Visual Arts

Barnard College Art History students may elect to concentrate in the visual arts. A visual arts concentration requires additional courses—many of them studio courses—as well art history lectures.

Requirements For The Major In Art History With Concentration In Visual Arts

A minimum of twelve courses is required for the major in Art History with concentration in the Visual Arts:

Six Art History courses including:
BC 1001 and 1002 Introduction to Art History
One course in 19th or 20th Century Art
One seminar in art history

Five Studio courses including BC3530 Advanced Studio

BC3031 Imagery and Form in the Arts

BC3999 Independent Project

 

Art History senior thesis option for visual arts concentrators:

Art History Majors concentrating in Visual Arts may elect to substitute the Senior Thesis for the Senior Project.

To do this they must:

1. Notify their adviser of their intention to do so by the end of their junior year.

2. Take both Methods and Theories of Art History (BC3970) and the Senior Research Seminar (BC3959)
 

BARNARD COLLEGE STUDIO COURSE OFFERINGS

Note: Barnard studio courses are limited to 15 students with instructor’s permission. Instructor decides the roster on the first day of class.   For further information please contact the Barnard Art History Department @ arthistory@barnard.edu

AHIS BC 2005x-BC2007x Painting I and III
This course will focus on individual and collaborative projects designed to explore the fundamental principles of image making. Students acquire a working knowledge of concepts in contemporary art through class critiques, discussion, and individual meetings with the professor. Reading materials will provide historical and philosophical background to the class assignments. Class projects will range from traditional to experimental and multi-media. Image collections will be discussed in class with an awareness of contemporary image production. - J. Snitzer - Fall 2012, Fall 2013
3 points Course Limited to 15 Students. Permission of Instructor. Attend the first Class.

AHIS BC 2006y-BC2008y Painting II and IV
A continuation of painting I & III, open to all skill levels. Students will further develop techniques to communicate individual and collective ideas in painting. This course will focus on individual and collaborative projects designed to explore the fundamental principles of image making. Students acquire a working knowledge of traditional studio skills and related concepts in contemporary art through class critiques, discussion, and individual meetings with the professor. Reading materials will provide historical and philosophical background to the class assignments. Class projects will range from traditional to experimental and multi-media. Image collections will be discussed in class with an awareness of contemporary image production. - Julia Westerbeke - Spring 2013
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

AHIS BC2015y SYNTHESIS: AN APPROACH TO MIXED MEDIA
Synthesis: the composition, combination or transformation of parts or elements to form a whole. This studio course will explore the unique position of combining various mediums and techniques in the visual arts platform.  What does it mean to use principles of drawing in the making of a photograph? Why explore sculptural forms through the materiality of painting? The course will look closely at a select group of contemporary artists who move fluidly through various forms and modes of working.  The course consists of the following key areas: material, form, concept, intersection and synthesis. Through out the studio course, students will address conceptual, formal and process-oriented issues related to working across mediums in the visual arts. - Leslie Hewitt  
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

AHIS BC2001y DRAWING STUDIO: EXTENDED PROJECTS
This class will explore drawing as an open-ended way of working and thinking. The class is designed to expose students to the practice of drawing in our contemporary context. Though this is primarily a studio course, class critiques of student work are augmented by feedback from guest artists, lectures and museum/gallery trips. Throughout the semester, students will discuss their work one-on-one with the instructor and as a group. Starting with individual projects, we will investigate drawing as a practice involving diverse forms of visual culture and collaboration. - Leslie Hewitt
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

AHIS BC3003y SUPERVISED PROJECTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
This class is designed for students to conduct independent projects in photogray. Priority for enrollment to the class will be Barnard students who are enrolling in classes at ICP.  The cost of ICP will be covered by Barnard.  All of the other students enrolling in the course (CC, GS SOA) will be responsible for their own ICP course expenses. - John Miller
3 Points Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

BC3530 ADVANCED STUDIO
An interpretive study of the theoretical and critical issues in visual art. Projects that are modeled after major movements in contemporary art will be executed in the studio. Each student develops an original body of artwork and participates in group discussions of the assigned readings.  - J. Snitzer
3 Points. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Permission of the instructor. General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART). COURSE ONLY OPEN TO SENIOR BARNARD ART HISTORY and VISUAL ARTS MAJORS AND IS A BARNARD VISUAL ARTS MAJORS REQUIREMENT.

AHIS BC3999 INDEPENDENT PROJECT
COURSE ONLY OPEN TO SENIOR BARNARD ART HISTORY and VISUAL ARTS MAJORS AND IS A BARNARD VISUAL ARTS MAJORS REQUIREMENT.
3 points Enrollment limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required. Attend the first day of class.

Columbia University Visual Arts Department

Joan Snitzer, Director of the Visual Arts Program, can be reached by email at jsnitzer@barnard.edu.