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Course Catalog 2012 ÂŹ 2013

Table of Contents ÂŹ 2

24 St u d e n t L i f e

75 Co mmun ity Outr eac h

Office for Student Life

High School Summer Immersion

4 Introducing the College of Visual Arts

Peer Mentoring Program

Adult Community Education

Student Council


Campus Activities

77 Admin ist ratio n

Message from the President

Student Life Sponsored Events

Board of Trustees

Campus Location

Support Services

Campus Officers


Alumni Benefits

Academic Leaders

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Disclosure


Administrative Staff



BFA Degrees, Programs, and Course Descriptions

Application Process


85 Buildin gs an d Access

Admissions Information

Academic Support

Locations and Contacts

Enrollment Options


Scheduled Hours

Transfer Students

Emergency College Closings

International Students

70 I n st i t u t i o n al P o l ic i es

Evacuation Procedures

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Severe Weather Procedures

Maintenance of Work Areas



Aca demic Cal e nda r

28 Acad e m i c I n fo r mat i o n

Ban on Firearms

Crime Awareness and Campus Security

14 T uit ion Info r m ati o n

Act of 1990

Tuition and Fees

Disability Policy

Tuition Payment Policy

Exhibition and Publication of Work

Withdrawal Policy

FERPA and Confidentiality of Student Records

Grievance Procedures

17 F in a n c ia l A i d I nfo r m at i o n

Health Insurance

How Financial Aid is Determined

Immunization Law

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Military Service

Eligibility Requirements

No Smoking Policy

Available Financial Aid Programs

Noise Control

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Non-Discrimination Policy

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic

Safety on Campus

Progress Policy

Student Conduct Code

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Student Right-To-Know

89 D iscl aimer 90 In dex

Academic Calendar 2012-2013 ¬ 3

Please visit for the most current calendar information. There you will also find the academic and gallery calendars.

November 9


22 New Faculty Orientation 24


31 New Student Orientation 31 Incomplete Grades Due for Spring 2012

September 3

Labor Day – No Classes


Classes Begin at 8:00 a.m.

4-14 Academic Advising Weeks 7

CVA Welcome Back Party

7 Faculty/Staff Orientation 11

Last Day to Register


Last Day to Add or Drop a Class


Course Syllabi due in Registrar’s Office


Constitution Day

October 22-26


Thanksgiving Recess Begins – No Classes


Classes Resume at 8:00 a.m.


Senior Thesis Presentations Proposals Due

Validation Day: Last Day to Validate Fall Registration


Advising & Registration Day for Spring 2013 – No Classes

Fall Sem ester 20 12


Last Day to Withdraw from a Class

December 4-14

Academic Advising Weeks


Last Day of Classes

February 1

Course Syllabi due in Registrar’s Office

March 11-15

Mid-Term Week: Faculty Mid-Term Student Evaluations


Spring Break – No Classes


Classes Resume at 8:00 a.m.


Scholarship Award Ceremony


14 New Student Registration Program for


Last Day to Withdraw from a Class

Spring Admits


Advising & Registration Day for Fall 2013 –


No Classes

Junior Level Reviews 19

January 2013 2

Final Grades Due by 12 p.m.

Sprin g Sem e ster 20 1 3

January 4

Registration Day for Fall 2013 Foundation

Students 22-May 3 Academic Advising Weeks

May 2

Senior Celebration


Last Day of Classes

Commencement 3:30 p.m.

Last Day to Validate Spring Registration



Faculty/Staff Orientation


Foundation Level Reviews


New Student Orientation


Final Grades Due by 12 p.m.


Incomplete Grades Due for Fall 2012

Mid-Term Week: Faculty Mid-Term Student


Martin Luther King Day – No Classes



Classes Begin at 8:00 a.m.

22-Feb 1 Academic Advising Weeks 29

Last Day to Register


Last Day to Add or Drop a Class

Su m m er 20 1 3 May 20 – July 31 Summer Session for all Students

Introducing the College of Visual Arts

Introducing the College of Visual Arts ÂŹ 5

Missio n

The College of Visual Arts provides a collaborative environment that focuses on individual student development by fully integrating the study of the liberal arts and the visual arts. We cultivate a worldview that recognizes the value of art and design in promoting pride in place and responsible citizenship.

Introducing the College of Visual Arts ÂŹ 6

M e ssag e fro m th e Pr esid ent We live in a visual world where creative expression is manifested in the simple things that surround us. The trained artist or designer thinks beyond the first rendition of an idea, testing the limits of their creative powers to respond to what is unseen by most of us, making it perceptible.

I invite you to join CVA. This is an exciting time to

corporations such as Target, 3M, Best Buy, General

be an artist and designer. I look forward to seeing you

Mills, Lawson Software, and Medtronic.

on campus.

Ann Ledy

professionals and cultural institutions to take best

President and Chief Academic Officer

advantage of the resources in the vibrant Twin Cities

CVA collaborates with art and design

area, enriching the opportunities and experiences

Cam pus Lo catio n

available to students.

At the College of Visual Arts we pride ourselves

CVA is located in the beautiful Summit Avenue and

in providing an environment that stimulates

Ramsey Hill neighborhoods of Saint Paul. The college

creative problem solving through experiential

is close to Grand and Selby avenues and downtown

The College of Visual Arts is accredited by the

learning, research, and visual analysis. We recognize

Saint Paul. Students who need housing have a wide

National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

the individual talents of all of our students and

choice of affordable apartments, duplexes, and single-

support their creative development within a clearly

family homes.

The College of Visual Arts is accredited by the Higher

sequenced curriculum in graphic design, illustration,

Learning Commission, a commission of the North

photography, fine arts, and interdisciplinary art and

other metropolitan communities. Students can easily

Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

design studies.

get around on a public transportation system that is

HLC may be reached at:

The liberal arts are a key component to a CVA

fast and affordable; excellent biking trails are also

education. They are fully integrated throughout

available. The Twin Cities area has all the resources

The Higher Learning Commission

the curriculum and foster critical thinking in art

of a major metropolitan area, including cultural and

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

and design. In the studio, students acquire the

educational institutions and professional sports.

Chicago, IL 60604

skills necessary to explore their ideas and execute

their concepts. Through professional studies

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center,

and internships they are prepared to enter the

and other museums and galleries offer a rich cultural

professional world of art and design. What sets a

experience. With more theaters per capita than New

CVA graduate apart from other emerging artists and

York City, theater abounds. Concert venues and clubs

designers is their strong work ethic, coupled with an

feature classical, jazz, folk, contemporary, and many

unquenchable curiosity and skilled resourcefulness.

other types of music.

CVA alumni are community leaders, setting the pace

for change and innovation in art, design, and

creative employment opportunities, including design


studios, ad agencies, web providers, and major

The college is also close to Minneapolis and

The Twin Cities is a showcase for all the arts. The

The area has a large number of businesses with

Accr editatio n

Min n e sota O ffice o f Hig h er Edu catio n D isclosu r e The College of Visual Arts is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


Admissions ÂŹ 8

The College of Visual Arts welcomes applications from prospective students interested in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art or design. All applications for admission are evaluated on the basis of a portfolio review, statement of interest, and records of academic aptitude and performance. Admissions decisions are individualized and take into account all aspects of the applicant’s background.

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Applicatio n Pro cess

Statement of Interest

Test Scores

Application Form and Fee

A prospective student is required to submit an

The college’s ACT code is 6117 and the SAT code

essay that describes the student’s goals, and what

is 6147. An ACT or SAT score is required for

the student finds exciting about art and design. If

all applicants unless otherwise notified by the

applicable, the essay may also address any unusual

Admissions Office, with one exception: Transfer

circumstances that may have affected an applicant’s

applicants who have successfully completed 30 or

academic performance. One or two pages are

more college credits at an accredited institution are

recommended for this statement of interest. CVA

not required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Students initiate the admissions process by submitting a completed application form with a $40 nonrefundable application fee. A paper application form can be obtained from CVA’s Admissions Office or you may apply online at admissions/online_application/. Application fee waivers are available to those that qualify. Please see application_fee_waiver/ for more information.

We suggest that students complete all application

offers several workshops throughout the year to assist applicants in writing the statement of interest.

Academic Transcripts

Portfolio Review A portfolio for admission into CVA is required and may include, but is not limited to drawing, painting,

requirements within two weeks following the

All applicants must present proof of high school

graphic design work, digital work, photography,

submission of the application form. Please note the

graduation or its equivalent. A valid academic

printmaking, sculpture, websites, video, and

February 15 priority scholarship deadline for the fall

transcript – official and sealed – must be sent directly

documentation of installation. Applicants may

semester and December 1 priority deadline for the

to the CVA Admissions Office. (Please note that

choose to submit a variety of media or concentrate

spring semester.

transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” are NOT

on just one. Portfolios should include twelve to

considered official.)

twenty examples of artwork and applicants may also

supplement portfolios with sketchbooks.

If a student has not completed high school, she/

he must submit General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

scores in addition to the official high school transcript.

classes throughout the year to assist applicants to

build a portfolio. Students wishing to enhance their

If the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree at a U.S.

CVA offers multiple drawing workshops and

college or university, s/he need not furnish a high

portfolio for admission should strongly consider

school transcript, but will need to provide an official

attending one of CVA’s workshops, offered in the

college transcript.

fall and winter, and/or our high school summer immersion classes. Information on workshops and summer classes can be found on the CVA website or by contacting the Admissions Office.

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A portfolio can be reviewed on campus, online, or sent through the mail. On campus reviews take place at CVA by appointment with the Admissions Office. Applicants may bring original work, photographs, or Macintosh-compatible CD/DVD. It is recommended that an applicant use photographs or digital images to represent oversize, three-dimensional, or digital work. Online portfolios are also accepted provided each image is labeled with title, size, and medium.

Applicants mailing a portfolio should not send

original artwork as items may be damaged while in transit and cannot be returned. Alternately, applicants can send Macintosh-compatible CDs of their work to the attention of the Admissions Office. A numbered

Tuition Deposit Payment of a $200 tuition deposit secures a position at CVA for accepted applicants and allows new students to register for classes. This deposit is applied to the first semester tuition cost. The balance of the semester’s tuition is due no later than Validation, which takes place at New Student Orientation (please see the calendar for these dates.) Deposits received before May 1 for fall semester or before December 1 for spring semester are refundable. Deposits received after May 1 or December 1 are non-refundable, except if requested within three days of payment.

while developing self-confidence, self-advocacy, and lifelong learning skills.

En ro llm ent Optio ns

Full-time Students Students are considered full time when they carry at least 12 credits per semester. To graduate within four years, a student must take six semesters of 15 credits each and two semesters of 18 credits each.

Part-time Students Students are considered part time if they are enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester. Students are

medium, and date of completion must be included

Admission on Conditional Acceptance

with CD/DVD.

CVA offers conditional acceptance to students who

show artistic potential but in some other respect do

being fully immersed in CVA’s artistic and academic

Ad missio ns In fo r matio n

not meet CVA’s academic standards. Conditional

Acceptance Notification

acceptance allows students who would otherwise be

Applicant files are evaluated on a rolling basis.

successfully handle a rigorous curriculum. Students

Applicants who have submitted all application

admitted conditionally must maintain a minimum

materials by the priority deadline (February 15 for

grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

fall or December 1 for spring) will be notified of the

(or C average) by the end of their first semester of

admissions status within two weeks after fulfilling

enrollment. If the student meets this requirement, the

their application requirements. CVA will continue to

conditional status is removed. If the student is unable

accept applications after the March 1 and December

to fulfill this requirement, the student is suspended.

1 priority deadlines unless or until maximum

enrollment is achieved.

College Art Prep for Success (CAPS) program. CAPS

inventory, detailing the title of each piece, size,

declined admission a chance to prove that they can

Conditionally accepted students participate in the

participants develop study skills and work habits critical to maximizing their educational experience

able to pursue a degree on a part-time basis but students who attend full time may benefit from community.

Second Degree Students CVA frequently enrolls students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at another institution. Second degree students come to CVA from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, including persons with considerable professional experience, as well as individuals with limited art and design experience. Second degree students are subject to the same policies as degree-seeking students and must meet all standard admissions criteria. Contact the Admissions Office for specific application instructions.

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Non-degree Students

Tr ansfer Stu d ents

Students who do not plan to pursue a BFA degree

Transfer students must have official, sealed

may enroll in classes on a space-available basis and

transcripts sent to CVA from their high school

with permission of the appropriate department

and all post-secondary institutions attended.

chair. Non-degree students do not need to complete

Once all admissions materials have been received

all of the general admissions procedures, but must

and a student has been accepted into the college,

submit a CVA application. Non-degree students are

an official evaluation of transfer credit will be

not eligible for financial aid and are subject to the

provided. Applicants may transfer a maximum

same tuition structure as part-time degree seeking

of 60 semester credits. Academic credits earned

students. Non-degree students must meet prerequisite

at other regionally accredited post-secondary

International students are encouraged to

requirements to enroll in courses or receive approval

institutions will be considered for transfer credit

apply for admission as early as possible. Please

from the appropriate department chair. An individual

if the applicant received a “C” or above and if

note the February 15 priority scholarship

interested in enrolling as a non-degree student should

the course is appropriate to CVA’s curriculum.

deadline for the fall semester and December 1

contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Remedial and developmental course credits will

priority deadline for the spring semester.

not be accepted. Students seeking to transfer studio

credits must submit a portfolio that displays the

will be issued once a student is accepted and the

work done in each course they wish to transfer.

$200 tuition deposit has been received. In addition

The Admissions Office, in conjunction with

to general admission requirements, international

faculty, reviews student work based on the official

applicants must also submit the following:

Spring/Summer Foundation Year Students may begin the first year Foundation Program in the spring semester, completing the second semester of the Foundation Program in the summer. This option gives students the opportunity to continue as sophomores at the start of the next academic year in the fall. Students participating in the Spring/ Summer Foundation Program must commit to both the spring and summer semesters.

Transfer portfolios for all prospective studio credits should be submitted before the beginning of the term for which the student is seeking admission, as the transfer credits may affect the student’s registration status. Guidelines for the transfer portfolio preparation are available from the Admissions Office.

Inter natio nal Stu d ents

The I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa

transcripts, the quality and the equivalency of the work shown in the transfer portfolio. Credits are not

1. P roof of English Language Proficiency: A solid command of oral and written English is necessary

automatically transferred and are awarded on an individual basis.

for success in CVA’s programs. Unless English is

a prospective student’s first language, the following minimum score is required.

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TOEFL Paper: 550

TOEFL Computer: 213

TOEFL iBT: 79-80

IELTS: 6.0

The college’s TOEFL code number is 6108.

Students whose scores fall below the minimum are required to participate in the completion of

Credit Load for International Students International students with F-1 or J-1 status are required to carry 15 credits, since falling below full time status will cause that student to be classified “Out-of-Status” under SEVIS regulations.

Participation Requirements: •

High school senior

Minimum 3.2 GPA

Complete PSEO requirements

PSEO students may enroll in one or both of the PSEO classes offered, but must make a two semester, year-long commitment. Classes meet twice a week,

program though the Global Language Institute

Transfer Credit for International Students


Students wishing to transfer credits taken outside the

liberal arts classes are one hour and twenty minutes.

United States must have an equivalency evaluation

Although CVA offers both morning and afternoon

performed by a recognized organization providing

classes, we cannot guarantee class times until

Diplomas, transcripts, financial statements,

such services. The Admissions Office can refer

registration in June.

and letters must be submitted in certified

students to organizations providing evaluations.

the English and academic preparation instruction

2. Certified Translation of all Documents:

translations. 3. Declaration of Finances: International students must submit an official affidavit and appropriate bank statement verifying adequate funds to cover tuition, fees, housing, and supplies for one academic year. Financial declarations must be submitted in U.S. currency.

classes are two hours and fifty minutes in length and

Fall PSEO course options:

English translations. The Admissions Office can refer students to organizations providing such

Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Studio

P ostseco n dary En ro llm ent Optio ns (PSEO) Pro g r am

FD112: Foundation Drawing I [3 credits]

A H120: Prehistoric through Medieval Art History [3 credits]

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a Minnesota Department of Education program that allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. CVA’s PSEO program offers qualified high school seniors a challenging and rewarding introduction to art and design school. High school students interested in building a portfolio for art and design school admission and earning credit towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at CVA are encouraged to apply.

Spring PSEO course options: •

FD113: Foundation Drawing II [3 credits] Prerequisite FD112

A H121: Renaissance through Modern Art History [3 credits] Prerequisite AH120

Please see course descriptions for more detail on these offerings.

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PSEO Admission Requirements

Accepted Students


College of Visual Arts PSEO Application

Once a student is accepted into the PSEO program,

All textbooks and equipment provided to

Minnesota Board of Education PSEO

they become a member of the CVA community. The

PSEO participants during the semester remain the property of CVA.

Registration Form

student takes part in New Student Orientation, the

Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form

Peer Mentorship program, and is given an academic

A rt Teacher Recommendation Form

advisor. Students are responsible, in consultation

Official High School Transcript

with their high school counselor, to ensure that the

Interview and Portfolio Review

courses taken at CVA will be sufficient to meet their

(please call for an appointment)

high school graduation requirements. CVA is not

responsible for fulfilling the student’s high school We encourage students to complete the PSEO

requirements for graduation.

application process before May 1. There are limited

spaces available and are filled on a first come basis.

school schedule before CVA registration in July.

Each student is asked to clarify his or her high

Class space is limited and class times are assigned

PSEO Portfolio Review Students should include five to ten examples of artwork that reflect a prospective student’s imagination, originality, and conceptual skills. The portfolio may include drawing, painting, illustration, mixed media, digital work, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video.

depending on space availability. Class times are never guaranteed and registration priority is given to currently enrolled students. PSEO students must request in writing from the CVA registrar that an official copy of their CVA transcript be sent to their high school.

Acceptance into the CVA PSEO program does

not guarantee acceptance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program at the College of Visual Arts. All students interested in the BFA program must go through the BFA admissions process.

Tuition Information

Tuition Information ¬ 15

20 12-20 1 3 Tuitio n an d Fees Full-time tuition (12-18 credits per semester) and fees for 2012-2013 are as follows:

FD122 3-D Design Elements Kit . . . . . . $


Late Registration Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 100 Parking Permit (additional) . . . . . . . . $ 5


Students who take more than 18 credits per semester will be charged the full time semester tuition plus an additional $1,100 per credit over 18 credits. Part-time (less than 12 credits per semester) or are auditing (enrolling without credit) tuition for 2012-2013 are as follows:


Internship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1,000 Non-credit/audit tuition (per credit) . . $


Student fee (per course) . . . . . . . . . . $


who began enrollment at CVA in Spring 2013. These

due will be adjusted at that time and a revised billing

students are eligible for financial aid, including CVA

statement will be mailed to the student. If tuition and

grants and scholarships, as offered in the Spring–

fees are not paid in full by the due date, a late fee of

Summer financial aid award.

$100 will be charged to the student’s account.

Full-time tuition (12-18 credits) and fees for Summer

Please remit payment to: The College of Visual Arts,

Full-time tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 12,581 Student fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 300 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 12,881

summer term. Part-time students, seeking financial

Academic transcript fee . . . . . . . . . . $


Graduation fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $


Late tuition payment fee . . . . . . . . . . $


Locker rental deposit . . . . . . . . . . . . $


Photo ID replacement fee . . . . . . . . . $


PH316 Digital Photography fee . . . . . . $


FD101b 2-D Design/Digital Kit . . . . . . $


FD112 Drawing I Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . $


Attn: Business Office, 344 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

assistance if they are enrolled part-time for the

The following fees may be incurred at CVA:

financial aid already approved for the student. If changes are made to the financial aid, the amount

In general, students are not eligible for grant

Additional Fees

provided on a billing statement and reflect anticipated

Full-time tuition rates apply to Foundation students

2013 are as follows:

Part-time tuition (per credit) . . . . . . . $ 1,258

Tuition and fee charges are due thirty days prior to the beginning of each semester. Total charges are

Full-time tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 25,161 Student fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $

Tuitio n Pay m ent P o licy

assistance for the summer term, should contact the Financial Aid Office prior to the beginning of the term. Part-time tuition (1.5-10.5 credits) and fees for Summer 2013 are as follows: Part-time tuition $ 2,000 per class ($667 per credit) Student fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60 per class

With d r awal P o licy A student who completely withdraws during the fall or spring term will be assessed tuition on the following schedule: 1st through 6th day of class . . . . . . . .


7th through 11th day of class . . . . . . .


12th through 16th day of class . . . . . .


17th through 21st day of class . . . . . . .


22nd through 26th day of class . . . . . .


27th through 31st day of class . . . . . . .


After 31st day of class . . . . . . . . . . . 100%

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Return of Federal Funds Policy

Withdrawal Date A withdrawal date must be determined for the

A federal financial aid recipient who withdraws

purpose of returning Title IV funds, state funds, and

from the college before completing 60% of a term

calculating institutional charges. The withdrawal

will be required to return a portion of the federal

date is determined at the time a student completes an

financial aid received for that term. The amount owed

official CVA withdrawal form or otherwise notifies the

is calculated through a formula called the Federal

college in writing of the intent to withdraw. Should

Return of Title IV Funds Refund Calculation. The

a student fail to notify the college of the withdrawal,

types of assistance included under this policy

the withdrawal date is considered to be the last date

are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal

of participation in an academically related activity. If

Direct Student Loans, and the Federal Direct PLUS

this date cannot be determined, the withdrawal date


shall be considered the midpoint of the term.

