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511-122-DW: Drawing and Creative Expression Working from observation of live models, still life, memory & imagination, students explore the basics of representation, composition and expression. The foundations of drawing are introduced and further reinforced by an exploration of the expressive power of drawing media. Traditional and contemporary trends in drawing are examined and students learn how to critique and analyze a work of art using appropriate terminology. Knowledge of drawing provides the foundation for future success in many visual media.
520-121-DW: Photography: Themes and History This course is a thematic survey and an examination of the processes involved by which photography became recognized as an powerful independent aesthetic medium of expression. An exploration undertaken of the rich language of photography through its diversified and global themes, which emerged within the rapid chronology of its technical evolution, will encompass but not be limited to studies in portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, landscape, photography as art ,and issues of contemporary photography Students will develop a critical, analytical understanding of the issues involved through classroom situations ,individual research and production with gallery visits to include the city-wide Mois de la photo biennales when applicable.
530-121-DW: Alternative Media Students analyze local and mass audiences and their attitudes and responses to emerging media. They consider and explore their own ability to create and distribute messages to a global community. Students also explore the digital media landscape and its effects on issues such as music, art, freedom of speech, censorship, publicity practices and propaganda. Assignments focus on analysis, interpretation construction and evaluation of new media messages designed for local or mass audiences.
530-122-DW: Documentary In this course students will view a selection of films that demonstrate various ways filmmakers have explored documentary cinema from historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives. Class discussions and student assignments address the political, aesthetic and affective dimensions of documentary practice.
530-123-DW: Film Styles An introductory film course that exposes students to the language of film through a variety of film forms and styles. The range of films may include narrative and non-narrative, from gangster, film noir, western, and documentary to animation, film nouveau, faux-docs and those that use computer-generated imagery.
603-123-DW: Drama This course surveys dramatic literature with particular reference to the social context of the theatre, including at least one classical play, one Shakespeare play, one modern play, and one Canadian play. Students will explore the relationship between stage and audience and will practice workshop performance exercises.
585-121-DW: The Networked World This course examines the production and dissemination of interactive creative arts in the networked world. Among the subjects addressed will be: the Internet, social networks, augmented reality, local wireless networks as used in art installations, collaborative art projects such as interactive fiction, and alternate models of audience participation and engagement.
Introduction to Creativity and Interactive Media
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This course is designed to provide students with an historical overview of the fields of interaction design and interactive media with emphasis on the creative arts. Students are introduced to the formal study of creativity and its application to interactive media.
Interactive Media, Systems Thinking and Creative Computation
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Within the context of the creative arts, this course provides students with a way to understand the multidisciplinary nature of interactive media through systems thinking. Computation and visual programming and their relevance and application to interactive media are emphasized.
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370-131-DW: Sacred Texts and Secular Images This course looks at the ways in which religious texts, images, and ritual performances are transformed, or deformed, into secular museum exhibits, literature, films, concerts and theatrical performances. Examples are taken from various religious traditions.
420-932-DW: Computer Communication of Arts and Literature Students will explore the ways in which literary and artistic endeavours are communicated through the Internet. They will develop an awareness of the cultural diversity of people's lives, both past and preset, and the many fields in which creative artists express themselves. They will acquire the computer skills needed to present their findings in attractive Web pages, printed documents and on-screen presentations.
502-132-DW: Newswriting Introduction to the basic techniques of news gathering and the structure and methods of writing news stories for print media, by observing, analysing and simulating a print newsroom. Students will consider issues of viewpoint, objectivity, and selectivity, and will practice researching, writing, and submitting their own stories.
511-131-DW: Exploring Drawing Students are introduced to a variety of fundamental materials and methods such as charcoal, conté, graphite, ink and various types of paper. Sketching field trips and museum visits 99 will increase awareness of creative possibilities in visual communication. Drawing is the course that teaches the basic principles of realistic two dimensional representation, including observational skills, perspective, shading, and composition. Projects will involve drawing from observation, from imagination and the importance of expression. This course provides beginners with a practical base for future 2D artwork.
530-131-DW: Communication and Culture This course examines how we, in the broadly defined North American culture define our values and beliefs. The course examines historical and current events to see how the media affect and reflect contemporary culture. Students learn how to be active contributors to their environment, instead of passive consumers.
550-131-DW: Intro to Guitar Techniques Mostly through finger style playing, this course introduces students to a simple guitar repertoire, reflecting different main cultural visions (classical, folk, popular) with their specific technical difficulties.
550-132-DW: Intro to Vocal Techniques This course will introduce students to musical vocal techniques and song repertoire and the way in which they relate to musical performance. Students will have the opportunity to explore the song genre, its forms, styles, and lyrical and poetic content; they will learn how to express these elements through vocal performance.
