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

Students must take 9 credits of art history to include:

  1. AHIS 1112 and AHIS 1212 OR AHIS 1114 and AHIS 1214 OR AHIS 1301 and AHIS 1302
    AND
  2. Three (3) additional credits of art history.
  3. Students who complete an Art History field school may use up to 9 credits to satisfy that AHIS requirements of the Diploma in Fine Arts Program.

Courses Credits
One of
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 1127 or 1128 instead of ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: 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. Previously completed LET with a minimum score of 3 can also be used as a prerequisite.

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ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

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

New Course as of Fall Semester 2020Students 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 or 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: 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. Previously completed LET with a minimum score of 3 can also be used as a prerequisite.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

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

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1123, 1126, 1127, and 1128.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 70% in one of English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent; ENGL 1120 with a minimum "C" grade; or one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110 with an "S" grade.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

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

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required. Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127, or 1128.Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of English Studies 12 or Literary Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12.

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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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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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FINA 2250 Contemporary Cultural Theory and the Arts
3

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

This course explores the various perspectives of critical and cultural theory that have developed over the past fifty years, particularly in terms of their effects on, and influences from, visual arts and other media.

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18 additional credits of FINA coursework 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 One and Two:

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

Terms Three and Four:

  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.