A student considering withdrawal is

encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office for information about the financial consequences of withdrawing from the college.

Should a student elect to completely withdraw

from CVA and the refund calculation determines that funds are owed to the college, he or she must pay the amount due within 10 business days after the date of withdrawal. Any account balance not satisfied within this time will be turned over to CVA’s collection agency for immediate payment.

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Information ÂŹ 18

CVA believes that every accepted student should have the opportunity to enroll at the college, regardless of financial need. Through a program of scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and the Tuition Management Systems Monthly Payment Plan, CVA provides a comprehensive approach to assist students in any financial situation. The Financial Aid Office works to develop a financial aid package that best meets each student’s specific financial needs.

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H ow Finan cial Aid is D eter min ed

E stimated Cost o f Atten dan ce

Eligib ilit y R eq uir em ents

The following are the direct and estimated

To be eligible for financial aid through CVA,

A student must complete the Free Application for

indirect costs for full-time students in

a student must:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After the FAFSA has

the 2012-2013 academic year:

a. Be enrolled in a CVA degree program

b. Complete the Free Application for Federal

been submitted, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the student and to CVA. The Financial Aid

Direct Costs

Student Aid (FAFSA)

Office uses this information to determine a student’s

Full-time tuition per year . . . . . . . . . $ 25,161

c. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

financial aid award.

Student fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 600

d. Be registered with Selective Service (if you are

Estimated indirect expenses

The Financial Aid Office calculates financial

need by taking the total cost of attendance minus

*Books/supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 2,595

the expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC,

*Room and board . . . . . . . . . . . $ 6,750

reported on the SAR, is used as an index to determine

*Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1,461

eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study programs.

*Miscellaneous/personal . . . . . . . $ 2,997

Total Cost of Attendance . . . . . . . . $ 39,564

The Financial Aid Office uses as the EFC, grade

a male)

e. Not be in default on any educational loan or

f. Maintain satisfactory academic progress

owe a refund on any federal or state grant towards a degree Some types of financial aid may require full-time

level, and course load to determine sources of aid available to each student. The Financial Aid Office

Direct costs—tuition and fees—are billed by CVA.

enrollment. Financial aid is prorated for part-time

will mail the completed financial aid award to the

Estimated costs identified by an asterisk (*) are not

students according to their course load. Financial aid

student’s permanent address.

charged by the college, and may vary for each student

for students seeking a second degree is limited to the

depending upon living arrangements and individual

CVA Grant and student loans.


A student must reapply annually for all types of

financial aid. Each January, new financial aid forms and applications are distributed for the next fall term. Returning students who wish to apply for aid should complete their financial aid application by April 15 for priority consideration.

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Avail ab le Finan cial Aid Pro g r ams

Scholarship Programs

Excellence in Scholarship Exhibition

At CVA, we strive to recognize both academic and

Enrolled students who participate in the annual

Need-Based Gift Aid

artistic merit of our students. In order to do so, a

Excellence in Scholarship Exhibition are eligible for

variety of scholarship programs are awarded to

the Excellence in Scholarship Award. All awards are

incoming students.

made for the following academic year. At the time of

Federal Pell Grant: The federal government awards Pell Grants to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a degree-granting program and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Full-time enrollment for this grant is 12 credits per semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): FSEOG is a federally sponsored program administered by the college. Students must be eligible for a Pell Grant in order to qualify. Awards are based on financial need, availability of funds, and the amount of aid received from other sources.

Minnesota State Grant: This grant is available to Minnesota residents only (the program determines residency). State grant guidelines determine the amount of the award based on need and credit load. Full time enrollment for the Minnesota State Grant is 15 credits per semester.

CVA Grant: CVA awards tuition grants in varying amounts to enrolled students, based on demonstrated financial need. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required for retaining the CVA Grant. CVA Grant recipients must submit the FAFSA and complete the CVA Financial Aid Application no later than April 15 each year in order to renew the grant.

application, qualified students must be enrolled full CVA Academic Scholarship: $2,000

time and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. In

The CVA Academic Scholarship recognizes students

order to receive the award, students must maintain

who have achieved academically in high school

full time status and a 3.5 GPA throughout the award

or college. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded at


the time of admission to CVA students who have a

cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

awards, special named scholarships are awarded

to recognize outstanding achievement in a particular

Academic Scholarship recipients can compete for

In addition to the Excellence in Scholarship

additional scholarship by submitting a scholarship

discipline. A faculty committee selects recipients

application and portfolio prior to February 15.

who are announced in March at the annual CVA

Scholarship applications will be judged by a jury of

Scholarship Award Ceremony.

CVA faculty members. Scholarship applicants may be

Self-Help Aid

eligible for the following awards: CVA Faculty Scholarship:


CVA Presidential Scholarship:


CVA Trustee’s Scholarship:


All scholarships are renewable for up to four years to students who maintain a cumulative GPA at CVA of 3.0 or higher and are enrolled full time. New Student Scholarships do not apply to some study abroad opportunities. Please see the Financial Aid Office for more information.

College Work-Study: Federal, state, and college funds provide part-time, on and off campus employment opportunities for students. Award amounts are based upon availability of funds. Federal and state programs require that a student demonstrate financial need.

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Federal Direct Student Loan: Provides longterm, low interest loans through the U.S. Department of Education. Repayment of this loan begins six months after graduation or if enrollment status falls below half time. Interest does not accrue on a Subsidized Direct Student Loan while the student is enrolled at least half time. Interest accrues on Unsubsidized Direct Student Loans while the student is still in school. However, the student has the option of making interest payments while in school. If no payments are made, accrued interest will be capitalized.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Parents of dependent students who need additional funds to meet education expenses may be eligible to borrow up to the total cost of education (direct costs + estimated indirect costs) through this program. The interest rate for this loan is fixed at 7.9%. Repayment typically begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement for each year and lasts 120 months. The PLUS loan is obtained through the school from the U.S. Department of Education.

Alternative Loan Programs: A variety of lenders provide student loans for up to the cost of attendance. Interest rates and terms vary by lender. CVA’s Financial Aid Office encourages students to research the best loan terms, and should visit the Financial Aid Office to finalize the loan.

For more information about educational loans or

work-study, or for an application, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

H ow to Apply fo r Finan cial Aid Step 1: Complete the CVA Application for Financial Aid, available in the Financial Aid Office or on the Financial Aid website forms_and_resources/.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at CVA’s school code is 007462. If you do not want to submit your FAFSA online, you may request a FAFSA booklet from the Financial Aid Office and submit your completed form to the Financial Aid Office for processing.

If you already completed the FAFSA and did

not include CVA as one of your college choices, call 800.433.3243 or go online to to request a copy of your SAR sent to the CVA Financial Aid Office.

Your FAFSA may be selected for a process called

verification. One out of every three applicants

NOTE: It is recommended that you submit the

FAFSA after you and your parents, if applicable, have completed current federal income tax forms (1040). If the tax forms are not complete, you may estimate the financial portion of the application.

Please contact the CVA Financial Aid Office

should you have any questions. You are invited to arrange an appointment for a review of your aid application. During the review you will be given an estimate of your costs and financial aid eligibility.

Step 3: To apply for the Federal Direct Student Loan, you must complete student loan entrance counseling and complete the Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at If you are unable to complete the process online, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Finan cial Aid Satisfacto ry Acad emic Pro g r e ss P o licy

is selected for this process. If your application is

Satisfactory academic progress is defined as

selected, the CVA Financial Aid Office will contact you

progressing in a positive manner towards fulfilling

requesting various documents. Please note that your

the requirements of a degree program. There are

financial aid file will be placed in “hold status” until

two components to measure academic progress.

all the required information is received by the

The first is a qualitative measure by use of the

Financial Aid Office.

cumulative grade point average (GPA); the second is the quantitative measurement that is determined by the number of credits successfully completed.

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Qualitative Requirements (GPA) A student is required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for courses taken at the College of Visual Arts. Letter grades of A through F are included in the cumulative GPA. Grades of I (Incomplete), S (Passing), U (Not

Full-time enrollment for financial aid purposes

is 12 or more credits per term. Please note that 15 credits per semester is considered full time enrollment for the Minnesota State Grant Program.

Academic Progress Review

Financial Aid Appeal Process A student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress and is suspended from financial aid may appeal based upon unusual or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. A student must submit a written appeal and supporting

passing), Au (Audit), and W (Withdrawal) do

Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the end

documentation to the Director of Financial Aid within

not carry a numerical value and do not affect the

of each academic year, after spring semester grades

30 days of notification of financial aid suspension. The

GPA. If a course is repeated, the second grade

have been posted. A student who fails to meet the

Financial Aid Committee will review all financial aid

is used in calculating the cumulative GPA.

progress standard will be notified in writing no later

appeal requests and will provide a written decision

than 4 weeks after the progress review.

to the student within 10 business days after receipt

qualitative requirements will first be made at the end

of the request. The student may file a written appeal

of spring semester in the student’s second academic

Financial Aid Office defines completed credit hours

of the decision of the Financial Aid Committee with

year and will be assessed at the end of each academic

and cumulative GPA in the same manner as the

the vice president of the College of Visual Arts. This

year thereafter.

Registrar’s Office. Students should refer to the

appeal must be submitted to the vice president within

Registrar’s section of the catalog for clarification on

10 business days after the decision of the Financial

these items.

Aid Committee. The vice president will provide a

Determination as to whether a student meets the

Quantitative Requirements (Course Completion Rate) A student is expected to earn his or her degree

In determining satisfactory progress, the

written decision to the student within 10 business

Financial Aid Suspension

within 150 percent of the estimated length of the

A student who does not achieve the necessary

program (maximum six years). In order to meet this

requirements for satisfactory academic progress

requirement, a student must successfully complete at

is placed on financial aid suspension and will lose

least 67 percent of attempted credits each term. This

eligibility for financial aid. A student may regain

will be calculated by dividing the cumulative credits

eligibility for assistance after demonstrating the

earned by the cumulative credits attempted. Accepted

ability to maintain the standards of this policy. A

transfer credits are included in the calculation of a

student who exceeds the maximum published length

student’s course completion rate.

of the program (six years) is placed on financial aid

Determination as to whether or not a student

meets the quantitative requirements will be made at the end of the spring semester in the student’s first academic year and will be assessed at the end of each academic year thereafter.


days after receipt of the appeal. All decisions made at this stage of the appeal process are final.

Fr eq u ently Ask ed Q u e stio ns an d Answers 1. How do I apply for financial aid?

Complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and the CVA Financial Aid Application. Both applications are available in the CVA Financial Aid Office or at the CVA Financial Aid website. You must reapply no later than April 15 each year in order to continue receiving financial aid.

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2. Am I required to report my parents’

4. W hat types of financial aid are available

information on the FAFSA?

7. How will I be notified of my financial

at CVA?

aid award?

You are required to report parent information unless you meet one of the following criteria:

assistance in the form of grants, scholarships,

permanent address detailing the type and

a. You are 24 years of age by December 31 of the

work-study, student loans, and a loan for parents

amount of assistance you are eligible to receive.

to those who qualify. Students at CVA usually

When you receive your award letter, you

receive a combination of aid depending upon

will have the option to refuse and/or ask for

financial need.

adjustments to all or a portion of your aid award.

year you are applying for aid.

b. You have at least one bachelor’s degree and are

c. You are married.

d. You have children or other dependents who

working on a master’s or doctorate program.

receive more than half of their support from

A n eligibility notice will be mailed to your

Estimated billing information is also enclosed 5. What does the EFC mean?

with the initial notice of aid. Awards are typically

T he Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the

mailed within two weeks of FAFSA filing,

result of a federal calculation that takes into

beginning March 1.


C VA offers federal, state, and institutional

e. Both parents are deceased, or until the age of

account many factors, such as household income,

18 you were a ward/dependent of the court.

assets, number in household, and the number in

8. How will I receive my financial aid?

f. You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

college. The result of this calculation, the EFC,

g. You are/were an emancipated minor.

is an index number used to determine financial

on a semester basis. If a credit balance results

h. You have been determined to be an

need and eligibility for most sources of financial

from the application of all of your financial aid

unaccompanied youth who is homeless or at

aid. Your EFC is reported on your Student Aid

received, the Business Office will generate a

risk of being homeless.

Report (SAR).

refund check after the six-day drop/add period.

If you are unsure of your status or have

6. How is financial need determined?

extenuating circumstances, please contact the

Financial Aid Office.

Financial need is determined by your FAFSA, and your calculated EFC. Need is determined by taking the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books,

3. W hat if my financial situation has changed

supplies, living/personal expenses) minus your

and will affect my ability to pay for college?

EFC. Once the financial need is determined, the

If your income has decreased by a significant

Financial Aid Office determines what types and

amount from the previous year or if you have

the amount of aid to offer.

unexpected circumstances, you may complete an appeal form which is available on the Financial Aid and Resources page of the CVA website.

Financial aid is disbursed to your student account

Student Life

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O ffice fo r Stu d ent Life

Stu d ent Co u n cil

The director for student life is available to support

The Student Council at CVA supports the mission

overall student wellness and to advise students on

of the Office for Student Life by sponsoring and

The Office for Student Life works with the Student

non-academic student-centered issues at the college.

coordinating events, programs, and open forum

Council to sponsor social and cultural events

The director provides support and referral services, is

discussions for enrolled students. The Student

throughout the school year. Annual trips include visits

a confidential resource for students, and is available

Council creates leadership opportunities and provides

to apple orchards and corn mazes in the fall and snow

for a range of services including conflict mediation

a venue for students to express their interests and

tubing and sledding in the winter. Weekly bowling

and assisting students in adjusting to college life.

concerns. Elections are held for representatives from

events, themed balls, and student mixers take place

each academic major program. Each Foundation

throughout the year. Triathlon Club, Illustration Club,

to international and exchange students, oversees

section also elects representatives to the council. The

and Bowling Club meet regularly. Students interested

disability services, Student Council, campus activities,

president and vice president are selected through

in creating a club or organization are encouraged (and

counseling and referral services, the Peer Mentoring

school-wide election.

required) to meet with the director for student life.

Cam pus Activitie s

Su pp o r t Service s

CVA encourages students to become involved with

Counseling and Referral Services

The director for student life is also CVA’s advisor

Stu d ent Life Sp o nso r ed Events

program, and manages the student lounge in the Blair Arcade. The Office for Student Life is open throughout the year. It is best for a student to make an appointment with the director, but walk-in visits are welcome on a first-come, first served basis.

Peer M ento rin g Pro g r am

programs and events sponsored by the college and other organizations. Events planned by the Office for Student Life and the Student Council provide opportunities for getting to know other students in a

Peer mentors are college work-study students, trained

variety of social, cultural, and educational settings.

to help connect newly enrolled students to the

Involvement with student groups, such as the

academic and social terrain of CVA, the art and design

Minnesota chapter of the AIGA, allows CVA students

community, and the Twin Cities area. Peer mentors

to network with some of the leading minds in the

are responsible for sponsoring social activities for the

graphic arts community.

Foundation cohort as well as for meeting individually with every new student on a regular basis during their first year at the college. Three peer mentors are assigned to each Foundation section.

In an effort to better meet every student’s personal needs, CVA has a special referral arrangement with a licensed psychologist, Dr. Greg Stern. Dr. Stern’s office is conveniently located at 366 Selby Avenue, near the CVA campus. Whether a student needs a single appointment, just someone to talk to, or long-term therapy, Dr. Stern can offer assistance. Insurance is accepted. Dr. Stern’s telephone number is 651.208.9611.

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Disability Services



Early self-disclosure of learning, psychological,

CVA makes every effort to connect students with area

The college assigns each student an email address

or physical disability is an integral component

apartment owners, managers, and local residents

with the domain. Students are

for success at college. CVA provides a supportive

willing to rent. Many students currently reside in

required to use this address when communicating

environment for students with disabilities. The

apartment buildings in close proximity to the college

with CVA faculty and staff. New students will receive

director for student life coordinates requests from

facilities. The Office for Student Life will provide

their email address and password during summer

students. A student requesting services should

current housing information upon request. Housing

registration. Returning students will retain their

schedule an appointment with the director for

information can also be found in the Student Life

address from year to year. A student can contact his

student life as soon as possible so that appropriate

section of the CVA website.

or her advisor with questions about the email service. For information regarding how to use student email,

accommodations can be determined. Students are required to submit a Request for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities form, available in the Office for Student Life, and attach appropriate documentation from a physician or other professional. Failure to provide required documentation may result in delayed or denied services. The information will then be evaluated and appropriate accommodations will be determined. This information may also be used to determine if a student might need additional assistance in other areas such as placement exams and course registration. All information and documentation relating to disabilities is confidential and is not released without the student’s written consent. Submission of the appropriate form and documentation does not guarantee accommodation, except as required by law.

Lockers Lockers are available in the Grotto Studios on a firstcome, first-served basis. Students are responsible for

please contact CVA’s digital tutor.


the care and appearance of their assigned lockers.

Student mailboxes are located on the first floor of the

Lockers must be emptied of all items at the end of

Summit Building. At the beginning of each academic

the academic year or at the time of withdrawal from

year, students are assigned a new mailbox. Students

the college. CVA does not accept responsibility for

are responsible for checking their mailboxes on a

lost or stolen property or property left in lockers. A

regular basis for telephone messages, notes from

$10 deposit is required to obtain a locker and will be

faculty or staff, and registration information. Items

refunded upon the return of the lock at the end of

placed in mailboxes are considered confidential.

the semester or academic year. For information on

The college is not responsible for students not

obtaining a locker, contact the Registrar’s Office.

receiving messages, notes, memos, etc. Any questions concerning student mailboxes can be directed to the

Key Fob A keyless entry system fob is required for access to the buildings at CVA. A key fob will be issued to all new students at Validation. There is a $25.00 charge for replacing a lost key fob. The key fob remains the property of CVA and must be returned when the student graduates or withdraws from the college.

Registrar’s Office.

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Alu m ni B en efits Alumni from the College of Visual Arts are a valued and recognized part of the college’s community. CVA is proud of alumni achievements in the world of art and design and seeks to be an asset for alumni success. CVA welcomes alumni interest, support, and assistance.

Alumni may benefit from the educational and

professional environment at the college. These benefits include: Benefits: 1. Auditing a Class: Alumni are allowed to audit classes on a pass/fail basis. Tuition is waived for the first audited class. Alumni will be expected to pay any course fee that may apply. Enrollment depends upon space availability and satisfaction of all financial obligations to CVA. To register for a class, alumni should contact the Registrar’s Office. 2. Library Privileges: Alumni may use the library. They may check out items including books, slides, videos, and magazines and have access to various online databases. Library access, however, does not include interlibrary loan requests. For more information contact the library director. 3. Computer Lab Access: Alumni may use the college computer labs during regular building hours. Priority is first given to scheduled classes and currently enrolled students.

4. Photography Facilities Access: Darkroom access

In order to initiate and maintain these benefits

is a privilege meant to help alumni progress with

alumni should:

their personal artwork, develop a portfolio, or

1. Update the Alumni Office (

build a body of work. Access is granted during

with current address, telephone number,

regular building hours. Fees will be determined

and email address. Alumni may also include

by the photo technician, depending on the

the URL for their personal home page or

amount of use by the alumnus. Eligibility for

their place of employment. A link to this

certain areas and equipment is based upon

website will be added to the CVA Alumni

previous CVA course experience. Access includes

website page. Sharing information such as

the darkroom, copy camera room, mounting

new jobs, gallery shows, and other personal

room, and photo studio. Alumni are required to

accomplishments is also welcomed!

follow procedures as outlined in darkroom policy. 2. If alumni wish to use CVA facilities, they 5. P rintmaking Shop Access: The print shop

should visit the Registrar’s Office during

welcomes alumni to make prints and use

regular office hours to update their CVA ID.

processes learned in previous CVA courses.

Alumni will also need to pay a refundable

There is a per semester fee, determined by

deposit of $25 to receive a keyless entry

the printmaking coordinator for the use of the

system fob. A CVA ID and the key fob will be

printmaking facilities. Access is granted during

required for access to the library and labs.

regular building hours. The equipment that is available will vary from semester to semester. Access to the printmaking shop is a privilege meant to help alumni progress with their personal artwork, develop a portfolio, or build a body of work. Use of the facilities for extensive or commercial production is not permitted, due to limited work and storage space and consumable supplies. Alumni are required to get approval from the printmaking coordinator and to follow the usual shop practices and all of the shop protocols for safety.

Academic Information

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B FA D eg r ees , Pro g r ams , an d Co u rse D escriptio ns The College of Visual Arts offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and photography. Fine arts concentrations include drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Interdisciplinary art and design studies offers a concentration in fashion.

All students participate in a clearly sequenced

first year Foundation Program designed to ground them in the skills, vocabulary, concepts, and methods that will be essential to all future work. Throughout the program, studio and liberal arts course content are clearly correlated to reinforce learning across the curriculum.

In the sophomore year, students begin to focus

on their major fields. Each program offers a carefully designed sequence of courses to build the knowledge and skills required for increasingly complex and sophisticated study within their program.

