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LIFE STUDIES SPECIALIZATION

Traditional figurative study in art institutions involves the rendering of the human form through studio techniques grounded in historical practices.  These observational investigations of the body are not only a basis for figurative painting and sculpture but they also have roots in scientific methodologies generally.  It is at this intersection, that of science and art, where the understanding of physical bodies necessitates thinking outside of “human” and consider wider definitions: the post-human, the non-human and of organisms broadly. 

The intention of the Life Studies specialization is to map all existing and potential studies of the figure and the body in contemporary art practices. This interdisciplinary specialization applies scientific methodologies of observation and discernment to investigate the body and embodied knowledge in a studio practice. Students will move through the specialization by studying across course offerings in Art and Liberal Arts & Sciences while building observational and technical skills.

Structure

As a Cross-Disciplinary offering, Life Studies students can build their specialization to pursue their interests, in their medium of choice in the context of studies and investigations into the subject of the body.

  • Students will have the opportunity to take a number of designated courses across the six departments of Art, in addition to a slate of specific Liberal Arts & Sciences courses.

  • The armature for this specialization will be a required core studio course for Life Studies students in second and third year. A fourth year level capstone project will be integrated into the Life Studies core studio.

Life Studies Studio

  • Students in the Life Studies specialization will come together from across disciplines in this studio course to build knowledge around the subject of the body in the context of studio practice.
  • The course will be multi-level such that students from across all three levels of the specialization will work together thereby allowing for opportunities for mentoring and partnerships not only across disciplines, but also between year levels.
  • The Life Studies studio will build into it opportunities for collaboration, collective activity, teaching and mentorship.

Capstone

  • Fourth year students will engage in a 2.0 credit, year-long Capstone project allowing for independent research and production. The course is designed to enable self-directed areas of study and research.
  • In addition, Capstone activity is linked to the Life Studies studio course for second and third year students. Participation of the fourth year level allows students in earlier years opportunities to collaborate and possibly work on Capstone projects.
  • Fourth year students will direct the interests of the Life Studies studio using their own research in their Capstone projects as a basis for pedagogical inquiry. This allows them to build on their own research and inform the teaching of second and third year students.

 

Life Studies Program Guide

Students must fulfill all requirements listed in the major program guide published in the year they were admitted to OCAD U. For example, a student admitted to OCAD U in 2012 must follow the major program guide published in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Course Calendar.

Liberal studies courses are listed under Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated by course type LST in the course schedule.

See Liberal Art & Sciences for an outline of the liberal studies degree requirements.

Students who have declared a minor may use undesignated liberal studies distribution courses and up to 1.0 credits of Art elective courses to fulfill minor course requirements and major course requirements at the same time. 


 COURSE CODE
 COURSE TITLE
 CREDIT
 
200 Level Requirements
LIFE 2C02      
Life Studies Studio 1
 1.0
VISA 2B07
History of Modern Art
 0.5
SCTM 2B02
Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
 0.5
Choose one of the following: 
 0.5
DRPT 2B07
Figurative Drawing
 
DRPT 2B38 Anatomy for Artists
 
Choose one of the following:  0.5
SCTM 2B01
Introduction to Biology  
HUMN 2B28 Nature, Culture and the Environment (not offered 2014/2015)  
Choose one of the following: 
 0.5
CRCP 2B01
Contemporary Issues: Art Today (CRCP)
 
DRPT 2B13
Contemporary Issues: Art Today (DRPT)  
INTM 2B22
Contemporary Issues: Art Today (INTM)  
PHOT 2B12
Contemporary Issues: Art Today (PHOT)  
PRNT 2B25 Contemporary Issues: Art Today (PRNT)  
SCIN 2B09 Contemporary Issues: Art Today (SCIN)  
Choose two of the following:
 1.0
DRPT 2B01
Painting Observation
 
DRPT 2B09 Issues of Representation
 
DRPT 2B19 Figurative Painting
 
DRPT 2B39
Painting & Digital Imaging 1
 
INTM 2B02
The Moving Image: Cinematic Form & Practice
 
INTM 2B03 Body as Material: Performance by Artists  
INTM 2B24 Intro to Electronics: Kinetic Objects
 
INTM 2B29 The Moving Image: Documentary & Non-Fiction
 
INTM 2B33 
3D Modelling & Animation
 
PHOT 2B01
Photography: Light and Studio
 
PHOT 2B03
Introductory Photography: Black & White
 
PHOT 2B05 Introductory Photography: Colour  
PHOT 2B07 Introductory Photography: Digital
 
SCIN 2B01 Intermedia Studio: Body and Object
 
SCIN 2B02 Nature, Transformation & Change  
SCIN 2B19 Life Study for Sculpture I
 
SCIN 2B20 Life Study for Sculpture II (not offered 2014/2015)
 
and
   
200 Level
Art electives  0.5
Total Credits
 5.0

 
       
