Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses for 2013-2014

9500B/9600B MA/PhD Seminar – Theory and Methods

Instructor: Marielle Aylen
Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm – Room VAC 148

The Master’s seminar in theory and methods is the foundation course for the MA in art history. The theoretical component of the course provides a survey of some of the key movements in contemporary critical theory with the aim of helping students to develop proficiency in reading, understanding, and working with important theoretical terms and concepts. The methods component of the course focuses on art historical research methods and on developing the critical writing skills necessary to write effectively about art and visual culture.

The PhD seminar in theory and methods is the foundation course for the PhD program in Art and Visual Culture. The theoretical component of the course is focused on studying a selection of theoretical texts from the PhD minor comprehensive lists. This concentration on theory aims to develop proficiency and serves as preliminary preparation for the minor comprehensive exam. The methods component of the course is concerned with research methods and professional development. The emphasis here is on grant writing, pedagogy, scholarly writing, research and methodology. 

9521B Studio Elective – Research Methods

Prof. Kelly Jazvac
Thursdays 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Room VAC 148

This course examines critical approaches to art and visual culture through a range of artworks, theoretical texts and artist-derived research methods. We will focus on the contemporary analysis and production of art works, both nationally and internationally. Students will identify artist case studies in order to examine and evaluate a range of research methods employed in the production of artworks. Students will then be asked to apply specific texts and/or methodological approaches to an in-depth analysis of their own studio practice.   The primary aim of this course is the development of methodological and theoretical tools for art making and writing.  Emphasis will be placed on the ability to articulate contemporary concerns between art reception, art theory and art making.

9540A/9543A Studio Seminar

Prof. David Merritt
Fridays 10:00 to 1:00 pm – Room VAC 148

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for MFA students to participate in an exchange dedicated to the research and development of their studio practice. Students will be asked to participate by contributing to informal studio reviews that will be scheduled throughout the term. These group meetings may review work-in-progress; access ongoing technical concerns; assist with immediate needs of a projects concept and execution; develop an appropriate language for evaluation and critique; and involve discussion on related issues. Each student will be required to submit a detailed dossier that will provide information about studio visits with faculty as well as meetings with department visitors. Students will be required to present their work for critique to a committee at the end of the year.

9541B/9544B Studio Seminar

Prof. Kelly Wood
Fridays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Room VAC 135

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for MFA students to participate in an exchange dedicated to the research and development of their studio practice. Students will be asked to participate by contributing to informal studio reviews that will be scheduled throughout the term. These group meetings may review work-in-progress; access ongoing technical concerns; assist with immediate needs of a projects concept and execution; develop an appropriate language for evaluation and critique; and involve discussion on related issues. Each student will be required to submit a detailed dossier that will provide information about studio visits with faculty as well as meetings with visiting speakers. Students will be required to present their work for critique to a committee at the end of the year.

9551B/9651B Women in Renaissance and Baroque Art

Prof. Cody Barteet
Mondays 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Room VAC 247

This course explores the influence of women artists, patrons, collectors, subjects, etc. on the early-modern European World. Although many of the artists and patrons discussed are Italian by birth, we will not limit our discussions to Italy; rather we will examine the role of women artists and patrons throughout Europe as well as Hispanic America. In so doing, this course offers both a survey of selected Renaissance and Baroque women artists and patrons and an examination of the academic discourse on early-modern feminist Art History.

9554A/9654A Graduate Seminar: The Work of Photography

Prof. Sarah Bassnett
Tuesdays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm – Room VAC 247

What does photography do in the world? How does it mediate social relations and political struggles? In recent years, scholars in the field of photography studies have turned to an array of new critical perspectives to conceive of photography as a complex situation involving encounters between a whole range of subjects and conditions, rather than as simply a medium, a technology, or a practice. This seminar looks at a range of scholarship on photography in order to consider what we can learn from thinking about the work of photography. We start with now-classic studies from the 1980s on the instrumental image and early work on the affective capacity of photographs and move to recent work on such topics as human rights, civil rights, colonial encounters, and cultural exchange. Seminar participants will develop their own research on some aspect of the work of photography, the results of which will be developed into a final creative project or paper. 


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9555B Seminar in 20th Century Art

Prof. Bridget Elliott
Wednesdays 11:30 – 2:30 pm – Room VAC 249

Capturing Urban Everyday Life: The Fleeting and the Fragmentary in 1920s Berlin, Paris and New York

This course examines the interrelationship between art and film during the 1920s and 1930s in the metropolitan centres of Berlin, Paris, Moscow and New York. Starting with a selected corpus of early experimental films, we consider analogous developments in painting, collage, photography, graphic design, fashion and architecture.  In particular, we examine the proliferation of fragmentary and fleeting art forms and their theoretical, cultural and social significance. Students are encouraged to trace the legacy of such early twentieth-century experiments in the work of contemporary artists and filmmakers. 