560-131-DW: Theatre: Plays and Playwrights Students analyze style, theme and characterization in plays and explore the playwrights, their philosophies, reactions to world events and creative expression. The process of playwriting itself is scrutinized including an examination of structure, plot, dialogue and scene development. Students will visit a working theatre and attend a theatrical performance.
602-531-DW: Culture québecoise Dans ce cours, vous allez explorer les richesses de la culture québécoise en vous plongeant dans l'étude d'oeuvres artistiques d'ici: roman, théâtre, cinéma, chansons, arts visuels. De plus, dans une atmosphère de classe interactive, enrichie de discussions, des exposés des étudiants, vous ferez de la recherche sur l'histoire et le fonctionnement actuel d'institutions culturelles québécoises que vous aurez visitées.
603-131-DW: Biography, Autobiography and Blogs This course explores examples of biography and autobiography in a variety of formats and media throughout history. Students will learn research strategies and will establish their own on-line journals.
511-222-DW: Painting, Colour and Composition Students discover the power of colour and paint to heighten expression in art, through working from the model, still-life, imagination, abstraction and personal research sources. Techniques of acrylic paint application, composition, colour mixing and colour harmonies are investigated. Students will also learn to critically interpret the stylistic approaches of contemporary & historical painters, identifying elements that can inform creative thinking in painting today.
530-222-DW: Animated Film This course examines a wide assortment of animation films from digital, to experimental, and claymation to cartoons. The concepts, techniques and styles used by filmmakers are analyzed and critiqued.
530-223-DW: Video Workshop An introductory course teaching students the principle techniques involved in video production, including camera work, sound recording, and video editing. Both narrative and documentary techniques are explored. The department supplies cameras, sound equipment, computers and software, but students are encouraged to purchase a media storage device to store and transport large video files.
530-224-DW: Film and Culture This course addresses the cultural significance of film and related media. Students will view a range of films, from historical to contemporary, including foreign and independent films, and learn how to interpret and analyze the social and cultural values expressed.
603-211-DW: Poetics Through reading selected theoretical and critical texts and analysing representative poems from different periods, students will explore how poems use language to achieve their effects. Students will learn appropriate literary terminology, and will analyse and practice a variety of poetic forms and languages.
603-221-DW: Literature into Film Comparative exploration of the languages of literature and film, including theories and examples of filmic adaptations of literature. Students will examine key factors in constructing narratives-factors such as reception, audience, genre and formula-while considering the different formal requirements of each medium.
585-222-DW: Interactive Sound and Video Art Students learn how different forms of language are used to support creative work in the interactive arts, with an emphasis on the expressive possibilities of sound, music and image. Students use scripting and visual programming languages to create interactive audio, music and video projects.
Introduction to Play and Game Design
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Games have been an integral part of human culture for thousands of years. Currently games integrate all forms of media—including storytelling, architecture, cinema, voice, music, acting, animation, and artwork—into immersive interactive experiences. This course provides an historical and cultural overview of play and gaming, including current issues and trends. It also explores the art of creating enriching experiences for audiences through game design, with particular emphasis on systems and the interplay of emergent levels and their aesthetic implications.
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340-231-DW: Philosophy, Literature and Life Philosophy and literature have had a long and complex but profitable history. The aim of this course is to explore the ways in which literary works have taken up philosophical questions and philosophers have turned to literary forms for the purposes of philosophical analysis. This course will explore the nature of signs, the dynamics of different forms of language, and different means of expression as a way into the difficult problem of how we should read, write, express and interpret philosophical thought. The creative arts and literature will serve as a foundation from where these philosophical issues are addressed.
370-231-DW: Western Religions and the Arts In this course students examine and analyze the composition and functions of artistic, literary, musical, cinematic and/or theatrical representations of stories and teachings of at least two major religious traditions of the West: Classical Greece, Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
502-231-DW: Feature Writing Introduction to the basic techniques of researching and writing news, arts and lifestyles features for print media. Students will consider how feature writing differs from newswriting and will learn to consider audience, form, and context while researching and writing their own stories.
511-232-DW: Photo Art and Creative Expression Students use a range of materials and techniques to create mixed media artworks that incorporate photography as both a research tool and as a medium. Through personal expression, students explore notions of time, space, identity, reality, artifice, and transformation. Technical instruction includes camera operation, lighting considerations, and an introduction to mixed media. Each student must own or have access to a digital camera.