300 Level Requirements
LIFE 3C01
Life Studies Studio 2 (not offered 2014/2015)
 1.0
ASOC 3B01
Community Practice
 0.5
Choose three of the following:  1.5
DRPT 3B01 Intermediate Painting: Figurative  
DRPT 3B04 Intermediate Drawing: Figurative  
DRPT 3B26 Meta-Figure: The Body in Paint
 
DRPT 3B28 Painting and Digital Imaging 2: Production
 
INTM 3B11 Media & Social Change (not offered 2014/2015)
 
INTM 3B16 Mechanics Studio: Kinetic Objects and Transformations (not offered 2014-15)  
INTM 3B28 Performance Studio: Presence and Telepresence
 
INTM 3B48 Advanced Cinematic Exploration (not offered 2014/2015)
 
PHOT 3B01 Photography: Medium and Large Format
 
PHOT 3B16
Light & Shadow
 
PHOT 3B21 Reconsidering Documentary Photography
 
PHOT 3B23
Face Forward  
SCIN 3B13 Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture Practice
 
SCIN 3B14 Life Study for Sculpture III (not offered 2014/2015)
 
SCIN 3B15 The Immaterial & the Material
 
Choose one of the following:
 0.5
ENGL 3B04
Science and Technology in Literature
 
HUMN 2B29
The Culture of Science
 
HUMN 3B05
Environmental Ethics (not offered 2014/2015)
 
HUMN 3B11
Sexualities and Representation: Queer and Other Theories (not offered 2014/2015)
 
HUMN 3B12
Aesthetics of Well Being (not offered 2014/2015)
 
SCTM 3B04
Biological Principles of Sustainability
 
SOSC 3B03
Sociology of the Body  
SOSC 3B06
Mental Health: Science, Culture, Society (not offered 2014/2015)
 
Choose one of the following:
 0.5
VISA 3B06
Art of the Black Diaspora
 
VISA 3B07
Art of the Italian Renaissance
 
VISA 3B09
Art After Modern Art: Conceptual Practices
 
VISA 3B28
Latin American Art: An Historical Overview
 
VISA 3B30
Contemporary East Asian Art (not offered 2014/2015)
 
VISA 3B42
Critical Issues & Ideas in Contemporary First Nations Art
 
VISM 3B23 
Technology & Digital Culture (not offered 2014/2015)
 
200 or 300 Level    Art electives  0.5
200 or 300 Level Liberal studies course  0.5
Total Credits 
 5.0
    
       
400 Level Requirements
LIFE 4CXX
Life Studies Capstone: Research (in development)
 1.0
LIFE 4CXX
Life Studies Capstone: Presentation (in development)
 1.0
INTM 4B16
Art, Science and Nature  0.5
VISM 4B24
The Body and the Machine: Interrogating the Posthuman in Art and Design
 0.5
Choose two of the following:
 1.0
DRPT 4B01 Advanced Painting: Figurative  
DRPT 4B02
Advanced Drawing: Figurative
 
INTM 4B10
Media Installations
 
INTM 4B20
Co-Lab (not offered 2014/2015)
 
INTM 4B21
Documentary Media
 
INTM 4B26
Advanced Cinematic Production
 
PHOT 4B04
The Body and the Lens  
PHOT 4B10
Staged and Imagined (not offered 2014/2015)
 
PHOT 4B16
Hybrid Photography Practice: Time and Stillness
 
SCIN 4B03
Public Art
 
SCIN 4B07
The Human Figure in Contemporary Sculpture (not offered 2014/2015)
 
SCIN 4B08 Parody and Satire: Forms of Resistance in Contemporary Art
 
Choose one of the following:           
 0.5
ENGL 4B04
Diasporic Writings
 
ENGL 4B08
Queer Literature (not offered 2014/2015)
 
HUMN 4B04
Health & Wellness: Ethics and Cultural Politics (not offered 2014/2015)
 
SCTM 4B01
Geonomics to Genetic Engineering (not offered 2014/2015)
 

Choose one of the following:

 0.5
VISA 4B02
Performance and Performativity
 
VISA 4B20 The Senses in Artistic Practice
 
VISM 4B01
Experimental Film & Media (not offered 2014/2015)
 
VISM 4B90
Special Topic in Visual Culture: Looking and Motion: Mobile Practices & Technology
 
Total Credits
 5.0

Please visit the Liberal Arts & Sciences course listing for a full selection of liberal studies courses offered in 2014/2015.

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
• Have fulfilled all program requirements.
• Are in good academic standing (if 2.0 or more credits taken since last academic performance review require minimum 60% average for those courses).
• Have on overall average of 60% or higher.
• Have an average of 65% or higher in the designated courses of their major/program (Design only).
• Have no outstanding accounts at the university.


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