of continuous transformation, an original idea is developed in a sequence of methods, materials and scales. Some research is required. A course materials fee is required. Students with credit for FPA 160 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 170 - Introduction to Production Technology (3)

An introduction to the processes, tools and technology used in the production and presentation of the fine and performing arts. Course requirements will include hands-on assignments in the production of theatre, dance, and music events. Students will work directly with equipment and materials, and are expected to be involved in work on productions and exhibitions outside of lecture and lab hours. Laboratory fee required. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 170 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyla Gardiner
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D103
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D104
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
CA 243 - Gamelan I (3)

Practical and theoretical study of music for gamelan ensemble, based on, but not limited to, traditional Javanese music. This course is designed as an introduction to the study of the music of non-Western cultures and as a method of developing ensemble musicianship. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 243 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cheryl Prophet
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

Upper Division Requirements

Students are encouraged to plan in advance, as some upper division courses may not be offered each year. Students who wish to complete upper division courses must make sure they have the disciplinary prerequisites and should be aware that studio courses may have limited enrolments.

Students complete a minimum of 28 units from the list below, including a minimum 12 units within CA:

CMNS 334 - Cultural Policy (4)

Examination of the modern foundations and current policy processes of federal, provincial and municipal policies for the arts, cultural industries and heritage. Related social policies, such as bilingualism and multiculturalism, and the international context of Canadian cultural policy, will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CMNS 261 and one of CMNS 230 or 240.

CA 312 - Selected Topics in Art and Culture Studies (3) *

Investigates a selected thematic topic in art and culture studies, for example, postcolonial theory and the arts; perception and embodiment; art activism and resistance; or urban art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units.

CA 314 - Readings in the History of Art and Culture (3) *

Investigates a selected historical topic in art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 167, 186, 210.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Yani Kong
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 317 - Introduction to Performance Studies (4)

Traces the interdisciplinary origins of performance studies and brings its concepts and methods to bear on dance, music, theatre, performance art, and media performance. Prerequisite: 45 units including one history/theory course within the School for the Contemporary Arts. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 311 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 317 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 319W - Critical Writing in the Arts (3)

Examines aspects of critical writing associated with the fine and performing arts and encourages students to participate as writers in the artistic and cultural debates of their day. Forms examined will include but not be limited to reviews, articles, descriptive synopses for exhibition and festival programs, curatorial essays, project proposals and artists' statements. Prerequisite: 60 units including at least six units in CA (or FPA) history/theory courses. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 319 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 319W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Lauren Marsden
Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte
We 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
CA 335 - Introduction to Film Theory (4)

This course is concerned with the systematic understanding of the general phenomenon called Cinema rather than with the properties or techniques of individual films. Various theoretical positions will be assessed and compared in terms of cinematic practice and its ideological functions. Prerequisite: Six units from among CA (or FPA) 136, 137, 211, 236, 237. Recommended: CA (or FPA) 210. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students who have credit for CA (or FPA) 234 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 335 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 337 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (4)

An intermediate course in critical studies in film addressing a variety of topics. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 6 credits in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 436) or 9 credits in CA (or FPA) courses including CA (or FPA) 136 or 137.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
CA 341 - World Music (3)

The relationship of music and culture, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and indigenous cultures of North America. Specific cultural areas may be selected for intensive study in any particular term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FPA 341 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 359 - Selected Topics in Theatre (3)

A specific topic in theatre which is not otherwise covered in-depth in regular courses. The work may be practical, theoretical or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 30 lower division credits.

CA 389 - Selected Topics in the Fine and Performing Arts II (3)

A specific topic in fine and performing arts which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses and which is not appropriately placed within a single arts discipline. The work will be practical, theoretical, or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. Prerequisite: 30 units of CA (or FPA) courses. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Eldritch Priest
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 401 - Directed Studies (Theory/History) (3)

This course is intended to provide opportunity for advanced students to carry out an independent project which is planned and completed in close consultation with the supervisory instructor. Before enrolment, the student must submit a written proposal outlining the project in detail to the chosen supervisor for approval. Directed studies courses may not be used as a substitute for existing courses. May repeat for credit.Variable units 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. Prerequisite: 60 units plus a minimum standing of completion of second year in any of the programs offered in the School for the Contemporary Arts, and prior approval.

