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Indigenous Visual Culture

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University combines contemporary and traditional Indigenous aesthetic and social studies with a comprehensive studio-based art education. The program prepares students to engage in complex and evolving global discourses around Indigenous history, art history and contemporary art practice across a range of expressions, materials and media. Combining practice-specific and interdisciplinary studio courses in Art and Design with concentrations from Liberal Arts & Sciences in the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples, the curriculum is designed to develop students’ critical and aesthetic responses and practical expertise in Indigenous cultural and artistic practices.

Students in the Indigenous Visual Culture program are creative, innovative and curious and possess an array of skills and interests. Most have story telling instincts and strong imaginations, expressed in a range of practices. Some have drawing and painting ability or dance experience, some are DJs or VJs with an interest in communication. Many have well-developed visual-spatial skills and are interested in screens, games or performance, digital media production or computer programming. Despite their diverse skill sets and aspirations, the students in the Indigenous Visual Culture program are united by their social ideals, their interest in Indigenous issues, and their commitment to their own contemporary art, design, or media practice. The Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD U is designed to help them develop their creative ability and critical thinking in these areas.

NOTE: All students should refer to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for an outline of the liberal studies degree requirements.


COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT



100 LEVEL
100 Level Fall Semester
Studio/Studio Seminar Courses

GART 1B01 Drawing 1 0.5
GART 1B04 Colour Exploration 0.5
GART 1B06 Time-Based Media 0.5



Liberal Arts & Sciences Course

LBST 1B04  Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800 0.5



Choose One of:
Liberal Arts & Sciences Courses
"The Essay and the Argument" in fall or winter
NOTE LBST 1B12 is only offered in fall

LBST 1B11: The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics 0.5
Or
LBST 1B12: The Essay and the Argument: ESL (only offered in fall)


Studio/Studio Seminar Courses
Or one of the following two (offered both fall and winter) if you are taking "The Essay and the Argument" in winter:
GART 1B05 Form and Structure
GART 1B43 Narrative Strategies: Contemporary Aboriginal Sculpture and Installation
Or one elective if you are taking "The Essay and the Argument",
GART 1B05 and GART 1B43 in winter:
100 Level  Choose one GART elective from Art 
 

For a Total 2.5


100 Level Winter Semester
Studio/Studio Seminar Courses

MAAD 1B01 Material Art & Design Studio: Fibre 0.5



Liberal Arts & Sciences Course

LBST 1B05  Global Visual and Material Culture: 1800 to the Present  0.5



Choose three of the following, which were not taken in the fall: 0.5

0.5

0.5
Liberal Arts & Sciences Course
"The Essay and the Argument" in fall or winter.
NOTE LBST 1B12 is only offered in fall
LBST 1B11: The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics


Studio/Studio Seminar Courses
Note: both of the following are offered in fall and winter
GART 1B05 Form and Structure
GART 1B43 Narrative Strategies: Contemporary Aboriginal Sculpture and Installation
And/or choose one elective
100 Level  Choose one GART elective from Art 



For a Total 2.5


200 LEVEL
200 Level Fall Semester 
INVC 2B03 Ways of Telling: Indigenous Literature and Narrative Tradition 0.5



Studio/Studio Seminar Courses
200 Level Studio, Studio/Seminar, or Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives* 2.0




Students are encouraged to use their electives to pursue an Art minor in one of the following areas of specialization:




Art & Social Change

Drawing & Painting

Expanded Animation

Integrated Media

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture/Installation
For a Total 2.5



200 Level Winter Semester  
INVC 2B01 The Story of Us, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas 0.5



Studio/Studio Seminar Courses
GDES 2B03 Think Tank 1: Awareness 0.5
INTM 2B03 Body as Material: Performance by Artists 0.5
SCIN 2B02 Nature, Transformation & Change 0.5



Liberal Arts & Sciences Course
VISA 2B32 Canadian Art: The Modern Era 0.5



For a Total 2.5


300 LEVEL
300 Level - Map for Fall/Winter   
INVC 3B03 Bringing Visual Literacy to Indigenous Communities (summer internship) 0.5



Studio/Studio Seminar Courses
GDES 3B54 Think Tank 2: Consideration 0.5
DRPT 3B24 Rethinking Abstraction from an Indigenous Perspective 0.5
INTM 3B11 Media & Social Change 0.5
SCIN 3B13 Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Sculptural Practices 0.5
Liberal Arts & Sciences Course
VISA 3B42 Critical Issues & Ideas in Contemporary First Nations Art 0.5
HUMN 3B16 From Riel to Nationhood, A History of the Métis 0.5






200 or 300 Level Studio, Studio/Seminar, or Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives* 1.5




Students are encouraged to use their electives to pursue an Art minor in one of the following areas of specialization:




Art & Social Change

Drawing & Painting

Expanded Animation

Integrated Media

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture/Installation



For a Total 5.0



400 LEVEL
400 Level - Map for Fall/Winter
INVC 4C02 Indigenous Visual Culture Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Part 1 1.0
INVC 4C03 Indigenous Visual Culture Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Part 2 1.0



Studio/Studio Seminar Courses
GDES 4B08 Think Tank 3: Action 0.5



Liberal Arts & Sciences Course
SOSC 3B08 Taronton, Onitariio, Kanata 0.5
VISA 3B96 Special Topic in Visual Culture: Indigenous Cultural Politics: Gender, Art and Activism 0.5



200, 300 or 400 Level Choose one SCTM course 0.5
200, 300, or 400 Level  Studio, Studio/Seminar, or Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives* 1.0




Students are encouraged to use their electives to pursue an Art minor in one of the following areas of specialization:




Art & Social Change

Drawing & Painting

Expanded Animation

Integrated Media

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture/Installation



For a Total 5.0
 

 

*An elective may be any courses taken in Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences, or School of Interdisciplinary Studies.    
    
**INVC 4B01 and INVC 4B02 must be taken consecutively in the same academic year.    
    

    
Streams, Clusters, Optional Minors    
    
In addition to 14 required credits, the BFA in Indigenous Visual Culture includes 6 credits of electives from a broad range of studio and critical theory courses. The electives allow students to take courses of interest or to meet the requirements for a minor in Art,  Design, Liberal Arts & Sciences, or School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students are urged to consult the appropriate Program Guides and seek academic advising to ensure these requirements are met.    
    
Suggested electives include:   
   

 

Year 2
BUSI 2B01  Introduction to Business (not offered 2013/2014)
HUMN 2B02 

Cultural Geographies: Narrative, Landscape, Communities
(not offered 2013/2014) 

HUMN 2B28  Nature, Culture and the Environment (not offered 2013/2014)
Year 3
BUSI 3B02  Business Ethics, Sustainability and Social Responsibility (not offered 2013/2014)
ENVR 3B17  Myths, Beliefs and Imagery 
HUMN 3B05  Environmental Ethics
HUMN 3B25  Imagining Nation, Canada’s Cultural History
GDES 3B21  Designing Across Difference: Indigenous Communities
VISC 3B28  Latin American Art: Indigenous and Hybrid Cultures (not offered 2013/2014)
INVC 3BXX Self-Directed Study/Internship
Year 4
INTM 4B21  Documentary Media
INTM 4B22  Narrative Practices
INTR 4B01  Witness, History, Memory and Creative Response (not offered 2013/2014)
VISA 4B21  Arts and Cultures of Asia and Oceania (not offered 2013/2014)
HUMN 4B04  Health and Wellness: Ethics and Cultural Politics (not offered 2013/2014)

 

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