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VISUAL ARTS

General information: These study units may only be taken for the BVA, MVA and BA degree (Culture and Arts) with specialisation in Multimedia Studies. Visual Arts 2 can also be taken for the BEd degree with specialisation in Art. This subject was previously known as Fine Arts. Students are strongly advised to follow the advice given in the various modules. Credit for a degree is granted for modules: (i) either VAR2601- 2602 or VAR201- 204, (ii) either VAR3701 - 3702 or VAR301 - 304, (iii) either VAR4801 - 4802 or VAR401 -404.
The study unit PMP3701 may only be taken by students registered for the BA (Culture and Arts) degree with specialisation in Multimedia Studies. Professional Multimedia Practice must be registered for in conjunction with VAR3701.
Students requesting credits from other institutions must contact the department and submit a portfolio, and if successful, they will receive a permission document. Prospective students must obtain prior permission from the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology before registering for this module. They are to contact the department and submit a portfolio of artworks. Students registered for the BVA degree or the BA (Culture and Arts) degree with specialization in Multimedia Studies, are all expected to attend the two workshops presented. The following modules may only be taken for the BVA or MVA degrees: VMA4801(VAR4801), VMA4802 (VAR4802) and PAT4801.
Registration for all practical modules closes on the same day as the semester registration closing date and not the closing date for year modules. Students must attend a minimum of one day of both practical workshops.

Studio Practice IV (Offered from 2021) - VMA3702
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: (VMA2601or VAR2601) AND (VMA2602 or VAR2602) AND GAR2601 Co-requisite: (VMA3701 or VAR3701) & PAT3701
Purpose: Purpose of this module is to equip students to be able to submit a portfolio of art works relevant to a selected theme related to craftsmanship. The portfolio must satisfy minimum requirements as contained in portfolio guidelines for submission. This module also equips students for a professional life as artists, and to be able to contribute to a broader cultural dpmain of the visual and multimedia art world.
Visual Arts VI - VAR4802
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Pre-requisite: VAR3701, VAR3702 & PAT3701(Only applicable to 02224) Co-requisite: VAR4801 & PAT4801
Purpose: Tthis module entails continuance of VAR411 and the practical visual research. No specific assignments are set and the final practical work must be presented in a professional venue such as a gallery and accompanied by the necessary exhibition documentation.
Visual Literacy - ARH1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To acquire sufficient art history and theoretical skills in order to engage meaningfully with contemporary art.
Form and Motion - FRM1501
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Recommendation: To be taken with TDM1501 and GAR1501 (Applicable to 90091)
Purpose: To provide students with basic skills training in three-dimensional design and motion studies. The module aims at developing creative thinking through the guidance of projects and incorporates traditional art making skills with a focus on video and three-dimensional digital image design. This module should preferably be taken simultaneously with or after the completion of TDM1501.
Drawing I - GAR1501
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: To introduce the student to the discipline of drawing and to provide students with basic skills training in drawing. The module aims at developing creative thinking through the guidance of projects and incorporates both methodologies inherent to art practice and the principles and techniques of drawing.
Two Dimensional Imaging - TDM1501
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Recommendation: To be taken with FRM1501and GAR1501 (Applicable to 90091)
Purpose: To provide students with basic skills in two-dimensional image making and to develop creative thinking through the guidance of projects which investigate traditional art making principles combined with raster and vector digital image possibilities.
Sculpture - THF1501
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Recommendation: To be taken with TWF1501 and GAR1501 (Applicable to 90091)
Purpose: To introduce the student to the discipline of sculpture and to provide students with basic skills training in sculpture. The module aims at developing creative thinking through the guidance of projects and incorporates both methodologies inherent to art practice and the principles and techniques of sculpture through the exploration of traditional and non-traditional media.
Painting - TWF1501
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Recommendation: To be taken with THF1501 and GAR1501 (Applicable to 90091)
Purpose: North America, the Far East and Australasia are the areas that will be covered in this module. The student continues to learn about destination development and is introduced to quantitative methods used in tourism.
