Our Foundation Year Program is designed around an integrated curriculum based on learner-centred philosophies that recognize each student as a complete individual with their own distinct cultural experiences. The studio and humanities courses, in addition to regular interactions with visiting artists, curators, writers and filmmakers, ensure that students develop a thorough understanding of professional-level cultural production.

SOVA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019

Equivalency & Transferability

All Yukon SOVA courses are accredited by Yukon College. At the time of writing this document transfer agreements are in place with Emily Carr University, Alberta College of Art and Design, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Mount Allison University, and University of the Fraser Valley.

ENGLISH 120: READING, WRITING AND CREATING

This undergraduate-level English course focuses on the development of academic writing skills, including an emphasis on the relationships between creative written language and visual practices. Instruction will be provided in research methods, critical reading, building a logical argument, and writing an academic essay. Through a diverse and intensive engagement with academic writing, and to a lesser extent creative writing, students will develop literacy skills that will support them as emerging professional artists. The course includes a research paper and a final exam.

Prerequisite

Admission to Yukon School of Visual Arts Foundation Year Program or permission of the instructor.

 

ENGLISH 121: ARTWORDS

This undergraduate-level English course focuses on how language can be used as part of an artist’s creative and professional practice. Through class discussions, close readings, written assignments, and writing workshops, students will develop the skills necessary for writing about art. In addition to writing an artist statement, an exhibition review, and a grant application, students will examine writing by selected contemporary visual artists, including work by artists who incorporate literary work into their art practices. The course includes a research paper and a final exam. 

Prerequisite

Successful completion of English 120: Reading, Writing, Creating, or permission of the instructor .

 

FOUR-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO 101: INTRODUCTION TO NEW AND TIME-BASED MEDIA

The 4th dimension in artistic practices is typically seen as the dimension of time as an extension of the traditional three dimensions of height, breadth, and depth. In this course we investigate time through the mediums of video and performance. These explorations are undertaken through a series of projects exploring various concepts and techniques for the purpose of developing a foundation to a relevant, contemporary, artistic practice. The course will offer a broad exposure to contemporary art along with critical dialogue and historical context. Readings will assist in the creation of projects that express cultural perspectives that reflect on both the dominant and marginal media paradigms.

Prerequisite

Full-time studies require admission to Yukon College’s Applied Arts Division and SOVA Foundation Year. Part-time students may be admitted upon available space and with approval of the instructor.

 

FOUR-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO 102 : EXPERIMENTS IN NEW AND TIME-BASED MEDIA

In this studio, students extend their 4D visual practices and refine their techniques and processes of documentation. Narrative, poetic, and abstract modes of expression are explored through experiments in time-based media – such as video and sound art.

Prerequisite

Successful completion of Four-Dimensional Studio 101 (fall term). Part-time students who have successfully completed Four-Dimensional studio 101 may be admitted upon available space, and after consultation with instructor.

 

INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL STUDIES 101: HISTORICAL CONTEXT

This lecture course provides a historical survey of global visual art practices and fosters a deeper understanding of key works that include drawings, prints, paintings, traditional objects, rituals, sculptures, and architectural structures. Lectures contextualize historical art works in relation to issues such as geography, colonialism, science and technology, religion, trade, philosophy, and politics. Attention is given to the canon of art history, marginal voices, and the geographical site of the course, and students are introduced to a research methodology appropriate to art practitioners.

Prerequisite

Admission to Yukon School of Visual Arts Foundation Year Program or permission of the instructor.

 

INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL STUDIES 102: CRITICAL IDEAS AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

Visual images have achieved increasing importance in our contemporary society, both replacing and becoming integrated with other forms of communication. Looking at examples from painting, photography, television, film, and new media, this course will examine how we “read” and make meaning from images and how they work as a language that shapes both individual social values and global cultural practices. This course will also consider how visual culture helps construct social and political identities along parameters such as race, class, gender, and sexuality. Students will gain an understanding of conceptual approaches from aesthetics, semiotics, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, and critical theory, and learn to use these frameworks to understand how meaning-making works in specific social and cultural contexts.

Prerequisite

Successful completion of Visual Studies 101 (fall term). Part-time students who have successfully completed Visual Studies 101 may be admitted upon available space, and after consultation with instructor.

 

THREE-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO 101: EXPLORING SCULPTURAL FORMS

The focus of this studio is on exploring a diversity of traditional and contemporary materials, processes and techniques involved in producing 3 dimensional works. This will include materials such as clay, wax, rubber latex, plaster, wire, metal, wood, textiles and stone, as well as found natural and manufactured materials collected from the surrounding environment. Students will explore a variety of sculptural approaches such as additive, subtractive, modeling, casting and assemblage; & consider how to contextualize their work in various environments. There will be an emphasis on process-based studio assignments and individual explorations. 

Prerequisite

Full Time studies require admission to Yukon College’s Arts and Science Division and SOVA Foundation Year. Part-time students may be admitted upon available space and after consultation with Instructor.

 

THREE-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO 102: EXPLORING SCULPTURAL SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTS

In this studio, students extend their 3D practices by examining the relationships between viewer, object and environment from various perspectives. Awareness of the different ways in which 3 dimensional practices are informed by and shape both physical and cultural environments is deepened by an exploration of techniques such as textiles, installations, prosthetics, animatronics, toy hacking, kinetics, and off-site art. A combination of traditional and contemporary practices allows students to continue to experiment with a wide variety of media while increasing their understanding of their relationship to community & environment.

Prerequisite

Successful completion of 3 Dimensional Studio 101 (fall term). Part-time students who have successfully completed 3Dimensional studio 101 may be admitted upon available space, and after consultation with instructor.

 

TWO-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO 101: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF DRAWING

While the focus of this studio is on drawing, a variety of associated concepts, techniques and media will be explored to provide an overview of 2D practices from a diversity of cultural perspectives. The course integrates the use of a variety of traditional and contemporary mark-making tools, mediums and surfaces, with an emphasis on experimentation. Line, form, composition, scale, pattern and texture in relation to overall design will be explored. Sketchbooks, life drawing,class work and assignments will promote the development of individual creative processes and will be reinforced through experimentation regarding concept, content, and style.

Prerequisite

Fulltime studies require admission to Yukon College’s Arts and Science Division and SOVA Foundation Year. Part-time students may be admitted upon available space and after consultation with Instructor.

 

TWO-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO 102: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF DRAWING, COLLAGE AND PAINTING

This studio extends students’ repertoire of mark-making techniques, mediums, and processes, while introducing the practices of collage, painting, and other image creation processes, such as old school animation techniques, paper-craft and book works. This allows for continued experimentation and exploration of a wide range of traditional and contemporary modes of expression. Developing a daily practice, through the maintenance of a sketchbook will be encouraged.

Prerequisite

Successful completion of 2 Dimensional Studio 101 (fall term) Part-time students who have successfully completed 2Dimensional Studio 101 may be admitted upon available space and after consultation with instructor.