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  • Objectives
    The Major and Minor in Print Media are studio programs designed to offer students in-depth experience in printed images. Print students focus on contemporary critical issues and the cultural implications of making printed images in a curriculum that combines studio practice with art history, theory, and criticism. Students are encouraged to develop personal content and form through a commitment to the printed image. The intensity of studio practice in the Major and Minor serves as a foundation for the continuation of a creative and productive artistic life.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media
  • Course description
    Major in Print Media — 60 credits
    Minor in Print Media — 30 credits

    Courses may include:

        * Print Media (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced)
        * Studio Art courses chosen from disciplines such as Sculpture, Ceramics, Fibres, Painting and Drawing, Intermedia/Cyberarts
        * Art History or Art Theory courses

    Introductory through advanced levels of instruction are offered in all of the major print processes: lithography, intaglio, and screen printing. Courses in monoprinting, relief, digital imaging, and special topics are also offered in the program. Limited class sizes create a climate in which individual development can flourish while fostering interaction and collaboration among students.

    PRIN 211 Intaglio I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. An introductory studio course in intaglio techniques with an emphasis on creative imagery. This course covers traditional acid and non-acid techniques including drypoint, power engraving tools, aquatint, digital imaging, light-sensitive plates and methods of printing. Lectures and critiques will focus on theoretical, historical, and aesthetic issues in contemporary print media.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for PRIN 210 may not take this course for credit.

    PRIN 221 Lithography I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. An introductory studio course in the basic principles of hand-printed stone and photo-digital plate lithography with an emphasis on image development. Drawing and processing images on stone, creating digital files, hand-drawn and digitally generated transparencies, registration, edition printing, and an introduction to colour will be covered. Through assignments, group critiques, and individual discussions with the instructor, students will investigate print media in the context of contemporary culture and explore the theoretical and aesthetic issues in the creation of printed artworks.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for PRIN 220 may not take this course for credit.

    PRIN 231 Screenprinting I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. An introductory studio course in the basic techniques of screenprinting with an emphasis on creative imagery. This course covers stencil techniques including computer imaging, digital and hand-drawn transparencies, light-sensitive emulsion, registration and colour printing. Students will explore the theoretical and conceptual issues of printed artwork in studio practice.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for PRIN 230 may not take this course for credit.

    PRIN 311 Intaglio II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 211 or written permission of the Department. An intermediate-level studio course in intaglio with an emphasis on multi-plate imagery, including digital applications in print, colour separations, registration, colour proofing and printing. Students will be expected to develop individual projects that explore theoretical issues in contemporary print practice.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for PRIN 210 may not take this course for credit.

    PRIN 321 Lithography II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 221 or written permission of the Department. An intermediate studio course in lithography where students will explore diverse conceptual and technical approaches to creating printed colour images. Drawing, digital imaging, photo-transfer methods, photo-plate processes, colour separation, inks, registration and colour printing will be covered. Emphasis through class discussions, slide lectures, visiting artists and critiques is placed on the development of individual studio art practice.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for PRIN 220 may not take this course for credit.

    PRIN 331 Screenprinting II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 231 or written permission of the Department. A studio course in the techniques of screenprinting at the intermediate level. This course will provide the opportunity for continued research in digital imaging and computer print applications, colour printing, alternative printing surfaces and the combination of print processes. Students will be required to create a body of art-work that demonstrates their theoretical and conceptual knowledge of contemporary print media.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for PRIN 230 may not take this course for credit.

    PRIN 341 Digital Print Media I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. A studio course with an emphasis on exploring the interdisciplinary, multimedia, and theoretical aspects of digital prints. The focus will be on analogue/digital models, strategies for cultural sampling from the numeric matrix, and the convergence of print with new forms of mass communication such as the Internet.

    PRIN 351 Digital Print Processes (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. A studio course in the basic concepts of digital imaging and print applications. This course covers file creation, layers and channels for multi-plate hand-printing, resolution, registration, and file export to various digital print formats. Lectures and critiques will focus on theoretical, critical, and aesthetic issues in contemporary digital print media.

