FAH&S Fine Art
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Courses in the Department of Fine Art are offered in two basic areas: lecture courses or seminars in the History of Fine Art (FAH) and practical studios or seminars in Visual Studies (VIS). Minor, Major and Specialist programs are offered in both the History of Art and Visual Studies.
The FAH courses survey all periods from the Bronze Age to the present in the Mediterranean area, Europe, and North America. Five groups of FAH half-courses at the 200 level offer comprehensive overviews of the principal periods in Western art history: Ancient (FAH205H1), Mediaeval (FAH261H1), Renaissance and Baroque (FAH274H1 and 279H1), and Modern (FAH281H1 and 282H1, and FAH287H1 with 288H1, 289H1). One or another of any pair will partially satisfy a program requirement for coverage in that period: see “Fine Art Programs” (next section). In many cases, one of the paired half-course surveys may also act as the “gateway” to upper-level courses (300- and 400-level) of the same period. Students should check the prerequisites for each upper-level course carefully. Students are also encouraged to study the arts of the ancient Near East, East Asia, and Islam in courses given by other departments.
Visual Studies is the studio component of the Department of Fine Art. Visual Studies Foundation courses are designed for Humanities and Social Science students who intend to seriously pursue Visual Studies upper level courses. There is a two-stage enrolment process. Humanities and Social Science students may register for Visual Studies Foundation courses until August 16, 2002. Commencing August 23, 2002, other first-year students and upper-year students may apply for available spaces.
Foundation courses: VIS120H1, Visual Concepts, a lecture-based course that investigates a wide range of topics situated in Modernism and Post-Modernism. This course rigorously examines diverse art concepts in order to prepare students for interdisciplinary perspectives on art practice and critical theory in upper level courses. VIS130H1, Visual Strategies, an H course taught throughout the Fall and Winter sessions, is an intensive interdisciplinary course that stresses the formulation and communication of visual ideas, primarily through drawing and must be taken in conjunction with VIS120H1, Visual Concepts.
Visual Studies emphasizes a strong commitment to the social, cultural and theoretical issues embodied in contemporary art practice. Some Visual Studies courses are credits in other programs, for example, Women in Visual Art, and Performance in the Women's Studies program, Video for Artists in the Cinema Studies program and the Sexual Diversity program. The scope and variety of available courses will provide students with preparation for careers in teaching, museum and gallery work, conservation and complementary fields, though further professional training will normally be necessary.
Courses in the history of art (FAH) and in the practice of art (VIS) are useful to students in other departments or faculties; history, literature, music, and philosophy are likewise concerned with systems of thought and imagery. Fundamental concepts in such disciplines are embodied or reflected in related works of art of the same general period and area. Students in architecture, geography, or city planning will find courses in the history of architecture of benefit. Those with a special interest in the practice of architecture will find studio courses of value.
At the same time, the Department directs the attention of its students to the wide range of offerings in other departments and urges them to acquire the broad cultural background essential to an understanding of the fine arts. Of special importance are familiarity with history, the ability to read certain European languages (see below), a knowledge of the various traditions of literature and mythology, and an acquaintance with philosophy. Courses in cultural, historical or urban geography may also be relevant in programs that include the history of architecture.
In conjunction with Woodsworth College, the Department offers courses during July and August at the University of Siena, Italy. For information about these degree-credit courses, please consult the Department of Fine Art Website and contact the Student Services Office at Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street (416-978-2411).
Many courses in the Department, whether history or studio, are offered in alternate years only, or on a three-year cycle. For admission to some FAH 300- and 400-level courses a reading knowledge of certain foreign languages is either recommended or required. The studio program requires no prerequisite at the secondary school level, but enrolment is limited in all studio courses. For more detailed information on courses and degree programs, consult the Department of Fine Art Website Undergraduate Handbook at www.library.utoronto.ca/fine_art. Counselling is available, by appointment, from the Undergraduate Coordinators.
The Fine Art Student Union (FASU) sponsors a variety of lectures and other activities for members of the departmental community.
(FAH) Prof. A. Nagel (416-946-3963); (VIS) George Hawken (416-946- 8153)
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 6036 (416-978-7892)
Fine Art ProgramsEnrolment in the Fine Art History programs requires the completion of four courses; no minimum GPA required. Enrolment in the Visual Studies programs is limited; see below.
Fine Art (History of Art) (Arts program)
Visual Studies Programs (Arts program)
Enrolment in the VIS program is limited. To apply to the program, students must have completed at least four full course equivalents including VIS120H1 and VIS130H1; must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00; and must have at least a 70% (B-) in each of VIS120H1 and 130H1. Achievement of these minimum marks does not guarantee enrolment in the program.
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