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Transdisciplinary Visual Arts

 
 
"THE AIM OF ART IS TO REPRESENT NOT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF THINGS, BUT THEIR INWARD SIGNIFICANCE." 
— ARISTOTLE
Concentration TVAAs our ways of interacting with the world change and expand through, for example, new technologies, widespread, growing access to new information and new forms of media, and through scientific and cultural exchange, so must our ways of understanding and evaluating such interactions. The Wilkes Honors College (WHC) program in Transdisciplinary Visual Art encourages students to examine and develop multiple forms of analysis and critique from various academic disciplines which cross, interact and shape knowledge. Basarab Nicolescu explains transdisciplinary, as between the disciplines, across the different disciplines and beyond the disciplines . The courses of this transdisciplinary concentration require breadth of inquiry into a number of disciplines and the creation of visual art. Such inquiry is predicated on the notion that disciplines are concomitant and potentially symbiotic ways of sharing knowledge and making meaning, and that such collaboration fruitfully informs and is informed by the visual art created.

The Honors Transdisciplinary Visual Art Concentration works significantly with other disciplines in the humanities, the natural and social sciences. Students learn basic visual vocabulary, and are expected to develop their own aesthetic standards. The analysis of the art, though valuable, is only a portion of the curriculum. Artistic production along with the development of visual literacy, and an understanding of their relevance to the individual's artistic practice is an indispensable part of this academic study. A combined exploration of these areas will help students to construct meaningful visual images and forms, to develop problem-solving skills, to differentiate arguments from opinions, and to speak, write, or otherwise represent their ideas in a coherent and persuasive way. This program assists students in preparing for careers in the art field, including art history, art criticism, studio art, scientific illustration, and arts administration in community and public art programs.

Advisory Board:

Dorotha Lemeh 
Amy McLaughlin (Affiliate Assistant Professor)

Available Tracks:

  • Track 1: Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging
  • Track 2: Scientific Illustration (BioArt)
  • Track 3: Visual Studies (Art Criticism, Art History & Theory)
  • Minor

Requirements: All students concentrating in Honors Transdisciplinary Visual Studies Concentration must complete 2 introductory courses, 5 additional Visual Arts courses, and 5 courses in related disciplines. Students must spend two semesters of their senior year in consultation with their concentration advisor researching and writing an honors thesis or completing the capstone project. Those choosing to specialize in Fine Art Studio Art or/and Scientific Illustration must prepare an art exhibition along with a catalogue and/or an honors thesis; students without an area of specialization or who choose to specialize in Visual Studies (Art Criticism, Art History & Theory) must complete an honors thesis. 

Summary of Requirements Credits
Introductory Coursework (two courses) 7
Additional Art Coursework (five courses) 15-20
Honors courses in related disciplines (four courses) 12
Honors Thesis 6
Total Credits 40-45

I. Introductory Coursework (2 courses, 7 credits)

Concentrators must take:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ART 1202C Honors Design and Color Phenomena 4
ART 1300C Honors Drawing I 3

II. Additional Coursework in the Visual Arts (5 courses, 15-20 credits)

Concentration TVF

Concentrators must take a minimum of 5 additional courses in the Visual Arts from the approved list, which is organized into three academic tracks:

  • Track 1: Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging
  • Track 2: Scientific Illustration (BioArt)
  • Track 3: Visual Studies (Art Criticism, Art History & Theory)

Students who choose not to specialize in one of the areas may select any 5 courses from the list, regardless of the area, for a broad range of study. Students selecting one of the three tracks of specialization must select their courses as follows:

Track 1: Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging

COURSES SATISFYING "ADDITIONAL ART COURSEWORK"The introduction of new media technology in the visual arts has significantly altered the ways in which understanding, creating, and making meaning from images occurs in art. While the Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging track supports traditional methods of studio application in addition to, or instead of, non-traditional methods of creation, it requires that students learn about and utilize new media techniques in their course of study. Traditional methods include painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, performance, and sculpture. Non-traditional approaches include electronic moving media, computer arts, interactive devices, new media digital art elements, projections, digital photography and digital video. The course of study in Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging cultivates the background required for students to confidently pursue graduate study or careers as professional artists and will prepare students to create strong, diverse portfolios for entering today s eclectic contemporary art world. Of the 5 additional Visual Arts courses taken from the approved list, at least 4 should be Studio Art courses (indicated by a 'C' in the course number) and at least 1 must be Critical Theory in the Arts courses. Students planning to complete graduate work in studio arts are encouraged to select 3 additional courses in Track I: Fine Art Studio for a total of 8.

