Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Langara College Fine Arts students

The Fine Arts Program provides two years of intensive study in Fine Arts. The program has excellent transferability to universities and art schools in British Columbia, Canada, and the USA. The Diploma in Fine Arts offers a dual purpose to the prospective student:

  1. Preparation leading toward advanced study at other art institutions; and
  2. Foundation training for employment opportunities.

The program emphasis is on studio art with the opportunity for specialization in the second year. Diploma requirements include academic courses in English, art history and cultural theory.

Drawing and design are considered core courses. Students must complete drawing and design each term before advancing to the next term.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 60

Courses Credits
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AHIS 2250 Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Formerly FINA 2250Contemporary cultural theories have an effect and influence on visual arts and other media. Through lectures, image and video presentations, and seminar discussion of assigned topics, students learn that critical and cultural theory is central to the production and understanding of representation, whether visual or textual. Students engage in critical reading and articulating themselves in both verbal and written arguments.Students will receive credit for only one of AHIS 2250 or FINA 2250.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Certificate in Art History and Diploma in Fine Arts.

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FINA 1111 Foundation Ceramics
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

This course requires no previous experience working with clay. It is a broad introduction to both handbuilding and wheel throwing processes including glazing and firing kilns. Students will complete a series of projects that explore traditional and contemporary techniques as they relate to utilitarian pots, vessels, and sculpture. Upon completion of this course, students will have a basic understanding of the potential of the ceramic process and acquire practical, historical, and critical ways of thinking about ceramics as it relates to contemporary life and current art practices.Students will receive credit for only one of FINA 1110 and 1111.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET with a minimum Level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; English Studies 12 or equivalent with a minimum 70%; Literary Studies 12 with a minimum 70%; English First Peoples 12 with a minimum 70%; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum "C-"; or "C" in ENGL 1120, or an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1120 Introduction to Drawing I
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Students are introduced to basic observation and drawing techniques with an emphasis on perceptual skills. Students develop confidence with a variety of drawing materials through the exploration of still life, figure drawing with models, and perception of the world around them. Studio sessions include group critiques of student assignments and studio time to apply techniques learned.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET with a minimum Level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum "C-" grade; or a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120, or an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1131 Foundation Painting
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Foundation Painting is a studio-based experience that engages students in an exploration of the materiality of paint, composition, and colour. Students explore formal and conceptual problems specific to painting. An emphasis on direct observation and problem solving enables students to express ideas and personal experience through paint and paint mediums.Students will receive credit for only one of FINA 1130 and 1131.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET with a minimum Level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum "C-" grade; or a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1142 Foundation Design Studio
3

Lecture Hours: 0.5 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 2.5

Students are equipped with the fundamental tools to engage with the industrial design process. Stressing idea development and object creation, this course introduces a range of professional, industry standard techniques, materials and processes. In this hands-on course, students explore various object development strategies to further develop their core 2D and 3D design skills and develop familiarity with the methodologies of design thinking.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of LET 3 or LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in English Studies 12 or equivalent; a minimum 70% in Literary Studies 12; a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C-" in a university-level English or communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1143 Foundation Media Studio
3

Lecture Hours: 0.5 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 2.5

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of media-based studio practice. Open to all experience levels, the course offers a practical and conceptual foundation in digital processes while allowing for the critical investigation of authorship, appropriation and remix culture. Through a variety of activities, projects, and group and individual critiques, students develop a critical media vocabulary while developing skills in analysis and production that aim to foster a rich engagement with contemporary culture and digital practice.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of LET 3 or LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in English Studies 12 or equivalent; a minimum 70% in Literary Studies 12; a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English or communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1161 Foundation Sculpture
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Students are introduced to the materials, formal elements, organizational principles, language, concepts, and processes of sculpture. Exploring formal and contemporary themes in steel, wood, and assemblage encourages students to articulate their ideas in three dimensions. Historical and contemporary sculptural practices are discussed. The cultivation of manual skills plays an important role in mastering course material.Students will receive credit for only one of FINA 1160 and 1161.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET with a minimum Level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum "C-" grade ; or a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1171 Foundation Printmaking
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Students learn about the basic materials and techniques used in creating limited edition prints of various types. Through instructor-led demonstrations, students explore three basic printmaking disciplines: relief, intaglio, and serigraphy, and subsequently use these demonstrated methods to complete editions of prints. Students are introduced to the history and traditions of printmaking.Students will receive credit for only one of FINA 1170 and 1171.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET with a minimum Level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12; a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit, with a minimum "C-" grade; or a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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FINA 1220 Introduction to Drawing II
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Students continue to develop perceptual drawing skills and processes, with an emphasis on the uses of tonal values. The range of drawing materials are expanded, using more complex situations involving still life, models, and the urban/natural environment. Studio work and assignments are complemented with critiques and lectures.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in FINA 1120.

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FINA 2180 Professional Practice in Arts and Design
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 1.0

This required course in the Diploma in Fine Arts will equip students to better understand professional practices and environments in art and design. The emphasis on public presentation, writing, and speaking will assist students in succeeding in their next step after Langara, and help them begin to synthesize written and studio work into a cohesive whole.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Fine Arts.Prerequisite(s): Completed six of FINA 1111, 1120, 1131, 1142, 1143, 1161, 1171, 1220.

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ENGL 1100 Reading and Writing about Literature
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1100 is writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies. Students will examine three or four literary texts in their critical and scholarly contexts in regard to a single interdisciplinary topic and from the perspectives of at least three sub-disciplines of literary studies, such as narratology, historiography, psychoanalytic criticism, eco-criticism etc.Note: Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100. Students entering other faculties at UBC or planning to transfer to other institutions should take ENGL 1123, 1127, or 1128 instead of ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students read and analyze a variety of texts in order to develop techniques of research, critical thinking, close reading, and clear writing in an academic context. Course readings, which include a selection of scholarly articles, are drawn from at least three academic disciplines. By exploring and responding to a range of topics, students develop a foundation for post-secondary writing.Students will only receive credit for one of ENGL 1123 or 1127.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1129 Modern Novel, Poetry, and Drama
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to a sampling of modern drama. Writing assignments are related to the literary works studied.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1129 or 1130.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1130 Modern Novel, Poetry, and Film
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course introduces students to the modern novel, to a selection of poems, mainly from the twentieth century, and to the dramatic elements and narrative techniques of modern film. Writing assignments are related to the works studied. A feature film series accompanies the course, in addition to class hours.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1129 or 1130.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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Six additional credits of AHIS
6
18 additional credits of FINA courses at the 2000 level or higher
18
60 Credits

Term Notes:

Students must achieve a minimum "C-" grade in a studio area to be eligible to register in that studio area at a second-year level. 

Terms 1 and 2:

  1. Completion of all first-year courses in the program or transferred equivalence is required before entry into second year.

Terms 3 and 4:

  1. Students must take a total of 18-24 credits of 2000-level studio courses
  2. When selecting 2200-level studio courses, please ensure that you have taken the appropriate 2100-level prerequisite courses and have acheived a minimum "C-" grade.
  3. Students wanting to do further study in fine arts should check with the institution to which they want to transfer to determine the course requirements of that institution.
  4. The number of fine arts studio electives in the second year of the program is dependent on the total number of second year program students.

Admission to a program does not guarantee registration in required courses. Students interested in the program are strongly encouraged to check individual course prerequisites and submit relevant documents to Registrar & Enrolment Services well in advance of the registration period.