All DVS Courses

drawing of an eye on the top of a pole watching over a pen of dogs
Jacques Callot, The Vigilant Eye (1628). Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.  

Visual Studies Courses (VST)

Art History Courses (FAH)

Studio Art Courses (FAS)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Visual Culture and Communication Courses (VCC)
 


NB: The Full Course Calendar shows all the courses on the books in the Department of Visual Studies. A selection of these courses are offered each year. To see the courses being offered this year, visit Current Course Offerings. To see what has been offered in past years visit the Office of the Registrar's Course Timetable Archive.


Visual Studies Courses (VST)

 

VST101H5 Introduction to Visual Studies (HUM)

This foundational course introduces students to the study of visual images and stresses the importance and development of skills involving looking, reading, and writing as they pertain to the study of the visual. Examples will be drawn from a variety of visual media and a number of different geographic regions and historical periods, and thereby will introduce students to the scope and range of visual practices as well as to the expertise of the Department's faculty members. The second part of this two-part course sequence introduces students to advanced concepts, keywords and core ideas in visual studies as well as historiography, critical theory, and the art of interpreting a work. The course also teaches students to write about works across visual media and continues to develop critical reading skills of both primary and secondary sources.
Exclusion: FAH101H5, FAH105H5, FAH202H5, VST100H5
 

VST410H5 Internship in the Arts and Visual Studies (HUM)

This internship course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience at an institution or business closely related to the arts and to visual studies. This is especially tailored for mature and self-disciplined students in their final year of study, who are ready to apply knowledge acquired in previous courses and are planning a career in the arts and cultural sector. Students registered in any DVS program are eligible to apply. Students work closely with the DVS internship coordinator to establish suitability. Regular updates and a final report and presentation will be required. The final grade for the course will be based on these, along with the assessment of the employer.
 
Prerequisite: Minimum completion of 5.5 credits in DVS Programs and 8.0 additional credits; minimum CGPA 2.5; and permission of internship coordinator.

 

 

Art History Courses (FAH)

FAH101H5 Introduction to Art History (HUM)

(Formerly FAH202H5) An overview of western art from the ancient world through the 20th century, as well as an introduction to the discipline of art history and its methodologies. Emphasis on representative monuments and key approaches to interpretation. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH101H1, FAH102H1, FAH105H5, FAH202H5, VPHA46

FAH205H5 Art in Antiquity (HUM)

This course offers a survey of the arts of antiquity. Emphasis is placed on major works of sculpture, painting, and architecture from the ancient Mediterranean world. Decorative arts are also treated.
Exclusion: FAH207H1, VPHB52
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/ FAH105H5/FAH202H5

FAH267H5 Art of the Medieval Mediterranean (HUM)

Examines the art and architecture of the Mediterranean basin from ca. 200 to 1400 CE. Begins with the rise of Christianity and the challenges it posed to the Roman Empire, and then examines the Byzantine Empire and the lands of Islam. In all three contexts, art and architecture played prominent roles in articulating the spiritual aspirations and political goals of the new religions and empires that embraced them. All three also bear markings of their common Roman cultural inheritance. Considers art in a variety of media, from architecture to ceramics, along with medieval documents and modern art historical texts. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH261H1, FAH262H1 (before 2005-6), FAH263H1, FAH215H1, FAH216H1, VPHB53
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5

FAH271H5 Art of the Medieval North (HUM)

Examines the art and architecture of Northern Europe from ca. 400 to 1400 CE. Establishes the importance of Celtic and "Barbarian" visual culture as distinct from Roman and Mediterranean, and examines various moments when these cultures clashed or were aligned. Assesses early medieval, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic art, including architecture, sculpture, metalwork, and manuscripts, along with medieval documents and modern art historical texts. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH261H1, FAH262H1 (before 2005-6), FAH215H1, FAH216H1, VPHB53
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5
 

FAH274H5 Renaissance Art & Architecture (HUM)

A selective survey of the major art centres, types of artistic production, personalities, and trends in Italy and the North, from the early fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth. The creation and diffusion of art are addressed through an understanding of historical techniques (media), cultural determinants such as patronage, and significant works of art. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH230H1, VPHB53
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5

FAH279H5 Baroque Art and Architecture (HUM)

An introduction to art and society in Europe, ca. 1600 to ca. 1800 CE. Tensions between the Catholic Church and Protestantism, the rise of powerful, competing courts, the growth of increasingly complex urban centres, and the entry of the "wider public" into the art market all create new roles for representation in Europe. Developments in painting, prints, sculpture, architecture, urban planning and festivals are considered. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH231H1, VPHB64
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5
 

FAH285H5 Art and Religion (HUM)

An introduction to the art of the major world religions (examples will mostly be taken from Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam but may also extend to Judaism, Buddhism, and religions of indigenous peoples), examining debates within these traditions around the status of the image as well as the relationship of religious images with the secular notion of 'art.'
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5

FAH287H5 European Art of the Nineteenth Century (HUM)

Surveys major developments in European art and architecture from the late eighteenth through the end of the nineteenth century, including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Orientalism, Realism, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Artistic responses to political change, urbanisation, capitalism, colonialism, the Academy and the Salon will be explored as well as changing constructions of gender, race, class and national identities through visual media. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH208H1, FAH282H1, FAH245H1
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5

FAH288H5 Art of the Earlier 20th Century (HUM)

Surveys principal developments in modern art and architecture from the late 19th century through 1945. Topics covered include key movements, such as Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Suprematism, de Stijl, Dada and Surrealism, and key concepts, such as the avant-garde, abstraction, the readymade, the unconscious and the primitive. Readings include manifestos and other writings by artists as well as art historical texts.
[24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH246H1, VPHB58
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5

FAH289H5 Art Since 1945 (HUM)

Examines many divergent international art movements and controversies in painting, sculpture, video, installation art, performance, and other new forms, from 1945 to the present. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH246H1, VPHB58
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH288H5

FAH291H5 History of Photography (HUM)

Examines the history of photography in Euro-American visual culture and explores how this medium of mass communication has transformed our perceptions and conceptions of art, society, and culture over the past two centuries. Reviews key imagemakers and areas of production concluding with impact of digital imaging. [24L]
Exclusion: FAH252H5
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, VCC101H5/VCC201H5

FAH292H5F: Canadian Art (HUM)

This course examines the history of art produced in Canada, from the pre-contact period to today. Diverse visual traditions and their intersections will be studied, as will the changing roles of art in Canadian society.
Exclusion: FAH248H5: Canadian Painting 1665-1960 (formerly FAH286H1), VPHB60H3: Canadian Visual Art
Recommended Prep: FAH101H5

FAH299Y5 Research Opportunity Program (HUM)

This courses provides a richly rewarding opportunity for students in their second year to work on the research project of a professor in return for 299Y course credit. Students enrolled have an opportunity to become involved in original research, learn research methods and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge. Participating faculty members post their project descriptions for the following summer and fall/winter sessions in early February and students are invited to apply in early March. See Research Opportunity Program (299Y, 399Y and 499Y)for more details.