Junior and senior year work focuses in depth on

of the art and design majors is a distinguishing

year students with information and experience

feature of the College of Visual Arts. CVA offers a

necessary to make an informed choice of major at

robust selection of liberal arts courses to round the

the end of the first year. Site visits to professional

student’s learning experience. Extensive study in art

art and design studios, museums like the

history helps the students understand the context

Walker Art Center, and interaction with guest

of their own work in the larger world of art and

artists and designers offer a behind-the-scenes

design. CVA math and science courses incorporate

look into the roles of artists and designers.

teaching methods that combine rigorous coverage

of traditional course content with active learning

programs are key contributors to first year students

through the arts. Skills in oral presentation and in

success at CVA. Each student is assigned a full-time

critical reading, thinking, and writing are integrated

faculty advisor and a peer mentor. Students meet

across the curriculum.

regularly with the advisor and the peer mentor

throughout the academic year. Advisors track and

The CVA curriculum differs from that of many

art and design colleges because it integrates learning

support student academic progress, and guide

in all the disciplines involved in art and design as

students in their choice of a major. The peer mentors

well as preparation for professional practice. At

help students to become a part of the CVA community

CVA, students become successful students, and are

and get involved in CVA activities and programs.

prepared to become accomplished professional artists

and designers.

students are fully prepared to move into their chosen

After completing the Foundation Program,

major program, through which they will satisfy the

First Year: Building a Foundation

work in the major fields and continues the parallel

Through a carefully sequenced curriculum in studio

development in the disciplines and professional

arts, liberal arts, and orientation to art and design,

development. Junior year internships offer another

CVA’s unique first year program lays the foundation

opportunity for exposure to professional practice. As

for an integrated four-year experience, which

the student nears graduation, the CVA curriculum

culminates in the senior capstone project. Studio

provides a strong support for the transition from

and liberal arts course content is strongly correlated,

college out into the world of professional practice

reinforcing learning across the curriculum. During

with professional skills training. The senior year

the first year, students become proficient in the visual

culminates with presentation of a senior thesis and

vocabulary, technical skills, and problem solving

other capstone work.

strategies necessary for success.

Integration of liberal arts coursework in all

The Academic Advising and Peer Mentorship

CVA’s Foundation Program also provides first

requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Foundation Program Course Requirements Orientation to Art and Design Drawing I 2-D Design/Digital 3-D Design Elements Prehistoric through Gothic Art History College Expository Writing Foundation Seminar: Introduction to the Majors Drawing II Color/Digital Applications

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3-D Design Principles

arts play an important role in cultivating a worldview

Fashion Design Course Requirements

Renaissance through Modern Art History

that recognizes the value of art and design in


Academic Research and Writing

promoting pride in place and responsible citizenship.

Introduction to Painting Introduction to Sewing

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Fashion Design Major Students must complete their Foundation courses before moving onto their major.

Liberal Arts

CVA offers a unique and highly competitive fashion design program, requiring a junior year of study abroad at École Parsons à Paris. Spend your sophomore year at CVA exploring French

The liberal arts are fully integrated throughout CVA’s

language, culture, and the art history of Paris.

curriculum. Students take two liberal arts courses

As a fashion design sophomore, you develop

each semester, which help to convey knowledge

the basic skills in sewing, textile processes, and

and critical reasoning skills essential to artists and

figure drawing in support of your fashion design

designers. The liberal arts program is tailored to be of

portfolio for admission to your year abroad.

particular value to students of art and design, without

The École Parsons à Paris catalog describes

sacrificing the rigor and breadth of a general liberal

their program: “You acquire an understanding

arts education. Liberal arts courses are offered in art

of tools, materials, construction techniques, and

history, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences,

textile design methods, enabling you to express

and mathematics. The study of art history helps

your individual creative vision. Intensive concept

students understand the context of their own work in

and design courses, weekly critiques, workshops

the larger world of art and design.

with industry professionals, and the study of

Parisian prêt-à-porter help you to develop originality

Experiential learning is emphasized at CVA.

The liberal arts curriculum features innovative

and acquire an understanding of your craft.”

approaches to teaching, including a botany course

Your year abroad prepares you for your senior

that incorporates botanical illustration and a math

capstone experience at CVA—the development

course that focuses on geometry as applied in

of a professional portfolio, a senior fashion

drawing. Through writing across the curriculum,

collection, and an internship within the field.

students develop skills in written and oral communication in liberal arts and in studio classes. Students also acquire research skills that prepare them for professional work and lifelong learning. The knowledge and skills that students gain in the liberal

Figure Drawing Art Since 1945 French Language and Culture Figure Painting Textile Processes Art in Paris Visual Geometry Science of Art Conservation Total 30

Junior (in Paris) Fashion Drawing I Fashion Research and Design Concepts I 3-D Fashion Drawing I Pattern Drafting I Fashion History I (Critical Studies) French Paris Inside/Out I Fashion Drawing II Fashion Research and Design Concepts II 3-D Fashion Design II Pattern Drafting II Fashion History II (Critical Studies) Textile Paris Inside/Out II Total 38

Academic Information ¬ 31


chosen concentration. Each area of concentration

beginning level courses offered during the Foundation

Digital Portfolio for Fashion

features a broad range of options, allowing students

year, intermediate students sharpen their powers of

Introduction to Fashion Studio Thesis

to sharpen their focus and shape their personal vision.

perception in courses that emphasize drawing from

Professional Pattern/Construction Techniques

Through the combination of intense studio experience

life. Using traditional media and techniques, students

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

and a rigorous study of liberal arts, each area

learn human anatomy, observe the landscape, and map

Introduction to Marketing

emphasizes conceptual development, critical thinking,

the architectural spaces of the urban environment. In

Studio Thesis for Fashion

and the development of a cohesive body of work.

other intermediate drawing courses, students examine

Professional Practices

the conceptual methods of narration, serialization, and

Seminar Thesis

courses at CVA teach students to document, display,

iconography. In advanced courses, students explore

Art and the Law

and market their work. Fine arts students work

drawing through experimentation and discovery by


closely with faculty mentors who are established

using non-traditional materials and methods, with the

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artists. Students learn how to identify and reach their

option of an interdisciplinary approach.

To prepare fine arts majors as professional artists,

audience and to contribute their unique problem

Fine Arts Major Materials and methods are explored as relationships between form and content are developed. Advanced students are challenged to create bodies of work for exhibition in the community and will learn about the broad range of professional opportunities to pursue. These include maintaining a studio practice, preparing to exhibit and sell work, creating public murals, working on commissions, illustrating, teaching, and applying to graduate school.

After developing the building blocks of visual

language, technical skills, and problem solving strategies during the foundation year, fine arts majors can choose to enter drawing, painting, printmaking,

solving skills to society at large. Students ready

Drawing Concentration Course Requirements

themselves for careers as professional artists by


developing strong speaking and writing abilities.

Figure Drawing

Introduction to Painting

Fine arts majors participate in the senior

capstone courses. Studio thesis is a year-long

Introduction to Sculptural Practices

experience providing students with the time and

Art Since 1945

focus to strengthen connections between form and

Visual Geometry

concept as they develop a significant body of work.

Non-Traditional Drawing

In Professional Practices, students are exposed to a

Figure Painting

variety of career options for artists as they prepare

Introduction to Printmaking

to enter the world as a professional in their chosen

Contemporary Issues in Art


Science of Art Conservation

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Fine Arts: Drawing Concentration

or sculpture as a primary concentration. Each student

Drawing is considered a primary means of expression

follows a similar path, taking introductory level

and also is a concentration within the fine arts major.

courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, and

The broad array of drawing courses offered in the

sculpture during the sophomore year. In the third

fine arts curriculum reflects the dynamic placement

semester, students begin advanced courses in the

of drawing in contemporary art practice. Following

Junior Contemporary Approaches to Drawing Intaglio Introduction to Photography 3 Studio Electives Professional Writing and Rhetoric

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Humanities or Social Science Elective

relationship between painting and other media


Advanced Works on Paper

such as drawing, video, and photography.

Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts


Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

Liberal Arts Elective

Painting Concentration Course Requirements

Studio Elective

Art and the Law


3 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Total 36

Figure Drawing

Studio Thesis for Painting

Introduction to Painting

Professional Practices


Introduction to Sculptural Practices

Seminar Thesis

Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

Art Since 1945

Total 30

Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts

Visual Geometry

Studio Elective

Non-Traditional Drawing

3 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Figure Painting

Studio Thesis for Drawing

Introduction to Printmaking

Professional Practices

Contemporary Issues in Art

Seminar Thesis

Science of Art Conservation

Total 30

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Fine Arts: Painting Concentration


Through painting, students build a visual language to describe ideas, hone preferences and skill, and master the painting medium. The tools of traditional painting—often complemented by non-traditional tools—are explored, as students investigate painting styles from representation to abstraction, and back again. Students become familiar with theory and practice of painting through visits with artists in their studios, through guest artists who attend classes, through readings on contemporary issues, and by working with experienced CVA faculty members who are accomplished, practicing artists within their fields. Students explore the

Contemporary Approaches to Drawing Narrative Painting Introduction to Photography 3 Studio Electives Professional Writing and Rhetoric Humanities or Social Science Elective Painting as Abstraction Internship Liberal Arts Elective Art and the Law Total 36

Fine Arts: Printmaking Concentration Printmaking at CVA is a concentration under the fine arts major that bridges the fields of graphic design, illustration, and book arts, and is closely related to photography and fine art drawing and painting. The CVA print shop provides a generous range of printmaking facilities, allowing students to pursue techniques in screen-printing, intaglio, lithography, relief, and monotype. CVA students also have the opportunity to take book arts courses in the specialized facilities of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, located in Minneapolis. The letterpress studio offers an important link between typography and fine art, and continues students’ education in the knowledge of fine art papers.

After solid grounding in printmaking

techniques from introductory courses, students explore contemporary methods using digital and photosensitive materials. Emphasis is placed on

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developing a cohesive portfolio of work that reflects


Non-Traditional Drawing

clear concept development and knowledge of

Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis

Introduction to Photography

producing multiple prints as well as unique variations.

Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts

Additive Processes: Metal/Wood

Studio Elective

Contemporary Issues in Art

Printmaking Concentration Course Requirements

3 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Science of Art Conservation


Studio Thesis for Printmaking

Total 30

Figure Drawing

Professional Practices

Introduction to Painting

Seminar Thesis


Introduction to Sculptural Practices

Total 30

Introduction to Printmaking Introduction to Video

Art Since 1945 Visual Geometry Non-Traditional Drawing Introduction to Photography Introduction to Printmaking Contemporary Issues in Art Science of Art Conservation Total 30

Junior Intaglio Contemporary Approaches to Drawing Letterpress 2 Studio Electives Professional Writing and Rhetoric Humanities or Social Science Elective Relief/Monotype Printmaking The Book Internship Liberal Arts Elective Art and the Law Total 36

Fine Arts: Sculpture Concentration The CVA student who chooses the sculpture concentration within the fine arts major discovers the three-dimensional world with its form, function, and aesthetics, and how sculpture comes to life in a myriad of materials and techniques. By experiencing, exploring, and creating, the sculpture student shapes his or her artistic path and builds a range of skills that are highly marketable in today’s workplace.

Beginning and intermediate level students weld

metal, construct wood, carve, and create molds from clay and plaster. Advanced sculpture students may select courses in public art and installation art. Sculpture Concentration Course Requirements

Sophomore Figure Drawing Introduction to Painting Introduction to Sculptural Practices Art Since 1945 Visual Geometry

3-D Alternative Methods 3 Studio Electives Professional Writing and Rhetoric Humanities or Social Science Elective Expanded Forms: Interdisciplinary Sculpture Internship Liberal Arts Elective Art and the Law Total 36

Senior Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis Public Art 3 Humanities or Social Science Electives Studio Thesis for Sculpture Professional Practices Seminar Thesis Total 30

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Graphic Design Major Graphic Design at CVA embraces traditional and new media practice. The curriculum offers students a unique three-semester immersion in the art and craft of typography and three semesters of applied graphic design practice. Students study new and emerging digital media with a strong focus on interactive usability.

Early sequential courses are structured to stress

advanced craft, theory, process, and technical skills to ensure refined success in a student’s later project work. A studio practicum, internship, and a course in professional practice augment the curriculum. Advanced courses and the capstone experience are customized to reflect individual interests, among others, in package design, publication design, social change, sustainability, civility, advertising, signage and exhibition design, new media, web and interactivity, motion graphics, and corporate branding and identity. Graphic Design Major Course Requirements

Sophomore Graphic Imagery Introduction to Interactive Media Introduction to Printmaking Art Since 1945 Visual Geometry Introduction to Typography Principles of Usability Introduction to Photography

History of Graphic Design Science/Art/Technology Total 30

Junior Intermediate Typography Graphic Design Practicum Interdisciplinary Digital Applications Studio Elective Professional Writing and Rhetoric Introduction to Marketing Graphic Design Systems The Big Idea Internship Advanced Interactive Applications Humanities Elective Advertising Total 36

Senior Advanced Typography Introduction to Graphic Design Studio Thesis Digital Imagery Liberal Arts Elective Art and the Law Studio Thesis for Graphic Design Professional Practices Studio Elective Seminar Thesis Humanities Elective Total 30

Illustration Major CVA’s Illustration Program was initiated in 2009 as a newly-designed, independent major that places an emphasis on emerging trends and topics within the illustration industry. Illustration students are prepared for careers as practicing professional illustrators with a thorough understanding of the history and development of illustration.

Students develop a clear understanding of the

business of illustration and professional practices for a variety of markets including editorial, advertising, children’s book, comic book, book publishing, surface design, packaging, and product. Skills developed in foundation courses, such as drawing and composition, are reinforced throughout the illustration curriculum. Through creative problemsolving exercises and process-intensive assignments, CVA illustration students discover, develop, and shape their own personal and inventive approach to image making.

Upon completing their coursework, CVA

illustration students graduate with a strong and focused portfolio, competitive skills developed for the illustration market, and a firm understanding of the business practices needed for professional, successful, and productive interactions with clients.

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Illustration Major Course Requirements


The first-year Foundation Program prepares


Digital Portfolio for Illustration

students with an excellent basis of visual language,

Illustration Concepts

Introduction to Illustration Studio Thesis

vocabulary, and creative problem-solving skills that

Illustration Methods

2 Studio Electives

they will build on when beginning their photography

Figure Drawing

Liberal Arts Elective

concentration. Students will make use of digital point-

Art Since 1945

Art and the Law

and-shoot cameras to use as a documentary tool for

Botany Through Art

Studio Thesis for Illustration

the foundation year.

Digital Illustration

Professional Practices

Students spend their sophomore year working

Introduction to Painting for Illustrators

Seminar Thesis

in traditional film-based camera and darkroom

Introduction to Printmaking

Humanities or Social Science Elective

work, in both black and white and color. They

History of Illustration

Total 30

learn to use the viewfinder as a compositional

Visual Geometry Total 30

tool, framing aspects of the world they are drawn

Photography Major

to explore as they discover their own distinctive voices. Classes in printmaking and sculpture


The Photography Program at CVA produces students

sow the seeds of future mixed media work.

Narrative Illustration

who are well prepared technically and conceptually

In a student’s junior year, advanced classes

Pattern and Product

to pursue the many possible directions of the

build on this foundation, teaching the use of

Advanced Digital Techniques

contemporary photographer.

medium and large format cameras, working in the

Figure Painting

studio on lighting strategies, and understanding

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

on a deep grounding in traditional analog photo

metering, film choices, and other professional

3 Humanities or Social Science Electives

techniques, the challenges of lighting, and a thorough

techniques. Simultaneously, students address content,

Children’s Book

competency in contemporary digital practices. While

understanding the power of the medium, and consider

Comic Book

embracing contemporary digital techniques, a strong

the genres and issues of contemporary photography.


background in traditional analog photography gives

Concurrently, students examine the techniques

Introduction to Photography

students a solid foundation to build upon and, very

and possibilities of digital photography,

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importantly, gives them an expanded set of distinctive

including digital capture and film scanning,

The program’s technical emphasis is based

looks to explore artistically and to offer clients.

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color management, advanced image editing with

Photography Major Course Requirements


Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, outputting to


Digital Portfolio for Photography

the web, use of archival inkjet printers, working

Introduction to Printmaking

Introduction to Photography Studio Thesis

with service bureaus, and implementing an

Introduction to Sculptural Practices

Studio Elective

effective digital workflow into their practice.

Introduction to Photography

2 Humanities or Social Science Electives

Through CVA’s internship program, juniors have

Art Since 1945

Social Science Elective

an opportunity to work with some of the Twin Cities’

Visual Geometry

Studio Thesis for Photography

best photographers and organizations. From this

Introduction to Typography

Professional Practices

outside work experience, students get a good look at

Traditional Color Processes

Seminar Thesis

the world that awaits them as professionals.

Digital Photography

Total 30

Students in Fashion Photography work with

History of Photography

a professional fashion photographer to gain an


understanding of this important photographic

Total 30

apllication and business. Students also explore historic printing techniques in Alternative


Photographic Processes, rounding out their

Advanced Photographic Techniques

understanding of the old and new of photography.

Introduction to Video

The senior capstone experience gives each student

Applied Lighting

a full year to connect the technical and conceptual

2 Studio Electives

and produce a strong body of resolved work in Studio

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

Thesis for Photography. A public presentation of

Humanities Elective

their thesis work is the culmination of their program.

Alternative Photo Processes

Professional Practices gives students the tools needed

Fashion Photography

to succeed after graduation.

Internship Art and the Law Liberal Arts Elective Total 36

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Co u rse D escriptio ns

FD101b: 2-D Design/Digital

FD114: Color / Digital Applications

Foundation Courses

[3 credits]

[3 credits] Prerequisite FD101b

Students explore the fundamentals of visual

This course is an introduction to the practice, theory,

FD100e: Orientation to Art and Design

language in two-dimensional design and digital

and application of color in two-dimensional design.

[1.5 credits]

imagery. Projects emphasize process, visual problem

Students develop the ability to use color as it is

CVA’s Orientation to Art and Design course provides

solving, and two-dimensional design concepts

applied to traditional art and design problems, Gestalt

an introduction and orientation to the college

using black, white, and value. The goal of this

grouping principles, theories of color organization,

experience at CVA. In this course, students develop

course is to understand art and design concepts

color and spatial perception, and color interaction.

time management, critical thinking, and problem

through the application of digital processes and

Students apply the various color systems to two-

solving skills as they participate in museum and

handcrafted technique. Emphasis is placed on concept

dimensional design problems though the application

gallery visits, professional panel presentations, and

development, vocabulary, visual craft, digital process

of digital processes and handcrafted technique.

individual and collaborative art and design projects.

skills, presentation methods, and critical analysis.

Emphasis is placed on concept development,

Orientation to Art and Design introduces students to a

vocabulary, visual craft, digital process skills,

working art and design vocabulary, as it builds verbal,

FD112 & FD113: Drawing I and Drawing II

written, and visual presentation skills.

[3 credits each] Prerequisite for FD113 is FD112

presentation methods, and critical analysis.

Drawing is fundamental to the fields of art and

FD122: 3-D Design Elements

FD100b: Foundation Seminar: Introduction to the Majors

design. These perceptual and analytical drawing

[3 credits]

courses provide CVA foundation students with a

This course teaches Foundation students the basic

[.5 credit] Prerequisite FD100

year long studio drawing experience that develops

elements of three-dimensional design: point, line,

Foundation Seminar offers CVA first year students

drawing skills and process, mastery of basic drawing

plane, volume, and space. Exercises will teach a

access to contemporary art and design professions

materials, tools and techniques, and the ability to

method for problem identification, experimentation,

through museum tours, site visits to professional

visually communicate ideas. Sequential problems

and resolution. Analysis of three-dimensional forms

art and design studios, panel discussions featuring

explore basic art and design principles and concepts,

are introduced using schematic drawings and models

practicing artists and designers, introduction to the

working from still life, landscape, interiors, linear

oriented by simple, imaginary, XYZ coordinate

majors by the department chairs and senior thesis

perspective, and the figure in space. Fall semester

space. Critical thinking and presentation skills are

presentations, and the unique opportunity to meet

concentrates on the use and exploration of line and

developed through participation in group critique.

and learn about the artists, designers, and museum

its applications in black and white; spring semester

Emphasis is placed on capability with material

professionals behind the scene at the Walker Art

introduces value and color. Studio practice is

procurement, effective time management, and

Center. Experiences provide students with the

supported by assigned readings, class discussion, and

regular use of Process Journal.

information necessary to make an informed choice of

historical and contemporary slide surveys. Critical

major at the conclusion of the first year.

thinking skills, analysis, and reflective investigation are emphasized through process studies, research, and during student lead critiques.

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FD123: 3-D Design Principles

AH220: History of Graphic Design

[3 credits] PREREQUISITE FD122

AH121: Renaissance through Modern Art History

The rules guiding the use of basic three-dimensional

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH120

In an historical overview of how graphic design

elements are the focus of this course. The generation

In this survey of art and architecture from the 14th

developed into a 20th century profession, this

of new forms is introduced through projects

to mid-20th century, topics include the Renaissance,

course gives contemporary graphic designers a clear

emphasizing scale and proportion. The real structural

Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism,

understanding of their design heritage by weaving

considerations and orientations required by gravity

Impressionism, and such early 20th-century

the profession’s many historical threads together into

are a focus. Schematic drawing and modeling skills

movements as Cubism and Surrealism. The course

a framework based upon individuals, major schools

are used as techniques for synthesizing forms and

also covers later art in cultures of Asia, the Americas,

of thought, and technologies that have influenced the

spaces. Critical thinking and presentation skills are

Oceania and Africa, with emphasis on cultural and

practice of design.

developed through participation in group critique.

historical context. Vocabulary, theoretical skills,

Emphasis is placed on capability with material

and research methodology are developed to an

AH221: History of Illustration

procurement, effective time management, and

intermediate level and students are introduced to

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

regular use of the process journal.

critical theory.