CA 406 - Internship in Contemporary Arts II (4)

This course is intended for advanced students to gain hands-on learning experience with an arts organization. This can include artist run centres, film festivals,media arts or performance venues, galleries, museums, and arts publications. The student's time in the internship should total approximately 140 hours, to be carried out over the course of a semester. Projects can involve research, writing, organizing events, curating exhibitions and programs, public relations, media production, archiving, and related activities. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 60 units.

CA 406 - Internship in Contemporary Arts II (4)

This course is intended for advanced students to gain hands-on learning experience with an arts organization. This can include artist run centres, film festivals,media arts or performance venues, galleries, museums, and arts publications. The student's time in the internship should total approximately 140 hours, to be carried out over the course of a semester. Projects can involve research, writing, organizing events, curating exhibitions and programs, public relations, media production, archiving, and related activities. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 60 units.

CA 412 - Advanced Seminar in Art and Culture Studies (4) *

Provides an in-depth investigation of a selected theoretical, historical or thematic topic in art and culture studies. This course requires independent research leading to a substantial paper, as well as directed reading preparation for seminars. Topics will vary from term to term. The course may be repeated when different topics are offered. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units and CA (or FPA) 210.

CA 414 - Advanced Topic in the History of Art and Culture (3) *

An in-depth investigation of a selected topic in the history of art and culture. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 167, 186, CA (or FPA) 210 and 45 units.

CA 436 - Advanced Seminar in Film and Video Studies (4)

Features intensive study and analysis of selected topics in film theory, history, criticism and aesthetics. Examples include: work of specific directors or periods; theories of narrativity; particular aspects of national cinemas, etc. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 335 or 337.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Laura Marks
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 485 - Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Contemporary Arts (5)

A studio course focusing on creative collaborations between artists of different disciplines. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaboration between senior students in dance, film, music, theatre and visual art. Prerequisite: One CA (or FPA) studio course at the upper level, a CGPA of 3.0 and an overall average of 3.5 in CA (or FPA) courses. Students with credit for FPA 485 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robert Kitsos
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
CA 489 - Interdisciplinary Project in FPA (5)

This course permits students to explore the relationships among the arts by undertaking creative projects involving more than one art form. Students will work under the close supervision of one or more faculty and will be required to discuss their work on a regular basis with others involved in the course. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 45 CA (or FPA) units.

GSWS 431 - Local Sex on Global Screen (4)

Examines the globalization of sexual cultures and the emergence of queer cinema and screen culture outside of North America and Europe. Prerequisite: 45 units including six units in GSWS or WS or GDST.

HUM 309 - Literatures and the Arts Across Cultures (4)

An interdisciplinary study of literary texts in translation and/or art forms across cultures and periods. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for HUM 381 or 382 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
HUM 311 - Italian Renaissance Humanism (4)

A study of the major writings, cultural milieu, and influence of the humanist movement of the Italian Renaissance. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Emily O'Brien
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
HUM 385 - Selected Topics in European Studies (4)

An interdisciplinary approach to a topic focusing on European thought and culture. Prerequisite: 45 units.

HUM 422 - The Humanities and the Critique of Culture (4)

Focuses on the role and practice of cultural critique in the humanities based upon a selection of materials and analytical texts across disciplines. Prerequisite: 45 units, including HUM 101. Breadth-Humanities.

SA 245 - Cultures and Images (A) (4)

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of visual anthropology through exploring the creation, circulation, and consumption of images among and between members of diverse cultures in the contemporary world. Topics to be covered include the use of photographs, film and video as a tool in ethnographic research; the use and implications of new information technologies; the 'reading' of photographs, film and video from an anthropological perspective; the emergence and development of non-Western visual media. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 460 - Special Topics in Sociology and Anthropology I (SA) (4)

An advanced seminar devoted to an in-depth examination of a topic not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Other CA courses can be sbstituted for courses on this list with permission from area.

* may be completed more than once for credit if the topic changes

Cinema Studies Stream

Lower Division Requirements

In addition to the lower division courses required for both streams, students in the Cinema Studies stream must complete:

CA 136 - The History and Aesthetics of Cinema I (3)

This course will examine the early development of cinema from 1890 until about 1945, with particular emphasis on the fundamental principles of film as an art form. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 136 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

One of:

CA 235 - Experimental Film and Video (3) ***

A survey of the key works and ideas that have informed contemporary moving image art practice nationally and internationally. Beginning with antecedents in painting and photography, the course will move forward from the early European avant-garde to the lyrical and structural works of the seventies, the issue-based work of the eighties, and finally the gallery-based practices of the present day. Intended for all students with an interest in the moving image as an art form. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 167 or 168 or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 235 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E200 Joseph Clark
We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4955, GOLDCORP
CA 236 - Cinema in Canada (3)

Examines the achievements of dramatic, documentary and experimental filmmaking in Canada from the earliest days until the present. Special attention will be paid to the cinemas of Quebec and western Canada, and to the cultural, political and theoretical traditions that have shaped contemporary cinema in Canada. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 3 units in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 186, 235, 237, 335, 337, 436) or 30 units. Students with credit for FPA 236 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 237 - Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (3) ***

This course will cover a specific topic within the field of film and video studies not covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 3 units in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 335, 337, 436) or 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP

And one of:

CA 140 - Music after 1900 (3)

An introductory survey of major historical trends and practices of music in the 20th and 21st centuries as revealed by the study of selected music examples. Critical issues fundamental to an understanding of contemporary composition will be examined (e.g. impressionism, twelve-tone music, indeterminacy, the role of technology, improvisation). May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 140 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
CA 167 - Visual Art and Culture I (3)

An introduction to the visual arts of the nineteenth century. Formal and thematic approaches to the arts will be introduced, with attention to the social, institutional, national, and international contexts of art. Students with credit for FPA 167 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 227 - History of Dance: From the 20th Century to the Present (3)

Study of the development of modern dance and the reformation of the ballet from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on seminal dance artists and the impact their work has had upon the art form in western theatre dance. This course may be of particular interest to a range of students in departments across the University. Prerequisite: 12 credits. Students with credit for FPA 227 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Megan Andrews
Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
E101
Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2205, GOLDCORP
CA 228W - Dance Aesthetics (3)

An introduction to aesthetic theory as it applies to dance. Lectures will address, among other things, the nature of aesthetic experience, as well as issues pertaining to critical judgment, communication, taste, and high and low art. Students with credit for FPA 228W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CA 257W - Context of Theatre I (3)

A conceptual approach to a selected body of dramatic work focusing on the detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts, their historical context, their development and production histories. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the evolving relationship between theatre and its audience. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 257W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 211 - Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the art and literature of the Italian Renaissance (c. 1300-c. 1500). Studies the major developments in Renaissance Italian painting, sculpture and architecture alongside some of the most influential texts of the period. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Plus six units from below:

CA 120 - Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular (3)

A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every semester including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May repeat for credit. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Shauna Elton
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
GCA 4525, GOLDCORP
E200 Marion Rose Landers
Mo, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
DFA 300, Burnaby
CA 129 - Movement Fundamentals (3)

This studio/theory course incorporates techniques of body awareness, centering, and structural realignment. The emphasis is on body conditioning and body connectedness. This course will be of interest to dancers, actors, kinesiologists, and athletes. This is one of four courses required for entry into the dance major and extended minor program. Students with credit for FPA 129 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 150 - Introduction to Acting I (3)

An approach to the elements of acting based on improvisation, with some attention to working from established texts. Focus will be placed on the development of the actor's instrument. The work will include the development of individual powers of expression - vocally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, and emotionally. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 150 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alexander Ferguson
Mo, We 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
E200 Tanya Elchuk
Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SP 291, Surrey
CA 160 - Introductory Studio in Visual Art I (3)

A hands-on studio course modeled on the progressive development of artistic practice from simple mark-making to full scale installation. Through a process of continuous transformation, an original idea is developed in a sequence of methods, materials and scales. Some research is required. A course materials fee is required. Students with credit for FPA 160 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 170 - Introduction to Production Technology (3)