FAH301H5 History and Practices of Visual Resource Collecting (HUM)

This course investigates the theoretical and philosophical bases and practical realities of digitizing the visual arts in the context of scholarly research, collection development, publishing, information studies and education in the global environment. Students will examine the historical development and impact of digitization on image collecting as well as current practices and issues facing professionals. A practical, hands-on approach will be an essential part of the course. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and VCC101H5/VCC201H5 and 1.0 credits in FAH/VCC at the 200 level or P.I.

FAH310H5 Introduction to Curatorial Practice (HUM)

An introduction to the problematics of exhibition spaces. The course will survey curatorial strategies tailored for the white cube as well as the more unconventional sites invested by curators (for example: streets, newspapers, broadcast media, domestic spaces). Students will read key texts and analyze a range of projects/sites (i.e. emerging artist-run centres, museum blockbusters, biennials). Students will visit exhibitions and analyze them critically. [24S]
Exclusion: VPSB73, VIS320H1
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and VCC101H5/VCC201H5, FAH289H5 and 0.5 additional credit in FAH/VCC
Recommended Preparation: FAH288H5, FAH289H5, FAH388H5

FAH322H5 Romanesque Sculpture (HUM)

A study of architectural sculpture in 11th- and 12th-century France and neighbouring countries: origins; sources of form and style; social, religious and functional contexts of selected monuments; also historiography. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, FAH267H5/FAH271H5

FAH329H5 Early Christian Art & Architecture (HUM)

Examines art and architecture during the emergence of Christianity in the West until ca. 600, focusing primarily on Italy. Assesses the connections between polytheistic, imperial Roman art and new Christian traditions, in a variety of media, including mosaics, metalwork, wall painting, and sculpture. Also considers the role of primary texts in the interpretation of Early Christian art. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH267H5

FAH332H5 Studies in Baroque Painting (HUM)

Thematically organized treatment of major figures (Caravaggio, Carracci, Poussin) in the context of art theory and viewer response. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH274H5/FAH279H5

FAH337H5 Court Art and Patronage in the Middle Ages (HUM)

Art and architecture of royal and imperial families from ca. 800 to 1400 in western Europe, including Norman, Capetian, Plantagenet and Hohenstaufen dynasties. Topics include the role of courts in the development and diffusion of new styles, and monuments as expressions of piety, chivalry and political propaganda. [24S]
May be taken for credit for the Specialist/Major programs in Architecture (St. George).
Exclusion: FAH316H1; FAH327H1
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH271H5/FAH267H5

FAH343H5 Pilgrimage (HUM)

Examines the experience of pilgrimage from an interdisciplinary perspective, with focus on major Christian and Islamic shrines in the Middle Ages. Considers monuments associated with sites such as Santiago, Jerusalem and Mecca, as well as objects collected by pilgrims. [24S]
May be taken for credit for the Specialist/Major programs in Religion (U of T Mississauga), Christianity & Culture (St. George) and Architecture (St. George).
Exclusion: FAH316H1
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH267H5

FAH351H5 Gothic Architecture (HUM)

Study of origins, architecture and decoration of the Gothic Cathedral in the Ile-de-France, treating function and symbolism, intellectual and social contexts, and initial diffusion of the style to other countries. Considers post-medieval Gothic as well. [24S]
Exclusion: FAH328H1, VPHC42
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH267H5/FAH271H5
 

FAH353H5 Rome in the Age of Bernini (HUM)

Architecture, urbanism and multi-media ensembles of Baroque Rome under Urban VIII, Alexander VII and Innocent X. With particular emphasis on the work of Borromini and Bernini in palace architecture, churches, piazzas, fountains and at the Vatican. [24S]
May be taken for credit for the Specialist/Major programs in Religion (U of T Mississauga), Christianity & Culture (St. George), and Architecture (St. George).
Exclusion: FAH352H5
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH279H5/FAH274H5

FAH356H5 Colonial Latin American Art and Architecture (HUM)

This lecture course will examine processes of cultural transfer and transformation in the planning of cities, churches, and viceregal palaces from the early days of contact through the Baroque in the Viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru and in Brasil. The persistence of indigenous beliefs and forms will be tracked in painting, sculpture and architecture alongside the emergence of unique genres (i.e. castas, feather paintings), building types and forms based on the particular makeup of a colonial society. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: FAH274H5, FAH279H5, HIS290H5, LAS200Y1, HIS291Y1

FAH360H5 Art and Visual Culture of the Eighteenth Century (HUM)

This course examines European painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, print culture, decorative arts, exhibition strategies, and art criticism of the eighteenth century. Key artists and writers to be studied from the age of enlightenment and revolution include Blake, Burke, David, Diderot, Fragonard, Girodet, Goya, Hogarth, Reynolds, Vigée-Lebrun, Watteau, Winckelmann, Boullée, Ledoux and Wright of Derby. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and at least 1.5 credits in FAH at the 200-level
Recommended Preparation: FAH279H5 and FAH287H5

FAH379H5 Science & Art in the Modern Period (HUM)

Examines the reception of different and developing modern sciences in the fields of art production, exhibition, history and criticism. Topics include examples from anthropology, criminology, geology, natural history, neurology, psychoanalysis, sexology and thermodynamics. Authors studied may include Crary, Freud, Laqueur, Leja, Serres, Silverman and Zemon-Davis. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, VCC201H5 and FAH287H5/FAH288H5 or P.I.

FAH380H5 New Genres in Contemporary Art (HUM)

A study of artistic genres in contemporary art, including: video, performance, installation, site-specificity and digital media. Such new genres will be studied as alternative modes of artistic practice collaborative, ephemeral, institutionally critical, and discursive, and as a means to address questions and issues such as public space, community, networks of information, and global capitalism and activism. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH288H5/FAH289H5
Recommended Preparation: FAH289H5

FAH385H5 Contemporary South Asian Art (HUM)

This course traces a chronology of South Asian art from its genealogies in late colonial image-making traditions from the 1850s-present, situating modernist 'high' art in terms of its conversation with the broader field of cultural practice in modern India: cinema, vernacular bazaar prints, rural and tribal craft traditions, practices of popular devotion and 'classical' artistic traditions. It investigates the theoretical and political concerns animating South Asian cultural practices and their criticism (nationalism, Marxism, secularism, anti-fundamentalism, Islam, feminism, postcolonialism, issues of diaspora and globalization), and addresses the key question of how to approach practices of modernism and postmodernism in the postcolony. [24S]
Exclusion: FAH364H1, FAH365H1, FAH392H5 - Topic: Contemporary South Asian Art
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and VCC201H5, FAH288H5/FAH289H5 or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: VCC302H5

FAH388H5 Theory in Art History (HUM)

Investigates the historical development of the Western discipline of art history through the theories that have shaped it; topics covered include formalism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, the social history of art, feminism, post-colonialism, queer studies and deconstruction. [24S]
Exclusion: FAH351H1
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and at least 1.0 credits in FAH/VCC.