In this exploration of the pioneering styles of

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

American illustrators from traditional to avant-garde,

Lib er al Ar ts Co u rses

AH215: Art Since 1945

realistic to expressionistic, students examine the

Art History Courses

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH121

role of illustration, cartooning and caricature in the

This course is an examination of contemporary art

graphic arts and popular culture.

AH120: Prehistoric through Gothic Art History

and architecture beginning with the rise of abstract expressionism in the mid-1940s and continuing

AH222: History of Photography

[3 credits]

through various international movements to the

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

This course is a survey of the major periods of

present day. Developments in painting, sculpture,

This course examines the origins of photography

art from the Paleolithic Era through the Middle

and architecture are explored in relation to newer

in the nineteenth century and chronicles its

Ages. Its purpose is to introduce students to key

approaches in performance, conceptual art,

development into a respected artistic genre to the

works of art and architecture from such cultures

installation, mixed media, and video art. Emphasis

present day. Photographers and their work are studied

as Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, and

is on critical theory as well as social and historical

in their social and historical context to give students

Romanesque, with emphasis on cultural and

background. Vocabulary, critical skills, and research

an understanding of how photography reflects,

historical context. The course includes attention to

methodology are developed to an advanced level.

and influences, society at large. The emphasis is on

the early art of cultures in Asia, the Islamic world,

photography as an art form rather than its technical

the Americas, and Africa. Students are introduced


to art historical vocabulary, basic theoretical concepts, and art historical research methodology.

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AH306: Contemporary Issues in Art

numerous world-renowned galleries, museums, and

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

art and design studios. The course prepares students

Students explore the place of artistic practice in

for an immersion of the culture of the city, including

contemporary culture and the strategies used by

visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum

artists to communicate their ideas. The relationships

of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American

between artists, their audiences, and cultural

Art, Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum,

authorities such as critics, scholars, and curators

DIA Beacon Contemporary Art Museum, and the

are studied with attention to the inevitable political

Guggenheim Museum.

dimensions of art. Topics include the assignment of critical value to works of art through such categorical

AH391: Art in Paris

distinctions as “high” and “low” art or “otherness,”

[3 elective credits in Art History, Humanities,

the role of the artist’s intention in the construction of

or Liberal Arts]

meaning, and the development of artistic identity.

Each year CVA offers a semester-long, in-depth study of the artistic tradition and art history of

AH312: Museum Studies

France. Students and CVA faculty travel to Paris

[3 credits]

over spring break. The curriculum introduces

This course explores the evolution of museums and

students to the cultural heritage of France through

galleries into powerful institutions that produce

its art, architecture, literature, and history. Students

knowledge, establish epistemological categories,

investigate the influence of the French tradition on

promote ways of seeing objects and constructing

contemporary art and design through critical readings

narratives, and create standards of “taste.” It also

and visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other

provides a practical introduction to the day-to-day

art spaces in both the Twin Cities and Paris.

operations of the museum or gallery, including collection management, exhibit planning and design,

AH399: Urban Studies: Reading the City

museum education, administration, and conservation.

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

Survey of the geographic, cultural, social, and

English Courses EN110b: College Expository Writing [3 credits]

The course introduces effective paragraph and essay development. Focus is on expository forms for organizing essays to help writers present both informational and abstract ideas to an audience. Students engage in varied forms of writing and in reading and analyzing model essays. A workshop atmosphere permits students to develop their own writing processes and guides them to the production of accomplished papers.

EN111b: Academic Research and Writing [3 credits] Prerequisite EN110b

Further practice in the skills and methods learned in EN110b. The course introduces the conventions for writing critical research papers, with emphasis on research methods. Students select individual topics and then find, analyze, and synthesize information from library resources, the world around them, interviews, the Internet, and other sources. They produce well-reasoned, detailed critical papers.

Humanities Courses

AH390: Art in New York City

architectural history of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

HU202: French Language and Culture

[3 elective credits in Art History, Humanities,

The emphasis is on studying the cities empirically to

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

or Liberal Arts] Prerequisite AH215

understand why and how they evolved into the urban

In this French language course, students develop

Every other year, CVA offers a summer session

center we know today. The class includes walking and

listening, speaking, reading, and writing

studying the art in New York City. Students and CVA

bike tours.

competencies in order to explore French culture.

faculty spend a week in New York City experiencing

By using case studies to identify key features

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of French culture (museums, cartoons, comics,

Brothers. Readings will the drawn from a variety of

literature. Students explore how these on-going

animation, advertising, fashion, design), students

sources and include texts from such writers as F. Scott

conversations between written word and visual

become familiar with the relationships between

Fitzgerald and Louise Erdrich. The format of the class

media may inform their own creative output. Course

the French language and various cultural forms in

is lecture and discussion, and students will go on two

activities include discussions of readings, visual

France. The class includes some lecture but is mostly

field trips. Class work will culminate in a research

images, and videos.

discussion-based. Coursework includes examinations,

paper and class presentation.

HU304: The Gothic in British Literature

workbook exercises, oral presentations, and writing assignments. No previous knowledge of French

HU302: Asian Art and Culture

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

is required (both beginners and more advanced

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

This course explores one of the darker offspring of the

students are welcome).

Students examine the major art and architecture

Anglo-European Enlightenment: an unquenchable

of India, China, and Japan within the context of

fascination on the part of artists, poets, philosophers,

HU224: Minnesota Art and Culture

major religious, social, and political institutions.

and novelists in exploring the wild and dangerous

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

The origins of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Daoism,

corners of both the natural world and the human

This course will explore the rich social and cultural

Confucianism, and Shintoism are reviewed in order

mind. From Gothic novels set in decaying abbeys

history of Minnesota, with an emphasis on the

to understand the rich and remarkable works of art

to murder mysteries cloaked in London fog, this

visual arts and attention to architecture, literature,

created. The class is lecture and discussion, with field

course charts a progression of stories designed to

and film. Beginning with the earliest settlers of

trips and a research paper.

raise goose-bumps and cause nightmares. Authors

the Minnesota Territory and the Native American

read will include Anne Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Wilkie Collins, A. Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker,

the arts developed in Minnesota as it became a center

HU303: The Artist in Literature and Literature in the Arts

of transportation and commerce under such leaders

[3 credits]

interpretations of Gothicism in comic books, graphic

as James J. Hill and John Bradstreet. Particular

This course explores important “conversations” that

novels, movies, and television series with on-going

emphasis will be given to the late nineteenth and

have taken place between creative writers and visual

study of visual representations of classic Gothic works

early twentieth century, which saw the proliferation

artists in the past two hundred years. First, using

in a variety of media.

of the art institutions, such as the Minneapolis

works of poetry and fiction from Romanticism to the

Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, that have

present day, students examine how the visual artist

HU307: Spectacle and Revolution

made it a leading cultural center of the Midwest.

has been portrayed in English literature. Second,

[3 credits]

Among the numerous artists covered in the course

students examine how painters, sculptors, illustrators,

This course explores performance art of the 1960s

are Anton Gag, Clara Mairs, Clement Haupers, Wanda

and filmmakers have interpreted famous characters,

and 1970s, a revolutionary time that prompted

Gag, Paul Manship, George Morrison, and the Coen

important scenes, and even entire texts from English

artists to respond with works that crossed disciplines

traditions they encountered, the class examines how

and H.G. Wells. Students consider contemporary

and broke taboos of all kinds. This course focuses on the era’s politically engaged performance art –

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street theater, conceptual activities, intermedia,

HU309: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Art and Culture of the Middle Ages

HU356: Twentieth-Century Literature

happenings, action music, institutional critique, and feminist performance. A wide variety of artists and

[3 credits]

This course is a survey of the literature of various

movements are covered. Fluxus, Arte Povera (Italy),

This course is an examination of the arts – sculpture,

countries with an emphasis on particular genres or

Vienna Actionism (Austria), Nouveau Réalisme

painting, illuminated manuscripts, mosaics, and other

traditions. Recent courses have dealt with the short

(France), Aktual Art (Czechoslovakia), Group Zero

forms of visual expression – that developed out of

story, poetry, and multicultural literature of the

(Germany), Joseph Beuys, Valie Export, Marina

the traditions of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish

United States.

Abramovic, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, and

faiths during the Middle Ages. We will examine not

others. In the course, students explore the strategies

only the works of art themselves but, importantly, the

HU391: Art in Paris

and tactics with which these artists deployed art as a

ways in which these faith traditions intersected with

[3 elective credits in Art History, Humanities,

political weapon for change and debate the success of

each other, the cultural context in which the art was

or Liberal Arts]

their projects.

created, and the vibrant visual culture that was an

Each year CVA offers a semester-long, in-depth

[3 credits] Prerequisite EN111b

outcome of those interactions. The course will cover

study of the artistic tradition and art history of

HU308: Philosophy and Literature of Postmodernism

early Christian and Jewish art, Byzantine art, Islamic

France. Students and CVA faculty travel to Paris

art with special attention on Andalusia, as well as the

over spring break. The curriculum introduces

[3 credits] Prerequisite AH215

Carolingian, Ottonian, Viking, Celtic, Romanesque,

students to the cultural heritage of France through

“The Age of Uncertainty” pursues the twin goals of

and Gothic traditions, and conclude with the 14th

its art, architecture, literature, and history. Students

introducing students to philosophy and of exposing


investigate the influence of the French tradition on


students to contemporary postmodern literature.

contemporary art and design through critical readings

Ranging from epistemology to phenomenology,

HU343: Introduction to Film Studies

and visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other

from the philosophy of language to semiotics,

[3 credits]

art spaces in both the Twin Cities and Paris.

from aesthetics to ethics, “The Age of Uncertainty”

This course develops critical viewing skills of film

combines philosophical inquiry with contemporary

and introduces film theory. Through viewing films,

literature. For example, how do we know what

then discussing and writing about them from

LA312: Professional Writing and Rhetoric

we claim to know in this day and age? How do

various points of view (emotional, intellectual,

[3 credits]

postmodern writers experiment with narrative

social, economic, and artistic), students gain an

Introduces students of all majors to the basic genres

uncertainty? How do we read the signs that surround

understanding of the ways that films affect our lives.

of professional writing, including cover and query

us, for instance, in a poem composed entirely of two

letters, artist and design statements, resumes,

letters? By alternating creative and philosophical

thank you notes, and project proposals. Writing

readings, the course aims to show how and why

strategies for graduate school applications, including

philosophy is crucial for artistic endeavors.

writing samples and grant applications will also be discussed. The course also aims to develop student’s

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public speaking skills from gallery talks, design and

course explores such topics as linear perspective, an

of light and the environment, and analysis of fakes

portfolio presentations, and academic speeches to

introduction to the principles of geometry through

and forgeries.

the two-minute “elevator talk.” The course also

drawing, and both traditional and non-traditional

prepares, supports, and monitors students’ internship

methods of representation.

applications and addresses interview skills and professional etiquette.

LA400: Seminar Thesis [3 credits] FINAL SEMESTER

This is a capstone class in which students use their own artwork as a starting point for a semester of intellectual inquiry, culminating in a written paper and a public oral presentation. This process involves critical reflection on the content, medium, process, purpose, and significance of the work; the exploration and analysis of its symbolic language; and, finally, the contextualization of the work in terms of theory and the artistic, historical, and cultural tradition. Students are expected to use sound research methodology for acquiring and using relevant information from many sources and to collectively discuss each other’s work.

Mathematics Courses

NS320: Botany Through Art [3 credits]

Sciences Courses NS205: Science/Art/Technology [3 credits]

This class takes a hands-on approach to exploring new information and communication technologies (ICT) and how they transform our relationship to the physical and the social world. Students explore the science behind these social media to gain understanding of how they can be constructed to meet our needs as artists and creative citizens.

Examination of the diversity of form, structure, and function in plants and fungi, with emphasis on flowering plants. Plants from a variety of plant groups are examined in detail, emphasizing their basic structures and adaptations for survival and reproduction. Biogeography and the connection to humans are discussed. Drawing is used for documentation and analysis of plant structures.

Social Sciences Courses

in the form of open source tools such as Scratch and

SS301a: Teaching Artist: Theory and Methods

Designblocks software programs, sensor kits, and the

[3 credits]

Arduino computer platform. Students are expected

This course engages students in the theory and

to demonstrate their learning through individual

practice of the Teaching Artist in the schools and

learning projects, group discussions, writing

community. Students explore teaching and learning

assignments, and class presentations of interactive

in a historical and contemporary context, applying


theory in both arts-infused peer presentations and

Course work includes readings, a class blog, and ICT

MA214: Visual Geometry

direct team teaching in the classroom. Teaching

[3 credits]

NS210: Science of Art Conservation

artists, arts administrators, and leaders in the art

A general introduction to mathematical modeling,

[3 credits]

education community present models of teacher artist

abstraction, and generalization. Drawing and

Introduction to the scientific processes related to

collaborations, inquiry based learning, arts-infused

three-dimensional models are used to simulate the

conservation, maintenance, and repair of art works

curriculum, classroom management strategies, and

language and structure of mathematical systems

in various media, including painting, works on paper,

school culture. The course provides the opportunity

used in the visual arts. The interrelationship between

photography, textiles, and other objects. Topics

for classroom observation and participation and

mathematics, art, and culture is explored. The

include the chemical composition of materials, effects

introduces students to teaching artist residency

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SS329: Advertising

SS351: Art and the Law

[3 credits]

[3 credits]

SS310: Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to the basic principles of advertising,

Law and the world of visual artists and designers

[3 credits]

planning, and creative processes as they relate

intersect in many ways. This course examines

This course deals in depth with the fundamental

to strategic marketing. This course will explore

contemporary legal issues, including intellectual

elements of culture, including subsistence strategies,

the evolution of advertising as well as strategies

property rights in works of art and design (copyright,

kinship, marriage and gender, social stratification,

influenced by the analysis of market research,

appropriation, and resale); artistic freedom and

politics and law, religion, and ritual. Case studies of

consumer behavior, and the creative process.

censorship; legal issues involving art collectors,

cultures existing in the modern world are the primary

Advertising will address the non-personal, persuasive

museums, and galleries; and international law

focus for the course.

communication of information about goods, services,

and the fate of works of art during wartime. The

and ideas of identified sponsors to defined audiences

relationship between ethics and law will be a

through a variety of media.

recurring theme in examination of the codes of ethics

SS321: U.S. History

of professional art and design organizations.

[3 credits]

Survey of the major social, political, and economic

SS340: Introduction to World History

Course activities include readings, research, class

developments in the United States from its founding

[3 credits]

presentations, discussion and debate about case

to the present.

An introductory survey treating selected periods,

studies in legal and ethical issues, and the mock trial

regions, and peoples, focusing on contact and

of an intellectual property case.

SS325: Introduction to European History

exchange between empires, civilizations, and cultures.

SS399: History and Social Sciences Topics

This course is an introduction to the study of

SS350: General Psychology

[3 credits]

European history focusing on a selected period.

[3 credits]

Special topics courses in history and social sciences

Introduction to the theories and methods of the

are announced each year. Recent courses include

SS328: Introduction to Marketing

science of psychology, covering such topics as

Human Origins, Art, Architecture, and Cultures of the

[3 credits]

perception, learning and memory, the development of

Pacific Northwest; Art, Architecture and Cultures of

This course examines marketing goods and services

personality, and motivation and emotions. Students

the American Southwest; Maya Art and Architecture;

and the strategic marketing process. Topics include

examine the application of these topics to issues in

and Native American Art and Cultures.

consumer behavior, demographics, and the four

contemporary society such as pathological behavior

critical components of marketing: promotion,

and the various models for its treatment, individual

placing, pricing, and production. Students learn how

and group differences, and various social processes.

[3 credits]

to develop marketing strategies, explain various factors affecting branding and design, and recognize the significance of the Internet in today’s business environment.

Inter disciplinary Cou rse s ID202: Hand Lettering [3 credits]

Hand lettering is the synthesis of typography and illustration. In this course, students incorporate hand

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lettering into their illustration process. They explore

techniques. The essential question: “why use the book

ID360: Public Art

lettering as free gestural expression, outside of the

format?” will drive investigations of traditional book

[3 credits] Prerequisites FA213 and FA240b

confines of the computer, made by hand

elements, linearity, image/text relationships, and the

This combination studio and lecture course covers

using a variety of traditional media. Students gain

nature of narrative.

contemporary and historical issues pertaining

appreciation for hand lettering as art as well as

to art in public places vs. public art, community

learn how to incorporate hand lettering into their

ID350: Installation Art

based work, public process, collaboration among


[3 credits] Prerequisites FA240b

disciplines, and funding. Public art works include a

Students explore art as a spatial experience that

wide range of methods such as sculpture, wall murals,

ID302: Teaching Artist: Practicum

brings together a variety of visual skills and media

landscape art, and architecturally integrated pieces.

[3 credits] Prerequisite ss301

to create installations. Working both collaboratively

Individual and collaborative course projects include

During spring semester, students are involved in

and on individual projects, students study issues such

architecturally integrated pieces, drawing for design,

actual classroom observation, interaction, and

as site-specificity, temporality, scale and context, and

scale model building, site planning, and finished

visual arts teaching experiences. Collaborating with

interdisciplinary artistic practice. The course looks at

works. The course includes field trips to public art

classroom teachers, art instructors, arts professionals,

the history of installation art and contemporary issues

sites and discussions with public art administrators.

and teaching artists CVA students participate in three

that include the dynamics of “place” and how context

classroom visual art residencies mentored by the CVA

informs content. Students are expected to do research

professor. Students meet independently with their

on current installation artists and keep a process

collaborative partners and meet with the CVA faculty

journal used for the development of ideas.

Fin e Ar ts Cou rse s

Drawing Courses FA218: Figure Drawing

member throughout the Practicum experiences to reflect, aid development of individual lesson plans and

ID355: Digital Imagery

[3 credits] Prerequisite FD113

assessment methods, and address imminent issues.

[3 credits] Prerequisites GD221 and PH240

Students work from the figure using drawing to

Teaching Artist Practicum fulfills the requirement for

Exploration of expression and style utilizing advanced

arbitrate between rigorous observation and pictorial

the CVA internship credit.

digital applications. This course explores the

necessity. Skills developed in Drawing I and II extend

possibilities of creating and manipulating imagery

into working exclusively from the figure, focusing

ID330: The Book

on the computer. It strives for an understanding

on anatomical understanding and overall expressive

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA230a

of the current theories of the role of the digital in

concerns. Awareness of the figure in art is expanded

“The Book” exposes students to the book format

the creative process. In addition, students examine

from historical to contemporary contexts.

through various structures, media, and techniques.

alternative methods of output and presentation.

Critical, historical, and theoretical issues are

Emphasis is placed on conceptual and artistic

FA219 Non-Traditional Drawing

discussed as they pertain to contemporary book

development. Final presentations and exhibitions

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA218

art and emphasis is placed on the application and

stress professionalism.

This course explores the idea of drawing as an

incorporation of previously mastered skills and

analog to activity. Emphasis is on process and

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experimentation as students explore a broad range

developed in conjunction with work completed during

approaches to the figure in art provides a context

of materials, tools, media, and contexts for drawing.

the semester.

for exploring concepts of narration and abstraction.

Concept and content are explored through the act of drawing which may take the form of representation, abstraction, installation, and performance.

FA300: Contemporary Approaches to Drawing [3 credits] Prerequisite FA219

Building upon previous skills, this course is a further investigation of drawing as a primary mode of expression. A strong focus is placed on concept development as students respond to specific assignments that engage a broad range of cultural issues and ideas. Individual aesthetic and expression are developed. Students continue to hone their ability to articulate their ideas through critique presentation and the development of artists’ statements.

FA301: Advanced Works on Paper 3 credits] Prerequisite FA300

The goal of this course is to facilitate challenging, individual directions in drawing and a critical involvement in the creative process. Strong emphasis is placed on the practice of drawing in a postmodern context. Students are engaged in the contemporary dialogue on drawing through reading assignments related to drawing and arts criticism, exposure to visiting artists, and field trips to relevant exhibitions. An understanding of contemporary issues, historical approaches, and technical/formal concerns inform the student’s exploration. Artists’ statements are

Continued emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge

Painting Courses FA222: Introduction to Painting [3 credits] Prerequisites FD113 and FD114

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of painting principles, methods, and materials. Emphasis in the course is on learning how to develop the convincing illusion of form and space as students work from observation, simultaneously strengthening perceptual abilities and increasing knowledge and use of color pigments. Understanding how formal decisions affect the expressive potential of the artwork underscores not only how to paint, but also awareness of the process of making decisions in the work. A variety of approaches assist students in finding their own language with paint while exploring the expressive possibilities of moving beyond simply creating a picture. The course is supplemented by readings and discussions of historic and contemporary issues as well as individual and group critiques.

FA223: Figure Painting [3 credits] Prerequisite FA222

Using Introduction to Painting as a foundation, students study specific problems related to representational painting. Working from the model, students engage in extended observational painting, linking their figure drawing skills with painting. Exploration of historical and contemporary

of materials and techniques used in a variety of approaches to painting.

FA304: Narrative Painting [3 credits] Prerequisite FA223

Students respond to a broad range of problems in representational painting as they explore the relationship between painting as process and concept development. Emphasis is on how to structure a painting to heighten narrative connotations. Experimental and traditional painting techniques are covered in conjunction with readings and discussions on contemporary painting issues. Students work towards broader decision making abilities and individual directions in painting. Artists’ statements are developed in conjunction with final semester work.

