What you'll learn

Semester 1

ENGL 103 Composition and Style

A study of grammar, composition, and style. A vigorous program of essay-writing plus a variety of writing assignments or exercises dealing with specific problems in essay-writing. Strongly recommended for students who wish to improve their writing skills.

3 CR

FINE 101 Art History I

Art history, a broad intellectual discipline, is central to the humanities. This introductory survey course examines, analyzes, and evaluates the major time periods, movements, and trends in the visual arts (primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture) of both western and nonwestern civilizations from prehistory through the Late Medieval period. In addition to the stylistic and structural components of art, students study, through lectures and class discussion, historical, social, religious, political, technological, philosophical, and gender issues integral and related to the production and development of art.

3 CR

FINE 103 Drawing I (Studio)

This intensive studio course provides an introduction to the methods, materials, and concepts of drawing, both as a visual language and as a tool for enhancing perceptual awareness. While investigating process and developing a critical vocabulary, students begin to acquire the skills to translate immediate observations and ideas into two-dimensional form. A variety of subject matter is used, including live models. In-class projects and assignments will encompass various aspects of drawing, while visual presentations and class discussion will introduce students to contemporary and historical ideas of art and design. Techniques for evaluating and critiquing (both oneself and other students) will be discussed and incorporated into the course work.

4 CR

FINE 108 Making a Living as an Artist

This course guides students to create their own artistic portfolios (traditional), as well as educating them about some of the professional practices required of graphic and fine artists. It covers the essential elements of a portfolio, as well as the preparation of resumés and slides. Health and safety, copyright, contracts, photographing artwork for portfolios, commissioned work, public speaking skills, participation in commercial galleries and artist-run centres, and other professional practices issues are covered as well.

Prerequisite: Entry to Fine Arts program

2 CR

FINE 109 Colour Theory (Studio)

This is a course on understanding and using colour. It focuses on colour applications for visual art and design, the principles of colour theory and visual perception, and the cultural dimensions of colour. Using colour, students work with various media including pigment, light, and other materials to explore ideas and concepts relevant to visual arts and design. Through the study of cultural history, students increase their understanding of the role of colour in art and life. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, and studio projects, as well as group and individual critiques.

Prerequisite: Entry to Fine Arts program

4 CR

Semester 2

FINE 102 Art History II

This introductory survey course continues to examine, analyze, and evaluate the major time periods, movements, and trends in the visual arts (primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture) of both western and non-western civilizations from the Early Renaissance to the present. In addition to the stylistic and structural components of art, students will study, through lectures and class discussion, historical, social, religious, political, technological, philosophical, and gender issues integral and related to the production and development of art.

3 CR

FINE 104 Drawing II (Studio)

This intensive studio course is a continuation of FINE 103 and further explores the fundamentals of drawing (line, shape, tone, texture, volume, proportion, shadow, space, composition, scale, mark-making tools, and media). Exercises and projects are designed for students to continue work on perceptual and expressive drawing and hand–eye co-ordination. A variety of subject matter will be used, including live models. In-class projects and assignments will encompass various aspects of drawing, while visual presentations and class discussion introduces students to contemporary and historical ideas of art and design. Regular evaluations and critiques are part of the course work.

Prerequisite: FINE 103

4 CR

FINE 105 Painting (Studio)

This course introduces a variety of approaches to painting as a contemporary art practice. Students are assigned projects and exercises that address specific topics related to formal, expressive and historic/social issues of painting. They explore the language of materials as it pertains to paint handling and surface, as well as strategies of representation and the development of imagery from a range of sources. Students can expect to combine intellectual information with experimentation, sensory alertness, and practical paint mixing skills. Through demonstrations of techniques and processes, work in class and homework, slide talks and critiques, students learn the basic skills required to produce paintings. In-class work and assignments will be reviewed in critiques.

Prerequisite: Entry to Fine Arts program and FINE 109

4 CR

FINE 106 First Nations Art, Design, and Technology (Studio)

This course provides an opportunity for students, artists, educators, and people in the community to study First Nations art, design, and technology. It focuses on the forms and techniques of Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations (both traditional and contemporary) to create functional and aesthetic objects. However, students will have leeway to create objects that apply to their own cultural context. Examples are discussed as to how the artistic forms are linked to oral history and the clan structure of First Nations societies in the region. Technical hands-on instruction is balanced with access to First Nations traditional materials and studio-based art practices.

Prerequisite: Entry to Fine Arts program

4 CR

FINE 107 Introduction to Digital Arts and Media (Studio)

Students explore and further develop their image-making skills and ideas about pictorial space in a digital environment, along with learning about the historical and conceptual connections between digital technologies and contemporary art. They are instructed in the use of computer graphics software (Photoshop and Illustrator) and hardware, as well as in digital scanning, image processing, and laser printing. Fundamental computer concepts such as input and output, the relation of analog to digital, bitmap and vector-based images, resolution, and disk storage are also covered. By the end of the course, students will have created a digital portfolio of their work. Basic computer literacy is recommended in order for students to succeed in this class.

Prerequisite: Entry to Fine Arts program

4 CR

Fine Arts

  • Credential: Certificate
  • Type: Full or part-time
  • Length: 1 year
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $2,974 (supplies extra)
These fees are an estimate.