Fine Arts

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Fine Arts

An emerging field of study at the College, our innovative Fine Arts courses currently focus on typography, graphic design, art history, and drama. Here are descriptions of just some of the Fine Arts courses we offer:

FINA 110: Introduction to Drawing and Visual Storytelling

This course introduces students to drawing as a visual language and as a tool for enhancing perceptual awareness. While investigating the artistic process and developing a critical vocabulary, students will acquire the skills to translate immediate observation and ideas into two-dimensional form. By exploring the concepts of representation, imagination and personal expression, students will focus on drawing as a form of visual storytelling.

FINA 115: Introduction to Acting

In this course students develop the physical, vocal, and interpersonal skills that are essential to an actor’s craft. Proceeding from movement to improvisation to monologues, students learn how to build performances, collaborate with their fellow actors, and engage with audiences. They also discuss how to analyze and evaluate scripts from a performance perspective. Students may be required to purchase and attend one or more live theatre performances in the Okanagan Valley.

FINA 120: Introduction to the Creative Process

What is the nature of creative work? How do we think creatively? Through close study of design, visual art, story and performance, students will focus on the creative process, paying special attention to the relationship between artist and audience, and the implications for their own creative practice.

FINA 134: Nineteenth-Century Art History
(Distance Education)

This course is a study of the major issues in Western art from 1750 to the end of the 19th century. Developments and changes in social systems, industrialization, philosophy and science will be related to artistic expression during this period. Slides will be used extensively.

FINA 144: Twentieth-Century Art History
(Distance Education)

This course outlines the history of 20th-century art in the Western tradition, beginning with the important innovations in late 19th-century art and concluding with the 1990s. It covers painting, sculpture and architecture, as well as other visual art forms developed during the century.

FINA 170: Applied Publishing Skills

This course provides students with the technical skills necessary to enter the publishing industry. Intensive training in the Adobe Creative Suite of programs (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat) prepares students for a wide range of production issues. Students are required to register in a two-hour faculty led computer laboratory. This course is also offered as ENGL 170. Students with credit for ENGL 170 cannot take FINA 170 for further credit.

FINA 171: Design Foundations

This course provides an overview of basic principles and techniques that contribute to effective design. Students employ both analog (hand-drawing) and digital (software) tools to facilitate a working understanding of the principles of composition and layout, color theory, line, shape, and texture. Students are required to register in a two hour faculty-led computer laboratory.

FINA 201: Introduction to Publication Design

Beginning with a brief historical overview of printing, type design, typography and book design, this course will focus first on the conventions of book design and typography, followed by a basic introduction to the development of print projects in the current industry-standard software.

FINA 202: Advanced Publication Design

This course will combine a close study of advanced typographic conventions with an intensive exploration of the features and capabilities of current industry-standard software. Less a graphic design class (aesthetics) than an exercise in textual communication, the class will focus on determining and meeting the demands of the text and reader through a firm understanding of legibility, readability, composition and layout.

To find out more about course prerequisites, visit the OC Calendar.


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