Often a single example of work may not demonstrate all the required objectives for a particular assignment. Instead students should collectively consider: the required objectives for each assignment, the multiple examples presented on this blog and during in class presentations. As well ideas discovered through a student's independent research in combination with various examples and ideas presented by instructor will ultimately be the best approach for synthesizing ideas and reaching the requirements (and unique outcome) for any particular course project.

Syllabus and Outline for Visual Language Course Winter 2015

Visual Language
Course Number: STDO 1410  (A01)
Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Derek Brueckner
Office Hours: After class on Wednesdays until 12:30 pm
 in 337 Art Lab or feel free to e-mail instructor to arrange for mutually agreeable time. It would be best to contact instructor to schedule a meeting during office hours.

Course schedule: Wednesday 8:30 am - 11:20 am      (in Art Lab 360)
Minimum hours of out-of-class work per week is 6 hours per week

Course Description:
An introduction to communication in contemporary visual art through traditional and experimental 2D and 3D modes. Prerequisite for further study in fine arts studio courses.
Course assignments and content will explore:
·       Investigation of a variety of line and shapes
·       Light, shadow and value
·       Colour applications and colour systems and theories in relation to 2D and 3D materials
·       Space (Optical and 3 Dimensional)
·       Investigations of a variety of textures (illusionistic and tactile surfaces)
·       Logics of Composition that include analytical and intuitive processes of composing 2D and 
    3D elements
·       Considerations of scale in relation to composition and 3 Dimensional space
·   Introduction of historical and non-traditional art materials, which could potentially include interdisciplinary approaches, and/or non-euro centric ideas (i.e.: technology and or current issues)

Course Objectives/Outcomes
The purpose of this course is to focus on formal design and concepts in relation to historical and contemporary Art. Through this course it is anticipated that participants will be able to enhance their skills with 2D and 3D materials. At the conclusion of the course participants will have increased their visual awareness and visual literacy as well as conceptual and critical thinking. Overall participants will learn to develop their unique vision through intuitive and analytical processes of experimentation, research and discovery.

Instructional Methods
This course’s structure allows for individual and class discussions that assist in forming the direction of the studio work. As well the ongoing dialogue between the instructor, the individual student, and the class is developed to create a sense of community. Discussions will address problems of interpretation, methods of representation, materials, scale, historical and contemporary aesthetic issues, etc., and will provide the opportunity for dialogue concerning ideas within the work.

Making provisions for an open mind will be essential for this course. It will be required that when analyzing your work in progress allow for an expansion in your own understanding of philosophies regarding the purpose or function of art. You will be encouraged during your working process to allow for “mistakes” and to watch out for unexpected directions that you can use to your advantage. For the duration of this course people do not have to agree with certain philosophies or ideologies, but are required to research and demonstrate a comprehension of certain philosophies and ideas in relation to specific assignments. Presentations may be scheduled periodically to enhance the above concerns. In all aspects of the course structure it will be important to be ready to take notes in this class on a daily basis.

Required Readings and Recommended Readings
Reading List and Links will be submitted

Syllabus/Course schedule

Jan 7
Introduction of Course: Presentation of Course Outline, Supply List and first assignment
See Optional Reading List
Black and White Abstract Assignment
Jan 14

Black and White Abstract Assignment (continued)
Jan 21

Black and White Abstract Assignment Group Critique
Jan 28

Double Primary Colour Wheel Assignment
Feb 4

Collaging grids with Found/Recycled Materials and Paint 
Feb 11

Colour Wheel & Grid Assignment Group Critique
Feb 25
Review and Documentation of Assignments from Jan 7 to Feb11 for Final Evaluation

Mar 4

Constructing Modular Folding Box
Mar 11

Constructing Modular Folding Box
Mar 18

Painting of Interior of Modular Folding Box
Mar 25

Group Critique
Apr 1

Group Critique
Apr 8
Group Review and Documentation of Assignments from March 4 to April 1 for Final Evaluation

Grading/Evaluation Criteria used for Course Credit
This section is very important. Be clear in your grading format, particularly with the evaluation criteria.
Work will be weighted according to the number of days spent working in class on each assignment.
Each Assignment will be broken down in terms of:
concept 45%
execution 45%
overall challenge 10%

Notification of Grades for Art Assignments
Grades for all assignments will be posted on Desire2Learn: https://universityofmanitoba.desire2learn.com
Students must ensure they are registered with Desire 2 Learn in order to access their art assignment grades.

Grading Rubric
A+/A: Reserved for Exceptional performances and normally achieved by a minority of students. These grades indicate a student who is self-initiating, exceeds expectation and has an insightful grasp of the subject matter.

A+           93-100         Exceptional
                                           Works in this range:
                                           - challenge the current boundaries of the field
                                           - show evidence of a high level of contextual awareness
                                           - show full command of chosen materials or technology
                                           - present a remarkable example of progress and development
A              88-92.9       Excellent achievement
                                           Works in this range:
                                           - show awareness of the current boundaries of the field
                                           - show thorough contextual awareness
                                           - show confident use of chosen materials or technology
                                           - present an excellent to outstanding example of progress and development

B+/B: indicate a Very Good performance. Normally achieved by the largest number of students. These grades indicate a good grasp of the subject matter or excellent grasp in one area balanced with satisfactory grasp in the other area.

B+           80-87.9       Very Good achievement
B              75-79.9       Good achievement
                                           Works in this range:
                                           - are consistently within the current boundaries of the field
                                           - reveal commendable awareness of context for evaluation
                                           - show a reasonable ability with chosen materials or technology
                                           - present a good to very good example of progress and development

C+/C: indicates Satisfactory, or minimally satisfactory performance. These grades indicate a satisfactory performance and knowledge of the subject matter.

