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

Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Minor

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. Art and culture studies investigates the arts with attention to the historically changing forms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and aesthetics. This interdisciplinary program provides a knowledge of and sensitivity to the specific qualities of diverse artforms. The program is an excellent foundation for a dynamic, lifelong interest in the fine and performing arts, while complementing other programs of study.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission.

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.

Program Requirements

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.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 15 units, including all of

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 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.

and one of

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 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

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 17 units, including

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.

and a minimum of 10 units from

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 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 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.

and three units of upper division history or theory courses from within the School for the Contemporary Arts. Visual and Performance Studies courses in the list above can be used to fulfil this requirement.

* may be completed again for credit if topic changes and three units of upper division history or theory courses from within the School for the Contemporary Arts. The Art and Culture courses in the list above can be used to fulfil this requirement.

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.