TRACK 1: FINE ART - STUDIO, ELECTRONIC ARTS & DIGITAL IMAGING
Course # Course Name Credits
ART 1014C Honors Elements of Visual Thinking 3
ART 1661C Honors Digital Art Photography 3
ART 2540C Honors Watercolor 4
ART 2500C Honors Painting I 4
ART 2501C Honors Painting II: The Figure 4
ART 2824C Honors Painting as Narrative 3
ARH 2000 Honors Art Appreciation 3
ARH 2701 Honors Still and Moving Images 3
ARH 2051 Honors History of the Arts II 3
ART 2330C Honors Drawing II 4
ART 3383C Honors Narrative Drawing 4
ART 3618C Honors Digital E-magination 3
Course # Course Name Credits
ART 4681C Honors Art and Digital Imagery 4
ART 3617C Honors Animating the Graphic Novel 4
ART 3385C Honors Anatomy for the Artist & Illustrator 3
ART 3542C Honors Advanced Waterbased Media 4
ART 4837C Hon. Contemporary Art, Gender & Technology 4
ART 4840C Honors Environmental Art 4
ART 4841C Honors The Body in Art: The Figure in Context 4
ART 4934C Honors Special Topics in Art 4
IDS 2721C Honors Graphic Narrative 3
PHI 3272* Honors Media Philosophy 3
WST 3015* Honors Introduction to Women's Studies 3
WST 4504* Honors Feminist Theory 3

At least 2 ARH or ART classes at the 3000 or 4000-level must be taken. Only 1 of the courses with an (*) asterisk may be counted for the TVA concentration. The following courses are regularly offered at the Boca or Davie campuses of FAU: ART 1201C, ART 2330C, ART 2500C, PGY 2491C andPGY 4440C, and these may be counted as Track 1 courses.

 

Track 2: Scientific Illustration (BioArt)

This course of study involves and supports close observation, analytical assessment, accurate portrayal and illustration of plants, mammals, insects, and other scientifically relevant specimens. The scientific illustration track is open to students interested not only in medical illustration but also in, for example, Anthropology, Ecology, Environmental Studies or Marine Biology. Students pursuing the Scientific Illustration track are expected to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of coherent coursework in a relevant natural science, anthropology, or environmental studies, exclusive of credit hours used to satisfy the natural science or other core requirement. The course of study in Scientific Illustration prepares students to create strong portfolios that will enable them to pursue graduate study or careers as professional illustrators. Of the 5 courses taken from the approved list, at least one course needs to be a philosophy course. Students planning to pursue graduate study in scientific illustration are encouraged to take natural science courses covering a broad range of areas and time periods. For those interested in pre-medical illustration additional coursework in one or more of these areas of science Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Cancer Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology is essential. Students considering graduate school are encouraged, though not required to take studio art courses beyond the 5 classes required in order to build a strong portfolio. 

COURSES SATISFYING "ADDITIONAL ART COURSEWORK"
TRACK 2: SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION (BIOART)
Course # Course Name Credits
ART 1661C Honors Digital Art Photography 3
ART 2500C Honors Painting I 4
ART 2501C Honors Painting II: The Figure 4
ART 2824C Honors Painting as Narrative 3
ART 2540C Honors Watercolor 4
ART 3255C Honors Scientific Illustration I 3
ART 4256C Honors Scientific Illustration II 3
ART 3383C Honors Narrative Drawing 4
ART 3385C Honors Anatomy for the Artist & Illustrator 3
Course # Course Name Credits
ART 3816C Honors Digital E-magination 3
ART 3542C Honors Advanced Waterbased Media 4
ART 4681C Honors Art and Digital Imagery 4
ART 4840C Honors Environmental Art 4
ART 4934C Honors Special Topics in Art 4
ARH 2701 Honors Still and Moving Images 3
ARH 3171C Honors Audobon's Nature 3
PHI 1008* Honors Perspectives on Science 3
PHI 4930* Philosophy of Science 3

 

A minimum of 3 ART (as opposed to ARH and IDS) classes must be taken for this Track. Either PHI 1008 or 4930 can be used in this area, but not both. Students are reminded that they are required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours of coherent coursework in a relevant science exclusive of credit hours used to satisfy the natural science core requirement. The following courses may be counted as Track II courses and are regularly taught at Boca and Davie campuses of FAU: ART 2500C, PGY 2491C or PGY 4440C.