C+           68-74.9       Satisfactory
C              60-67.9       Adequate
                                           Works in this range:
                                           - readily accept known boundaries of the field
                                           - reveal partial contextual awareness
                                           - show limited ability with material and technology
                                           - are intermittent in its progress during the term

D: indicates Marginal performance. A student receiving this grade demonstrated a superficial grasp of the subject matter.
D              50-59.9       Marginal Pass
                                           Works in this range:
                                           - provide very limited understanding of limits of the field
                                           - have unsubstantial contextual awareness
                                           - have low level of competence with materials and technology
                                           - very limited development of work within the term

Letter Grade System
All School of Art students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. If the student’s GPA falls below 2.5 the student will receive a warning letter from the student advisor indicating they have one year to improve or they will be placed on Academic Probation. Students in the BFA Hounours Degree Programs must maintain a GPA of 3.0.

It is mandatory that all students maintain and regularly monitor a University of Manitoba email account. Critical information from the registrar, instructors, and the School of Art will be relayed to you through the Web mail, and Aurora electronic notification systems.

To get your free U of M account visit: http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/accounts/claimid.html.
For more information, visit: http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/.

Students without personal computers can use computers in Information Services and Technology labs in a variety of locations on campus including the Dafoe Library. More information is available in your orientation package or by calling IST at 474-8600. It is your sole responsibility to continually monitor your class site(s) for information such as class announcements and email correspondence.

Return of Student Work
The retention period for unclaimed student work is as follows:

Studio Projects for the Winter Term: April 17

Unclaimed academic papers or studio projects will, after the deadline, become property of the School of Art and will be disposed of at its discretion.

Statement on Student Participation in the Presentation or Discussion of Art
At the School of Art, numerous required and elective courses contain content that includes working from the nude model and some language, imagery, or dialogue that may offend students. In particular, the School of Art provides comprehensive art training that requires use of the nude model in some courses. In viewing and discussing works of art, the School of Art encourages the broadest possible tolerance consistent with Canadian law.

Class Attendance Policy
Regular attendance is expected of all students in all courses. Letters of warning may be issued for unexcused absences of three classes in one term reminding the student of academic consequences of not attending classes. Students who do not attend or submit assignments but do not withdraw will receive a final grade of F.

Material and Process Restrictions
Flammables, poisons, potentially bio-hazardous materials, aerosol sprays, and high-temperature processes are strictly prohibited in the School of Art classrooms, adjoining hallways, and the vicinity of the ARTlab. The instructor must be consulted before any materials or processes not on the class materials list are used. If there is any doubt as to the safety of work to be undertaken, work must be halted until the instructor has been consulted.

Plagiarism and Cheating Policy
To plagiarize is to take ideas or words of another person and pass them off as one’s own. In short, it is stealing something intangible rather than an object. Obviously, it is not necessary to state the source of well-known or easily verifiable facts, but students are expected to acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions they use in their written work, whether quoted directly or paraphrased. This applies to diagrams, statistical tables and the like, as well as to written material, and materials or information from Internet sources. To provide adequate and correct documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty but is also a courtesy that enables the reader to consult these sources with ease. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. It will also be considered plagiarism and/or cheating if a student submits a term paper written in whole or in part by someone other than him/herself, or copies an answer or answers of another student in any test, examination, or take-home assignment. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating in examinations, or term tests (i.e. crib notes) is subject to serious academic penalty (i.e. suspension or expulsion from the faculty or university). A student found guilty of contributing to cheating in examinations or term assignments is also subject to serious academic penalty.

Similarly, to copy parts, or to reproduce everything from an artist’s individual artwork and pass them off as one’s own is also considered a form of plagiarism. When completing assignments or presenting work done in self-directed studio art projects, students should avoid this practice, since it is expected that you will originate the ‘look’ or ‘style’ of the work from your own responses to the subject or ideas in question. To do otherwise, through the knowing use of printed or internet reproductions of published artist’s work, would be academically dishonest, except in cases where making a direct copy was a requirement of the assignment by an instructor, or that an idea required such a response. In those cases it is clear as to the intent to copy and is a public aspect of the meaning of the work.

Policies Related to Student Discipline
Policy on Respectful Work and Learning Environment
Inappropriate and Disruptive Student Behaviour
Accessibility Policy for Student with Disabilities
Students wishing to appeal a grade given for term work are expected to discuss matters relating to the grading of that work with their instructor first, as an attempt to resolve the issue without the need to submit a formal appeal.

For further information on grade appeals, please go to the Appeals Policies, Procedures and Regulations on the School of Art website at: umanitoba.ca/schools/art/media/UG_Policies_GradeAppeals2012.pdf

More information related to appeals can be found at: umanitoba.ca/registrar/grades/691.html

Academic Accommodation
Please approach your instructor as soon as possible should you need some form of academic accommodation. Students with disabilities should also contact Accessibility Services, located at 155 University Centre (Phone: 204 474-6213; TTY: 204 474-9790; Fax: 204 261-7732; E-mail: student_accessibility@umanitoba.ca)

Important Dates Calendar


January 6                                                
University opens / First day of classes in winter term
January 13
Last day to pay winter term fees
January 19
Last day to add winter term courses
Last day to drop winter term courses for full refund
February 16
Monday Louis Riel Day – University closed
February 16 - 20
Midterm break – no classes scheduled
School of Art Open House
March 19

Last day to VW from fall/winter (spanned) courses and winter term courses (no refund)
April 3
Good Friday - no classes scheduled
April 10
Last day of winter term classes
April 13 - 27
Examination Period
April 25 – May 3
BFA Grad Exhibition 2015
May 1                                                         

Winter term grades due