Visual and Creative Arts Diploma Curriculum

Haliburton School of Art + Design

Accepting Applications for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Haliburton Campus
Program code:
VCA
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$3,025.72 per semester*
International:
$8,673.79 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
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Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

ARTS 959
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students begin to use materials to explore formal three-dimensional design theory. Three-dimensional design encompasses art and non-art objects as well as the built environment. Through the creation of a series of three-dimensional forms the student increases their capacity to "think with materials" while developing personal choices in context, subject and meaning. Interactive studio lectures, discussions, and collaborative activities will expand critical thinking and problem solving skills as students examine their relationship to three-dimensional design practices.

ARTS 956
Units/ Hours: 45

This survey course provides an introduction to the major styles and movements of Western art history, from the sources of Impressionism to the end of the twentieth century. It will briefly reference the roots of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from ancient art to the movements of Neo-Classicism and Romanticism. The course provides an important frame of reference for further explorations in contemporary art issues or art history. Using studio, lectures, research, and presentations, emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the key styles, methods and principles of artists and art processes of interest to the individual student.

ARTS 957
Units/ Hours: 60

The contemporary artist can better understand themselves, their values, and their own works when related to the events constantly unfolding in current realms of art, craft, design, science, and technology. The boundaries of these worlds are disappearing as collaborative endeavors share the materials, techniques, and design processes in the pursuit of new insights. Through critical exercises, research, and presentations, students will develop a strengthened vision and vocabulary about visual art. They will engage in a study of the art world at various levels through studio tours, research, and critical discussion. Emphasis will be placed on appreciation of the wealth of insights afforded by the well-structured critique. This course will include a three day visit to a variety of urban arts venues; a rich experience which will support the establishment of personal themes and goals in the students' own visual arts practices.

ARTS 960
Units/ Hours: 45

Effective works of art engage the viewer on sensory, emotional, and intellectual levels. Through an understanding of the principles and elements of design in the development of the art object, the student is better able to reflect on both their own work and that of others. This understanding affords insight into the way that certain aspects of a visual experience can stimulate responses in the audience. Students will realize the basic elements and principles of two-dimensional design through a variety of applied exercises using paint and collage in conjunction with examples from design history. Through research, discussion, critical thinking, and design projects, students begin to recognize and understand the powerful implications of different design solutions.

ARTS 961
Units/ Hours: 45

In this overview of drawing practices, students will investigate these purposes and processes through research, sample drawings, and presentations. Visualization, ideation, notation and communication afford valuable processes for many types of art making. Rendering skills will be analyzed through depiction of a variety of subject matter. Students will execute samples of expressive drawings as examined in both historical and contemporary works. Students will also explore the properties of various drawing media and supports.

ARTS 962
Units/ Hours: 27

Artistic expression is accessed through a wide range of media and disciplines. In this course students will have the opportunity to visit specialized studio practices for a hands on experience. This will afford a direct insight into the tools, materials and potential interests that they may have in materials such as clay, metal, textiles, paint media, and traditional darkroom photography, as available in the fall semester. These experiences will allow the student to make better-informed choices as they continue their studies in visual arts as well as broader insights into works in these materials that they will encounter through images and gallery experiences.

ARTS 963
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will use basic skills with digital cameras to produce well-considered images for display in print and digital formats. Applying the aspects of lighting, angles and positioning to a variety of subjects, they will begin to gather a collection of digital images for visual art works, artist's presentations, documents, web applications, and artist's portfolio. Attention will be given to developing basic skills in staging, lighting and framing work for the specified subject matter, output, and audience. Computer processes will be used in adjustment, cropping, and compositing for both layout and creative manipulation. Organization, storage and file names will be emphasized in conjunction with the design in selecting, editing, and sequencing a series of images. Studio activities will include research, presentations and photographic sessions, as well as critical discussion.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 2

BUSN 99
Units/ Hours: 45

Through discussion, examples and practical application, this course introduces business practices that apply to visual artists. Sound business practices ensure that more time, money, and resources exist for artistic production. Knowing how to research and work with legal rights and responsibilities, financial structures, copyright, contractual obligations, ethics and negotiation skills is critical to survival and success. Through a combination of theory and practice, this course examines the ways in which artists can assess the market and price it appropriately. Students will apply the processes required for responding to a call for submissions, commissions, and writing grant proposals in classroom activities, research and presentation.

ARTS 964
Units/ Hours: 120

This course is designed to provide the student with a focused and challenging studio experience paralleling professional practices. After beginning with intensive explorations in material investigations, they will negotiate their choice of material process with the faculty team and undertake the development and presentation of one or more series of works. Exercising self-reflective skills through a maintained exhibition space and ongoing review, the students will identify the beginnings and ongoing development of personal themes in their studio work. The progressive nature of the studio process will be emphasized through individual and group discussions with faculty. Cultural, political and social relevance in relation to personal interests will be referenced to the developing body of work in both historical and contemporary perspectives. This endeavor will culminate in an artists talk supported by a final exhibition of works.

Pre-Requisites
ARTS 965
Units/ Hours: 45

This course extends the knowledge of the Principles and Elements of design acquired in Design I by applying them to the use of the design process. Students develop problem-solving skills through the testing of various solutions as they convert ideas and execute plans for two designed projects of complex criteria. Students also examine current issues of design and style, and how they are affected by social and technological developments. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication and presentation skills in demonstrating the results of research as applied to their design solutions.

Pre-Requisites
ARTS 966
Units/ Hours: 27

This is a continuation of Media Explorations I. Students will have the opportunity to continue their experience working in a variety of media including a variety of processes such as sculpture, glassblowing, and jewellery metal working as available in the winter semester. Experimentation will be encouraged with respectful attention to the use of tools, materials, and studio protocol.

ARTS 967
Units/ Hours: 30

Students will develop the processes and support materials for presenting and promoting their work to interested clients, prospective galleries, juries and other audiences. Applying the skills developed in the Visual Documentation course, they will create image portfolios, as well as write curriculum vitae, artist's statements and related documents with professional style and content. Visual impact in presentation materials will be considered through experimentation with colour systems, typography, layout, and image sequencing. Students will use word processing, image adjustment software and presentation software to develop both print and digital versions of their portfolios and presentations.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.