Graphic Processes - GAR2601
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: GAR1501& (TDM1501 & FRM1501) or (TWF1501 &THF1501) (GAR1501 not applicable to 02305 MMD)
Purpose: To advance upon the methodologies and techniques introduced at NQF Level 5 of visual arts studies and to enable students to investigate various themes within contemporary culture with a range of graphic media. By focussing on formal and conceptual aspects an independent research methodology will be developed. Although students are introduced to the module through the discipline of drawing, expanding the visual research base to include alternative forms of graphic expression is encouraged. Students will explore ways of engaging with metaphor in art and are advised to develop a critical attitude to utilising media and creative conventions. Multimedia students will learn to produce a short animation (two or three dimensional) and expand upon the new media production concepts and techniques explored in VAR211D.
Studio Practice 1 - VMA2601
Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: GAR1501& (TDM1501 & FRM1501) or (TWF1501 &THF1501) (GAR1501 not applicable to 02305)
Purpose: Purpose of this module is to equip students with conceptual understanding of advanced visual arts practices and thereby acquire the necessary skills and competencies to engage seamlessly in debates about design and development of art work through the submission of portfolios. Qualifying students are also exposed to for the field of multimedia studies. Students will also be able to formally and conceptually explore the visual and metaphorical potential of the notion of mass and or popular culture inherent in artworks and multimedia.
Studio Practice II - VMA2602
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: GAR1501& (TDM1501 & FRM1501) or (TWF1501 &THF1501) (GAR1501 not applicable to 02305)
Purpose: Purpose of this module is to equip students to be able to acquire the conceptual understanding of advanced visual arts practices and acquire understanding and application of the role and significance of multimedia studies. Qualifying students will also explore both formally and conceptually the visual and metaphorical potential of the notion of mass and or popular culture and how it can be manifested in art work and multimedia.
Professional Art Practice I - PAT3701
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: (VMA2601 or VAR2601) AND (VMA2602 or VAR2602) Co-requisite: (VMA3701 or VAR3701) AND (VAR3702 or VMA3702)
Purpose: To provide students with theoretical information on professional art practice. Comprehensive guidance is given on professional exhibition practice as well as on the positioning of the professional artist with regard to the art market, commissions and residencies. Students are guided in the writing, preparation and production of professional art catalogues. For students specialising in Multimedia, the module entails the writing of a research article, which is extended into interactive and printed catalogue formats.
Professional Multimedia Practice - PMP3701
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: VMA2601or VAR2601 or VAR211D Co-requisite: VAR3701
Purpose: To provide third level Multimedia students with theoretical information on professional multimedia practice. Comprehensive guidance is given on professional multimedia practice with an emphasis on the use of multimedia within contemporary visual arts practice. Students are given training as to participating as a professional visual artist with regard to the art market, exhibitions, residencies and competitions. Students are guided in the writing, preparation and production of professional art catalogues (which is extended into both a printed and interactive catalogue format for Multimedia students). The module also entails teaching students to write up an academic research proposal and research essay which prepares students to engage with an Honours level degree.
Visual Arts III - VAR3701
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: (VMA2601 & VMA2602) or (VAR2601 &VAR2602) (VMA2602 or VAR2602 not applicable to 02305 MC1) Co-requisite: (PAT3701 or PMP3701) & VAR3702 (VAR3702 not applicable to 02305)
Purpose: To provide students with competency in the medium of a student's choice. No specific assignments are set. Students submit a proposal in which the area of research, subject matter, methodology, strategy and choice of materials are identified. Understanding and manipulating form-content dynamics is a strong focus. The final practical work must be presented in a professional venue such as a gallery and accompanied by the necessary exhibition documentation.
Visual Arts IV - VAR3702
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: (VMA601 & VMA2602) or (VAR2601 &VAR2602) Co-requisite: (VMA3701 & (PAT3701or PMP3701)
Purpose: This module extends the focus and concerns of Visual Arts 3 and will enable students to acquire an advanced level of competency. Students continue their practical visual research based on the proposal that was presented for VAR3701.
Studio Practice III (Offered from 2021) - VMA3701
Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 24
Module presented in
Pre-requisite: (VMA2601or VAR2601) AND (VMA2602 or VAR2602) AND GAR2601 Co-requisite: VMA3702 OR VAR3702 & PAT3701
Purpose: Purpose of this module is to equip students to be able to submit a portfolio of art works relevant to a selected theme. The portfolio must satisfy minimum requirements as contained in portfolio guidelines for submission. This module also equps students for a professional life as artists, and to be able to contribute to a broader cultural domain of the visual and multimedia art world.