9569 McIntosh Curatorial Internship

This curatorial internship at McIntosh Gallery is for Master’s students in the Department of Visual Arts. Interns will assist with the organization of and research for an upcoming exhibition (April to June 2014) at the Gallery. Activities include conducting research, assisting with the selection of works, and the writing of didactic panels and labels for exhibition. The internship runs from January to April and will be supervised by a curator at the gallery and a full-time faculty member in the department. Students will receive hands-on training in curatorial practices and academic credit.

9578A/9678A Paracinema

Prof. Christine Sprengler
Wednesdays 8:30 to 11:30 am – Room VAC 247

Paracinema” refers to works that attempt to generate the effects of cinema without using the traditional materials or physical support of film. Art historically, the term has been used to describe sculpture, installation, and video works from the 1960s and 1970s (including, for example, Anthony McCall’s “Line Describing A Cone” [1973]) that encourage analysis of “cinema” as an idea or concept by recreating its aesthetic, spectatorial and technological dimensions through a variety of creative strategies. This course will begin with a brief survey of paracinema’s early twentieth-century precedents, followed by a more in-depth exploration of its post-1960s manifestations. It will also consider the extent to which the term facilitates productive engagements with a variety of impulses in “Filmic Installation Art” since the 1990s.

9580 / 9680 McIntosh Artist in the Community

The McIntosh Gallery offers one graduate studio student at the Master’s or PhD level in the Department of Visual Arts a one-term internship as an Artist in the Community. The proposed activity must take place beyond the campus and must engage the public. Proposals should include a description of the project, the audience targeted and a budget. Working with McIntosh staff, the artist determines the content and location of the project, its documentation and its dissemination through various media (print, web, social media). The successful candidate will receive hands-on experience with community art practices, gallery communications, and public art installation. The internship runs from May to August and will be supervised by James Patten, Director and Chief Curator of the Gallery, and a full-time faculty member in the department.

2012-2013

9500A Art Theory and Criticism
Prof. Joy James

9600A PhD Seminar: Theory and Methods
Prof. Sarah Bassnett

VAS 9521B/9621B – Recycler: Revision and Re-use in the Visual Arts
Prof. Kelly Wood

9540A/9543A – Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Patrick Mahon

9541B/9544B – Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Kelly Jazvac

9551A/9651A – Medieval/Modern: The Middle ages in Early Twentieth-Century Visual Culture
Prof. Kathryn Brush

 9554B/9654B – Documentary, Mockumentary, Forgery and Hoax
Prof. Bridget Elliott

 9555A/9655A – Echoes of the Baroque in the Last Century
Prof. John Hatch

9566B/9666B – The Archive in Contemporary Culture
Prof. Anthony Purdy

2011-2012

9500: Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Prof. Patrick Mahon

9600: PhD Seminar: Art Theory and Criticism
Prof. Sarah Bassnett

9540A/9543A - Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Kim Moodie

9541B/9544B Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. David Merritt

9551/9651 Visualizing Race and Class in the New World
Prof. Cody Barteet

9554/9654 Museums, Marginality and the Mainstream
Prof. Kirsty Robertson

9555/9655 That Thinking Feeling: Engaging the Affective Capacities of Art
Prof. Joy James

9581/9681 The Turn to the Object
Prof. Anthony Purdy

2010-2011

VAH/S 9500B: Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Prof. Kirsty Robertson

9600B: PhD Seminar: Art Theory and Criticism
Prof. Bridget Elliott

9540A/9543A - Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. David Merritt

9541B/9544B/9641B - Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Kelly Wood

9521A/9621A - Studio Elective - Work Ethic: Looking Like You’re Not Trying and Looking Like You Mean It
Prof. Kelly Jazvac

9551G/9651G - Graduate Seminar - Monuments
Prof. Cody Barteet

9555G/9655G - Art in Time and Space as Seen through a Telescope: Artistic Journeys through Modern Science
Prof. John Hatch

VAH 9578F/9678F - Modern - The Animal in Modernism
Prof. Marielle Aylen

9579F/9679F - Phenomenology and Art
Prof. Helen Fielding

9554F/9654F Seminar - Paper Politics: Printed Matter, Political Engagement and Avant-garde Practices
Prof. Patrick Mahon

9566G/9666G - Cultures of Memory
Prof. Anthony Purdy

2009-2010

VAH/S 9500A/9600A: Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Prof. Christine Sprengler

