FINA 450 - Critical Studio Studies

In this tutorial-based course, students will examine the critical issues related to their work in the context of a larger and culturally comparative visual arts base. This comparative critical dialogue and analysis will be fostered thorough a mixture of critical discussion, research, assigned reading, presentations and critiques of studio work. Any of these elements may be delivered on an individual or group basis at the discretion of the instructor.

FINA 450 A | Graduate School Preparation

Graduate school is now the norm for artists of all disciplines, and it is generally a requirement for those who wish to teach in post-secondary institutions. This course facilitates students from any ACAD program in creating a coherent body of work, selecting appropriate graduate programs, preparing individual applications for, and applying to graduate schools for an intended MFA, Education Degree, or other areas of study. Students will learn to identify graduate programs that meet their goals and needs, such as full time and low-residency, and they will learn how to maximize their chances for acceptance. Over the semester, students will prepare required items for graduate applications that include: a coherent body of work; a statement of intent; an artist’s statement; and requests for reference letters. Most of these are also skills that may be applied to other arenas such as grant writing. Individual and group reflection and feedback will take place throughout the course.

FINA 450 E | Breaking Aesthetics

If “Aesthetics” is arguably the most fundamental concept in art, then it is easily also the most poorly understood fundamental of Art. This can equally be said for its role in contemporary philosophy. In response to challenges issued by theoreticians and philosophers in Process Philosophy, Speculative Realism, New Materialism, and Post-Humanism, participants in this course will break traditional orthodoxies of aesthetics, exploring, experimenting, and deconstructing the concept through both research and their own practice. This process opens up an personalised inquiry that will more effectively link the student’s art practice to their publics through meaningful, affective experience. 

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Course Prerequisites

FINA 350


A21697Willard, Christopher
8:30am - 12:50pm room: 524
B21698Rice, Lyndsay
2:00pm - 6:20pm room: 510
C21699Rusnak, Tanya
2:00pm - 6:20pm room: 524
D21700Kern, Mitch
8:30am - 12:50pm room: 516
E21701Lesick, Kurtis
8:30am - 12:50pm room: 536
F21708Nordean, Sarah
8:30am - 12:50pm room: 510