FAH392H5 Topics in Modern Art/Architecture (HUM)

An examination of a topic in modern art and or architecture. Topics vary from year to year; the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. This will be a lecture course for approximately 30 students. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH287/FAH288H5/FAH289H5 or P.I.
 

FAH393H5 Topics in Ancient Greco-Roman Art (HUM)

An examination of a topic in the art and architecture of classical antiquity. Topics vary from year to year; the area of study and content in any given year depends upon the instructor. This will be a lecture course for approximately 30 students. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH203H5/FAH204H5/FAH205H5 or P.I. .
 

FAH399Y5 Research Opportunity Program (ROP) (HUM)

This course provides a richly rewarding opportunity for third or higher year students to work on the research project of a professor in art history/theory in return for 399Y course credit. Students enrolled have an opportunity to become involved in original research, enhance their research skills and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge. Participating faculty members post their project descriptions for the following summer and fall/winter session on the ROP website in mid-February and students are invited to apply at that time. See Research Opportunity Program (299Y, 399Y and 499Y) for more details.
Exclusion: FAH299Y5

FAH423H5 Advanced Studies in the Art of the Medieval Mediterranean(HUM)

Examines the art and architecture of the Mediterranean basin, including Western Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, and Jewish art, from the first century through the fifteenth. Considers their points of convergence as well as their distinct differences and priorities. Organized around key works of scholarship that have defined the emerging field of Mediterranean studies, along with primary sources. Considers works in all media, from monumental arts to textiles, metalwork, manuscripts, and ceramics. Also makes use of local museum holdings. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 , FAH267H5 and at least 1.0 credit in FAH/VCC at the 300/400 level.
Recommended Preparation: FAH105H5, FAH267H5

FAH434H5 Art & Architecture of Medieval Rome (HUM)

This seminar examines the art and architecture of Rome from the first century CE through the fourteenth. It focuses on the city's art and image in the wake of Christianization and its often ambivalent attitudes toward its classical past. Works in all media, from large-scale churches, wall paintings, and icons will be considered, along with liturgical arts and manuscripts. Medieval texts will figure prominently as well. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 , FAH267H5/FAH271H5/FAH204H5 and 0.5 at the 300/400 level in Medieval Art or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: FAH267H5/FAH343H5

FAH435H5 Women and Art in the Middle Ages (HUM)

An interdisciplinary study, including feminist analysis, of the roles of women in the Middle Ages, their representation in medieval art, and their impact on varying aspects of the art as subject, object, patron or artist. [24S]
Exclusion: FAH425H1
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH267H5/FAH271H5 and at least 0.5 FAH at the 300/400 level.

FAH441H5 Reformation and Counter-Reformation Art (HUM)

Considers reformation tracts against images and iconoclastic outbreaks in Northern Europe and the response of the Counter-Reformation with new iconographies, historical accuracy in narrative, Early Christian revival in architecture and image-based devotional practices. [24S]
May be taken for credit for the Specialist/Major programs in Religion (U of T Mississauga) and Christianity & Culture (St. George).
Exclusion: FAH439H1
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH274H5/FAH279H5 and 0.5 300/400 level course in Renaissance or Baroque Art or P.I.

FAH449H5 Renaissance Narrative Painting (HUM)

A study of Italian Renaissance istoria or narrative painting in light of Alberti's art theory, devotional modes (Fra Angelico), the eyewitness account (Carpaccio), narrative cycles (Piero della Francesca), etc. The course will examine wide range of 15th-century Italian painting and will include readings in contemporary narrative theory. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH274H5 and 0.5 credit in FAH at the 300/400 level or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: FAH267H5/FAH271H5

FAH451H5 Curatorial Practice (HUM)

This course will consider the multi-level preparatory stages entailed in the mounting of an exhibition, placing particular emphasis on conceptualization, and on the premise that curatorial practice is an intellectual endeavour that manifests its ideas in form. Contemporary issues (at local, national and international levels) in curatorial practice will be critically examined. Students will research and produce their own exhibitions (hypothetical or actual) with attendant textual documentation.[24S]
FAH451H5 may be counted toward either the FAH or the FAS requirements in the Art and Art History program.
Exclusion: FAH480H, VIS320H5
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH310H5
Recommended Preparation: Intended for advanced students with high standing in the Art History or Art & Art History Program.

FAH453H5 The Archive and the Formless (HUM)

This course is a study of twentieth-century and contemporary art history that draws upon philosophies of the archive (as the formalization of knowledge in terms of origins and ends) and the formless (as a deconstructive force of these very same knowledge formations). Through close readings of key texts by Georges Bataille, Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, and Giorgio Agamben, an understanding of the complex interrelations between the archive and the formless, and their bearing upon twentieth-century and contemporary art history is developed. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH288H5/FAH289H5 and at least 1.0 in FAH/VCC at the 300-400 level, or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: FAH388H5

FAH454H5 Contemporary Jewish Art (HUM)

This course examines the significance of the visual arts for the study of contemporary Jewish culture, for the construction of Jewish identities, and as an example of Jewish secularization. It does so through a survey of contemporary Jewish artistic production and visual expression with numerous and comparative examples drawn from producers in North America, Europe, and Israel. In addition, the course is attuned to the social and political dimensions and implications of contemporary Jewish art making. It will be organized thematically and cover a range of topics from the challenges faced by visual artists grappling with the Second Commandment and its prohibition of images to the continuing impact of the idea of diaspora on contemporary Jewish artists. The course will also situate its subject matter in relation to larger debates about the emergence of postmodern subjectivities and the place (or displacement) of religion and religious themes in contemporary art in general. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH288H5, FAH289H5, and at least 1.0 credit in FAH or VCC at the 300/400 level.
Course WEB Page : www.utm.utoronto.ca/cvmc

FAH455H5 Photography and Humour (HUM)

What makes a photograph funny? What are the ways in which photography as a visual and narrative medium induces laughter and provides amusement? This course explores such questions by focusing on major photographic genres and humorists (e.g., Weegee, Parr, Heartfield, Fontcuberta) and by analyzing key historical and contemporary images that mock conventional assumptions about the nature of photography and its claims to truth, identity, and reference. The course will be structured as a seminar featuring directed discussion and class presentations.
Exclusion: None
Prerequisites: FAH 101H5 or VCC101H5, FAH 291/FAH 391, and 1.0 credit in FAH or VCC at the 300/400 level or P.I.

FAH457H5 Exile & Expatriation in Modern Art (HUM)

Investigates the role of exile, expatriation and alienation in art of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Considering the idea of psychological and/or physical displacement as key to the condition of modernity and the formation of artistic modernisms, we analyse artistic strategies of representing, coping with and/or enacting displacement and alienation (of the artist, the viewer, the object) in the work of Gauguin, Dada artists, Pollock, Morimura, Hatoum, Wodiczko, Whiteread and others. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH287H5/FAH288H5 and a minimum of 0.5 in FAH/VCC at the 300 level, or P.I.