VAS 9521B/9621B Studio Elective Course: Why make pictures?
Prof. Sky Glabush

VAS 9540A/9543A/96640A Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Patrick Mahon

VAS 9541B/9544B Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. David Merritt

VAH 9551G/9651G Medieval Art- Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier
Prof. Kathy Brush

VAH 9554/9654F Modern Art – A Stitch in Time Saves . . . Textiles, Technology and Contemporary Art
Prof. Kirsty Robertson

VAH 9555G/9655G Modern Art – Photography’s Discursive Spaces
Prof. Sarah Bassnett

VAH 9566F/9666F The Archive in Contemporary Culture
Prof. Anthony Purdy

VAH 9578F/9678F Modern – The maison d’artiste, 1880-2009
Prof. Bridget Elliott

VAH 9579G//9679G The Forensic Imagination: Evidence, Testimony, and the Material Witness
Prof. Susan Schuppli

2008-2009

VAH/S 9500A / 9600A Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Prof. Christine Sprengler

VAS 9521B / 9621B Studio Elective Course: Extemporal
Professor David Merritt

VAS 9540A / 9543A / 96640A Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor Susan Schuppli

VAS 9541B / 9544B Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor Patrick Mahon

VAH 9551G / 9651G Medieval Art and Its Modern Interpreters
Professor Kathryn Brush

VAH 9554 / 9654G Modern Art – Economizing Culture: Globalization, Art and the Creative Industries
Professor Kirsty Robertson

VAH 9556G / 9656G The Palace in Latin America
Prof. Cody Barteet

VAH 9578F / 9678F: Modern Art - Rediscovering Nature andthe Body in a Post Industrial World: The Adventures of Arte Povera
Prof. John Hatch

VAH 9579F / 9679F
Modern Art - Photography and Social Crisis 
Professor Sarah Bassnett

VAH 9551F / VAH 9651F Transformations: the impact of the Women’s Movement on art and art history
Professor Madeline Lennon

VAH 9594F / 9694F Survey of Chinese Visual Art
Professor James Flath

2007-2008

VAH/S 500A/600A Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Prof. Bridget Elliott

VAS 521A/621A Sonic Fictions
Prof. Susan Schuppli

526B/626B Studio Special Topic: Adaptation Nation: Modernism, Canadian Design and the Artist Multiple
Prof. P. Mahon

540A/543A/640A Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Sky Glabush

541B/544B/641B Graduate Studio Seminar
Prof. Kelly Wood

VAH 561F/661F Baroque Constructions: representation in the 17th century
Prof. Madeline Lennon

567B/667B Special Projects in Studio
Course title: “Advanced Seminar In Painting and Drawing”
Prof. Sky Glabush

VAH 584B/684B - After Images: Photography and Literature
Prof: Janelle Blankenship

VAH587A/687A Collecting Cultures
Prof. Tony Purdy

VAH 594B/694B Special Topic: Embodied Information: Researching the Sensuous and the Immaterial
Prof. Joy Parr

2006-2007

VAH/S 500A Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Professor John Hatch

VAS 521B Studio Elective – Cultivators of Culture
Professor Colette Urban

VAS 540a/543a Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor David Merritt

VAS 541b/544b Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor Kelly Wood

VAH 551G - Seminar in Medieval Art
Topic: Medieval Art in North American Contexts
Professor Kathryn Brush

VAH 566B – Nineteenth Century Art History Seminar
Professor Lorenzo Buj

VAH 577G – Modern – Icon/Fetish
Professor Kajri Jain

VAH 578F - Modern - Paracinema
Professor Christine Sprengler

2005-2006

VAH/S 500A Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Professor Sarah Bassnett

521B New Studio Elective - Vampire Picnic: A Reference Manual
Professor Kelly Wood

VAS 540a/543a Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor Patrick Mahon

VAS 541b/544b Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor Colette Urban

VAH 551G/ VAH 451G (Seminar in Medieval Art)
Topic: Patronage, Audience, and Engagement in Medieval Art
Professor Kathryn Brush

VAH 554b Modern - Ars Memoria
Professor Lorenzo Buj

VAH561F Baroque Art: Baroque Constructions
Professor Madeline Lennon

VAH 587G La Maison d'Artiste
Professor Bridget Elliott

2004-2005

500a Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture
Professor John G. Hatch

526b Graduate Special Topics Course: Creative Critters Commune
Professor Colette Urban

540a/543a MFA Graduate Studio Seminar 2004
Professor Ben Reeves

541b/544b Graduate Studio Seminar
Professor Daniela Sneppova

551G Reading Medieval Art
Professor Kathryn Brush

577F A is for Art, H is for Heterotopia
Professor Bridget J. Elliott