530-231-DW: Digital Culture This course examines issues relating to how communities interact in an increasingly digital, online environment. Topics include current developments and events, the impact of online research, social networking, blogs, file sharing, copyright laws, appropriation, and online education. To fully understand the impact of digital culture, the class is taught online. This is NOT a technical course; all that is required is that students have access to the web.
550-231-DW: Music Appreciation This course introduces students to the main musical elements, concepts and terminology that are required to understand and appreciate the expressive, aesthetic qualities of music through diverse genres. Students learn to identify how various composers manipulate musical language to create diverse musical styles and forms.
550-232-DW: Guitar: Musical Expression This course furthers the students' classical guitar technique (finger style) through ensemble and simple solo playing. Using Classical repertoire, different elements (fingering, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, etc.) are learned in order to improve students' musical expression. Musical Interpretation: Guitar: 550-332- DW Through popular guitar (pick style), the students learn to play different popular styles ( rock, blues, Latin, etc.) by exploring and experimenting with their specific stylistic components.
550-233-DW: Voice: Musical Expression This course will introduce students to the principles of the vocal mechanism, sound production, pitch control, rhythmic accuracy, and musical expression. Students will gain an understanding of basic ear training, musical vocabulary and theory; they will learn how to apply these concepts to vocal expression and performance.
560-231-DW: Theatre: Concept and Craft Students are exposed to major movements and innovators of the modern and contemporary theatre, their impact on the language and expression of acting, and their influence on theatre craft areas such as acting, playwriting, design, and directing. The actor's tools are also be developed with exercises to extend the vocal, physical and creative potential.
603-232-DW: Poem and Song Exploration of the language of poetic and lyric expression, including how music contributes to, and interacts with, words in lyric forms. Through discussion, analysis and workshops, students will read, listen to, and possibly write or perform poems or lyrics.
340-321-DW: Communication, Interpretation and Meaning The aim of this course is to address philosophical questions that are particularly relevant to the creation and interpretation of works of art. Some of the questions that could be entertained are: what is meaning and what are the conditions under which it is created? What roles do an author or artist's intentions have in the interpretation of a work? On what basis is one interpretation to be judged better thananother? What is artistic expression and is it relevant to the assessment of art? These and other questions will be pursued through the interpretation of works of art.
511-321-DW: Computer Art This course is an introduction to the contemporary art form of digitally-generated art. The student acquires skills through the use of a personal computer and the Internet, while progressively exploring the visual elements and principles of composition. Artworks involve using the computer both as an imaginative research tool and as a viewing medium, Certain projects lead to hard copy/printed production. Through a series of three extended projects students engage in a developmental process, integrating prior knowledge with personal research to arrive at a new expressive language.
511-322-DW: Printmaking Techniques The foundations of the print were laid with the first incised line on a rock wall, in stone, bone, horn or metal. The course traces printmaking's evolution from a reproduction technique to it's role as an original medium of contemporary expression. Students explore the intaglio and relief processes through the creation of original prints. Technical exploration l include the use of carving tools for incising plates, inking, paper preparation and the setting of presses. A small edition of original prints are produced in each of the techniques explored.
530-323-DW: Communication Practices This course provides students with the opportunity to apply various forms and tools of communication, on an individual basis or in groups. It also enables students to understand and make use of the web and other digital media to reach a global audience. Among other possibilities students may produce a performance piece, a piece of digital art, a social network, or a media campaign.
530-324-DW: Animation Production The course introduces students to the craft and process involved in the production of short animation works. Students will create animated films using a variety of production tools and ideas, and exhibit proficiency with some basic, classical and free form techniques and styles. Students animate with paper cels, clay, etc., and use animation tools and video lunch box. They also assemble a drawing/doodling book, storyboards, art works and models. The aim is to compile a portfolio that presents the student’s skills and imagination with animation and a doodle book that displays the creative process involved in the creation of the work.
530-325-DW: Media Production This course allows students to produce more complex media productions. Workshops, technical exercises, group work, and analysis of student productions constitute the main course activities. There is no prerequisite for the course, but successful completion of Video Workshop or experience with non-linear video editing is an asset. The department supplies cameras, sound equipment computers and software but students are expected to purchase data storage devices, as required.
603-321-DW: Creative Writing Students will practice different writing techniques in a variety of genres. As well as writing, learning activities include lectures, readings, discussions, workshops, evaluation and self-evaluation exercises
585-323-DW: Interactive Media Production Students explore and apply concepts and techniques to the production of interactive creative works. This course will focus on the conception, design, creation and documentation of individual and group projects, such as: kinetic/robotic sculpture, installation, sound, performance, game, interactive story or other interactive media.