FAH460H5 Art and Animation (HUM)

This seminar examines the age-old dream of creating animate art, from lifelike paintings and moving statues to automata and androids. In addition to tracing historical shifts in the way Western culture has imagined its artificial counterparts through works of literature, fine arts and film, a major focus of the course will be the effect these creations have on conceptions of the human. Readings include Castle, Dick, Freud, Hawthorne, Hoffman, Shelley, Stafford, Ovid and Villiers de I'lsle-Adam. [24S]
Prerequisite: Must be a third- or fourth-year student currently enrolled in one of the following programs: Art History, Art & Art History, Visual Culture and Communication, or Language Studies (English, French, Italian, German). Preference will be given to students in Art History, Art & Art History, and Visual Culture and Communication.
Recommended Preparation: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 , FAH287H5/FAH288H5

FAH465H5 Icon, Artwork, Fetish (HUM)

This seminar explores the conceptual categories of icon, artwork and fetish in order to think about the frames of value, desire and power within which images circulate, and the ongoing relationships between art, religion, and commerce. Readings drawn from critical theory, art history, anthropology, religious studies, film studies and psychoanalysis will prepare students to research case studies on the transcultural and transdisciplinary careers of particular objects/images of their choosing. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and FAH288H5/FAH289H5 and 1.0 credit in FAH or VCC at the 300/400 level or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: VCC302H5/VCC304H5, FAH388H5

FAH470H5 The History of Art History (HUM)

An introduction for advanced students in art history to the historiography and institutional history of the discipline of art history. This reading-intensive course will focus on major figures and key texts from the 19th century to the present, including: Burckhardt, Wölfflin, Riegl, Warburg, Panofsky, Hauser, Baxandall, Schapiro, Alpers, Clarke, Nochlin and others. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, 1.5 in FAH at the 200-level and at least 1.0 in FAH/VCC at the 300 level or P.I.
Recommended Preparation: FAH388H5 
 

FAH479H5 Studies in Curatorial Practice (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH credits including FAH310H and P.I.

FAH480H5 Studies in Ancient Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: VST100H5, VST101H5 or FAH105H5/FAH202H5 and six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH481H5 Studies in Ancient Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH482H5 Studies in Medieval Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH483H5 Studies in Medieval Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH484H5 Studies in Renaissance Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH485H5 Studies in Renaissance Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH486H5 Studies in Baroque Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH487H5 Studies in Baroque Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH488H5 Studies in Modern Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH489H5 Studies in Modern Art (HUM)

Students who have demonstrated unusual ability in earlier years will be encouraged to undertake, under the supervision of one or more staff members, special research projects culminating in a major research paper. Not more than two half-courses in Independent Studies may be taken in a single year. Students must have written consent of their faculty supervisor(s) and the undergraduate counsellor before registering.
Prerequisite: Six FAH courses including a 300+ level half course and P.I.

FAH490H5 Topics in Ancient Art and Architecture (HUM)

An in-depth examination of a topic in ancient art and or architecture. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. A seminar course limited to 20 students. [24S]
Exclusion: None. Although equivalent courses are on the books at St. George it is highly unlikely that a topics course would have any significant overlap.
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, FAH203H5/FAH204H5/FAH205H5 and 1.0 in FAH/VCC at the 300/400 level

FAH491H5 Topics in Medieval Art and Architecture (HUM)

An in-depth examination of a topic in Medieval art and or architecture. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. A seminar course limited to 20 students. [24S]
Exclusion: None. Although equivalent courses are on the books at St. George it is highly unlikely that a topics course would have any significant overlap.
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 , FAH267H5/FAH271H5 and 1.0 in FAH/VCC at the 300/400 level

FAH492H5 Topics in Modern/Art/Architecture (HUM)

An in-depth examination of a topic in modern art, architecture. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. A seminar course limited to 20 students. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, FAH287H5/FAH288H5 and at least 1.0 in FAH/VCC at the 300/400 level, or P.I

FAH493H5 Topics in Early Modern Art and Architecture (HUM)

An in-depth examination of a topic in early modern (Renaissance and or Baroque) art and or architecture. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. A seminar course limited to 20 students. [24S]
Exclusion: None. Although equivalent courses are on the books at St. George it is highly unlikely that a topics course would have any significant overlap.
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5 , FAH274H5/FAH279H5 and 1.0 in FAH/VCC at the 300/400 level

FAH494H5 Topics in Contemporary Art and Theory (HUM)

An in-depth examination of a topic in contemporary art and theory. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. A seminar course limited to 20 students. [24S]
Exclusion: None. Although equivalent courses are on the books at St. George it is highly unlikely that a topics course would have any significant overlap.
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/FAH105H5/FAH202H5, FAH288H5/FAH289H5 and 1.0 in FAH or VCC at the 300/400 level
Recommended Preparation: FAH288H5, FAH289H5, FAH388H5

 

Studio Art Courses (FAS)

FAS143H5 Drawing I (HUM)

Drawing 1 introduces core drawing practices at the entry level. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop their drawing skills, visual vocabulary, and understanding of conceptual and formal approaches to both historical and contemporary practices. Drawing is presented as a technical, interpretive and expressive tool: students make observational drawings from objects, environments, and the figure, and work with imagined and found sources. Sessions include demonstrations, illustrated presentations, and individual assignments. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS205H1, VPSA70

FAS145H5 Painting I (HUM)

This course is an exploration of the techniques and subject matter of 20th-century painting in relation to contemporary painting practices. Students work with both observational and conceptual approaches through experimentation with painting's formal elements, traditional and non-traditional painting materials, montage, and abstraction. [72P]
Exclusion: FAS230Y1; VIS201H1, VPSA61

FAS147H5 Photography I (HUM)

This introductory course emphasizes the use photography as a tool for artistic expression. Students will build skills using a manual-operation camera, processing B&W film, creating silver-based photographic prints in the darkroom, and in acquiring basic digital processing and printing techniques in colour photography. Photography is presented as a medium for communication through in-class discussion, analysis and interpretation. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS217H1, VIS218H1, VPSB67

FAS232H5 Print Media I (HUM)

This course is an introduction to relief and intaglio print media processes within a contemporary context. Students explore and experiment with the materials, techniques and processes of print, and integrate them with formal and contextual concerns. Projects combine research, presentations, discussions and critical thinking. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS203H1, 303H1

FAS234H5 Print Media II (HUM)

This course is a continuation of FAS232H with further explorations of relief printing and etching, and an introduction to screenprinting. The integration of digital imagery and print matrices using photo-editing software is emphasized, while students may incorporate bookworks, drawing and installation. Focus is placed upon individual development with attention to production, quality and technical expertise. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS206H1, VIS207H1, VIS309H1, 309H1
Prerequisite or Corequisite: FAS232H5/P.I.   