FA305: Painting as Abstraction [3 credits] Prerequisites FA304

The goal of this course is to facilitate challenging directions in painting and a critical involvement in the creative process. Strong emphasis is placed on the practice of painting in a postmodern context. Students explore the relationship between painting and photography, film, digital media, and popular culture. Students are engaged in the contemporary dialogue on painting through reading assignments related to painting, cultural theory, and arts criticism. Visiting

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artists and field trips to relevant exhibitions will

inks. Students experiment with viscosity printing and

illustrations, and presswork. It includes basic

broaden students’ awareness of current professional

create unique collages layered with hot wax encaustic

designing with metal type, combining text with

painting practice. Artists’ statements are developed

monotype. Both editions and one-of-a-kind images

traditional printing methods, and setting up

in conjunction with work completed during the

are created. Good shop practice, craftsmanship,

and operating the press. The course also covers


and technical skill develop along with concept and

working directly from digital files of image and

aesthetics and awareness of more professional

text to photopolymer plates. With an introduction


to the designing and making of books, students

Printmaking Courses FA230a: Introduction to Printmaking [3 credits]

This is a prerequisite for all further print courses and lays the foundation of studio protocols and an understanding of print vocabulary, safer shop practices and the categorization of prints. Multiple techniques are introduced, such as drypoint and mezzotint engraving on metal, relief printing, and monotype printmaking. This course engenders appreciation for presentation, and fine paper, while providing a historical context. Workshops and demonstrations are provided in collage, acetone transfer, or other alternative processes, to support the final printmaking project that is presented as a book, boxed prints, portfolio, or unusual format.

FA233: Relief/Monotype Printmaking [3 credits] Prerequisite FA230a

This is an exploration of the technical and aesthetic aspects of monotype and relief beyond FA230a and in combination with options such as collage, collagraph and embossing techniques. Students learn multi-layered 4-color printing in monotype and Japanese style woodblock using Akua water-based

learn traditional methods of western and Japanese

FA235: Screenprinting

bookbinding and explore a range of decorative and

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA230a

functional printing papers. Projects in this course

Versatile screen printing processes using water-based

include small books, broadsides, postcards, and

inks is introduced in this hands-on active course.

business cards.

Students learn the basic materials and techniques

needed to create layered printed images that are

FA330c: Intaglio Printmaking

aesthetically and conceptually well considered.

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA230a

Techniques ranging from direct stenciling, to

Intaglio expands on the shop practices, press

autographic mark-making to photochemical stenciling

experience, and hand engraving techniques learned

are learned, along with alternative substrates and

in Introduction to Printmaking. The first half of the

how to set up a low cost screen printing studio at

course focuses on copper acid etching and techniques

home. This course includes a history of serigraphy,

such as hard ground line etching and tonal effects

comparing practices of the commercial screen print

with spray aquatint, sugar lift, deteriorating, and

industry with those of the street artist and fine art

soft ground. The emphasis for the second half is


on light sensitive photo polymer plates using hand

made tonal wash positives or digital transparent

FA237: Letterpress

positives. Layered multiple plates and colors are a

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA230a

technical challenge. Contemporary intaglio printing

This course is an overview of the techniques of

and theory is explored through exposure to current

Letterpress printing applied to Book Arts as an

printmakers, printmaking journals, and relevant

artistic medium. Letterpress combines printmaking

exhibitions. Professional practices of studio logs and

techniques with contemporary digital and photo

documentation are developed. This class chooses

practices. This process-oriented course offers

a final assignment of entering competitions or a

an introduction to hand setting type, printed

student-generated exhibition.

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 FA335a: Lithography [3 credits] Prerequisite FA230a

Lithography is the premier printmaking technique for creating multiple prints that most accurately reflect the subtlety of drawing. In this course students are introduced to the basic skills of black and white lithography. Positive litho plates are utilized to create hand drawn, photo related, and combination lithographs. Students learn the benefits of collaborating with a press partner and the challenges of this highly regarded printmaking medium. Field trips to the Print Study room at the Walker Art Center and to Highpoint Center for Printmaking stimulate class discussion on the historical and contemporary approaches to the lithograph.

FA430c: Advanced Research, Problems, and Materials

Sculpture Courses FA240b: Introduction to Sculptural Practices [3 credits] Prerequisite FD123

Students are introduced to the basic language of sculpture, spatial concepts, and technical procedures. As an introduction to the sculpture shop, this course emphasizes processes based on wood and metal fabrication both exclusively and combined with a wide range of materials. Safety practices with tools and equipment are introduced. Projects review the basic principles of 3D design and push beyond considering sculpture as a means of organizing physical information to communicate an idea, produce a visual effect, and create for an expressive purpose.

FA340g, 441g: Additive Processes: Metal/Wood [3 credits] Prerequisites for FA340g: FA240b and FA243. Prerequisite for FA441g: FA340g

Refining skills learned in Introduction to Sculptural Practices, this course focuses on advanced techniques using wood and metal construction and fabrication. Objectives include development of techniques as both an end in themselves and tools for other sculptural practices. Class discussion and reading include critical investigation of concepts relevant to contemporary sculpture. Students taking this course at an advanced level propose a plan of work for the semester that includes relevant research on contemporary artists and issues in sculpture along with the creation of an artist’s statement.

FA342: 3-D Alternative Methods

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA230A and upper

FA243: Additive Processes: Metal/Wood

[3 credits] Prerequisites FA240b, FA243

level print courses

[3 credits] Prerequisite FA240b

This course builds on technical and material skills

This course is available to students who have taken

Refining skills learned in Introduction to Sculptural

learned in previous courses while introducing the

several print courses and are ready for advanced

Practices, this studio course focuses on advanced

use of non-traditional materials for the use in making

work in one of the courses already taken. The student

techniques in wood and metal, including brazing stick

sculptural form. Students utilize contemporary and

should have artistic goals in mind and be prepared

and TIG welding. Objectives include development of

historical strategies to create object-based sculpture

for rigorous study and experimentation. The

techniques as both an end in themselves and tools

aided by found objects and mundane materials.

intention of this course is to provide an opportunity

for other sculptural practices. Class discussion and

Emphasis is on investigating the relationship

for challenge and exploration that will be beneficial

readings include critical investigation of concepts

between form and content while students expand

to the student’s artistic development and future

relevant to contemporary sculpture.

their technical skills, develop a unique language of

goals e.g. to prepare for senior thesis, to enhance a portfolio, to be more competitive for exhibitions or

form, and heighten their ability to make well crafted sculpture. Students also research the theory and

internships, or to prepare for a graduate program.

practice that informs the use of common materials

There is an independent component to this course but

used in contemporary sculpture.

also instructor assistance and directed study.

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FA344: Moldmaking/Casting

General Fine Arts Courses

[3 credits] Prerequisites FA240b, FA243

FA303: Textile and Fiber Processes

Working both additively and subtractively, this course explores contemporary issues in sculpture based on the multiple, replication, and proliferation via the use of the mold. Focus is on casting and mold making processes exploring a broad range of materials. Students refine their technical skills in moldmaking techniques, including piece and waste molds and “low tech” molds for casting traditional and experimental materials. Advanced students work toward developing a body of work from their own proposals, which includes the visual artwork and a research component.

FA347: Expanded Forms: Interdisciplinary Sculpture [3 credits] PREREQUISITE FA243

Working in the contemporary context of interdisciplinary sculptural practices, students are encouraged to cross boundaries, invent hybrid processes, and explore innovative content in the areas of object-making, installation, site-work, timebased art, and digital forms. Students develop the conceptual content of their work concurrently with practical, hands-on knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques, enabling them to produce work relevant to their personal vision. Artists statements accompany projects and a research component exploring a broad range of conceptual strategies assist students in developing a critical and self-analytical awareness of their practice.

[3 credits]

Students work with a range of materials from textiles to non-woven pulp, investigating their properties and applications. A focus of the course includes fiber and textile dying techniques.

FA307: Digital Portfolio for Fine Arts [3 credits]

In this course students create a digital portfolio of their work. Projects introduce students to a variety of web design methods and will include portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping of work, targeting a website to specific clients, promoting through social networking sites and group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards to website navigation and design, industry trends in website design, and self-promotion.

FA490: Fine Arts Internship [3 credits] Prerequisites LA312 and department chair approval

In their junior year, students are required to gain valuable work experience in an area appropriate to their studies. Prior approval is required from the department chair, and the internship must be formalized by a written agreement between the student, the workplace, and the internship coordinator.

FA491a: Introduction to Fine Arts Studio Thesis [3 credits]

Through exploration and analysis of their recent work, students identify a point of view and articulate it in their visual work and in a position paper. Students will be expected to research contemporary art issues and establish a context for their work. This provides the groundwork for research and development of a cohesive body of work that culminates with the senior thesis experience.   

FA494: Studio Thesis [6 credits] FINAL SEMESTER

All senior students are required to take this course in conjunction with their seminar thesis course. This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate challenging, individual directions in art and design making, and critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study for the semester and work on a series of related ideas that culminate in a cohesive body of work. Research simultaneously developed in Seminar Thesis is expected to inform and broaden the context of visual work developed in Studio Thesis. Students are expected to refine their understanding of contemporary issues and historical approaches related to their specific concept or process, and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through frequently

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scheduled critiques and the artist statement, emphasis is placed on developing a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices, and express and defend individual artistic points of view. Visiting artists, guest lecturers, pertinent articles, and relevant exhibitions and presentations supplement the Studio Thesis experience. Over the course of the semester, students investigate exhibition design and prepare for the display of their work in the senior exhibition.Â

FA497c: Professional Practices [3 credits] FINAL SEMESTER

As a capstone course, Professional Practices focuses on a range of topics related to the professional development of fine artists. Emphasis is on practical skills that will assist the emerging artist as he or she embarks on a professional career as a fine artist. Students develop skills in professional writing, such as grant proposals and arts criticism, in addition to learning basic business practice, approaches to selfpromotion, and methods of documenting artwork. Professional presentation of artwork is directed to a broad range of applications including commercial and alternative contexts. Further professional development is considered through looking at graduate schools, artist residencies, posted BFA internships, and employment opportunities for artists.

G r aphic D e sig n Co u rse s

GD225: Principles of Usability

GD205: Introduction to Typography

[3 credits] Prerequisite GD221

[3 credits]

This course is an introductory study of written communication through the craft and art of letterforms and application of typographic principles. It serves as an introduction to typography as an element in the art and design process. The course is taught as a skill and art form.

GD206: Graphic Imagery [3 credits]

This hands-on introduction to graphic design is foundation-based and encompasses the fundamentals of communication theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of creative problemsolving skills and processes primarily through the creation of structured iconography. Students also explore visual communications-related professions and practices.

GD221: Introduction to Interactive Media [3 credits] Prerequisite FD114.

Presents the computer as an interactive creative tool and as an expressive medium. Students learn the fundamentals of the interactive process. The course is intensely technically oriented. However, along the way, students begin to investigate the why and wherefore of interactive working methods and engage in a dialogue that expands on the possibilities for computers as tools to exchange thoughts and ideas.

Focus is on the fundamentals of user-centered design and usability issues surrounding webbased interfaces (Internet, PDA, cell, etc.). This course examines information architecture models, content/design relationships, user behaviors, and user testing scenarios.

GD305: Intermediate Typography [3 credits] Prerequisites GD205 and GD206

Expanding on the skills and knowledge acquired in Introduction to Typography, this course explores the dynamics of type in context. From the traditions of book design to the frontier of digital and interactive typography, students explore type as a design and communication tool, investigating these contexts through the lens of historical innovation.

GD306: Graphic Design Systems [3 credits] Prerequisites GD305

This course is a continuation and merging of the skills and proficiencies developed in Graphic Design Practicum and Intermediate Typography. Emphasis is placed on process, research, advanced conceptual thinking, creative development, and design systems. The student will develop a unified graphic campaign to promote an organization’s brand and mission, through research, presentation, and a systematic approach to verbal and visual concept development.

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expressive typography. The class requires students to

[3 credits] Prerequisites GD205,

GD320: Interdisciplinary Digital Applications

GD206 and GD221

[3 credits] Prerequisite GD221

bring their solutions to life.

Students explore the graphic design profession through

Advanced digital studies in sequence, animation,

its process and practice. Real-world applications are

sound, interactivity, scripting, and three-dimensional

GD490: Graphic Design Internship

introduced to emphasize the role of production in the

form. This course explores the possibilities of creating

[3 credits] Prerequisites LA312 and

creative problem-solving process.

interactive content for use on the internet or other

department chair approval

media through efficient, technical, and conceptual

In their junior year, students are required to gain

GD308: The Big Idea

execution. Students explore the history, as well as

valuable work experience in an area appropriate

[3 credits] PREREQUISITES GD205,

the current state of interactive media and use this

to graphic design. Prior approval is required from

GD206 AND GD305

knowledge as a basis for advanced projects.

the department chair and the internship must

GD307: Graphic Design Practicum

develop concepts, present and explain their work, and

be formalized by a written agreement between

An idea is formed through a process. It is a cognitive

the student, the workplace, and the internship

by mentally combining experience, imagination, and

GD321: Advanced Interactive Applications

knowledge into an expression that conveys meaning.

[3 credits] Prerequisite GD320

In graphic design, this idea becomes the keystone of

This course expands on applications and techniques

effective message strategy. Often referred to as the

learned in Interdisciplinary Digital Applications for

GD491: Introduction to Graphic Design Studio Thesis

“Big Idea,” this theme or central creative concept is

use both on and off the web. Emphasis is on individual

[3 credits] Prerequisites GD305 and GD306

critical to communication that is relevant, original,

exploration of styles, techniques, expression, and

This is the advanced culmination of all previously

and impactful. This course explores the big idea

collaboration as well as efficient, technical, and

taught graphic design skills and proficiencies. Project

through creative projects, research, and critical

conceptual execution. The class explores the history

work centers on complex applications incorporating a

analysis contextualized through a variety of media

and the current state of interactive media and uses

wide spectrum of creative solutions to both practical

and graphic design applications. Emphasis is placed

this knowledge to produce portfolio quality project

and experimental design problems within the context

on communication theory, conceptual development,


of a developing thesis topic. Portfolio development

creation, thought, or concept of the mind. It originates


and artistic professionalism are stressed.

message strategy, and demographics.

GD405: Advanced Typography

[3 credits] Prerequisites GD305 and GD306

GD493: Studio Thesis for Graphic Design

The culmination of all previously taught typographic

[3 credits] FINAL SEMESTER

competencies, this course focuses on the developing

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

type skills applicable to the work a designer is

challenging, individual directions in design and

assigned at recognized design and advertising firms.

critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study for

Advanced project work addresses functional as well as

the semester and work on a series of related ideas that

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culminate in a cohesive body of work. Seminar Thesis research is expected to inform and broaden the context of the visual work developed in the Studio Thesis. Students are expected to refine their understanding of contemporary issues and historical approaches related to their specific concept or process and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through frequently scheduled critiques and a developed designer statement, an emphasis will be placed on developing a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices and express and defend individual aesthetic points of view. Over the course of the semester, students will investigate exhibition design and prepare for the display of their work in the senior exhibition. All senior students are required to take this course in conjunction with their seminar thesis course.

GD497: Professional Practices [3 credits] FINAL SEMESTER

The preparation and assembly of artwork for professional presentation, practice, development, and advancement. Emphasis is placed on refining previously learned competencies into cohesive, multifaceted statements of artistic capability. Concurrently, students are immersed into an array of professional issues and situations relating directly to the development of a graphic designer including selfpromotion, documentation, ethics, business practice, and lifelong learning.

Illustr atio n Co u rse s IL211: Illustration Concepts [3 credits]

This course introduces students to the practice of illustration. Illustration is problem solving, determining how to communicate a message to an audience using an image that is compelling, inventive, and memorable. Through lectures, demonstrations, and projects, students are introduced to the basics of illustration with a focus on process. Students explore and investigate solutions to illustration assignments by interpreting a given criteria and text. They begin the illustration process by first creating a series of thumbnail sketches that quickly explore a range of visual directions. These thumbnail sketches are reviewed and refined into final larger and more finished sketches that are then taken into the Illustration Methods class to serve as starting points for final illustrations.

IL212: Illustration Methods & Materials [3 credits] Prerequisite IL211

In this course, students use the final sketches they created in their Illustration Concepts class as starting points for illustrations using a variety of methods and techniques. A range of media are explored including graphite, color pencil, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and collage as well as methods for their application. Experimentation and hands-on workshops familiarize students with each medium’s inherent properties. Historic and contemporary examples of illustration methods and techniques are

discussed. Throughout this class, students create a body of work that reflects their personal interests and develop a way of working that suits their interests as an illustrator.

IL218: Figure Drawing [3 credits]

In this course, students study figure drawing as it relates to their illustration method, working with the figure through observation to inform their final composition. Skills developed in Drawing I and II are reinforced. Focus is on anatomical understanding and overall expressive concerns. Awareness of the figure in art is studied from historical to contemporary times.

IL219: Digital Illustration [3 credits] Prerequisite IL211

This course examines the use of the computer as a medium and as an additional tool for illustrators. Through projects, discussions, and lectures, a variety of digital techniques and working methods are explored as well as a review of the historical development and current directions of digital illustration. Similar to core illustration studio classes, assignments will have an emphasis on drawing and compositional skills as well as concepts, creativity, communication, technical achievement, and presentation.

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IL312: Narrative Illustration

lectures, a variety of digital techniques and working

IL402: Digital Portfolio

[3 credits] Prerequisite IL219

methods are explored. Assignments place an

[3 credits] Prerequisites IL313

In this course, students are introduced to the fast-

emphasis on drawing and compositional skills as well

In this course students create a digital portfolio of

paced demanding world of narrative illustration.

as concepts, creativity, communication, technical

their illustration work. Projects introduce students

Through a variety of real-world assignments, students

achievement, and presentation.

to a variety of web design methods and will include

create illustrations that tell a story, producing work

portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping

intended for a variety of clients including magazines,

IL320: Comic Book

of work, targeting a website to specific clients,

newspapers, websites, and books publishers. Students

[3 credits] Prerequisites IL219

promoting through social networking sites and

learn how to collaborate with art directors and

In this course, students explore the techniques and

group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards

respond to editorial decisions and revision requests

skills required to create sequential storytelling

to website navigation and design, industry trends in

as well as manage tight deadlines. Throughout this

illustration for graphic novels. Drawing skills

website design, and self-promotion.

course, students are encouraged to develop their own

are reinforced along with media use, character

unique, inventive, and personal vision; individual

development, design and page layout, audience

IL450: Studio Thesis for Illustration

visual solutions to assigned narrative texts.

concerns, and presenting to a publisher. Students

[3 credits] final semester

are introduced to current production methods and

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

business practices.

challenging, individual directions in illustration and

IL317: Pattern & Product

critical thinking. Building on their Introduction

[3 credits] Prerequisites IL219

In this course, students learn how to create decorative

IL354: Children’s Book

to Studio Thesis class, students map out a plan

and conceptual illustrations for a variety of applied

[3 credits] Prerequisites IL219

of study for the semester and work on a series

markets including design, advertising, apparel,

In this course, students explore the techniques and

of related concepts that culminate in a cohesive

product, and packaging. A variety of techniques

skills required to create sequential storytelling

body of work. The research they conduct in their

and methods are covered including pattern making

illustration for children’s books. Drawing skills

concurrent Seminar Thesis course is expected to

and hand lettering along with digital methods and

are reinforced along with media use, character

inform and broaden the context of the work they

techniques. Students research markets and explore

development, design and page layout, audience

develop in this course. Students are expected

branding and trends.

concerns, and presenting to a publisher. Students

to refine their understanding of contemporary

are introduced to the picture book making process,

issues and historical approaches related to their

IL319: Advanced Digital Techniques

from concepting and ideation, to constructing a

specific concept or process and bring an advanced

[3 credits] Prerequisites IL219

presentation “dummy” book and executing final

competency to the technical and formal concerns

This course introduces students to more advanced


that inform their work. Through class critiques

techniques and methods for the use of the computer

and the creation of an artist statement, students

as a medium and as an additional tool for creating

develop a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual

illustrations. Through projects, discussions, and

decisions and express and defend their individual

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artistic point of view. Visiting artists, guest lecturers,

then learn through observation how various garments

pertinent articles, and relevant exhibitions/

IL497c: Professional Practices for Illustrators

presentations supplement the Studio Thesis

[3 credits] final semester

required as a means of solving three-dimensional

experience. Over the course of the semester students

In this class, students will study the business and

design problems first on paper.

will investigate exhibition design and prepare for

professional practices of illustration. Projects will

the display of their work in the senior exhibition.

include portfolio assessment and building, targeting

Surface Treatments on Fabric 1 and 2

All senior students are required to take this course

work to specific clients, marketing strategies, and


in conjunction with their Seminar Thesis course.

client relationships including communications

The first semester of this course teaches traditional

and expectations. Students will also study current

techniques such as batik, stenciling, lino-printing,

IL490: Illustration Internship

industry trends in content, technique, and self-

inks on silk, latex treatments, and machine felting.

[3 credits] Prerequisites: LA312 and

promotion. Other topics will include usage pricing,

Advanced techniques such as foiling on fabric, latex

Department Chair approval

usage rights, invoicing, taxes, licensing, business

treatments, pleating, and machine felting are taught

In their junior year, students are required to gain

ethics, and copyright.

in the second semester to enlarge the variety of textile

valuable work experience in an area appropriate to illustration. Prior approval is required from

hang in relation to the body. Model drawing is

treatments in the student’s skill set.

Fashio n d e sig n co u rse s

Junior Year at Parsons Paris

Fashion Research & Design Concepts 1 and 2

the student, the workplace, and the internship

Paris Inside/Out

[2 credits per semester]


[1 credit per semester]

Students are trained to fully explore and exploit

To initiate students to Paris’s thriving contemporary

various multi- and interdisciplinary sources in

IL491: Introduction to Illustration Studio Thesis

gallery scene and give them backstage access to

order to creatively apply investigative research to a

the city’s art and design community, the Student

conceptual design process. The course requires the

[3 credits] Prerequisites IL313

Life Office offers a one-credit course composed of

development of documentary tools like sketchbooks.

In this class, students will begin to identify their own

excursions and guided visits to art exhibits and design

Market led and inspirational research will provide

unique point of view in their illustration work and

workshops throughout Paris.

a substantial fashion and design awareness and

the department chair and the internship must be formalized by a written agreement between

begin the process for developing their thesis topic.

will familiarize students with product and market

Through discussions, demonstrations, and projects,

Fashion Drawing 1 and 2

categories, as well as with current issues in

students will examine and define their unique

[4 credits per semester]

international fashion. The second semester includes

and individual voice, refine and strengthen their

This course teaches basic drawing skills from a live

different methods and conceptual techniques for

technique, and begin to explore potential markets

fashion model to help students define movement,

implementing effective design directions.

for their work. Emphasis is placed on technique,

proportion, and perspective. Studies of the fashion

individual expression, and collaboration.

figure, faces, legs, and hands are taught as they pertain to the more stylized fashion figure. Students

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3D Fashion Design 1 and 2

Fashion History 1 and 2

various stitches. This is an interdisciplinary course

[3 credits per semester]

[3 credits per semester]

designed to give students the technical skills

This course begins with an introduction to basic

This course examines the history of women’s fashion

necessary for basic fabric construction.

garment construction and production. Through

from the 19th to the 21st centuries. It proceeds

the practice of draping muslin on the mannequin,

chronologically and focuses on key designers and

IF402: Digital Portfolio for Fashion

students achieve understanding of how materials fall

movements, such as Orientalism, subcultures,

[3 credits]

and the foundation of pattern shapes: bodices, skirts,

postmodernism and anti-fashion, and unpacks

In this course students create a digital portfolio of

sleeves, and collars. Essential garment assembly

fashion in relation to its socio-cultural environment,

their fashion work. Projects introduce students to

techniques are introduced. Short project briefs

issues of social identity and body ideals. By

a variety of web design methods and will include

encourage intensive three-dimensional research

emphasizing contemporary fashion’s historical rag

portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping

and an exploration of a variety of three-dimension

picking, the course explores the connection between

of work, targeting a website to specific clients,

methods and techniques. The course initiates a

past and present fashions. It provides a visual culture

promoting through social networking sites and

flexible, experimental and critical approach towards

of the history of fashion and will be delivered in the

group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards

materials, volumes, and shapes from which design

form of lectures, seminar discussions, and site visits.

to website navigation and design, industry trends in website design, and self-promotion.

concepts emanate into an individual, personal problem-solving process.

French [3 credits]

IF404: Introduction To Fashion Thesis

Pattern Drafting 1 and 2

Dialogues, oral and written exercises, short

[3 credits]

[2 credits per semester]

compositions, and literary texts are used to establish

This course guides students through the process of

Students develop an understanding of professional

a firm foundation in the French language. Students

developing a fashion collection from concept through

pattern making, metric pattern cutting, and drafting

approach everyday life situations in French, while

sample making. Topics to be covered include: defining

skills. They learn about the architecture of garments

learning the fundamentals of grammar, the complexity

a market, sourcing fabrics, planning a collection, and

and the technical implications of flat construction

of conversation, and the written word.

working within the fashion industry.

and collars are undertaken. In the second semester,

Courses at CVA

more advanced methods and techniques are explored.

IF200: Introduction to Sewing

IF406: Professional Pattern/ Construction Techniques

for the fit. Basic patterns for bodices, skirts, sleeves,

Concurrently, students learn to draft many of the same patterns on the computer.

[3 credits]

Students are introduced to basic sewing methods of garments and three-dimensional forms. Students learn how to use a sewing machine and apply the

[3 credits]

Students learn to create production patterns that match industry standards as well as apply professional finishing techniques to their designs. In addition, students further develop their pattern making and sewing techniques in this course.

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IF490: Internship

photography will be included. Through lectures,

PH311: Applied Lighting

[3 credits]

demonstrations, and assigned projects, students

[3 credits] prerequisites PH 240 and PH316

In their senior year, students are required to gain

develop a basic vocabulary for discussing, critiquing,

This course is designed to provide students with a

valuable work experience in an area appropriate

and creating photographs.

working knowledge of applied photographic lighting

to fashion design. Prior approval is required from

issues. Topics will include manipulating natural

the department chair and the internship must

PH258: Traditional Color Processes

light and shadow, strobe lighting and metering,

be formalized by a written agreement between

[3 credits] Prerequisite PH240

studio and location lighting, and alternative lighting

the student, the workplace, and the internship

This course introduces students to traditional film

techniques. Assignments will cover a range of subjects


based color photography, sequencing and multiples,

such as product/still life, studio and environmental

portraiture and tableaux, and a more complex

portraiture, and architecture. Students will be

IF493: Studio Thesis for Fashion

photographic language. Students are introduced to

encouraged to become familiar with lighting as

[3 credits]

medium format cameras and basic studio lighting.

it specifically relates to artists in a fine art and

This course culminates with the creation and

Students develop a deeper understanding of

commercial context. Course content will be addressed

presentation of a complete fashion collection.

the photographic process, both technically and

through lectures, demonstrations and critiques.

Students will develop design ideas and build an

conceptually, and are challenged to articulate their

ensemble of various garments that work together

ideas in a concise and creative manner.

and complement one another. The final presentation features show pieces that best represent the student’s design aesthetic.

PH316: Digital Photography [3 credits] Prerequisite PH240

PH306: Advanced Photographic Techniques

This course is an introduction to working digitally with photographic images. Course content includes

[3 credits] Prerequisite PH258

projects, critiques, and lectures based on both straight

IF495: Professional Practice

Students are introduced to medium and large

and constructed methods of image making. The

[3 credits]

format cameras, studio lighting, and more refined

class is also an introduction to color photography as

The focus of this course is preparing for market.

technical uses of both black and white and color

it relates to the digitized image. Technical lectures

Students learn how to create line sheets, work with

photography. This course also includes portraiture,

and demonstrations include importing files from

fashion reps and retailers, as well as managing

history, individual research, exploration of alternative

digital media, high resolution film scanning, color

production preparation for selling their fashion line.

films and chemistry, portfolio building, and visits to

management, editing images in Adobe Photoshop,

galleries. Students explore further applications of

Photography Courses

making high-quality output on inkjet printers, and

digital imagery and working with potential clients

using service bureaus for large scale output.

PH240: Introduction to Photography

or organizations. Students begin to build career

[3 credits]

This course provides an introduction to the understanding and use of the 35mm film camera and working in the darkroom to produce black and white silver gelatin prints. A short introduction to digital


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PH318: Fashion Photography

Students will be responsible for the creative and

[3 credits] Prerequisite PH311

technical aspects of planning, shooting, and editing a

PH470: Alternative Photographic Processes

The Fashion Photography class introduces students to

substantial video program based on a creative vision.

[3 credits] Prerequisite PH316

an in-depth look at the application and business of the

NOTE: Students will need access to a video camera for

or department chair approval

fashion photography industry. Taught by a working

use throughout the semester.

This course is a hands-on exploration of a number of alternative photographic processes including

professional fashion photographer, the course addresses studio lighting and software, working

PH341: Advanced Video Production

Cyanotype, Van Dyke, Gum Bichromate, and

with models, products and locations, as well print

[3 credits] Prerequisite PH340a

Platinum/Palladium. Each of these processes

and social media. Students will work in class and off

Building on skills developed in the Introduction to

involves compounding photosensitive emulsions

campus, visiting with art directors, trend forecasters,

Video Production class, Video Production challenges

and sensitizers and hand applying them to

and other creative professionals to gain insight into

students with longer and more in depth projects.

various art papers. Students may use view

this popular, vibrant, and multi-dimensional industry.

This will include a major project that will be the

camera negatives as well as pinhole cameras to

primary activity of the second half of the semester

produce contact negatives for these processes as

PH321: Digital Portfolio for Photography

Class members produce and present an evening

well as using the computer and inkjet printers

[3 credits]

of video late in the semester for school and public

to produce desktop negatives from digital files.

In this course students create a digital portfolio of

presentation. NOTE: Students will need access to

Students will produce an expansive portfolio of

their photography work. Projects introduce students

a video camera for use throughout the semester.Â

prints containing samples from each process.

portfolio assessments, categorization and grouping

PH459: Independent Study: Photography

PH490: Photography Internship

of work, targeting a website to specific clients,

[1-3 credits] Prerequisites PH306 and

[1-3 credits] Prerequisite PH258 and

promoting through social networking sites and

department chair approval

department chair approval

group portfolio sites, client expectations in regards

This is an advanced course in photography in which

In their junior year, students are required to gain

to website navigation and design, industry trends in

the student works with a faculty mentor in developing

valuable work experience in an area appropriate

website design, and self-promotion.

imagery and appropriate techniques in a particular

to photography. Prior approval is required from

area of photography. A written, signed contract is

the department chair and the internship must

required before registering for this course.

be formalized by a written agreement between

to a variety of web design methods and will include

PH340a: Introduction to Video [3 credits] Prerequisite PH240

the student, the workplace, and the internship

This course provides a working introduction to


the aesthetic and technical requirements of video production. Lectures and workshops cover visual/ aural communications, pre-production planning, and lighting, sound, camera, and editing practices.

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PH491: Introduction to Studio Thesis: Photography

express and defend individual artistic points of view.

[3 credits]

and relevant exhibitions/presentations supplement

This class is a culmination of all previously taught

the Studio Thesis experience. Over the course of the

The Honors Program at CVA offers expanded

photographic skills and competencies. Work focuses

semester students investigate exhibition design and

opportunities for exceptional students who are

on the individual student identifying within

prepare for the display of their work in the senior

curious, highly motivated, and interested in deeper

themselves a set of core creative concerns within

exhibition. All senior students are required to take

and more self-directed study in liberal arts classes.

the context of a developing thesis topic. Portfolio

this course in conjunction with their Seminar Thesis

Honors students work with the instructor in regularly

development and artistic professionalism are


scheduled courses to create a contract for an honors

Visiting artists, guest lecturers, pertinent articles,

En rich m ent

Honors Program

component, which supplements or replaces some


PH497c: Professional Practices

regular course requirements. An honors component

PH496: Studio Thesis: Photography

[3 credits]

requires a self-directed study or research project that

[6 credits] Prerequisite PH491

Professional Practices engages a variety of

is more creative, in-depth, and more independent

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate

topics related to the professional development of

than a regular assignment. Students are encouraged

challenging, individual directions in photography and

photographers. Emphasis is on practical skills that

to use primary materials and engage in direct

critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study

will assist emerging photographers as they move

learning experiences such as visits to museums

for the semester and work on a series of related ideas

towards a professional career. Students develop skills

and archives or interviews with practicing artists

that culminate in a cohesive body of work. Seminar

in professional writing, such as grant proposals and

and designers. Assignments may include leading

Thesis research is expected to inform and broaden

arts criticism, in addition to learning basic business

discussions or making a special presentation in class.

the context of the visual work developed in the

practice, approaches to self-promotion, and methods

Honors students are challenged to work at a high level

Studio Thesis. Students are expected to refine their

entering the workplace. Each student will create a

of critical thinking, writing, and speaking.

understanding of contemporary issues and historical

website. Professional presentation of work is directed

approaches related to their specific concept or process,

to a broad range of applications including commercial

to members of the President’s List, which

and bring an advanced competency to the technical

and fine art contexts. Further professional

recognizes those who have earned a GPA of 3.5

and formal concerns that inform their work. Through

development is considered through looking at

or above. To graduate with honors, students

frequently scheduled critiques and a developed artist

graduate schools, artist residencies, and employment

must successfully complete six honors courses.

statement, an emphasis is placed on developing a

opportunities for photographers.

These students receive special recognition at

process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices and

Invitations to join the program are extended

commencement, and their CVA transcript states that they have “participated with distinction.”

CVA is a member of the National Collegiate

Honors Council (NCHC). CVA honors students are eligible to participate in study programs offered

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through NCHC.

second semester foundation courses for spring admits,

The curriculum introduces students to the cultural

upper level studio and liberal arts electives, and Art in

heritage of France through its art, literature, and

New York City (see off-campus description for details).

history. They investigate the influence of the French

For more information, contact Julie L’Enfant,

chair of liberal arts and director of the honors

tradition on contemporary art and design through

program, at

Career Center Professional Practice

The Career Center supports students in their

CVA’s professional practice program serves

professional development, including assistance

as a bridge between college and the art and

with graduate school research, grant application

design professions, helping students to become

procedures, job opportunity research, and practice

familiar with current professional practices in

interview sessions.

their major fields. The Professional Writing and

Rhetoric course builds students’ professional

coordinator at for more information

writing and public speaking skills. Each student

about these services.

Students should contact the internship

completes an internship in a professional art and design setting during the junior year.

Internships The goal of CVA’s Internship Program is to prepare students for art and design careers by providing meaningful work experiences, professional contacts in the community, and intellectually challenging opportunities. Students are held to high standards of performance in their internships, and have the full support of CVA during the internship experience. All internships must be registered by the 6th day of the semester.

Summer Degree Courses The college offers a limited selection of specialized studio and liberal arts courses in the summer for degree seeking students. These courses include

Tr avel co u rse s

Art in New York City CVA’s summer Art in New York City course introduces students to the Big Apple where they will explore the city and rich cultural points of interest. They will broaden their visual vocabulary by engaging in the culture of New York City, the major U.S. center of art and design. Students will visit museums, galleries, and artist and designer

critical readings, journaling, and research projects. In Paris, the class visits museums, galleries, and architectural sites, experiencing the city as a capital of the arts.

j u nio r y e ar stu dy ab road

Paris Study Abroad Located at the crossroads of Europe, studying in Paris is a uniquely rich cultural experience. École Parsons à Paris, Paris College of Art, was established in 1921 and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is nestled in a typical Parisian neighborhood, just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower. Fine art, photography, and fashion design students have the opportunity to study abroad their junior year. This is a highly competitive program option. See requirements for application.

studios. This three-credit elective may be taken

German Exchange Program

as a liberal arts credit and will include journaling,

The College of Visual Arts offers a student exchange

a visual mapping project, and presentation.

with Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK), an art and design school in

Art in Paris Each year, CVA offers a semester-long course with travel to Paris during spring break. Students earn three credits in art history, humanities, or liberal arts.

Hildesheim, Germany. Hildesheim is one of the oldest cities in northern Germany. It is best known for its half-timbered houses and Early Romanesque buildings, and a beautifully restored market square

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that was once considered to be among the loveliest in

The sequencing of the academic programs requires

3. Essential Reading & Writing builds essential

the world.

diligence from students in following the program

reading and writing skills and the ability to express

requirements, and academic advisors provide

Students who go to HAWK will study the German

language and take a variety of studio courses

essential guidance and advice about how to remain on

ideas through exploring resources in art, culture, and

applicable to their major course of study at CVA. This

track with the major program sequences.


College Art Prep for Success

CAPS during the Academic Year

To assure that artistically gifted students of all

CAPS students continue participation in the program

learning, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds

throughout their first year with academic tutorial and

program is a competitive program option to study abroad during the junior year. See requirements for application.

Summer Degree Courses

have the opportunity and support to pursue a BFA

support services. These services include weekly, two-

The college offers a limited selection of specialized

degree in the arts, CVA offers the College Art Prep for

hour required digital tutoring, in direct support of

studio and liberal arts courses in the summer for

Success (CAPS) program.

foundation two-dimensional design coursework and

degree seeking students. These courses include

The CAPS program supports intensive academic

weekly, two-hour required liberal arts tutoring, in

second semester Foundation courses for spring

and college preparation for conditionally accepted

direct support of Foundation writing and art history

admits, upper level studio and liberal arts electives,

students. Participation transforms and strengthens


and Art in New York City (see off-campus description

students’ ability to enter college and maintain

for details).

critical momentum for success. CAPS includes two components: an intensive summer program that

Acad emic Su pp o r t

prepares students for the first semester at CVA and

Academic Advising

ongoing support activities during the foundation year.

Students are assigned an academic advisor, who

CAPS Summer Program

is a full time faculty member, to assist them with course selection and planning. Academic advisors, along with the Registrar’s Office, provide guidance regarding academic procedure, guidelines, policy, and other support services as needed. CVA strongly recommends that students remain actively engaged with the academic advisor during their enrollment at the college. It is in the student’s best interest to establish a strong rapport with their academic advisor.

Learning Resource Center The Learning Resource Center (LRC) at CVA makes every effort to help students succeed. The LRC offers learning enhancement and enrichment services to students including writing, digital tutor, and basic skills such as study skills, time management,

This two-week intensive program includes three

research, and test taking skills. The resources of the


LRC are designed to help students take full advantage

1. College Readiness prepares students to meet the

of the variety of learning opportunities at CVA and

expectations of CVA’s first year Foundation Program

not only to survive, but to thrive as they acquire new

within the liberal arts and studio, as well as for

knowledge. Individual consultation is the usual way

college life.

that students use the LRC; academic skills workshops

2. Two-Dimensional Design Studio introduces

and seminars are also offered periodically. Contact

visual design problem solving and design vocabulary for more information.

through hand and digital work.

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Liberal Arts Tutor Within the LRC, liberal arts tutoring is available to support student learning in mastering writing skills with one-on-one tutoring to maximize student strengths that help reach academic goals. Liberal arts tutors help students become more skillful, confident, and resourceful by assisting with specific writing problems and class assignments as well as note taking and essential reading to meet academic challenges. Individual conferences are available during drop-in hours or reserve an appointment by contacting the LRC.

Digital Tutor As part of CVA’s infrastructure of support services, a digital tutor is available in the LRC offering computer support for students. An upper level CVA student who is a computer specialist is available for peer tutoring on a regular schedule each week during the academic year. Support documents on a variety of computer topics are also available online at current_students/digital_tips/.

Th e Acad emic Pro g r am

Graduation Requirements Each student is solely responsible for satisfying all degree requirements listed in this catalog and detailed on each student’s individual program sheet. Each candidate for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must: 1. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. 2. Successfully complete the senior thesis capstone courses.

3. Successfully complete one of the degree curricula

Students who are six credits or fewer short of

outlined in an official program sheet which was

completing graduation requirements after the spring

in effect from the year of matriculation, or later,

semester may participate in the commencement

at CVA. This presumes there has been no break

ceremony only if these courses are not in their major

in attendance exceeding three consecutive years

concentration. The remaining course(s) must be

and the student has filed no Change of Program

completed during the summer or the next semester

form. If there is a break in attendance exceeding

the courses are taught. Students who are short credits

three consecutive years, the student is bound by

at the time of the commencement ceremony receive

any new curricular requirements.

their diplomas at the end of the term in which all

4. In order for any student to proceed to the final stages of the Studio Thesis, Professional

degree requirements listed above are met. Transcripts

Practices, and the Thesis Seminar, i.e. exhibiting

confirm graduation status when the missing requirements are completed.

and presenting the thesis work, students need to earn at least a C in all three classes. When students have completed approximately 70% of their graded work, instructors will compute who has earned a C and hence is permitted to proceed to the final stage. 5. Successfully complete a minimum of 128 semester credits. The BFA program comprises 80 studio credits and 48 general education credits. All students must complete a minimum of 66 semester credits in residence at CVA. 6. File an Intent to Graduate form with the Registrar’s Office. 7. Satisfy all financial obligations to the college.

Degree Credit Policy Degree credit is awarded on the basis of demonstrated achievement and time required. Credits are awarded on a semester basis. One semester credit represents at least three hours of work each week, on average, for fifteen weeks. These three hours of work will include both time spent in class and assigned work completed outside of class.

Completion of Foundation Requirements All Foundation Program courses must be completed successfully by the end of the freshman year in

The registrar, in consultation with the department

order to enroll in sophomore level courses. First year

chairs, makes a final review to ensure that all course

students are required to repeat course failures or

requirements have been successfully completed in

withdrawals by the end of the next academic year.

each student’s intended curriculum. Students must be officially registered in their chosen curriculum for at

Senior Thesis

least two semesters before graduation in order to be

Senior Thesis is the capstone experience at the

eligible for a degree in that discipline.

College of Visual Arts. All students are required

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to successfully complete their thesis studies for graduation. This includes Professional Practices, Studio Thesis, and Seminar Thesis. These three courses have been designed to prepare and launch students for success upon graduation. In order for any student to proceed to the final stages of the Studio Thesis, Professional Practices, and the Thesis Seminar, i.e. exhibiting and presenting thesis work, students need to earn at least a C in all three classes. When students have completed approximately 70% of their graded work, instructors will compute who has earned a C and hence is permitted to proceed to the final stage.

