Current Blended Courses

ARTH 1000 3.00 – Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

Course director: Jennifer Fisher
Course description: Introduces students to visual, conceptual and theoretical language operative in contemporary art and visual culture. Frameworks for understanding contemporary art are examined through theories of representation, spectatorship, production, media, ideology and aesthetics.


ARTH 1900 3.00 – Art in the City

Course director: Tammer El-Sheikh
Course description: Introduces non-majors to art issues, practices, and research through an examination of the multifaceted art scene in Toronto. Explores the relationship between the cultural history of the city and the present art scene.
*Note: Not open to Visual Arts Majors.



ARTH 2110 3.00 – An Introduction to Classical and Medieval Architecture

Course director: Malcolm Thurlby
Course description: The form, function, iconography, practice, theory and setting of architecture are examined from ancient Greece to the present day. Chronological and thematic approaches are used, and works are investigated in their appropriate historical context with the view to understanding their meaning for contemporaries.
*Note: Not open to Visual Arts Majors.


ARTH 2390 3.00 – African Art

Course director: Julie Crooks
Course description: Examines the arts of sub-Saharan Africa from a variety of media (sculpture, painting, architecture, performance, photography and personal decoration) and social contexts (initiation, religious ceremony, political and royal institutions, domestic arenas, cross-cultural exchanges, colonialism, post-colonialism and the international art world).


ARTH 2560 3.00 – Renaissance Art and Architecture

Course director: Leslie Korrick
Course description: Explores Renaissance art and architecture (circa 1400-1600) through such themes as “vision” and “space,” materials and techniques, patronage, the persona of the artist/architect, and the rise of theory alongside practice. Also considers the concept of “Renaissance” within a global context.
*Prerequisite: FA/VISA 1130 6.0: or any 1000-level Humanities course. CCE FA/VISA 2560 6.00



ARTH 2620 3.00 – 19th Century Western Art

Course director: Brian Grosskurth
Course description: Covers major movements in European art including Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Emphasis is given to the relations between the art of this period and social and political developments.
*Course Credit Exclusions: FA/VISA 2620 6.0 and FA/ARTH 2620 6.0



ARTH 2621 3.00 – 20th Century Western Art

Course director: Brian Grosskurth
Course description: Analyzes major movements in European, North American and world art including Expressionism, Cubism, Abstraction, Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, as well as more recent developments in the contemporary era from 1900 to the present. Emphasis is given to relations between the art of this period and social and political developments.
*Pre-requisites: none. Course Credit Exclusions: FA/VISA 2620 6.0; FA/ARTH 2620 6.0



ARTH 3680 3.00 – 1960s Art in the USA and Europe

Course director: Tammer El-Sheikh
Course description: Examines the work, processes and context of artists who emerged in Europe and the United States immediately after the Abstract Expressionists and their European counterparts. These may include: Post-painterly Abstraction, proto-Pop, Pop Art, Cubist-Constructivist sculpture, Minimalism, photo-realism, earth art, kinetic art, the El Paso group in Madrid, Joseph Beuys, the beginning of post-modern architecture, and early performance art.
*Course requirements: Individually chosen mix of essays and tests. Prerequisite: FA/VISA 2620 6.00



DANC 4400 3.00 – Senior Projects

Course director: Danielle Robinson

Course description: Students develop one or a series of self-directed interlinked projects, which may consist of research or field studies on a topic of interest (theoretical or creative) leading to a major piece of writing, a performance, an internship or some combination of these activities. Adjudication of the credit weighting of each project will be made by the department, based on the proposal. A supervisory committee may be established for projects involving more than six credits.
*Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing.



DATT 1100 3.00 – Fundamentals of Digital Media Studies

Course director: Joel Ong
Course description: Offers students a survey of digital media through an investigation of historical and theoretical sources that explore the intersection of art and technology. Potential topics include cybernetics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, artScience, hypertext, net technologies, and the philosophy of science.



DATT 2100 3.00 – Publishing in Digital Media

Course director: Michael Longford
Course description: Introduces techniques and strategies for the documentation and dissemination of work in the digital age. Students will expand their skills in traditional and internet-based research in tandem with developing competence in the clear, concise communication of ideas through appropriate integration of text, visual, sonic and interactive components. Overview of tools such as image processing, web development, mobile content development, and content management systems.



DESN 1010 3.00 – Introduction to Design: Practice and Appreciation (for non-majors)

Course director: Catherine Ishino
Course description: This is a fully online introductory course designed for non-majors who are interested in design. It provides students with a basic understanding of design practice as a profession and an appreciation of design in business and society through both hands-on projects and written assignments. Key concepts and terminologies in design will be examined.
*Note: This course is designed for Non-majors. No transfer credit is provided towards the YSDN Bachelor of Design degree. CCE FA/YSDN 1010 3.00, FA/PANF 1010 3.00.



FILM 2065 3.00 – Photography: Camera to Print

Course director: Christopher Ironside
Course description: Introduces photographic production practices in a digital environment. Explores image production using Camera Raw and Photoshop, printing and conceptual approaches related to image creation.