FAS236H5 Design I (HUM)

This course is an applied investigation of design thinking, theories, techniques and tools. It addresses a range of design issues through a variety of approaches and media. Creative experimentation is encouraged to broaden students' conception of design and its application in other design and art-related disciplines. Assignments introduce students to the fundamental principles of design and concept development through projects involving typography, images, colour, layout, and design software for print and the web. [72P]
Exclusion: FAS146H5

FAS243H5 Drawing II (HUM)

A continuation of FAS143H, this course uses drawing as a resource to create artwork in a variety of materials and processes. Students develop skills in drawing systems, explore digital technologies and work in a range of contemporary hybrid practices to extend drawing's reach. Through assigned projects, illustrated presentations, readings and exhibition reviews, students are presented with issues to research and address in their work. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS205H1, 211H1, 305H1, VPSB74
Prerequisite: FAS143H5/P.I.

FAS245H5 Painting II (HUM)

This course is a continuation of FAS145H. Illustrated discussion/lectures present Canadian and international contemporary painting practices to contextualize assigned, 3-week projects. Students are introduced to in-depth group critiques, a range of painting media and techniques, and portfolio documentation. [72P]
Exclusion: FAS230Y1, VIS201H1, 301H1, VPSB62
Prerequisite: FAS145H5/P.I.

FAS246H5 Design II (HUM)

A continuation of FAS146H, this course is a further applied investigation of design thinking, theories, techniques and tools, from conceptual to practical applications. Assignments in a variety of media address contemporary art and design through in-class and term projects. This course also introduces students to some of the factors affecting design decisions such as mode of communication, intended audience and historical associations. Illustrated presentations, field trips, guest critics, discussions and critiques augment this course. [72P]
Prerequisite: FAS146H5/P.I.

FAS247H5 Photography II (HUM)

A continuation of FAS147H Photography 1, this course further develops the use of camera handling and lighting techniques, along with light-sensitive and digital-imaging materials for visual communication and personal expression. Students learn a variety of printing methods including fibre-based printing, sequencing, multiples and other techniques that further develop the creative aspects of the medium. Use of the video camera and basic video editing is introduced. Investigations of historical and contemporary uses of the medium emphasize technical, aesthetic and conceptual considerations. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS318H1, VPSB75
Prerequisite: FAS147H5/P.I.

FAS248H5 Sculpture I (HUM)

This course introduces students to basic sculptural processes and materials, such as casting, mold-making, construction in cardboard, and fabrication in wood, metal and found objects. A series of conceptual exercises provide opportunity for creative problem-solving and critical analysis while challenging conventional models of sculptural production. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS204H1, 306H1, VPSA71

FAS330Y5 Experimentation in Past and Present Techniques (HUM)

This course is a practical investigation of techniques in art that have both historical precedents and contemporary applications. Media covered may include some of the following: mosaic, bas-relief in wood, encaustic, metalpoint drawing, and fresco. Students collaborate to create a mural for a public site.[144P]
Prerequisite: Any FAS200 level course or any FAH100 level course and 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS334Y5 Print Media III (HUM)

This course is a continuation of FAS234H with an introduction to stone and plate lithography. Students are asked to complete assigned and self-directed projects, and may choose to consolidate and explore traditional print media, or to work with a combination of print and other two-dimensional, sculptural or installation media of their choice. Increased refinement and sophistication in conception and execution is expected. Students become familiar with issues and examples of contemporary print practice, and discuss and critique works by contemporary artists.[144P]
Exclusion: VIS309H1
Prerequisite: FAS234H5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS343Y5 Drawing III (HUM)

A continuation of FAS243H, students examine a range of critical and thematic concerns of artists working in drawing today. The course examines the systems and conventions of drawing in the broadest possible sense and includes both traditional media as well as new technologies for video and animation production. Through readings, student-led presentations, discussions, workshops, topical and independent assignments and critiques, students develop a body of work that investigates experimental processes in image production. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS305H1, VPSC55
Prerequisite: FAS243H5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS345Y5 Painting III (HUM)

This course is a continuation of FAS 245H. Students develop independent research habits to support self-directed projects in painting that are reviewed in a critique setting. Also included are demonstrations of painting media and gallery visits. Artist statement, gallery and visiting artist reviews, contemporary Canadian or international artist presentation, as well as portfolio documentation are required. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS305H1, VPSC54
Prerequisite: FAS245H5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS346Y5 Design III (HUM)

A continuation of FAS246H, this course presents an opportunity for students to acquire and practice the skills necessary to create real-world art and design-related projects. Design assignments require students to create full or partial design mockups, work in teams, and submit proposals to design competitions within or outside the school. Students explore contemporary art and design via simulated workplace assignments, visual presentations, field trips, guest critics, discussion and critique. [144P]
Prerequisite: FAS246H5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS347Y5 Photography III (HUM)

This advanced photography course integrates the history and theory of photography with the production of original work, and assists students to develop a critically- informed photography practice. The course focuses on independent student production of photo and/or photo-based artworks in either an analogue or digital format, as well as the completion of assigned projects. Technical topics include digital still imaging technologies and the production of digital prints, as well as the use of strobe lighting and advanced techniques in exposure for colour and black and white. Students develop further expertise in video production. Studio work is accompanied by regular in-depth critiques, research and presentations on contemporary photographic practice and seminars on theoretical and critical readings. Professional practices for the presentation of photographic work for various applications will also be discussed. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS318H1
Prerequisite: FAS247H, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.
 

FAS348Y5 Continuing Investigations in Sculpture (HUM)

This course will guide the student through a transition from assignment-driven sculpture projects to self-directed work. The introduction of conceptual approaches, reflective writing on the artwork produced, and a new range of sculpture techniques and materials will augment the technical skills students acquired in Sculpture 1 FAS248H. Illustrated presentations, short readings, visiting artist reviews, an exhibition review, artist presentation, and field trips to fabrication facilities and galleries will accompany the studio work over the two terms. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS306H, VPSB63
Prerequisite: FAS248H5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS349Y5 Video, Sound and Performance (HUM)

This studio-based course investigates issues of identity, gender, activism and the body within public and private space. Fieldwork will be emphasized: the locus of the classroom becomes part of a critical inquiry of everyday life or specific public events. Assignments take into consideration the temporal nature of performance, video, sound and interactivity. Students are exposed to a range of interdisciplinary and trans-media approaches such as digital video production and projection, multi-track sound editing, installations and interventions, and online interactivity. Through readings, presentations, discussions, workshops, topical assignments and critiques, students develop a body of work that investigates experimental time-based processes. [144P]
Prerequisite: Any two second-year FAS courses, one of which can be CCT353H5 or CCT357H5 and 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.
 

FAS434Y5 Individual Investigations in Print Media (HUM)

A continuation of FAS334Y, this course is a self-directed, supervised opportunity to define and develop a student's artistic vision with an inter-media approach. Print Media 4 prepares students to work independently or in a professional print studio after graduation. Through research, gallery visits, and discussion, students focus on defining the content and context of their work. Students are asked to examine their work from a critical perspective and to complete a body of related work accompanied by a written statement. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS311H1, 401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite: FAS334Y5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.
 