An introduction to the processes, tools and technology used in the production and presentation of the fine and performing arts. Course requirements will include hands-on assignments in the production of theatre, dance, and music events. Students will work directly with equipment and materials, and are expected to be involved in work on productions and exhibitions outside of lecture and lab hours. Laboratory fee required. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 170 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kyla Gardiner
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 2210, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D103
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
D104
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA B2260, GOLDCORP
CA 238W - Screenwriting I (3)

This course introduces the methodologies of writing for the screen in various styles, including dramatic, documentary and experimental forms, with an emphasis on structure and the creative expression of visual ideas. Students will perform a variety of writing assignments and each will be expected to complete one or more short original scripts. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 136, 137 or 253 and prior approval. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 332 or 238 for credit may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 238W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
CA 243 - Gamelan I (3)

Practical and theoretical study of music for gamelan ensemble, based on, but not limited to, traditional Javanese music. This course is designed as an introduction to the study of the music of non-Western cultures and as a method of developing ensemble musicianship. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 243 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cheryl Prophet
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

*** Cannot be repeated for credit within the degree requirements

Upper Division Requirements

Students are encouraged to plan in advance, as some upper division courses may not be offered each year. Students who wish to complete upper division courses must make sure they have the disciplinary prerequisites and should be aware that studio courses may have limited enrollments.

Students must complete a minimum of 28 units, including all of:

CA 335 - Introduction to Film Theory (4)

This course is concerned with the systematic understanding of the general phenomenon called Cinema rather than with the properties or techniques of individual films. Various theoretical positions will be assessed and compared in terms of cinematic practice and its ideological functions. Prerequisite: Six units from among CA (or FPA) 136, 137, 211, 236, 237. Recommended: CA (or FPA) 210. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students who have credit for CA (or FPA) 234 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 335 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 337 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (4) *

An intermediate course in critical studies in film addressing a variety of topics. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 6 credits in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 436) or 9 credits in CA (or FPA) courses including CA (or FPA) 136 or 137.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
CA 436 - Advanced Seminar in Film and Video Studies (4) *

Features intensive study and analysis of selected topics in film theory, history, criticism and aesthetics. Examples include: work of specific directors or periods; theories of narrativity; particular aspects of national cinemas, etc. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 335 or 337.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Laura Marks
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP

Remaining units can be drawn from related courses offered in other departments throughout the university including:

CMNS 310 - Media and Modernity (4)

An examination of the social and cultural influences of media on western social thought with particular reference to the emergence of the concept of modernity. This includes a review of nineteenth and early twentieth century criticisms of modernity associated with romanticism, Marxism, cultural conservatism, fascism, and non-Western social thought. Prerequisite: Two of CMNS 210, 221, 240.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alison Beale
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
D101
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
D102
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
D104
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2260, Vancouver
CMNS 322 - Documentary Media (4)

Introduction to the history and theory of documentary film, focusing on a range of examples from the 1920's to the present. Explores the shifting definition of documentary and realism. Prerequisite: 60 units including CMNS 220; or FPA 135, 136 or 137. Students with credit for CMNS 386 with the topic "Problems in Documentary" may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 334 - Cultural Policy (4)

Examination of the modern foundations and current policy processes of federal, provincial and municipal policies for the arts, cultural industries and heritage. Related social policies, such as bilingualism and multiculturalism, and the international context of Canadian cultural policy, will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CMNS 261 and one of CMNS 230 or 240.

ENGL 376 - Special Studies (4) +

The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.

ENGL 383 - Studies in Popular Literature and Culture (4) +

A study of popular literature and its cultural contexts. May be defined by genre, author, period, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 45 units. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught, though students who obtained credit for ENGL 363 prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Torsten Kehler
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10011, Burnaby
D101
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
ENGL 484W - Topics in Media, Culture and Performance (4) +

Investigates and theorizes the relation of literature and media (manuscript, print, visual, aural, electronic, and/or oral) within their cultural and/or performative contexts. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: One 300 division English course, or permission of instructor. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Students with credit for ENGL 484 may not take this course for further credit. Students who obtained credit for English 484W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

ENGL 486W - Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Literature (4) +

The study of selected literary works as they intersect with and are shaped by issues of gender and sexuality. May be organized by theme, critical approach, historical period, or individual author. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: One 300 division English course. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 486W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 486 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CA 308 - Contemporary Arts Field School I (Theory/History) (4) **

A scholarly exploration of artistic traditions and practices in the country being visited, with special attention to cultural, theoretical, historical and political contexts. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A minimum of 30 units and approval of Field School Director.

CA 312 - Selected Topics in Art and Culture Studies (3) **

Investigates a selected thematic topic in art and culture studies, for example, postcolonial theory and the arts; perception and embodiment; art activism and resistance; or urban art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units.

CA 314 - Readings in the History of Art and Culture (3) +

Investigates a selected historical topic in art and culture. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 167, 186, 210.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Yani Kong
Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 317 - Introduction to Performance Studies (4)

Traces the interdisciplinary origins of performance studies and brings its concepts and methods to bear on dance, music, theatre, performance art, and media performance. Prerequisite: 45 units including one history/theory course within the School for the Contemporary Arts. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 311 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 317 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 319W - Critical Writing in the Arts (3)

Examines aspects of critical writing associated with the fine and performing arts and encourages students to participate as writers in the artistic and cultural debates of their day. Forms examined will include but not be limited to reviews, articles, descriptive synopses for exhibition and festival programs, curatorial essays, project proposals and artists' statements. Prerequisite: 60 units including at least six units in CA (or FPA) history/theory courses. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 319 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 319W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Lauren Marsden
Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte
We 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1505, Vancouver
CA 337 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (4) *

An intermediate course in critical studies in film addressing a variety of topics. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 6 credits in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 436) or 9 credits in CA (or FPA) courses including CA (or FPA) 136 or 137.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Patricia Gruben
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
CA 338W - Screenwriting II (3)

This course will present advanced theory and techniques for writing dramatic, experimental and documentary film and video scripts. Additional topics covered include script analysis, production breakdown, and the writing of treatments and proposals. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 238 or 353 or 457 and prior approval. Strongly recommended for all students developing projects for production in CA (or FPA) 430. Students with credit for FPA 338W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

CA 389 - Selected Topics in the Fine and Performing Arts II (3) **

A specific topic in fine and performing arts which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses and which is not appropriately placed within a single arts discipline. The work will be practical, theoretical, or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. Prerequisite: 30 units of CA (or FPA) courses. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Eldritch Priest
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 401 - Directed Studies (Theory/History) (3)

This course is intended to provide opportunity for advanced students to carry out an independent project which is planned and completed in close consultation with the supervisory instructor. Before enrolment, the student must submit a written proposal outlining the project in detail to the chosen supervisor for approval. Directed studies courses may not be used as a substitute for existing courses. May repeat for credit.Variable units 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. Prerequisite: 60 units plus a minimum standing of completion of second year in any of the programs offered in the School for the Contemporary Arts, and prior approval.

CA 406 - Internship in Contemporary Arts II (4)

This course is intended for advanced students to gain hands-on learning experience with an arts organization. This can include artist run centres, film festivals,media arts or performance venues, galleries, museums, and arts publications. The student's time in the internship should total approximately 140 hours, to be carried out over the course of a semester. Projects can involve research, writing, organizing events, curating exhibitions and programs, public relations, media production, archiving, and related activities. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 60 units.

CA 408 - Contemporary Arts Field School III (Theory/History) (4) **

A scholarly exploration of artistic traditions and practices in the country being visited, with special attention to cultural, theoretical, historical and political contexts. Prerequisite: A minimum of 30 units and approval of Field School Director. Students with credit for FPA 408 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 412 - Advanced Seminar in Art and Culture Studies (4) +

Provides an in-depth investigation of a selected theoretical, historical or thematic topic in art and culture studies. This course requires independent research leading to a substantial paper, as well as directed reading preparation for seminars. Topics will vary from term to term. The course may be repeated when different topics are offered. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Eight upper division units and CA (or FPA) 210.