Track 3: Visual Studies (Art Criticism, History, and Theory)

This course of study requires transdisciplinary explorations of conceptual and theoretical frameworks in the Arts, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. The fields of study, which such transdisciplinarity may engage, include Art (criticism, theory, history, design), Anthropology (physical, cultural, linguistic, archaeological), Area Studies (African, American, Asian, Middle Eastern), Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies (Conservation, Ecology, Geography, Oceanography), Film Studies, History, International Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy (aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics), Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women Studies. In the area of Visual Studies a strong background in art, art history, art criticism and writing prepares students to pursue graduate study or careers relevant to creative production in cultural and social venues. Of the 5 Visual Studies courses needed to complete the requirement students are encouraged to take at least 3 upper division courses in Art History or in studio-based Critical Theory in the Arts. Students planning to complete graduate work in art history are encouraged to take art history courses covering a broad range of areas and time periods as well as consider pursuing a minor in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Critical Theory, English, History, Philosophy or Women s Studies. 

COURSES SATISFYING "ADDITIONAL ART COURSEWORK"
TRACK 3: VISUAL STUDIES (ART CRITICISM, HISTORY, AND THEORY)
Course # Course Name Credits
ART 1014C Honors Elements of Visual Thinking 3
ART 2000 Honors Art Appreciation 3
ARH 2701 Honors Still and Moving Images 3
ARH 2050 Honors History of the Arts I 3
ARH 2051 Honors History of the Arts II 3
ARH 4930 Honors Inventing Beauty 3
ARH 4802C Honors Contemporary Art, Ideas and Practice 3
ART 4816C Honors Artist and the Artworld in Perspective 3
ART 4837C Hon. Contemporary Art, Gender & Technology 4
Course # Course Name Credits
ART 4840C Honors Environmental Art 4
ART 4841C Honors The Body in Art: The Figure in Context 4
ARH 4930C Honors Understanding Art of the 21st Century 4
ART 4934C Honors Special Topics in Art 4
PHI 2361* Honors Ways of Knowing 3
PHI 3272* Honors Media Philosophy 3
PHI 4804* Honors Critical Theory and Practice 3
WST 3015* Honors Introduction to Women's Studies 3
WST 4504* Honors Feminist Theory 3
Students must take a minimum of 2 ARH classes for this Track. At least 1 ARH or ART course must be at the 3000 to 4000-level. No more than 2 PHI or WST courses from the above list may be counted towards the concentration. The following courses may be counted as Track II courses and are regularly taught at Boca and Davie campuses of FAU: ARH 2000, ARH 4470.

 

III. Honors Courses in Related Disciplines (4 courses, 12 credits)

All concentrators must take at least 4 courses in a related discipline (not art or art history) from the approved list below. These courses are, like the rest of the Liberal Arts curriculum, integral to the development of a mature, articulate, well-rounded individual knowledgeable about the field. Students are encouraged to expose themselves to other ways of constructing knowledge and understanding the world. If students would rather fulfill this requirement pursuing a minor in another discipline in order to fulfill this requirement they may do so. This focus helps students to develop their critical and analytical skills so as to argue persuasively and coherently in oral or written forms.III. Honors Courses in Related Disciplines (4 courses, 12 credits) 

 