FAS443Y5 Individual Investigations in Drawing (HUM)

A continuation of FAS343Y5, students develop a portfolio of self-directed work for exhibition, grants and graduate-level or continuing study. Students approach drawing through the development of research and experimentation with contemporary cross-disciplinary practices. Classes include lectures, presentations, critiques, workshops, and field trips to studios, galleries and production and fabrication facilities. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS305H1
Prerequisite: FAS343Y5 or FAS349Y5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS445Y5 Individual Investigations in Painting (HUM)

This course is a continuation of FAS345Y. Students develop a cohesive body of self-directed work reflecting an understanding of contemporary and historical painting. Regular critiques are supplemented by gallery visits, and an introduction to professional practices and art criticism. Artist statement, gallery and visiting artist reviews, contemporary Canadian or international artist presentation, as well as portfolio documentation required. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite: FAS345Y5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS446Y5 Individual Investigations in Design (HUM)

A continuation of FAS346Y, this course emphasizes self-directed design projects with regularly scheduled class critiques, presentations on contemporary art and design, and trips to exhibitions. Design assignments require students to create full or partial design mockups, work collaboratively on large projects, and submit proposals to design competitions within or outside the school. Students learn to integrate professional art and design strategies, and to research, coordinate and fully realize their own long-term projects. [144P]
Prerequisite: FAS346Y and 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.

FAS447Y5 Individual Investigations in Photography (HUM)

This advanced photography course integrates the history and theory of photography with the production of original work, and assists students to develop a critically informed photography practice. The course will focus on independent student production of photo and/or photo-based artworks in either an analogue or digital format. Studio work is accompanied by regular in-depth critiques, research and presentations on contemporary photographic practice and seminars on theoretical and critical readings. Professional practices for the presentation of photographic work for various applications will also be discussed. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite: FAS348Y5 or FAS349Y5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I.
 

FAS448Y5 Individual Investigations in Sculpture (HUM)

This course is a continuation of FAS348Y. Students produce a coherent body of work based on research and written proposals. In their artwork, students explore their own identity and work in the context of contemporary sculpture practices, acknowledging both a theoretical and historic framework. Students should become aware of the relationship between the production and presentation of artwork, and be able to identify the audience for and the specific context within which their artwork might be presented. Class includes lectures, presentations, critiques, workshops, and field trips to studios, galleries and fabrication facilities. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite: FAS348Y5 or FAS349Y5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and P.I..

FAS450Y5 Advanced Project (HUM)

In this directed study, students undertake two semesters of independent research under the mentorship of a full-time Art and Art History studio faculty member. Students develop and present a body of artwork and a written and illustrated thesis for discussion, evaluation and critique. The course is modeled on a Master's thesis and as such provides the students with the experience needed to pursue Master of Fine Arts candidacy, their own art, and teaching careers. Advanced Project students must have a B+ standing in the fourth year of the studio discipline in which they intend to submit a proposal. A written proposal must be submitted to, and approved by, the department before registration. [144P]
Exclusion: VIS311H1, 401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite: 1.0 FAS 400-level course, FAS451H5, FAS452H5, 1.5 credits in FAH/VCC and Permission of the Department.

FAS451H5 Advanced Project (HUM)

In this directed study, an independent studio project is chosen by the student and supervised by faculty member(s). A written proposal must be submitted to, and approved by, the department before registration. In addition to the completion of a body of work, students will prepare an illustrated and written account of the impact of research on their artwork. Students wishing to undertake an Advanced Project must have already completed the highest level of their chosen sub-discipline. Advanced Project students must have a B+ standing in the fourth year of the studio discipline in which they intend to submit a proposal. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS311H1, 401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 1.0 FAS 400-level course, Permission of the Department

FAS452H5 Advanced Project (HUM)

In this directed study, an independent studio project is chosen by the student and supervised by faculty member(s). A written proposal must be submitted to, and approved by, the department before registration. In addition to the completion of a body of work, students will prepare an illustrated and written account of the impact of research on their artwork. Students wishing to undertake an Advanced Project must have already completed the highest level of their chosen sub-discipline. Advanced Project students must have a B+ standing in the fourth year of the studio discipline in which they intend to submit a proposal. [72P]
Exclusion: VIS311H1, 401H1, 402H1, 403H1, 404H1
Prerequisite or Corequisite: 1.0 FAS 400-level course, Permission of the Department

FAS453H5 Art Education Practice (HUM)

This course will outline principles of educational theory and practice for teaching the visual arts, and explore the realities of learning and the artistry of teaching to various audiences, including children, adolescents and adults, within a variety of educational settings. Students will have an opportunity to develop teaching skills and observe a practicing educator in action. Studio tasks will relate to the topics covered in this course. [24S, 12P]
Prerequisite: For Art and Art History majors/specialists: 4.0 FAS courses and 1.5 FAH/VCC credits, Permission of the Department.

For Art History majors/specialists: 1.0 credit in FAH at the 300/400 level and Permission of the Department.
 

FAS454H5 Professional Practice (HUM)

This course outlines professional and business requirements of establishing a career as a practicing visual artist. Topics covered include portfolio development, exhibition presentation and organization, public art competitions, photo documentation, writing grant proposals, marketing, taxes, and bookkeeping. Guest lectures will augment students' research into the career paths of a range of arts professionals. [24S, 12P]
Prerequisite: For Art and Art History majors/specialists: 4.0 FAS courses and 1.5 FAH/VCC credits, Permission of the Department.
For Art History majors/specialists: 1.0 credit in FAH at the 300/400 level, Permission of the Department.

FAS455H5 Teaching Art in the School and Community (HUM)

This practicum course provides fourth-year students with hands-on teaching experience allowing for interaction with administrators, teachers, and community leaders. Students plan workshops and classes, write and deliver curriculum, and work within a budget. As a summary, students then document and evaluate their teaching experiences. [15S, 24P]
Exclusion: None
Prerequisite: For Art and Art History majors/specialists: 4.0 FAS courses, 1.5 FAH/VCC credits and Permission of the Department.

For Art History majors/specialists: 1.0 credit in FAH at the 300/400 level and Permission of the Department.
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: FAS453H5

 

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

CIN101H5 An Introduction to Cinema Studies (HUM)

Introduction to film analysis, concepts of film style and narrative. Topics include documentary, avant-garde, genres, authorship, ideology and representation. [24L, 48S, 24T]
Exclusion: INI115Y1, NEW115Y1, VIC115Y1, ERI201H5, ERI202H5, CIN202H5, CIN205Y5, CIN105H1, ENGB70

CIN203H5 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (HUM)

The establishment of film as a serious art form is coincident with the earliest critical writing on Alfred Hitchcock that emerged in the 1950s. Since then, Hitchcock has remained one of the most important filmmakers of all time, spawning not only a massive body of critical scholarship but also legions of imitators. This course will serve as an introduction to both the films (such as Psycho and North by Northwest) and related issues: questions of suspense, authorship, morality and spectatorship.
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5

CIN204H5 The Films of Martin Scorsese (HUM)

This course will examine the films of Martin Scorsese, one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. Scorsese's films will be understood in relation to questions about imitation and originality, genre, violence, male hysteria, and also as meditations on the history of film itself.
Recommended Prep: CIN101H5/CIN202H5