    PRIN 371 Contemporary Print Processes (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. This studio course will address specific topics in print processes and new technologies. Students will create a portfolio of artwork that demonstrates their research.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    PRIN 381 Aspects of Print Media (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. A studio course that will explore specific problems in the discourse of print media. Students will create a body of artwork that demonstrates critical thinking and research on the featured topic.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    PRIN 398 Special Topics in Print Media (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. A studio course that examines ideas and practices in contemporary print media. Students will produce printed images that reflect their research and critical thinking on the specific topic.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    PRIN 399 Special Topics in Print Media (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. A studio course that examines ideas and practices in contemporary print media. Students will produce printed images that reflect their research and critical thinking on the specific topic.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    PRIN 411 Intaglio III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 311 (or PRIN 210 before September 1997) or written permission of the Department. An advanced studio course for students who want to refine their expertise in intaglio techniques through experimentation and innovation. This course provides the opportunity for further exploration in digital imaging, photo-generated imagery, multiple-plate colour imagery, alternative print surfaces, combined print processes and new technologies. Students will be required to develop a coherent portfolio that demonstrates their involvement in contemporary print media.

    PRIN 421 Lithography III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 321 or written permission of the Department. An advanced studio course that offers students the opportunity to refine their expertise in the creation of hand-drawn and digitally generated images in lithography while exploring experimental and innovative artwork. Emphasis is on individual creative development. Students may choose to explore unique prints, combine print processes, create sequential imagery, three-dimensional and installation projects, and cross-disciplinary work as alternative formats for the lithographic print. Demonstrations, slide and artists’ presentations, lectures and critiques will focus on advanced lithographic print approaches and individual interpretation in the creation of artwork.

    PRIN 431 Screenprinting III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 331 or written permission of the Department. An advanced studio course where students will investigate digital print applications, experimental imagery, combined techniques and diverse forms of printing. Group critiques and lectures will emphasize problem solving and critical analysis in the creation of personal imagery.

    PRIN 441 Digital Print Media II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 341 or written permission of the Department. An advanced studio course emphasizing innovative and critical approaches to the digital print. Students will develop an independent research project and produce interdisciplinary work that investigates digital reproduction technologies.

    PRIN 451 Projects in Print Media I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Six credits in Print Media or written permission of the Department. A studio course where students propose and complete print projects in consultation with the instructor. This course is an opportunity for students to continue their aesthetic research with in-depth and focused print projects. Students will design projects according to their interests and established technical proficiency. The course will emphasize individual practice within the context of informed discussion, group and individual critiques, gallery and museum visits, and may include an exhibition.
    NOTE: Students who want advanced technical information in a particular process should enrol in 300- or 400-level courses of intaglio, screenprinting or lithography.

    PRIN 452 Projects in Print Media II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 451 or written permission of the Department. A studio course that provides the opportunity for advanced research into personal imagery and a commitment to print processes. This course is a continuation PRIN 451.

    PRIN 470 Independent Study in Print Media (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program and written permission of the Department. A studio course of independent study for which the student proposes a research project. The scope of the project and schedule of work should be equivalent to the workload of a six-credit course.
    NOTE A/See §200.3

    PRIN 471 Independent Study in Print Media I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program and written permission of the Department. A studio course of independent study in which the student proposes a research project. The scope of the
    project and schedule of work should be equivalent to the workload of a three-credit course.

    PRIN 472 Independent Study in Print Media II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: PRIN 471 and written permission of the Department. A studio course of independent study in which the student proposes a research project. The scope of the project and schedule of work should be equivalent to the workload of a three-credit course.

    PRIN 481 Professional Internship (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department. Internships are for students who wish to obtain practical experience by working as an apprentice in a professional environment, or who would like to pursue research in the curating of prints, print criticism, or other related experience in print media, and receive academic credit for the activity. Approval of the project will be based on the demonstrable learning potential of the activity. Students are required to submit an internship proposal that clearly defines the objective of the activity, appropriate workload (equivalent to the hours required for a three-credit course), nature of participation, and supervisory schedules. The internship will be jointly supervised by a faculty member and a qualified professional. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain approval for the proposal from a program advisor, including any required contractual agreements, before the start of the internship.

    PRIN 498 Special Topics in Print Media (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Six credits in Print Media or written permission of the Department. A studio course for advanced students that examines ideas and practices in contemporary print media. Students will produce printed images that reflect their research and critical thinking on the specific topic.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

    PRIN 499 Special Topics in Print Media (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Six credits in Print Media or written permission of the Department. A studio course for advanced students that examines ideas and practices in contemporary print media. Students will produce printed images that reflect their research and critical thinking on the specific topic.
    NOTE: Specific topics, and additional prerequisites if required, will be stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

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