Understanding Interactive Media
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To understand the general meaning, aesthetic intent, function or purpose of creative works, students will use a variety of perspectives, including systems thinking, modeling, and physical or logical analysis and synthesis.
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370-331-DW: Eastern Religions and the Arts In this course students examine and analyze the composition and functions of artistic, literary, musical, cinematic and/or theatrical representations of stories and teachings of at least two major religious traditions of the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto.
420-933-DW: Computer Graphics and Web Design Students will explore selected Web sites to see how well they communicate their intended message. Students will create and publish well-designed Web sites of their own using Dreamweaver and Flash software. Graphic images will also be created, using graphics software, to enhance the effectiveness of the Web pages.
502-331-DW: E-Journalism In this course students will learn how to create and disseminate news stories using digital media. Students learn to interpret and broadcast a news story using simple and free electronic media such as blogs, discussion forums, newsgroups, citizen journalism, pod-casts, email chains, text-messages, and newsletters.
511-332-DW: Painting and Creative Expression This is an introductory course in acrylic painting fundamentals, including paint application techniques, colour mixing, colour harmony and compositional strategies. Students work from observation, the model and photographic sources exploring expressive approaches to representational image making. A reflection upon great painters of the past and present;. will be applied to individual creative thinking strategies, introduced through a series of guided thematic and technical projects.
520-331-DW: Canadian Art in Context This course examines the evolution of the visual arts and architecture in Canada from the 17th century to the present day. The student utilizes various methods of analysis in order to understand the place of artistic production and the artists and architects who contributed to its development within a diverse Canadian and global socio-cultural context. The student is exposed to a variety of procedures and techniques used in Canadian art production. Visits to historic and contemporary exhibitions, architectural and archaeological sites in order to experience in situ, Canada's diverse visual and architectural heritage will comprise a focus of this course. Discussion, lectures, field trips are components of this course.
550-332-DW: Guitar: Musical Interpretation This course will further the students' classical guitar technique (finger style) through ensemble and simple solo playing. Using Classical repertoire, different elements (fingering, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, etc.) will be learned in order to improve students' musical interpretation.
550-333-DW: Voice: Musical Interpretation This course introduces students to the various stylistic possibilities of contemporary musical interpretation through vocal performance. Students l gain an understanding of the diverse expressive elements of song interpretation, vocal musical concepts and terminology.
560-331-DW: Theatre Practice Student actors learn practical acting techniques through monologue and scene work, while exploring major training areas such as voice, movement and improvisation, and focusing on text, physical presentation, stage business, blocking and stage craft.
602-331-DW: La francophonie Ce cours vous fera voyager dans différentes oeuvres, langues et mentalités du large monde francophone. Par le biais de l'étude d'oeuvres artistiques (littérature, musique, cinéma, théâtre) et de documents informatifs, de même que par des exercices de recherche et de création, il vous permettra de connaître une variété de niveaux de langues et de problématiques du monde francophone.
585-424-DW: Special Topics in Interactive Media This course allows students to explore one key area of interactive media arts of current or emerging relevance. Special topics will be selected by the profile.
340-421-DW: Philosophy of Art This course is devoted to general and foundational philosophical questions about the nature of art, its creation, interpretation and criticism. Accordingly, students take on such questions as, what is art and can it be distinguished from ordinary objects and activities? Is there such a thing as artistic truth and does it differ from, for instance, scientific truth? What moral considerations, if any, are attached to the production and interpretation of art? How do we determine what counts as a good or bad work of art? For that matter, how do we determine what counts as an artwork? Does the artwork originate in the artist? Likewise, how important are artistic intentions when we interpret a work of art? Put simply, this course will focus on how to analyze, interpret and critically judge an artistic or literary work.
520-421-DW: History of Contemporary Art In this course the student examines the major trends and theories of 20th and 21st century art production focusing its evolution in a global context since 1945. Taking into account such topics as Surrealism, Expressionism, Minimalism, , Pop Art ,Conceptual Art and Post Modern debates, the student will focus on issues raised in relation to specific artists, art production and events in the history of art. There will be an exploration of significant artists, stylistic schools, socio- cultural forces, particular media, theory and thematic concerns which have shaped and continue to define present artistic production. Class discussion, lectures, museum and gallery visits as well as artist lectures are some of the activities in this course.
530-421-DW: Cinema: Selected Topics This course provides students with the opportunity to explore film in greater depth and detail. Students examine and critique various film genres, directors, styles and movements to better understand the subtleties and power of film.