CIN205H5 Canadian Auteurs (HUM)

This course will offer a comparative study of a selection of major contemporary Canadian filmmakers, including Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, Sara Polley, Denis Villeneuve, Ruba Nadda, Denis Côté, Guy Maddin, Michael Snow, and Joyce Wieland.
Recommended Prep: CIN101H5/CIN202H5

CIN207H5 The Moving Image: History and Concepts (HUM)

This class is designed to introduce some of the major concepts that animate film history, including national/transnational style, medium specificity (i.e. what can film do that other mediums cannot), realism, identification, immersion, distance and taste, among many others. [24L, 24P]
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5

CIN215H5 Bollywood in Context (HUM)

India has arguably the most popular and prolific film industry in the world. This course contextualizes the relatively recent 'Bollywood' phenomenon within the history of Indian commercial cinema and key aspects of modern Indian culture, emphasizing the popular cinema's role in constructing historically changing ideas of national and gendered identity. It also challenges the assumptions of film theories developed in relation to Hollywood or European cinema by introducing film theory concepts that address South Asian image-cultures (such as darshan, frontality, melodrama and interruption). [24L, 24P]
Exclusion: VCC390H5 - Topic: Bollywood, CIN302H5
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or VCC101H5/VCC201H5

CIN301H5 Topics in Cinema Studies (HUM)

The course may have a historical, genre, theoretical, auteur, or other focus. Students should contact the program director for the current topic. [24L, 24P]
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or at least 1.0 credit in courses that count toward the Cinema Studies minor.

CIN303H5 Global Auteurs (HUM)

This course is devoted to three major international filmmakers: Michael Haneke (Austria), Olivier Assayas (France), and Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Taiwan). While different in many important respects, these filmmakers are nevertheless linked by their tendency to make international films that are themselves mediations on national identity in an increasingly globalized world. Screenings will include Cache, Code Unknown, Carlos, Demonlover, The Flight of the Red Balloon and Goodbye South, Goodbye, to name just a few. [24L, 24P]
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or VCC101H5/VCC201H5

CIN304H5 The Violent Image (HUM)

It is commonly believed that violent images produce violent, or desensitized people. In this class, we will examine the multiple forms of violence in film, television, and videogames as well as the variety of discourses about violence and images. Rather than confirming the moral logic of condemnation of the violent image, we will ask instead what good a violent image might do. [24L, 24P]
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or at least 1.0 credit in courses that count toward the Cinema Studies minor.

CIN306H5 The Comedic Image (HUM)

Comedies routinely depend on the performance of the unthinkable in the ordinary. Our laughter follows from the saying or doing of the unsayable and the undoable. Comedy is in this way both a form of bad manners and also a uniquely philosophical genre, insofar as saying the unsayable means that we are able to recognize more than what we see or typically say. This course will survey the history of comedy and its relation to thought, perception, and social values. [24L, 24P]
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or at least 1.0 credit in courses that count toward the Cinema Studies minor.

CIN307H5 Movement (HUM)

Since the advent of cinema, filmmakers and film theorists have repeatedly attempted to define film as a unique art form on the basis of its most defining characteristic: movement. Painters can represent movement, but film is movement itself. Not surprisingly, many filmmakers who are recognized as significant artists are most easily identified by the distinctive style of their camera movement. This class will be devoted to a consideration of the nature, meaning, and styles of movement in film. [24L, 24P]
Recommended Preparation: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or VCC101H5/VCC201H5

CIN401H5 Topics in Cinema Studies (HUM)

The course may have a historical, genre, theoretical, auteur, or other focus. Students should contact the Department for the current topic.

Prerequisite: CIN101H5/CIN202H5/CIN205Y5 or at least 1.0 credit in courses that count toward the Cinema Studies minor and 1.0 credit at the 300-level in CIN or P.I.

CIN402H5 Avant-Garde Film and Video (HUM)

This course will look at alternative forms of filmmaking and television production. If there is a defining feature of avant-garde film and video, it is a general resistance to the thematic and stylistic norms of mainstream production and popular culture as way of seeing for all. Thus, in this course, we will be looking at both highly personal and sometimes autobiographical works of art.
Prerequisites: CIN101H5/CIN202H5 and 1.0 credits at the 300 level in CIN or P.I.

 

Visual Culture and Communication Courses (VCC)

VCC101H5 Introduction to Visual Culture (HUM)

(Formerly CCT201H5/VCC201H5)
Introduces the ways in which we use and understand images across the realms of art, advertising, mass media, and science, with examples drawn from painting, photography, film, television, and new media. Presents a diverse range of recent approaches to visual analysis and key theories of visual culture. [24L, 12T]
Exclusion: FAH201H5, CCT201H5, VCC201H5
Recommended Preparation: CCT109H5 or FAH101H5/FAH202H5

VCC205H5 Monsters (HUM)

This course examines monster movies and television shows alongside readings from monster literature, comics, and critical essays. It considers the social significance of the monster in order to learn something about how the threat of the monster relates to historical anxieties concerning mass-media technologies, social deviance, and the hybrid forms of visual media culture that we typically associate with the era of 21st-century convergence culture but define the genre of monster media from its ancient beginnings. [24L, 24P]
Exclusion: VCC340H5
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC207H5 Urban Sites and Sounds (HUM)

Introduces students to histories and theories of urban spaces emphasizing the modern city. Drawing from history, architecture, geography, and media studies, the course explores how urban change is evident in the spaces, forms, and sounds of the modern city. Case studies of specific urban environments depending on instructor's research emphasis. [24L, 12T]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC236H5 North American Consumer Culture: 1890-Present (HUM)

Examines the history and theoretical treatments of mass consumerism in North American society. We will look at the relationship between the market and cultural politics, cultural production, and mass consumption. Specific topics include: the shift from mass production to mass consumption; the growth of department stores; the rise of advertising; the relationship of race, class and gender to consumer capitalism; the development of product brands; and the emergence of global marketing. [24L]
Exclusion: HIS336H5, VCC336H5
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5 or HIS271Y5

VCC304H5 Visual Culture and the Politics of Identity (HUM)

Examines the ways in which social-cultural identities are constructed by, and at times disrupt various visual technologies, logics, and representational strategies. Issues and problems to be addressed include: nationality, stereotyping, invisibility, and surveillance. Course materials will be drawn from modern and contemporary art and visual culture, and will also include readings from the fields of feminism, race studies, queer theory, and performance studies. [24L, 12T]
Prerequisite: CCT200H5 or VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC306H5 Visual Culture and Colonialism (HUM)

Many of our most popular and influential image technologies, visual forms, and ways of thinking about images first developed in the second half of the 19th century: the heyday of European colonialism. This course re-examines the visual culture of modernity in the light of this deeply colonial genealogy, through forms such as photography, colour printing, film, exhibitions, postcards, maps, scientific illustrations, and the body as image. [24L]
Exclusion: VCC302H5
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC308H5 Activism in Visual and Media Culture (HUM)