Course # Course Name Credits
AFS 2250 Honors Introduction to African Studies 3
AMS 3003 Honors Colloquium in American Studies 3
AML 3452 Honors Environmental Imagination 3
AML 4640 Honors Native American Literature 3
ANT 1933 Honors Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANT 2000 Honors Introduction to Anthropology 3
ANT 2410 Honors Culture and Society 3
ANT 3212 Honors People Around the World 3
ANT 3332 Honors Peoples of Latin America 3
ANT 4242 Honors Ritual and Symbol 3
ANT 4331 Honors Anthropology of the Andes 3
ANT 4930 Honors Visual Ethnography 3
ASN 3006 Honors Introduction to Asian Studies 3
BOT 3501,
3501L
Honors Introduction to Plant Biology & Lab 3
BSC 1005, 
1005L
Honors Life Science and Lab 3
BSC 1010, 
1010L
Honors Biological Principles and Lab 3
BSC 1011 Honors Biodiversity 3
BSC 1933 Honors Ecology of Atlantic Shores 3
BSC 2084, 
2084L
Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BSC 4930 Honors Marine Science 3
CRW 3010 Honors Creative Writing 3
ENC 3362 Honors Environmental Writing and Rhetoric 3
ENC 4413 Honors Writing for the World Wide Web 3
ENG 4114 Honors Literature and Film 3
EVR 1933 Honors Seminar Environmental Studies 3
EVR 2001 Honors Introduction to Environmental Science 3
EVR 2017 Honors Environment and Society 3
EVR 4420 Honors Marine Conservation 3
GEO 3402 Honors Human Geography 3
HUM 2932 Honors Writing in the Humanities 3
ISC 2932 Honors Scientific Writing I 3
Course # Course Name Credits
IDS 2931 Honors Representation: Ideas & Art 4
IDS 2931 Honors Interdisciplinary Critical Inquiry Seminar 3
LIT 2010 Honors Interpretation of Fiction 3
LIT 2040 Honors Interpretation of Drama 3
LIT 3306 Honors Travel Literature 3
LIT 3432 Honors Magic, Art and Alchemy 3
LIT 3361 Honors Postmodern Literature 3
MUS 1933 Honors Music and Gender 3
MUS 2670 Honors Music and Society 3
OCB 3012, 
3012L
Honors Marine Biology & Oceanography
with Lab
3
OCE 2001 Honors Introduction to Oceanography 3
POS 3691 Honors Law and American Society 3
PCB 3411 Honors Animal Behavior 3
PCB 3351, 
3351L
Honors Tropical Rainforest and Lab 3
PCB 3352 Honors Issues in Human Ecology 3
PCB 4414 Honors Behavioral Ecology 3
PCB 4673 Honors Evolution 3
PHI 1008 Honors Perspectives on Science 3
PHI 2361 Honors Ways of Knowing 3
PHI 2642 Honors Ethics of Social Diversity 3
PHI 3682 Honors Environmental Philosophy 3
PHI 4804 Honors Critical Theory and Practice 3
PHI 3272 Honors Media Philosophy 3
PHM 1002 Honors Human Nature 3
PSC 2512C Honors Energy and Environment 3
PSY 2012 Honors General Psychology 3
POT 3113 Honors Politics and Morality in Film 3
SPT 2530 Honors Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3
SYD 4792 Honors Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and Science 3
WST 3015 Honors Introduction to Women's Studies 3
WST 4504 Honors Femininst Theory 3
WST 4563 Honors Representation of Female Bodies 3
ZOO 2303,
2303L
Honors Vertebrate Zoology and Lab 3

 

 

Concentration TVA

IV. Honors Thesis (6 credits)

A visual art portfolio with an exhibition, a written catalog or thesis, or a combination thereof, constitutes an honors thesis in the Transdisciplinary Visual Arts Concentration. The choice for the thesis completed in most cases is Track Dependent.

Course Number Course Name Credits
ART 3852 Honors Thesis Visual Art Exhibition Research 1-6
ART 4907C Honors Senior Thesis in Art 1-6
ART 4912H Honors Thesis Research 1-6

 

Honors Thesis for Track I: Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts and Digital Imaging; and Track II: Scientific Illustration

A senior thesis exhibition with a 20 to 30-page catalogue and/or thesis is the culmination of a student s training in the area of Fine Art - Studio, Electronic Arts & Digital Imaging or the focus in Scientific Illustration. The contents of the portfolio and written text reflect the student's confidence, artistic maturity, and ability to both visually and contextually critique the production of such images and objects. A senior thesis exhibition will be held either during the Spring Symposium or in a gallery space of the student s choosing. A copy of the portfolio with catalogue and/or thesis will be given to the WHC and kept in book form and/or placed in a digitized file, which is then placed in the library archive. 
 

Honors Thesis for Track III: Visual Studies (Art Criticism, Art History & Theory)

Senior Thesis in Visual Studies (Art Criticism, Art History & Theory) is the culmination of a student s training and study of the visual arts, art history, and art criticism. The contents of the thesis reflect the student's confidence, scholarly maturity, and ability to contextually critique the history of visual forms, their creative production, and historical development of such images and objects. Therefore the senior thesis will be compromised of a written document of 30 to 50 pages combining text and images, a public presentation (Symposium) and defense of his/her research. A final corrected or edited copy of this thesis research will be submitted in book form and/or as a digitized file electronically.

VI. Minor in Transdisciplinary Visual Art

Minor in Transdisciplinary Visual Art:Fine Art Studio, Visual Studies or Scientific Illustration 19-23 Credit HoursTo receive a minor in TVA students must take Art 1202C (4 credits) and Art 1300C (3 credits) as well as at least 4 courses from among the courses in Section II. For a minor in TVA focusing on Fine Art Studio or Scientific Illustration, any combination of upper-level courses may be selected from Section II/Tracks I or II. For a minor in TVA with a focus on Art Criticism or Art History the 4 courses must be selected from the list in Section II/Track III. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in courses taken for the Minor Concentration. At least 50% of upper level credits in the minor must be from Honors College courses.Students are reminded that they must have 45 credits of upper level (3000 or 4000 level) coursework to graduate.
 
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