FILM 3255 3.00 – Indigenous Cinema Studies

Course director: Vermonja R Alston
Course description: Introduces students to Indigenous cinema in the United States and Canada, although films from Mexico, the Andes (Quechua) and Brazil will be screened when available. Students view approximately ten films and read works of film theory and criticism in order to analyze how Indigenous peoples use the moving image to re-present themselves and tell their own stories.

*Note: This course is both Blended and Fully Online.



FILM 4120 3.00 – Feature Screenwriting II

Course director: Maureen Dorey
Course description: Develops the student’s existing story outlines into full feature-length screenplays and through several rewrites. The course will also examine the realities of working as a writer in the Canadian and international film industries.



MUSI 1900 3.00 – Music in the City

Course director: Judith Cohen
Course description: Explores the conception, production, distribution, performance, and reception of a wide variety of musical practices, including jazz, popular, western classical, and world musics. Through readings, listening examples, field trips, lectures and interviews, issues such as identity, community, diaspora, politics, industry, hybridity, technology and globalization will emerge. Theoretical work is grounded in case studies of particular performance practices, musicians, and venues in Toronto.
*Note: Not open to music majors. Open to non-majors.



MUSI 2002 3.00 – An Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Artists

Course director: Matthew J Vanderwoude
Course description: This course introduces the tools necessary to generate sustainable, revenue-generating careers in the arts. Objectives require students to develop a business model, initiate a peer-to-peer network, and to create a long-term plan to activate the model.
*Note: Open to non-majors.



THEA 2141 3.00 Introduction to Design for Theatre

Course director: Teresa Przybylski
Course description: Introduces the basic principles of theatrical design dealing with aesthetics and the design process explored through lectures and exercises. The history of scenography and contemporary aspects of stage design is also studied.
*Note: Open to majors and non-majors.



VISA 1006 3.00 – The Photographic Experience

Course director: Katherine Knight
Course description: Offers an introduction to photography practices for non-majors. Basic skills are developed through lectures, tutorials, discussions and group critiques. Aspects of history and theory are explored. Camera required. Students are responsible for all costs associated with image creation and production.
*Course credit exclusions: FA/VISA 1006 6.00; FA/VISA 2060 6.00 (formerly FA/VISA 1060 6.00). Not open to VISA majors.



VISA 2032 3.00 – Sculpture Explorations

Course director: Kevin Yates
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VISA 2061 3.00 – Photo Studio 1

Course director: Christopher Ironside
Course description:
Offers an introductory studio in photographic theory and practice fundamentals. Tools, techniques and ideas related to seeing and camera art are explored with emphasis on the photographer as informed image-maker.
*Note: Open to visual arts majors and others by permission of the department. This course is a prerequisite for 3000-level photography courses. Course credit exclusions: FA/VISA 2006 3.00.



VISA 2065 3.00 – Photography: Camera to Print

Course director: Christopher Ironside
Course description: Introduces photographic production practices in a digital environment. Explores image production using Camera Raw and Photoshop, printing and conceptual approaches related to image creation. A digital camera is required. Students seeking camera and photography fundamentals should register in FA/VISA 2061 3.00.
*Note: Open to visual arts majors and is a prerequisite for 3000-level photography courses. Open to Film majors (BA and BFA).




VISA 2081 3.00 – Drawing: Perception, Proportion, Structure

Course director: Holly Small
Course description: Explores contemporary approaches to traditional genres such as the still life, portrait, landscape and architecture are developed in relation to formal drawing skills. Studio projects include observational drawing and the application of representational systems such as perspective. The creative process is stressed encouraging personal, imaginative solutions to class projects and home assignments. 50% Studio based, 50% Online content.



YSDN 2108 3.00 – Evolution of Information Design

Course director: Angela Norwood
Course description: Examines the origin and development of designed artifacts to provide clarity and enable understanding of complex data, processes, and environments. It considers influencing factors of social, technological and historical developments the representation of information.
*Prerequisite: FA/YSDN 2102 3.00/6.00 or permission of the Department of Design.
*Note: For students not in the BDes program, compulsory and voluntary supplementary fees apply.



YSDN 2109 3.00 – History and Culture of Interaction Design

Course director: David Gelb
Course description: History and Culture of Interaction Design (HCIxD) will introduce students to the development of interaction design as an emerging field of practice and research as it relates to the discipline of graphic design. Grounded in historical advancements, the role of interaction design as a cultural and technological practice will be explored.



YSDN 3111 3.00 – Design Placement

Course director: Elizabeth Hobart
Course description: Lectures introduce students to current design business practices, legal requirements and ethics. Full-time participation is required for three weeks in an approved professional design environment. Required course for design major.
*Prerequisite: Third-year standing in the BDes Program. Course credit exclusion: FA/YSDN 4103 3.00.
*Note: For students not in the BDes program, compulsory and voluntary supplementary fees apply.



YSDN 4007 3.00 – Corporate Identity Design

Course director: Wendy Siuyi Wong
Course description: Focuses on the design of a corporate identity system for an organization. The system will involve the design of graphic identifiers, typography, selected applications and supporting documents. Prerequisite: Third or fourth year standing in the BDes program or permission of the Department of Design.
*Note: For students not in the BDes program, compulsory and voluntary supplementary fees apply. Integrated with GS/MDES 5407 3.0.