This course will examine political and social activism in visual and media culture focusing on the role that visual representation has played in social movements and how artists/activists have employed visual media to achieve specific ends that challenge and resist dominant visual representations and political formations. [24L,12P]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC309H5 Society and Spectacle (HUM)

Spectacles have been vehicles of social and political power at varying historical moments and locations. Since Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle was published in 1967 the term has been deployed as a critical concept for thinking about visual culture. This course takes up a number of historical case studies in order to locate and situate phenomena associated with spectacle and spectacular visual entertainments. Topics may include the role of images in mediating contemporary social relations and the connection between spectacle and violence. [24L, 24P]
Exclusion: VCC209H5
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC334H5 Media Realities (HUM)

This course examines the relationship between mass media technologies and the idea of "reality" with an emphasis on the electronic and digital forms that dominate the discourse of "reality" in contemporary media culture, television and the Internet. It will explore such questions as: How do shifting aesthetic conventions of realism, "reality" programming, and documentary inflect both theoretical and historical understandings of what constitutes reality? And how do our ideas of media technology inform these conventions and the understandings they produce? [24L, 24P]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC338H5 Picturing the Suburbs (HUM)

This course considers how images of suburbia circulate between two interrelated but often counter-posed realms of visual culture: the popular genres of film, television, and new media entertainment and the iconography of "high" art practices such as painting, photography, and avant-garde film. In the process it addresses such fundamental issues as the relation between art and mass-production, the aesthetics of private and public space, and the role that visual media play in constructing the socio-political space of the built environment. [24L, 24P]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC360H5 South Asian Visual Culture (HUM)

Popular imagery from the Indian subcontinent is now increasingly visible in the global arena, particularly via the West's discovery of 'Bollywood.' But what have these images meant to South Asians themselves, what are their histories, what traditions and practices do they draw on? This course introduces key concepts for understanding South Asian visual culture and its multifaceted postcolonial modernity. Images examined include popular prints, film, photography, comic books, urban environments, advertisements, crafts, art, propaganda, rituals, television, and the internet. [24L]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC390H5 Topics in Visual Culture and Communication (HUM)

An in-depth examination of topics in visual and media culture, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. This will be a broad-based lecture course for approximately 75 students. [24L, 12T]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5

VCC399Y5 Research Opportunity Program (ROP) (HUM)

This course provides a richly rewarding opportunity for third or higher year students who have developed some knowledge of visual culture and communication to work in the research project of a professor in return for 399Y course credit. Students enrolled have an opportunity to become involved in original research, enhance their research skills and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge. Participating faculty members post their project descriptions for the following summer and fall/winter session on the ROP website in mid-February and students are invited to apply at that time. See Research Opportunity Program (299Y, 399Y and 499Y) for more details.
Exclusion: CCT299Y5, CCT399Y5
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5, a minimum of 10.0 credits.

VCC400H5 Advanced Project (HUM)

This course is designed to serve as a capstone course for VCC specialists. Students engage with advanced readings in the field and refine skills in critical analysis of selected topics in VCC. A major focus is the design and implementation of an advanced research project selected in consultation with an instructor. [36S]
Exclusion: CCT400H5, HSC400H5
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC 201H5 and completion of 13.0 credits. Open only to VCC specialists.

VCC405H5 Individual Project (HUM)

A research project carried out under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will carry out a research project on a selected topic related to VCC. Students must obtain signed permission from the faculty member they would like to have as their supervisor.
Prerequisite: Completion of 13.0 credits and CCT400H5
Enrolment is limited

VCC406H5 Post-Colonialism and the Image (HUM)

How has the legacy of modern colonialism across the globe impacted how we see images, how we think about them and how we make them? And how do images perpetuate or overturn the legacy of colonial power relations? This course introduces students to the key concepts and debates in post-colonial theory as they relate to visual studies. [24S]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5, VCC306H5
Recommended Preparation: VCC304H5

VCC407H5 Architectures of Vision (HUM)

Based upon Michel Foucault's work on modern architectures of surveillance, control, and discipline, this course examines such modern and contemporary architectural-visual formations as the museum, domestic interior, cinema, and the residential and commercial skyscraper. Ways in which these sites have come to define notions of citizenship, privacy and publicity, and community will be of particular focus and concern. [24S]
Prerequisite: 13.0 credits including a minimum of 1.0 VCC credit and VCC101H5/VCC201H5.

Recommended Preparation: FAH289H5; VCC304H5

VCC409H5 Capital, Spectacle, War (HUM)

This course investigates the conjunction of contemporary global capitalism, spectacle, and militarized neo-liberal governmentality in order to develop a critical understanding of the inter-related forces that constitute the most current and politically and ethically pressing events in the world today. These may include the war on terror, the disaster film genre, technologies of surveillance, politics of humiliation and scandal, and theological and financial speculation and visions of the future. Readings will draw upon both historical and in many cases the latest work in political theory, cinema and new media studies, critical philosophy, and religious studies. [24S]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5, VCC309H5 plus at least 1.0 in VCC

VCC411H5 Real Space to Cyberspace (HUM)

This course examines the re-conception of traditional understandings of architecture and space -- public and private -- brought about by digital technologies. Notions of space affect our conceptions of political, social and inner life; this course investigates the impact of hyperspace and virtual reality on real and imagined space in a global context. [24S]
Prerequisite: FAH101H5/105H5; VCC101H5/201H5 plus at least 1.0 credit in VCC.

VCC415H5 Theory and Criticism of Photography and New Media (HUM)

Introduces a variety of approaches for interpreting, criticizing, evaluating, and theorizing photographs and photography in general. Examines how the thinking of photography is revisioned via major theoretical models. Concludes with a unit on theory and criticism of New Media. [24S]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5, FAH291H5/FAH391H5 and 1.0 credit in VCC at 300/400 level

VCC425H5 Art and Media Culture (HUM)

Explores intersections of art, pop culture and mass media in Europe and North America between World War II and 1970. Reviews how the definition of art moved into an expanded field of media culture. [24S]
Prerequisite: 13.0 credits including VCC101H5/VCC201H5 and a minimum of 1.0 VCC credit.
Recommended Preparation: FAH289H5; VCC308H5

VCC427H5 Participatory Media (HUM)

In order to explore the complex social and political issues surrounding the discourse of democratic participation in today's "new media" culture, this course provides a historical and theoretical survey of "old" media technologies that embrace the aesthetics of participation, running from popular theatre forms (including vaudeville and Chautauqua) to call-in radio shows, avant-garde and novelty films, activist video art, and the audience-based talk and game shows of fifties television that most directly prefigure the participatory genres of contemporary media programming. [24S,24P]
Prerequisite: VCC101H5/VCC201H5 plus at least 1.0 in VCC

VCC490H5 Topics in Visual Culture and Communication (HUM)

An in-depth examination of topics in visual and media culture, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics vary from year to year, and the content in any given year depends upon the instructor. [24S]
Prerequisite: 13.0 credits including VCC101H5/VCC201H5 and a minimum of 1.0 VCC credit.