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Indigenous Visual Culture

Program Information

 

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.



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100 LEVEL
Required courses:

GART 1B01 Drawing 1 (Fall Only) 0.5
GART 1B04 Colour Exploration (Fall Only) 0.5
GART 1B05 Form and Structure

0.5
GART 1B06
Time-Based Media

0.5  
GART 1B43
Narrative Strategies: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture and Installation

0.5
 
MAAD 1B01
Material Art & Design Studio: Fibre (Winter Only)
0.5
 


VISC 1B02 Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800

0.5
VISC 1B07
Global Visual and Material Culture:
1800 to the Present
0.5  

Choose one of the following:

ENGL 1B04  The Essay and the Argument:
Mechanics
0.5
or
 
ENGL 1B05 The Essay and the Argument:
ESL (Only Offered in Fall)

0.5
Choose one GART elective course:
 
100 Level  Choose one GART elective
0.5
For a Total

5.0


     
200 LEVEL
Required courses:

GDES 2B03

 

Think Tank 1: Awareness (Winter Only)

 
0.5
 

INTM 2B03

 

Body as Material: Performance by Artists (Fall Only)

 
0.5
 
INVC 2B01

The Story of Us, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas 


0.5
 

INVC 2B03

Ways of Telling: Indigenous Literature and Narrative Tradition (Fall Only)

0.5
SCIN 2B02 Nature, Transformation & Change (Winter Only)

0.5
VISA 2B32 Canadian Art: The Modern Era (Winter Only)

0.5
Choose four elective courses:
     
200 Level
Studio, studio/seminar, or Liberal Arts & Sciences electives.

*See list of recommended electives below.
2.0
 
Total 5.0
   
300 LEVEL

DRPT 3B24

Rethinking Abstraction from an Indigenous Perspective

0.5
GDES 3B54 Think Tank 2: Consideration 0.5

HUMN 3B16

From Riel to Nationhood, A History of the Métis

0.5
 

INTM 3B11

Media & Social Change (not offered 2014/2015)

0.5

INVC 3B01

 

Bringing Visual Literacy to Indigenous Communities (Summer Internship)

 0.5  



SCIN 3B13 Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Sculptural Practices 0.5
VISA 3B42 Critical Issues & Ideas in Contemporary First Nations Art 0.5
Choose three elective courses:
   
200 or 300 Level Studio, studio/seminar, or Liberal Arts & Sciences electives.

*See list of recommended electives below.

1.5
For a Total 5.0
   
400 LEVEL

GDES 4B08


Think Tank 3: Action


0.5

INVC 4C02


Indigenous Visual Culture Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Part 1 (not offered 2014/2015)

1.0
 
INVC 4C03 Indigenous Visual Culture Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Part 2 (not offered 2014/2015)

Note: INVC 4C03 must be completed in the same academic year as INVC 4C02.
1.0
SOSC 3B08 Taronton, Onitariio, Kanata (not offered 2014/2015) 0.5
VISA 3B96 Special Topic in Visual Culture: Indigenous Cultural Politics: Gender, Art and Activism (not offered 2014/2015) 0.5
200, 300 or 400 Level SCTM course 0.5
Choose two elective courses:
   
200, 300, or 400 Level

Studio, studio/seminar, or Liberal Arts & Sciences electives.

*See list of recommended electives below. 

1.0
Total 5.0
       
   

    
*Recommended electives:

   

Year 2
BUSI 2B01 Introduction to Business (not offered 2014/2015)
HUMN 2B02 

Cultural Geographies: Narrative, Landscape, Communities (not offered 2014/2015)

HUMN 2B28  Nature, Culture and the Environment (not offered 2014/2015)


Year 3
BUSI 3B02  Business Ethics, Sustainability and Social Responsibility (not offered 2014/2015)
ENVR 3B17  Myths, Beliefs and Imagery 
HUMN 3B05  Environmental Ethics (not offered 2014/2015)
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 2014/2015)
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 2014/2015)
VISA 4B21  Arts and Cultures of Asia and Oceania (not offered 2014/2015)
HUMN 4B04 Health and Wellness: Ethics and Cultural Politics (not offered 2014/2015)

Minors

Students in the Indigenous Visual Culture major program are encouraged to complete a minor. 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.

 

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