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Studio Art (Bachelor Fine Arts)

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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing specific courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.

 

Some Courses You May Take

This course facilitates development of tacit knowledge, intuitive judgment, perception and theoretical understanding through direct material engagement with metals, plaster, clay, forest products, and use of fabrication technologies.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Studio Art 1 program
Co-Requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed; successful completion of WHMIS is required prior to studio work
This course is designed to facilitate development of tacit knowledge, intuitive judgment, perception and theoretical understanding through experiential engagement with two-dimensional forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, photographic and/or digital image production.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Studio Art 1 program
Co-Requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed; successful completion of WHMIS is required prior to studio work
This course focuses on observation-based studio activities and development of critical perception to deepen understanding of visual information and phenomena related to art practice.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Studio Art 1 program
Co-Requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed; successful completion of WHMIS is required prior to
studio work.
Working individually and in groups, students will be introduced to concepts, questions, research strategies and contexts related to art production. An integrated approach will combine dialogue, production and information gathering utilizing sketchbooks, digital technologies and University collections.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Studio Art 1 program
Co-Requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed; successful completion of WHMIS is required prior to studio work.
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
A global perspective of art and architecture of the Americas, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Europe within their historical and cultural context. Material extends from objects by itinerant First Peoples to the monumental buildings created by settled agrarian societies during the Middle Ages. Lectures and tutorials examine art produced in a range of media and address the designation and preservation of world Cultural Heritage sites.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
A global perspective of art and architecture of the Americas, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Europe within their historical and cultural context. Material includes Italian Renaissance frescoes, Japanese Zen Buddhist gardens and Contemporary Art. The course examines a range of cultural practices and artistic media, and addresses current issues for world Cultural Heritage sites.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Creating art utilizing a range of media, including digital tools and creative research, students will gain an understanding of art, images and cultures of technology. No previous artistic experience is required.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I or above of any program
Antirequisite(s): Enrolment in or completion of MMEDIA 2B06
Not open to students in the BFA program.
Utilizing sketchbooks, collage, colour exercises and creative research, students will gain widely applicable skills in manipulating and analyzing the communicative power of images. No previous artistic experience is required.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I or above of any program
Not open to students in the BFA program.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is completion of Studio Art I. Students in the BFA specialize in the study of studio art, but they are also required to take a number of art history courses throughout their degree and may use electives to take courses in a variety of complementary disciplines or to complete a Minor.

 

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

  • Professional artist / designer
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Teacher
  • Gallery director
  • Stage / costume designer
  • Art council administrator

Some Courses You May Take

This course will introduce students to contemporary Canadian and International artists working today across a broad range of disciplines. Through lectures, class discussions, readings and independent research projects, students will explore key themes and concepts that are currently addressed in contemporary art discourse.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of any program
Comprehensive introduction to digital image-making in the context of artistic and creative practice. Students will develop essential technical and conceptual skills in digital photography, video/film-making, and/or sound recording. Limited access to equipment will be available, but students are encouraged to provide their own digital SLR cameras with manual control capabilities, and a tripod. No previous background required.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of any program
Antirequisite(s): Enrollment in or completion of MMEDIA 2B06
This course focuses on environmentally sustainable studio production with a comprehensive approach that promotes understanding of how materials are manufactured, why they are selected, how they are used and implications of disposal. A student-centered approach will determine media use and concepts.
Four hours; one term
Offered on a rotational basis
Prerequisite(s): Credit or registration in WHMIS 1A00 (successful completion of WHMIS is required prior to studio
work) and registration in Level II or above of any program. Recommended for students pursuing a Minor in Sustainability.
This course investigates the campus environment and its resources to promote the potential of place and local opportunities as they inform the production of site-based drawing and mixed-media work. This course may be offered as a concentrated week-long session (e.g. camping excursion). Extra cost will apply.
One term. Consult the School of the Arts for details.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of any program and credit or registration in WHMIS 1A00 
Utilizing team-based approaches that connect student learning with community, this course explores an interdisciplinary spectrum of collaborative activities. Student-centered interests and available local opportunities will direct projects.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or IV of any program; and credit or registration in WHMIS 1A00 (successful completion of WHMIS is required prior to studio work)
ART 3J03 may be repeated, if on a different topic, for a total of six units.
This course provides insight into the varied functions of drawing including expressive purpose, communication, information organization, idea synthesis and drawing as a form of thinking. A variety of media including graphite, charcoal, conte, wet media, collage, digital media, mixed media and hybrid approaches are included.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 and registration in Level II Honours Studio Art (B.F.A.) program
This course focuses on self-directed studio strategies responding to concepts and questions generated by the student. Students will integrate beliefs, values and individual experience with ongoing research to guide studio production.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 and registration in Level II Honours Studio Art program
This course develops pictorial thought processes through the vocabulary of painting. Balanced emphasis is placed on expanding conceptual and practical knowledge utilizing a variety of pigments, mediums, supports, tools, alternative and hybrid approaches.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 and registration in Level II Honours Studio Art program
This course develops techniques and aesthetic tactics of print media utilizing woodblock, sintra, linoleum, collagraph, image transfers and embossing.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 and registration in Level II Honours Studio Art program
This course develops spatial thought processes through the vocabulary of sculpture. Balanced emphasis is placed on expanding conceptual and practical knowledge through metal fabrication, woodworking, plaster and clay, assemblage, site-specific, time-based and hybrid practices.
Four hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 and registration in Level II Honours Studio Art (B.F.A.) program

While co-op and internships aren’t currently available for the Studio Art program, there are a variety of experiential education opportunities.

Experiential Education

Courses such as ART 4PR3 Professional Residency, ART 3FW3 – Field Work: On-Site Explorations and ART 3CE3 – Community Exhibitions allow students to get invaluable hands-on experience outside the traditional studio/classroom environment.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.
ART 1OS3

Observational Studies (Studio)

ART 1DM3

Material Investigations and Concepts (Studio)

9:30 a.m.
ITALIAN 1Z06

Beginner’s Italian (Seminar)

ITALIAN 1Z06

Beginner’s Italian (Seminar)

10:30 a.m.
MMEDIA 1A03

Multimedia and Digital Society (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
ARTHIST 1A03

World Art and Cultural Heritage (Lecture)

HUMAN 1AA0

Success in Humanities (Lecture)

ARTHIST 1A03

World Art and Cultural Heritage (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
MMEDIA 1A03

Multimedia and Digital Society (Lecture)

ARTHIST 1A03

World Art and Cultural Heritage (Tutorial)

ITALIAN 1Z06

Beginner’s Italian (Seminar)

3:30 p.m.
MMEDIA 1A03

Multimedia and Digital Society (Tutorial)

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

A recent $3 million gift from Dr. Robert Fitzhenry in honour of his late wife Andrée, has allowed the art studios at McMaster to receive a complete renovation.

Brand new in 2015, the beautifully modernized and expanded Fitzhenry Studios provide art students with an even better environment for study, collaboration and creation! Our students also benefit from:

  • print studio focusing on sustainable practice
  • bronze and aluminum casting foundry
  • wood and metal shops
  • ceramics studio
  • painting and drawing studios
  • fibre arts centre
  • professional gallery setting for student critiques
  • student and community gallery for public exhibitions

Profiles & Alumni


Briana Palmer – Underwater Drawing
Studio Art Exhibit: Print Pulse 20