530-422-DW: Film Theory and Criticism Film Theory and Criticism provides students with the necessary technical and aesthetic vocabulary for viewing, discussing and writing about movies. It also presents an overview of critical theories that have influenced filmmakers, film critics, and film publics over the past hundred years. Lectures, group discussions and screenings comprise the content, while assignments include formal essays, and a creative project.
530-423-DW: Experimental Film and Video This course is designed to provide a college level introduction to the experimental film and video genre. The cultural, historical and artistic origins of the genre are explored, as are its major movements and essential elements. Students view, analyze, discuss, and provide critiques of selected works. A theoretical introduction to the creative process is provided through appropriate readings, exercises, group and individual projects.
603-422-DW: Special Studies in Literature In this course, students will investigate theories and practices of lifewriting/auto/biography to explore what goes on when a person is represented using the tools of fiction and how this relates to knowledge, power and agency. What kind of responsibility to truth does the auto/biographer have, if any? The course emphasizes critical reading and writing skills and will develop these areas through writing practice. Students will become familiar with some of the historical practices of biographical and autobiographical writing alongside contemporary reflections on this. The course consists of brief lectures, discussions and group work. Students should come prepared to write, think and participate actively.
Integrating Activities (IA)
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This course is the culmination of studies in Interactive Media Arts. It requires students to consolidate what they have learned in the Profile by applying their skills and knowledge to a larger, comprehensive production. Students participate in research, design, promotion and production work. Collaboration, creativity, resourcefulness and insight are essential to assembling, critiquing and appreciating a multi-faceted project.
Explorations in Tangible Media
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Students will design and build interactive physical objects, games and/or installations. Emphasis will be on providing an opportunity for students to explore tangible forms of interactive media art through the creation of novel physical artifacts and/or environments.
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502-431-DW: Artists' Books and Graphic Novels This course is designed to familiarise students with the relationships between visual images and text. The course explores two related types of text and image art - the artist's book and the graphic novel relating fine arts and popular culture forms of creative graphic production. Students produce several artist's books and graphic novels applying both two and three-dimensional aspects of the art form. This course allows students to develop their skills in representational and abstract image making, while helping them further explore the potential for visual communication through an ongoing exposure to historical and contemporary precedents.
511-431-DW: Sculpture and Creative Expression Using topical research as a starting point, students produce sculptural works using both traditional and contemporary approaches. They use various materials and appropriate techniques, such as modeling and/or direct casting in clay, carving in plaster, and assembling with wood and/or found objects, etc. Students analyze and critique these works, applying the compositional principles, concepts and vocabulary taught in the course.
530-431-DW: Multimedia Creation This course examines the creative, social, and structural aspects of designing multimedia projects. In this introduction to interactive media technology, students research and develop projects ranging from web page design and construction, to graphic user interface media presentations, and Flash animations. The class is designed to develop learning opportunities that support interdisciplinary research and learning.
550-431-DW: Guitar: Musical Performance Mainly through pick style guitar (pop, rock, blues, folk, Latin, etc.), students further their performance abilities. They learn the proper tools to define and execute the best accompaniment possible for a particular song in order to enhance the final result.
550-432-DW: Voice: Musical Performance This course will provide students with musical and vocal techniques required to carry out performance projects; students will gain an understanding of the vocal mechanism and sound production, as well as the musical expressive elements that are required for song performances. Students will be introduced to vocal and musical terminology and they will be provided with critical feedback tools in order to critique their solo and group performances.
560-431-DW: Theatre Performance Students receive directed practice in auditioning, script analysis, improvisation, individual character work, text, line memorization, voice and movement, as well as in the generation of creative ideas, space considerations, handling of props/costumes, and the completion of basic production tasks related to mounting a theatrical performance.
560-432-DW: Dance: Technique and Style Students are introduced to a broad-based dance technique with emphasis on coordination, dynamic alignment, strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality as well as an understanding of anatomy and kinesiology. Through various somatic approaches, students will develop kinaesthetic awareness which will enable them to move with efficiency, fluidity and dynamism, leading to a more profound level of artistic expression. Students also explore various dance styles, including modern, jazz, tap and hip hop with emphasis on rhythms and combinations, individual expression, and artistry. Students explore the process of bringing choreographic sequences to performance level and develop an understanding and appreciation for dance as a vital and relevant art form.
603-432-DW: Journalism Workshop/The Plant (Double-credit course taken along with one of the following General Education English courses: 603-102: Newspaper Writing, 603-103: Newspaper Writing, or 603-BXE: Newspaper Writing.) Students write news, features, arts and sports stories for the weekly student newspaper, The Plant. Students also work on all aspects of newspaper production, from writing and editing to photography and layout. Pre-registration is possible. Contact the instructor listed in the timetable to inquire about pre-registration.