Graduation with Honors

Level Reviews

Common Time at CVA

First and third year program level reviews consist

Students are required to be available on Tuesday and

of two scheduled critiques that are required for all

Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. to participate

students. The first critique, that takes place at the

in college events and workshops such as gallery

conclusion of the first year Foundation Program,

openings, panel discussions, and student council-

emphasizes critical thinking and presentation

related activities. The events will be held on these

skills. The second critique, at the end of the fifth

evenings throughout the academic year. Events that

semester, serves as an extension of the professional

take place during these times take precedence over

choice program begun in the Foundation year,

any other regularly occurring program or event.

providing a check on the student’s choice of major and professional direction. Failure to attend and

Instru ctio nal P o licie s

participate fully in any assigned level review will

Academic Honor Code

result in academic probation, loss of CVA scholarship funds for the following semester, and loss of privileges

I. Principles

to participate in student exhibitions at CVA for one

Every student at the College of Visual Arts must

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is conferred with

year. If an emergency situation arises that absolutely

honors upon students who have maintained high

precludes participation in a scheduled review, the

academic excellence. Final graduation honors listed

student must notify the Registrar immediately.

on the diploma and the transcript depend on the

Permission to make-up the review will rarely be

cumulative GPA at the time of degree completion.

granted, and only under the most unusual, compelling

Summa Cum Laude



Magna Cum Laude


Cum Laude


Textbook Notification

Change of Program

adhere to high standards of honorable behavior. Academic work for all liberal arts and studio classes must be a student’s own, with appropriate credit given for use of the words, images, and ideas from other sources. If a student uses fraudulent means to obtain grades or other advantages in academic work, he or she has not truly gained in knowledge, understanding, or skill. Grades, honors, and other

If a student wants to change his or her program

marks of achievement lose their meaning; the

of study, a Change of Program form must be filed

reputation of the College of Visual Arts is diminished

Students will receive information at the time of

and all requirements of the new program that are

and the value of its BFA degree reduced. It is therefore

registration each semester about the textbooks that

in effect at the time of the change must be met.

essential to the integrity of the college that every

will be recommended or required for courses, to the

The Change of Program form is available from

member of the community, including students,

extent practicable. This information will be provided

the Registrar’s Office. A change of curriculum

faculty, staff, and administration, uphold the highest

either in written form or by link to an Internet site

becomes official when the Change of Program

standards of academic integrity.

containing the information.

form is filed with the Registrar’s Office.

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II. Definition and Examples of Academic Dishonesty Upholding these standards requires an understanding of what is meant by academic dishonesty. Academic

Plagiarizing 1. Presenting for either a liberal arts or studio class the work of another without acknowledgement, as though it were your own.

dishonesty can be defined as any act whereby

2. Using the “cut and paste” method of constructing

a student seeks to gain grades, credit, or other

a paper from Internet or print sources without

advantage by fraudulent means. It includes, but is

synthesizing the ideas to create your own

not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, making multiple submissions, facilitating academic dishonesty,

independent thesis or identifying the sources. 3. Using information, ideas, or images from any

stealing or defacing materials or other property, using

source (Internet, book, article, a classmate’s

materials in an unauthorized manner, and falsifying

research paper, or artwork) without proper

academic records. The following list provides examples of these kinds of behavior. It is meant to provide illustrations only and is not an exhaustive list.

attribution. 4. Using the exact words of another without using quotation marks and citing the source. 5. Paraphrasing the words of another without citing

Cheating 1. Copying another student’s answers on a quiz or exam. 2. Using notes or other source materials on a quiz or exam without the instructor’s permission. 3. Collaborating on a take-home exam meant to be

the source.

Making Multiple Submissions

computers or calculators during an exam without the instructor’s permission. 5. Copying another student’s homework assignment. 6. Using answers from an instructor’s version of a textbook for a homework assignment meant to be completed individually.

1. T heft or defacement of any materials or property belonging to another student or member of the staff or faculty. 2. T heft or defacement of any materials or property belonging to the college. 3. T heft or defacement of library books or other materials. 4. T heft of proprietary software.

Using Materials in an Unauthorized Manner 1. Unauthorized entry into college property such as classrooms, studios, computer labs, faculty offices, or library. 2. Unauthorized use or manipulation of studio equipment or computer programs.

1.  Submitting, without prior permission, a paper, project, or other assignment completed in one class to fulfill a requirement for another class.

completed individually. 4. Using electronic devices such as phones,

Stealing or Defacing Materials or Other Property

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty 1. A llowing another student to copy answers from your exam paper.

Falsifying Academic Records 1. Alteration of grade books or files. 2. Use of personal relationships to gain grades or favors. 3. A ny attempt to obtain grades or credit through fraudulent means.

2. Giving or selling another student a completed assignment, project, or paper. 3. Informing students in a later section of a class the questions on an exam.

III. Process for Dealing with Violations of the Honor Code The College of Visual Arts will treat violations of the honor code with the utmost seriousness. If a student is accused of academic dishonesty, the student will be informed of the alleged violation and the evidence

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on which the allegation is based. If circumstances

to adhere to this policy, track their students’

will communicate the excused holidays to the

warrant, the instructor and relevant department

attendance/tardiness, and make the appropriate

student’s classroom faculty, the faculty advisor,

chair, in consultation with the chief academic officer,

referral to student support services, e.g., academic

and the director for student life.

may decide on a penalty such as a failing grade or

advisors and/or the Office for Student Life.

zero on the assignment or exam or a failing grade

in the course. A record of the violation will be filed

by faculty and students will be apprised of this

with the chief academic officer, who will maintain a

attendance policy at orientation.

permanent record of reported student violations.

1. Classes that meet two times per week recognize

Students may appeal to the relevant department

chair. If dissatisfied with that decision, the student may appeal to the chief academic officer. The decision from that office will be final. In special circumstances a student may appeal to a standing hearing committee. The chief academic officer will deal

four absences as grounds for failure. 2. Classes that meet one time per week recognize three absences as grounds for failure. 3. Two tardies are equivalent to one absence. After fifteen minutes, the tardy becomes an absence. 4. A student will forfeit all rights and privileges

with second and subsequent violations of the honor

for the course failed due to attendance and/or

code. Students may appeal decisions to the standing

tardy absences.

committee, the decision of which is final.

5. Excused absences are granted only due to hospitalization of the student, death in the

IV. Penalties for Violations Penalties for students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty may include: 1. A grade of F or 0 on an assignment, paper, or exam. 2. A grade of F for the course. 3. Suspension from the college. 4. Expulsion from the college.

Attendance Policy

family, or legally mandated activities such as military service or court appearances. Students are required to show documentation of their circumstance to the faculty advisor within two weekdays after the student returns to school following absence for which an excuse is requested. The Registrar’s Office will notify classroom faculty and the director for student life of days for which an excused absence is granted. 6. C VA recognizes all religions and will grant excused absences for documented religious

CVA’s attendance policy applies to all studio

holidays. Students are required to register the

and liberal arts courses and is designed to be

particular times and dates of these holidays at

proactive. Absenteeism and tardiness often are

the beginning of each semester with the Office

indications of extenuating circumstances that

of Academic Affairs. The Registrar’s Office

need attention and support. Faculty are required

7. Students are responsible for understanding this

This policy will be consistently enforced

policy and tracking their own attendance and tardiness.

Academic Grievance Policy Academic grievances are complaints brought by students concerning the college’s provision of educational services affecting their role, progress, and status as students. Academic grievances must be based on an alleged violation of a college rule, policy, or established practice. This policy does not limit the college’s right to change rules, policies, or practices.

The Academic Grievance Policy does not apply

to conflicts related to complaints under the Student Conduct Code, to academic misconduct allegations, to sexual harassment complaints, or to any type of allegation other than an academic grievance, as defined above. The Student Conduct Code and other college policies are available on the college website.

The goal of the Academic Grievance Policy and

Procedures is to resolve conflicts through a simple and expeditious process, through informal resolution methods, if possible. Resolutions may include student reinstatement or other academic corrective action on behalf of the student, but may not include monetary compensation or disciplinary action against any college employee. Grievances involving an instructor’s judgment in assigning a grade based on academic performance may be resolved only through the informal resolution procedures set forth in this policy.

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See the full text of the Student Academic Grievance

and sequenced curriculum provides a well-rounded

Policy and Procedures on the college website.

education for artists and designers. In exceptional

guidelines for grading and assigning grade

cases, students may be given special permission to

point averages (GPA). Please note that in this grading

transfer up to 12 credits from courses taken at other

system, “C” represents average work, meaning regular

regionally accredited post-secondary institutions,

attendance, continued improvement, and successful

if the student received a grade of “C” or above and

accomplishment of course objectives.

Transfer Credit Policy Students who enter CVA after attending other postsecondary institutions may apply for transfer credit. Upon matriculation at CVA, students may transfer a maximum of 60 semester credits. Academic credits earned at other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions will be considered for transfer credit if the student received a grade of “C” or above and if the course is appropriate to the CVA curriculum. Remedial and developmental course credits will not be accepted. Students seeking to transfer studio credits must submit a portfolio that displays the work done in each course they wish to transfer.At the time of matriculation, the Admissions Office, in consultation with the faculty, reviews student work based on the official transcripts, the course syllabi, and the quality and equivalency of the work shown in the transfer portfolio. Credits are not automatically transferred and are awarded on an individual basis.

if the course is appropriate to the CVA curriculum. The course must meet the standards of comparable

Passing Grades

academic courses at CVA and must also comply with




CVA’s credit policy concerning achievement and time.




The grades received for these transferred credits will



not be included in calculating the student’s grade



point average at CVA.


Above Average


Credit transfer from other institutions is not



automatic. The student must seek prior approval from



the registrar and the chair of the department relevant




to the subject of the course. In deciding whether to



approve the request, the registrar and the department


Below Average


chair will assess the reasons for the request and the



appropriateness of the course to fulfill the student’s




academic program requirements.











Attendance Failure








Portfolios of work supporting requests for transfer

G r ad e s

of studio credits should be submitted before the

Grading Criteria

beginning of the term for which the student is seeking admission, as the transfer credits may affect the student’s registration. Guidelines for preparation of transfer portfolios are available from the Admissions Office. Once students have begun their academic work at CVA, they are expected and encouraged to take all their courses at CVA. A specially designed, integrated,

CVA provides faculty with the following

Individual faculty evaluate and assign grades for coursework performed within the structure of each class. Each course has outcome objectives which students are expected to meet. These objectives and grading criteria are outlined in a course syllabus, which is given to students during the first week of class. At the end of each semester, students receive a grade for each course.

Incompletes A grade of incomplete is given by an instructor to indicate that a student has been unable to complete his or her academic obligations due to unusual circumstances such as a long illness or a death in the

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family. A Petition for Incomplete must be completed by the student and instructor and approved by the department chair and chief academic officer before

Acad emic Stan d in gs

Good Academic Standing

the posting of final grades. Unless a specified time

Students are in good academic standing

period is given by the instructor, an incomplete must

if they maintain a cumulative grade point

be made up no later than the start of the next semester.

average of at least 2.0. Students admitted to

A student is responsible for making arrangements with

the college are assumed to be in good standing

the instructor to clear the incomplete.

academically as long as they are not admitted under conditional acceptance conditions.

Grade Change Policy A grade that has been reported by the instructor to the registrar cannot be changed except in the case of clerical error or unless the grade was fraudulently obtained. All grades and credits stand as recorded

Students should be aware that maintaining good academic standing does not automatically ensure continued financial aid eligibility.

Satisfactory Progress

does not count in the GPA. Satisfactory work counts towards the number of credits required for graduation. Unsatisfactory work receives a grade of “U” and does not count towards graduation.

Probation and Dismissal When reading the rules listed below, the student must keep in mind that conditional acceptance, academic probation, suspension, and dismissal become effective at the end of the semester or term in which the student fails to attain the grade point average required. Although a student will normally receive official notification of such action, such notice is not a prerequisite to the student being placed on

in the registrar’s official records if changes are not

CVA requires that students achieve a minimum

probation, suspension, or dismissed. It is the student’s

reported in writing within five years of the last day

cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate. Students must

responsibility to ascertain his or her academic status

of the semester in which the course was taken. All

complete their degree within six academic years

after the close of the semester. All academic actions

courses taken before degree completion, with the

(twelve semesters) of full time study.

described below will appear on a student’s transcript.

exception of those numbered below 100,

are used toward fulfillment of the specific degree

have been achieved in all courses that are published

requirements, and the permanent record is closed as

prerequisite courses. A grade of incomplete does not

of the completion date.

satisfy the standard. Students receiving a D+ or less in

To enroll in any course, a C- or better must

a course that is a prerequisite must repeat the course

President’s List Any student who passes 15 or more semester credits and attains a 3.50 grade point average or better for any one semester is placed on the President’s List. Credits earned from developmental coursework (courses numbered below 100) do not qualify for the 15 credits required for the President’s List. The names of the students making the list are announced by the Registrar’s Office at the end of each semester.

before advancing to the next level of coursework. In special circumstances, permission may be granted by the appropriate departmental chair to waive this rule as long as the grade in question is not an F or I. As a general policy, courses at CVA are graded by letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, etc.). However, in certain courses, satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading may be more

Academic Warning An academic warning is issued to a student whenever the regular-term GPA is below 2.0. The Registrar’s Office will notify a student of his or her academic standing. The purpose of such a warning is to alert a student, even though he or she may currently be in good standing, that special effort be given before he or she falls into academic difficulty.

Academic Probation

appropriate. In this type of grading, satisfactory work

Academic probation is intended as a warning to

receives a grade of “S” on the student’s transcript, but

students who are not making the expected progress

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towards a degree completion. A student will be placed

of at least 2.0 for each semester until the student is

on academic probation whenever the cumulative

removed from probation. Failure to do so will result in

grade point average falls below 2.0. A student may

academic dismissal. Failure to achieve an overall 2.0

be admitted conditionally or continue on probation.

by the end of the second semester of enrollment after

Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be

suspension will also result in academic dismissal.

academically suspended from the college without first being placed on probation. Generally, a student on probation shall be removed from probation any time the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or above. (Students who are admitted on conditional acceptance are subject to different cumulative credit requirements in order to achieve good standing.

A student on probation must make a semester

grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first semester and each succeeding semester until the student is removed from probation or the student will be academically suspended. Failure to achieve a cumulative 2.0 by the end of the second semester of probation will result in academic suspension.

Academic Suspension

Academic Dismissal

withdrawal in the Registrar’s Office. A student who withdraws from the college before the eleventh week and after the first six days of the semester receives a “W” grade for any courses attempted during the semester. Thereafter, and through the last days of instruction, a grade of “F” is assigned in all courses

degree unlikely. It can also be used in instances where

for which the student is registered unless the registrar

behavior or aptitude deficiencies merit academic

indicates on the Withdrawal form that the student

intervention. A student must have a cumulative grade

is withdrawing due to “extraordinary reasons.” A

point average of 2.0 by the end of his or her third year

student withdrawing for extraordinary reasons, such

and throughout the fourth year in order to graduate.

as a death in the immediate family or a critical illness

A student who fails to maintain this standard will be

or accident, receives a grade of “ W” in all courses

academically dismissed from the college. A student

attempted during that semester. Any student who

who has been academically suspended or dismissed

leaves the college without withdrawing his or her

may re-enter the college by a favorable action of the

registration through regular channels receives the

Academic Review Committee. Courses completed

grade earned through the end of the semester in all

elsewhere by a student who has been academically

courses for which he or she is registered.

suspended or dismissed may be submitted as evidence of academic competence on a petition to the Academic Review Committee for readmission. If readmitted,

calendar year after the close of the term or semester

the student may receive degree credit for such

that resulted in the suspension. A student returning

course work. A student who has been removed from

to the college after a suspension period must apply

probation will be subject to new academic action in

for readmission. A student who has attended another

accordance with the preceding rules exactly as if the

institution since last attendance at the college must

student had not been previously placed on probation,

meet the same admission requirements as a transfer

suspension, or dismissed.

the student must make a semester grade point average

because of personal reasons should apply for college

scholarship so low as to make the completion of a

the college will be eligible for readmission after one

academic suspension is continued on probation, and

A student who must withdraw during a semester

Academic dismissal usually indicates a level of

A student who has been academically suspended from

student. A student who returns to the college after an

Withdrawal from the College

Leave of Absence A leave of absence may be granted to a student who wishes to interrupt his or her education temporarily but plans to return after one or a maximum of two semesters. All requests for a leave of absence must be submitted in writing. The formal readmission process is not required for students who have taken an official leave of absence. Leave of Absence forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.

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Readmission Policy All former students who have been away from the college for one or more semesters must file an Application for Readmission. The form can be obtained through the Admissions Office. A student will be reinstated if he or she is in good academic

a semester. To add or drop a class during this period, students must obtain the signature of the instructor and their academic advisor on the Add/Drop form and return the form to the Registrar’s Office to process.

Withdrawing from a Class

standing. A student who has been academically

A student withdrawing from a class must process

suspended may be reinstated only after the Academic

an Add/Drop form with the Registrar’s Office

Review Committee has granted approval. Applicants

before the eleventh week of a semester. A student

who have been gone longer than three years must

withdrawing from a class any time after the first six

meet the degree requirements of the catalog in effect

days of a semester but before the eleventh week of a

upon their return. Certain time-sensitive courses may

semester receives a “W” grade on his or her academic

need to be repeated. All coursework completed over

transcript. No student may withdraw from a class

three years before readmission will be reviewed on a

once the eleventh week of the semester begins. Any

case-by-case basis.

withdrawal after the start of the eleventh week of the semester will be recorded as an “F” grade on

Mid-term Evaluation A student receives a mid-term evaluation from faculty to report the academic progress made in a class. The evaluation identifies the student’s academic needs and also recognizes the student’s academic success. Faculty complete a mid-term evaluation for each

the academic transcript. Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal from a class and will be recorded as an “F” grade on the student’s academic transcript.

Credit Load

Classification of Students At the end of each semester students are classified as follows: Foundation - 0 to 29 credits completed. Sophomore - 30 to 59 credits completed. Junior - 60 to 89 credits completed. Senior - 90 or more credits completed.

Average/Maximum Class Size The typical class size for studio courses at the college is 10-16 students (16 students maximum) and 18-22 students in liberal art classes (24 students maximum).

Transcripts Copies of student transcripts are available upon written request to the Registrar’s Office. Official transcripts are $4.00 per copy and unofficial transcripts are $2.00 per copy. Transcripts may be withheld if a student has not met financial obligations at the college. Transcripts are sent only at the written request of the student. Transcript Request forms can

student and an Academic Deficiency notice for any

Students should enroll for at least 15 credits per

be obtained both in the Registrar’s Office and from

student who is not making satisfactory progress at

semester. To complete degree requirements within

the CVA website.


four years, students must complete four semesters of 15 credits, one semester of 15.5 credits and one

Adding/Dropping Classes Students wishing to change their schedules after registering must fill out an Add/Drop Form. Students may add or drop classes with no notation appearing on their academic record during the first six days of

semester of 16.5 credits, and two semesters of 18 credits each. 128 credits above the 100 level (not including developmental courses) are required for graduation.

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Technology Computers play a crucial role in educating CVA’s

exhibitions including student and faculty shows,

digital, and alternative photographic processes.

as well as three high school exhibitions, regional

invitationals, two national exhibitions, and public art

large shooting studio, lighting equipment, seamless


backdrops, reflectors, tripods, and other gear

students to be visually, verbally, and technologically accomplished. The integration of technology into the college’s curriculum provides students with the creative and technical skills needed to generate complex visual work. CVA students have access to MacPro and iMac computer labs with Internet access through multiple T1 connections, wireless networks, file and print servers, film and flatbed scanners, and high quality laser printers. Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, etc.) is an essential component of the curricular software, which supports a wide range of CVA coursework. The college also offer extended hours for working on digital assignments.

CVA Gallery

necessary for studio work. It functions as the photo

CVA Library The library offers students a comfortable setting for research and study. The collection consists of over 10,300 books and 300 video recordings. The library currently receives 40 journals, with over 5000 back issues, and has a Special Collection of rare monographs and 170 Artists’ Books. Students have access to many online databases, including Alexandria (the CVA Library online catalog), Art Index Full Text, Oxford Art Online, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, Proquest Newsstand Complete, and ARTstor (a database with over 1.2 million images).

Computers with word-processing and Internet

access make the library an ideal spot for researching, writing papers, checking email, or Facebook. The

The CVA gallery program has a comprehensive

building also has wireless access. The staff is available

schedule that balances both academic and community

to assist students with their research, including

exhibitions, represents work from all disciplines at the

processing interlibrary loan requests for materials not

college, serves emerging to established artists, and

available at CVA.

presents local, regional, and national work. Because of its location at the corner of Western and Selby avenues, the CVA Gallery creates a nexus among neighborhood residences, community organizations, small businesses, and the arts.

Gallery programming engages students and the

community through exhibitions, public lectures, and discussions. The schedule includes sixteen annual

CVA’s Western Building Photo Studio houses a

Photography Labs The college’s photography facilities allow both beginning and advanced students to work in a wellequipped environment that fosters the exploration of individual photographic vision. These facilities can be used for traditional black and white, traditional color,

classroom as well. Also located in the Western Building are the dry mounting, matte cutting, copy camera rooms, and the photo faculty office. The Digital Darkroom houses computers, scanners, and our state of the art Epson inkjet photo printers, allowing printing with archival pigment based inks.

New state of the art photo studios include the

college’s black and white and color darkrooms, film processing area, photo student lounge, and equipment check out counter. Small, medium, and large format cameras, video cameras, darkroom kits, and other equipment can be accessed. Our newest facility is the Alternative Process Darkroom located adjacent to the film processing area. Here students can explore the fascinating world of such historical processes as cyanotype, Van Dyke, gum bichromate, platinum and palladium, and hand-applied liquid emulsions on alternative surfaces.