CA 414 - Advanced Topic in the History of Art and Culture (3) +

An in-depth investigation of a selected topic in the history of art and culture. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 167, 186, CA (or FPA) 210 and 45 units.

CA 436 - Advanced Seminar in Film and Video Studies (4) *

Features intensive study and analysis of selected topics in film theory, history, criticism and aesthetics. Examples include: work of specific directors or periods; theories of narrativity; particular aspects of national cinemas, etc. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 335 or 337.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Laura Marks
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
CA 485 - Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Contemporary Arts (5)

A studio course focusing on creative collaborations between artists of different disciplines. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaboration between senior students in dance, film, music, theatre and visual art. Prerequisite: One CA (or FPA) studio course at the upper level, a CGPA of 3.0 and an overall average of 3.5 in CA (or FPA) courses. Students with credit for FPA 485 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robert Kitsos
Th 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP
CA 489 - Interdisciplinary Project in FPA (5)

This course permits students to explore the relationships among the arts by undertaking creative projects involving more than one art form. Students will work under the close supervision of one or more faculty and will be required to discuss their work on a regular basis with others involved in the course. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 45 CA (or FPA) units.

HIST 433W - Italian Films, Italian Histories (4)

Explores the representation of modern Italian history through the medium of film. Prerequisite: 45 units, including nine units of lower division history, or permission of the instructor. Students with credit for HIST 433 and/or HIST 486 in Fall 2007 (1077) may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Garfinkel
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
FREN 352 - French and Francophone Cultures through Films and/or Media Texts (3) **

Explores various cultural topics of French and Francophone countries (Europe, America, Africa, Asia) with the aid of visual and/or media text documents. Prerequisite: FREN 222. Students with B+ in FREN 221 may take FREN 222 and FREN 352 concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gaelle Planchenault
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
FREN 452 - Topics in French and Francophone Cultures or Cinemas (3) **

Study of selected topics relating to French and Francophone cultures or films. Prerequisite: FREN 230 or 240 or 245, FREN 270 or 275 or LING 222, FREN 301W, and at least one 300-level group A (ling.) or group B (lit.) course.

GSWS 401 - Research Project (5)

Individual or small group studies of community problems. The students will submit a prospectus for the project at least two months before the study is undertaken. The project will be directed by one of the faculty members of the program. Prerequisite: Nine units in GSWS including GSWS 101 (or WS 101) and/or GSWS 102 (or WS 102) and approval of the course proposal by the department. Students with credit for WS 401 may not take this course for further credit.

HUM 309 - Literatures and the Arts Across Cultures (4)

An interdisciplinary study of literary texts in translation and/or art forms across cultures and periods. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for HUM 381 or 382 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
HUM 311 - Italian Renaissance Humanism (4)

A study of the major writings, cultural milieu, and influence of the humanist movement of the Italian Renaissance. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Emily O'Brien
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
HUM 385 - Selected Topics in European Studies (4)

An interdisciplinary approach to a topic focusing on European thought and culture. Prerequisite: 45 units.

HUM 422 - The Humanities and the Critique of Culture (4)

Focuses on the role and practice of cultural critique in the humanities based upon a selection of materials and analytical texts across disciplines. Prerequisite: 45 units, including HUM 101. Breadth-Humanities.

SA 245 - Cultures and Images (A) (4)

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of visual anthropology through exploring the creation, circulation, and consumption of images among and between members of diverse cultures in the contemporary world. Topics to be covered include the use of photographs, film and video as a tool in ethnographic research; the use and implications of new information technologies; the 'reading' of photographs, film and video from an anthropological perspective; the emergence and development of non-Western visual media. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 460 - Special Topics in Sociology and Anthropology I (SA) (4)

An advanced seminar devoted to an in-depth examination of a topic not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Other CA courses can be substituted for courses on this list with permission from area.

* Can be repeated as an elective if the topic of the course changes.

** Only when the topic is cinema/media/theory of relevance; prior approval required.

+ Can be repeated as an elective if the topic of the course changes. Only when the topic is cinema/media/theory of relevance; prior approval required.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.