Art & Design

Drawing/Intermedia

Micheal Cor (BFA '10) works on a Drawing/Intermedia project in an ART 340 class

The Department of Art & Design Drawing/Intermedia area offers students diverse approaches to representations in contemporary art. After establishing skills in classical drawing, you will quickly progress into advanced levels of Intermedia practice. Explorations in the Drawing/Intermedia area range from traditional drawing to photography, installation, digital media and performance art. This area of study is strongly based on ideas, conceptual practice and contemporary art supported by belief that drawing can greatly inform your artistic practice.

Your Studies

Your education will include studies in:

  • Line
  • Tone
  • Perspective
  • Figure Drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital Media
  • Performance
  • Installation
  • Conceptual Development
  • Creative Methods in Studio Practice
  • Research and Theory
  • Contemporary Art Issues

Careers

Careers available in this area include:

  • Practicing Artist
  • Cultural Sector: Art Gallery, Museum, Artist-run Centre, etc.
  • Art Teacher
  • Visual Art Professor/ Instructor in a Post-Secondary Institution
  • Curator
  • Critical writer

Students who explore the Drawing/Intermedia area for their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may choose to continue on to do a Master of Fine Arts degree in order to achieve the qualifications and training needed to pursue a career as a professional practicing artist and/or to teach visual art at a post-secondary institution. Students may wish to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Education program with the intent of teaching in the K-12 system. Many of our alumni are employed in art industries and art communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Undergraduate Studies

Work by Devin Hobbins (BDes '10)

After completing a common first year in foundational studies, Drawing/Intermedia students will study the principles and the fundamental techniques of drawing. In the second year, studio classes will focus on the application of these learned techniques largely based on observational drawing and the basic principles of design. Our students greatly benefit from our solid focus on figurative drawing. While these drawing skills are developed, students are increasingly being exposed to explorations in conceptual art. In the third year of study in the Drawing/Intermedia area, concept and research informs the use of media and students use a wide variety of approaches that may include video, film, performance, installation or other traditional arts. By the fourth year of the program students are working in a self-directed studio approach to develop a resolved body of work with which they can apply for grants, residencies, exhibitions and graduate programs.

Graduate Studies

Emilie St. Hilaire, Mind Body Phone, 2014

The Master of Fine Arts in the Drawing/Intermedia program provides graduates with an in-depth training in studio practice, including the development of refined technical, formal and conceptual skills. In addition, graduate students are mentored in creative research methodologies that enable them to more effectively support their studio practice with academic research and/or theoretical discourse related to their thesis topic. Students also gain insights into how their own studio relates and intersects with questions within the broader field of contemporary art.

There are numerous funding opportunities for students throughout the program including scholarships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships.

Teaching experience is stressed in the program and there are also other opportunities for students to teach as primary instructor in foundation, drawing, and intermedia.

Facilities and Technicians

Undergraduate drawing classes are held in the North Power Plant. This beautiful historic building has northern facing skylights. Drawing easels, model stands, tables, a spray booth, and large drawing boards that are available for student use. An equipped still life room houses a large variety of objects and support materials for drawing from observation and from the model. Third and fourth year intermedia courses are held in dedicated studios.  Our new intermedia studios are adjacent to a student-run gallery space.  Graduate students in the Drawing/Intermedia program are assigned individual studio spaces, and all students have access to a wood shop facility staffed by a technician.

Creative Research Highlights

This year we had two graduate students in Drawing/Intermedia win Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants, an Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) grant and undergraduate student Nathan Levasseur was just announced as the National winner of the BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition for 2016. Professor Tanya Harnett, coordinator of Drawing/Intermedia, has exhibited internationally, holds a Queen’s Jubilee medal, and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA).