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ARTS 294 Printmaking, Fall Semester

Intaglio is an art form that is timeless and steeped in history. Not much has changed since Rembrandt, Blake, and Goya created their extraordinary prints. Over the centuries artists continue to explore its hidden secrets and enduring appeal. Join instructor Gregory Ball (MFA Concordia University) this Fall semester and learn the fascinating techniques of etching, drypoint, monoprinting, engraving, and mezzotint. Transform your favourite drawings and paintings into multiples. Learn not only the history and terminology but the hands-on experience of pulling your own prints using copper plates from VIU's printing presses. As a bonus, this course also includes a project in Relief printing using linoleum blocks.

Love of Learning students are encouraged to enrol as all prerequisites will be waived for this course for Love of Learning students.

ARTS 295 Printmaking, Spring Semester

Ever wanted to learn how to design and print your own T-shirts? This course shows you everything you need to know and more about non-toxic screen printing. Instructor Gregory Ball will give insight, tips, and demonstrations throughout the semester to get you printing up a storm. Once you've experienced your first print run it's hard to stop. Techniques covered include basic stencils on paper to photo-stencil methods on just about anything including fabric and even plexi-glass. Screens and other equipment are included for student use for a nominal deposit.

Love of Learning students are encouraged to enrol as all prerequisites will be waived for this course for Love of Learning students.

Visual Art Program - Program Information

The Visual Art Program offers a broadly-based approach to art-making. Faculty members are practicing artists who are committed to teaching. While providing a sound foundation in visual art practice, we encourage experimentation and positive risk-taking in the expansion of individual expression. In addition to providing an exciting creative environment, we are also dedicated to providing students with the expertise required for careers in Visual Art.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Visual Art: 4 years

The BA Major in Visual Art offers a professional focus on all aspects of studio art, as well as academic classroom experience. This degree emphasizes art-making in a broad range of media with associated techniques, interdisciplinary content and contemporary working methods. Students may pursue a Visual Art Major degree with a wide variety of electives or they may combine this Major with a Minor in another discipline. Both options strengthen employment or postgraduate study opportunities and equip students with technical, critical thinking, visual literacy and career adaptability skills.

Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Visual Art: 4 years

A BA Minor in Visual Art may be combined with a Major or a Minor in another academic discipline and is appropriate for students contemplating a number of professional choices. It is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in Visual Art with an integrated, mixed media approach. It emphasizes exploration of technical and critical thinking skills and their relationship to contemporary cultural studies.

Visual Art Diploma: 2 years

The Visual Art Program at VIU also offers a two-year diploma in which students learn a number of technical skills and the visual literacy essential for Visual Art practice. The Visual Art Diploma is comprised of two years of fine arts programming totaling sixty credits. Upon completion, interested students may elect to pursue further studies and obtain a degree in Visual Art.

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Portfolio Night

Monday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Nanaimo Campus, Visual Art building 325, room 207

For prospective students who are interested in applying to visual art and applied programs.
Bring a portfolio to casually discuss your art work with faculty. Instructors will be happy to give their opinions about the work and details about each program.

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