Printmaking Shop The college’s printmaking shops revolve around an efficient classroom with large work tables for drawing, carving, and critique and has display walls for finished work, light table, and cutting area. This area is also used for water-based screen-printing and has a vacuum table with a one-armed squeegee and a wash-out station. The printmaking office for

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instructors and the shop technician is easily accessed

Students at all levels of their programs use the

by students and located directly off of this classroom.

facilities to build stretchers for paintings, supports for

The main ventilated shop houses our three stationary

photographs, and alternative surfaces to carve, draw,

etching presses, the largest press can accommodate

and paint on. Printmaking students use the shop to

paper larger than 30 by 40 inches. There is a fourth

cut their metal plates.

portable etching press on wheels, lithography press

and accompanying equipment, tools, and supplies.

with a full metal and wood shop. Students learn

the fundamentals of welding fabrication, surface

The college provides supplies such as consumable

The college’s sculpture facility is furnished

oil-based and water-based inks, newsprint, and

treatments for metal, and how to structure a sturdy

recyclable rags. This area is equipped for intaglio,

metal armature for lasting sculptural pieces. The

lithography, monotype, embossing, collage, and

wood area is fully equipped for cutting, sanding, and

collagraph techniques. We have additional smaller

shaping wood through a wide range of equipment

shops devoted to our Vandercook letterpress and

and assorted hand tools. An outdoor work area

type, a book press, and relief/woodblock proofing

immediately adjacent to the shop allows students

presses, also a darkroom with two larger exposure

to explore larger scale approaches and provides

units and two portable units. Our courses beyond the

additional individual workspace. The outdoor

Introduction to Printmaking include photographic

grounds around the Summit Building also offer an

techniques as part of the curriculum, e.g. photo

exquisite exhibition and critique space for sculpture.

screen-printing, photo litho plates, intaglio, relief, and

The classroom in Grotto provides sculpture students

letterpress photo-polymer plates such as Solar and

with an extended work and critique space.

KM73 and also intaglio ImagOn photo polymer

film. CVA’s Printmaking Shop has well defined safety

classroom, which is fully equipped with a plaster

protocols and the shops are always supervised during

mixing area and additional storage space for work

student access.

in progress. To insure the safety of students working

Moldmaking and casting take place in the Grotto

in the shop and to further assist students, a highly

Sculpture Studio CVA’s Sculpture Studio is available to all CVA students who have completed the Introduction to Sculpture course. Students who have completed this course and gone through our extensive safety training sessions have unlimited access during open shop hours.

skilled technician, who is also a professional sculptor, is available during all open shop hours.

Institutional Policies

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Ban o n Fir e ar ms CVA prohibits its faculty, staff, students, and guests

E xhib itio n an d Pu b licatio n o f Wo r k

from carrying, possessing and/or storing firearms on

The college encourages students to display their

CVA’s premises.

artwork in campus buildings throughout their enrollment. A student must first receive approval

Crim e Awar en ess an d Cam pus Secu rit y Act o f 1 9 9 0 CVA is in compliance with all aspects of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The full text of these policies is available on the college website.

D isab ilit y P o licy The college provides a supportive environment for

before displaying any work on campus. Department chairs are responsible for the work exhibited in the CVA buildings as follows: Summit Building: Chair, Graphic Design, Chair, Illustration, Coordinator, Printmaking and Chair, Photography Western Studios: Chair, Foundation Studies and Chair, Photography

students with disabilities. The Office for Student Life coordinates disability services. A student needing

CVA Library:

accommodations must contact the director for student

Chair, Fine Arts and Chair, Photography

life for more information. Grotto Studios: Chair, Fine Arts Blair Arcade: Coordinator, Fashion Design Student Lounge: Student exhibition space for all departments

Any student wishing to display sculpture or an installation involving three-dimensional objects should also consult with the sculpture technician for safety and durability assurances.

The college does not assume any liability,

absent a written agreement between the student and the college to the contrary. It is recommended that a student properly secure and otherwise take appropriate measures to minimize any risk of loss or damage to the work and to the college’s property. It is also the student’s responsibility to take down any work and clean up after the work has been displayed. A student causing damage to property in the course of displaying work may be charged for repairs.

The College of Visual Arts recognizes and values

students’ rights in works of art and design produced by them while enrolled in its academic programs. From time to time, the college may select student work for display on the college’s website or in college publications. Each student is asked to sign a copyright permission form granting CVA permission for these uses of student work. Throughout the year, CVA authorizes the photographing of campus activities for publication in college materials. Any student who does not wish to have a photograph of him or her used by the college must notify the director for student life of this decision at the time of registration.

FERPA and Confidentiality of Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires institutions to notify students of their rights regarding confidentiality of their records.

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These rights include: 1. T he right to limit disclosure of a student’s record 2. T he right to inspect and review the educational records that an institution keeps on a student 3. T he right to amend a record or append a statement to the record 4. T he right to file a complaint with the FERPA office in Washington, D.C. CVA protects the privacy of education records,

G rie van ce Pro ced u r e s

Military Service

A student seeking information on the college’s

The College of Visual Arts recognizes and appreciates

grievance procedure, sexual harassment and violence

the important contributions made by our enlisted men

prevention program, crime awareness and campus

and women in the service of our country. It is possible

security program, and drug and alcohol abuse

that some CVA students in the National Guard and

prevention program should consult the college’s

Reserves will be called to active duty. In support of

website for the full text of these and other policies.

these students, CVA has developed procedures that will provide necessary flexibility to each student.

H e alth Insu r an ce

establishes the right of students to inspect and review

While every safety precaution is taken, the production

their education records, and provides guidelines

of art and design involves potentially hazardous

for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data

techniques. All students are required to have some

through formal or informal hearings. Copies of CVA’s

form of comprehensive health insurance. Students

policy regarding FERPA and procedures used by the

may obtain health insurance through their family,

college to comply with the Act can be obtained from

employer, or individual policy. Students must confirm

the Registrar’s Office.

coverage during final validation each semester. A

student may request information from the Office for

Student directory information will be released

at the discretion of the Registrar’s Office unless the

Student Life about medical insurance brokers who

student specifically requests in writing that directory

market student medical insurance coverage. During

information be withheld. Requests to withhold

final validation, students are also required to provide

directory information must be renewed annually with

current emergency contact information.

the Registrar’s Office. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, class level, photo ID picture, dates of attendance at CVA, degree and awards received, major field(s) of study, and participation in organizations and activities approved or otherwise established by the college. All other information is defined as confidential and cannot be released without the student’s written authorization.

Im m u niz atio n Law Minnesota State Law requires students to have certain

Students will have the following options: 1. Withdraw from the entire semester and 100% of the tuition and fees will be reversed. 2. Petition for incompletes will be considered after the 12th week of classes.

a. If arrangements are made for incompletes in courses (to be made up later), the registration would remain and tuition and fees would be assessed in full.

b. If arrangements are made for incompletes in a few courses, the registration for those courses would remain and tuition and fees would be assessed. Courses which incompletes cannot be arranged will be dropped and the tuition and fees would be reversed.

immunizations in order to be enrolled in most postsecondary educational institutions. Students may not

Financial aid is refunded in accordance with existing

enroll at the college until a completed immunization

CVA and Federal policies for each of the situations.

form as been submitted. The immunization form is

These procedures do not apply to reservists who are

available from the Admissions Office. Immunization

fulfilling their annual two-week active duty.

information will be kept in the student’s confidential file with the registrar.

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N o Sm o kin g P o licy

Safet y o n Cam pus

All CVA buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is

Equipment and Materials

permitted outdoors only in designated areas. Care should be taken to properly extinguish and dispose of matches, cigarettes, and other materials.

N o ise Co ntro l

physical plant and the director for student life should be notified immediately of any student injury or

and the awareness and knowledge of safety rules and

illness occurring on campus

policies are a condition of a student’s enrollment at the college.

college buildings, as noise interferes with classes in

operating of tools and the handling of hazardous

session and the work of the staff and faculty members.

materials. Students are required to attend training

While in any of the campus buildings, students should

sessions and abide by the rules and policies. These

use headphones when listening to music. Students

rules and policies will be enforced and failure to

may listen to music during studio sessions at the

comply can result in reprimand, suspension, or

discretion of the faculty.

expulsion. The technicians or faculty have the final

All students will receive training in the safe

word in safe practices and reserve the right to remove

race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, or veteran status in the administration of its education policies, employment practices, admission policies, scholarships, loans, and other college administered programs.

personnel arrive. The executive director of safety and

dangerous techniques and practices. Safe work habits

The college does not discriminate on the basis of

person should not be moved until trained medical

The production of art and design involves potentially

Loud music and noise should be kept at a minimum in

N o n - D iscriminatio n P o licy

In the case of a head, neck or spinal injury, the injured

any student from an unsafe situation or who is violating safety protocol.

The college is committed to providing students,

faculty, and staff a safe environment in which to learn, teach, and work. We require the assistance of everyone in our community to have safe habits and prevent accidents.

Accidents and Illnesses

Security on Campus College work-study students will be on duty and answering the phone on the first floor of the Summit Building and Blair Arcade on Monday through Thursday evenings. The college provides a uniformed security officer to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and facilities. During the fall and spring semesters, the officer is on campus and can be reached at 612.839.3505.

The security officer makes scheduled rounds to

all five buildings during his/her shifts. During his/her rounds, the guard checks to make sure all buildings are secure, all doors functioning properly, and assist students and faculty with any questions they may have.

The college buildings are accessible only by key

fob. Students are issued a key fob at registration and should always carry the key fob to gain access. All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry a

Despite continued vigilance towards creating a safe

college identification card while on campus and may

working environment, accidents sometimes happen or

be asked by the security officer or student monitors to

a person may become ill while on campus. If someone

show their CVA ID.

suffers a life-threatening or serious injury or illness, call 911 immediately and then notify the executive director of safety and physical plant. During evening or weekend hours, notify the campus security officer.

Institutional Policies ¬ 74

College Identification Card Policy

Stu d ent Co n d uct Co d e

In an effort to promote a safe and secure learning

The college has a Student Conduct Code that affirms

environment for the College of Visual Arts

certain basic principles and standards of behavior

community, the college has implemented an

that underlie its educational purpose. These include

Identification Card Policy that requires students, staff,

the recognition and preservation of basic human

and faculty to carry the card with them whenever

dignity, the freedom of expression, equal opportunity

they are on college premises or attending off-campus

and civil discourse, academic integrity, a sustained

events sponsored by CVA. Alumni using college

atmosphere of safety, respect for policies, rules,

facilities are also required to have an ID card. All ID

regulations, and standards set forth by the college,

cards must be validated by the Registrar’s Office with

its academic divisions, and the federal, state, and city

a sticker for the current semester.

governments. Any violation will result in disciplinary action. A copy of the Student Conduct Code is

Wireless Emergency Notification System CVA has a Wireless Emergency Notification System

available on the college’s website.

Stu d ent- Rig ht-To - K n ow

(CVAlerts!) that will be used to notify students,

The college is in full compliance with the Student

faculty, and staff of emergencies on campus and

Right-to-Know Act, which states that publication

cancellations of classes and closings because of snow

of graduation rates for students entering CVA as

and other weather conditions. Notifications can be

first-time freshmen must be made available upon

delivered by email, text message, or both. Students

request. The college’s graduation rates are available

should follow the link on the CVA website to register

to all prospective students upon request from the

for the CVAlerts! system.

Registrar’s Office.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach ¬ 76

CVA co m m u nit y educatio n missio n

High School Summer Intensive

Advancing the value of art and design in the

classes are designed to challenge the curiosity and


interest of young artists and designers of tomorrow.

The College of Visual Arts’ high school summer

Adult Community Education Adult education at the College of Visual Arts will introduce you to new trends, technology, and talents through innovative programming aimed at enhancing your personal and professional creativity and interests.

Benefit from the strengths of CVA as we know

best – illustration, graphic design, fine arts, liberal arts, fashion design, and photography. Practicing professionals within the art and design community introduce new course offerings each semester.

Our classes will make you better at who you are

and what you do.

High school classes are studio based, motivating

learners to develop new skills and a sense of confidence within the college environment. Youth classes are packed with creative energy – allowing the participant to explore and express their ideas while gaining knowledge about the world of art and design. CVA instructors use innovative and exciting approaches to engage students, and are professional artists and designers committed to excellence in education. Bring your imagination to life on our campus.


Administration ¬ 78

Co lleg e o f Visual Ar ts B oar d o f Trustees

Cam pus O fficers

James Rubenstein, Chair

President and Chief Academic Officer

Attorney, Moss & Barnett

Andrea Specht, Vice-Chair

Susan A. Short, PhD

Executive Director, Bloomington Theatre

Vice President and General Counsel

and Art Center

Administration and Institutional Research

Ann Ledy

Stephen P. Patrick, Secretary President and CEO, BWBR Architects, Inc.

Gretchen Koehn, Treasurer President, ExecTeam, LLC

Judith Beck Community Member

Jamey Erickson Owner and Creative Director, Sevnthsin

Kit Richardson Principal, Schafer Richardson

Phil Rosenbloom Managing Director, Bearance Management Group

Acad emic Le ad ers

Lynda Monick-Isenberg Professor, Foundation Drawing Chair, Foundation Studies

James O’Brien Assistant Professor, Illustration Chair, Illustration

Maria Santiago Professor, Printmaking

John DuFresne

Coordinator, Printmaking

Professor, Graphic Design

Chair, Graphic Design

Ellen Skoro Assistant Professor, Photography

Julie L’Enfant, PhD

Chair, Photography

Professor, Art History

Chair, Liberal Arts

Valerie Jenkins Associate Professor, Drawing and Painting Chair, Fine Arts

Jessika Madison-Kennedy Adjunct Instructor, Fashion Design Coordinator, Fashion Design

Administration ¬ 79

Facu lt y

Barb Nei

PhD, MA, BA, Louisiana State University

Foundation Faculty

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

MA, University of New Orleans

MFA, University of Minnesota

Teaches Renaissance through Modern Art History,

Lynda Monick-Isenberg

BA, Macalester College

Art in Paris, Art Since 1945, and Minnesota Art and

Professor, Foundation Drawing and Chair,

Teaches Orientation to Art and Design


Foundation Studies

MA, University of Minnesota

Tom Oliphant

Sarah Campbell

BA, College of St. Catherine

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Teaches Drawing 1,  Drawing 2, Teaching Artist:

MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art

MA, BA, University of St. Thomas

Theory and Methods, and Teaching Artist Practicum

B. Arch, University of Minnesota

Teaches Prehistoric through Gothic Art History and


Teaches 3-D Design Elements and 3D Design

Renaissance through Modern Art History

Pat Benincasa


Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies


Marc David

MFA, MA, Wayne State University

Steve Stenzel

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

BFA, Michigan State University

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

PhD, University of North Carolina

Teaches 3-D Design Elements and 3D Design

MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MA, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Quebec


BFA, College of Visual Arts

BA, St. Joseph Seminary College

Teaches 2-D Design/Digital and Color/Digital

Teaches Professional Writing and Rhetoric

Edward Charbonneau


Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

Sheila Dickinson

MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Pamela Valfer

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

BFA, College of Visual Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway

Teaches Drawing 1 and Drawing 2

MFA, University of Minnesota

BA, St. Olaf College

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Teaches Art Since 1945 and Contemporary Issues

Michelle McCreery Adjunct Instructor, Foundation Studies

Teaches Drawing 1, Drawing 2, and Advanced Works on Paper

MFA, University of Minnesota BFA, Central Missouri State University Teaches 2-D Design/Digital and Color/Digital Applications

Bruce Hinrichs Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Faculty Julie L’Enfant Professor and Chair, Liberal Arts PhD, University of Minnesota

MA, BA, University of Minnesota Teaches General Psychology

Administration ÂŹ 80

Kirk Horsted

Larry Millet

Thomas Westbrook

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

MA, Hamline University

MA, University of Chicago

BA, University of Minnesota

BA, St. Olaf College

BA, St. John’s University

Teaches Visual Geometry

Teaches Advertising

Teaches Twin Cities Urban Studies

Kelly Hulander

Tad Patterson

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

BFA, University of Minnesota

PhD, MA, BA, University of Minnesota

MA, BS, BA, Iowa State University

BA, Swarthmore

BS, Michigan State University

Teaches Academic Research and Writing

Teaches Botany Through Art

Pary Pezechkian-Weinberg

Kara ZumBahlen

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Kathy Jenson

PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

MA, University of St. Thomas

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

MA, University of Nice, France

BA, University of Minnesota-Duluth

MBA, University of St. Thomas

BA, National University, Tehran, Iran

Teaches Prehistoric through Gothic Art History and

BS, North Dakota State University

Teaches Introduction to French Language and Culture

Renaissance through Modern Art History

Kolean Pitner

Fine Arts Faculty

Vera Ming Wong

Teaches College Expository Writing, Academic Research and Writing, and Gothic in British Literature

Teaches Introduction to Marketing

Paula McCartney

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

MS, Pratt Institute

MFA, San Francisco Art Institute

BFA, BS, Kansas State University

BFA, Empire State College

Teaches History of Graphic Design and History

Teaches History of Photography

of Illustration

Beth McLaughlin

Susan A. Short

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts

Associate Professor and Vice President

MFA, Ohio University

PhD, JD, MA, BA, University of Minnesota

BFA, Ohio University

Teaches Anthropolgy classes and Art and the Law

Teaches Science of Art Conservation

Valerie Jenkins Associate Professor, Drawing/Painting and Chair, Fine Arts MFA, University of Minnesota BFA, Grand Valley State University Teaches Introduction to Fine Arts and Professional Practices

Administration ¬ 81

Margaret Bussey

Valerie Frank

Alonso Sierralta

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

MFA, University of Minnesota

MFA, University of New Mexico

MFA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

BS, University of Minnesota

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BFA, University of Nebraska, Omaha

BA, College of William and Mary

Teaches Introduction to Painting and Figure Painting

Teaches 3-D Alternate Methods, Additive Processes:

Teaches Figure Drawing

Metal/Wood, and Expanded Forms: Interdisciplinary

Josh Johnson


Edward Charbonneau

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

MFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Pam Valfer

MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

BFA, University of North Dakota

Adjunct Instructor Fine Arts

BFA, College of Visual Arts

Teaches Introduction to Sculpture

MFA, University of Minnesota

Teaches Non-Traditional Drawing

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Barbara Kreft

Teaches Contemporary Approaches to Drawing

Stacey Davidson

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

MFA, Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste

MFA, Maryland Institute of Art

Berlin, Germany

BFA, University of Cincinnati

Teaches Narrative and Painting as Abstraction

Teaches Figure Painting

Jana Lee Pullman Andy Ducett

Adjunct Instructor, IADS

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

BFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champign

Teaches The Book

BFA, University of Wisconsin, Stout Teaches Installation Art

Maria Santiago Professor, Fine Arts and Coordinator, Printmaking

John Finkler

MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Adjunct Instructor, Fine Arts

BS, Nazareth College of Rochester

MA, Eastern Illinois University

Teaches Introduction to Printmaking, Intaglio,

BFA, University of Wisconsin, Stout


BA, Moorhead State University Teaches Digital Portfolio for Fine Art

Graphic Design Faculty John DuFresne Professor, Graphic Design and Chair, Graphic Design MA, Mankato State University BFA, University of Wisconsin-Superior Teaches Graphic Imagery, Introduction to Graphic Design Studio Thesis, Introduction to Typography, and Studio Thesis for Graphic Design

Ryan Bridge Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BS, Art Institutes International Minnesota Teaches Advanced Interactive Applications

Administration ¬ 82

Kenton Hanson Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BA, Moorhead State University Teaches Introduction to Interactive Media

Patrick Maun Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design MA, University of Applied Art, Vienna, Austria Teaches Digital Imagery

Gordon McIntyre-Lee Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BFA, College of Visual Arts Teaches Interdisciplinary Digital Applications

Greg Pickman Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BFA, Art Center College of Design Teaches Graphic Design Systems

Michael Skjei Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BA, Moorhead State University Teaches Intermediate Typography

Nick Zdon Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design BFA, College of Visual Arts Teaches Graphic Design Practicum

Illustration Faculty James O’Brien Assistant Professor, Illustration and Chair, Illustration MFA, University of Hartford MA, Syracuse University BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Teaches Illustration Concepts, Digital Illustration, Introduction to Studio Thesis, and Studio Thesis for Illustration

Francesca Buchko Adjunct Instructor, Illustration BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Teaches Pattern and Product

Carrie Hartman Adjunct Instructor, Illustration BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Teaches Children’s Book

Lindsay Nohl Adjunct Instructor, Illustration BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Teaches Pattern and Product

Ryan Peltier Adjunct Instructor, Illustration MFA, School of Visual Arts Teaches Illustration Methods, Narrative Illustration, and Advanced Digital Techniques

Andrew Powell Nancy Carlson

Adjunct Instructor, Illustration

Adjunct Instructor, Illustration

BFA, Washington University

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Teaches Professional Practices

Teaches Children’s Book

John Finkler Adjunct Instructor, Illustration MA, Eastern Illinois University Teaches Digital Portfolio

Chris Hajny Adjunct Instructor, Illustration BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Teaches Pattern and Product

Fashion Design Jessika Madison-Kennedy Adjunct Instructor, Fashion Design and Coordinator, Fashion Design PGC, London College of Fashion BS, University of Minnesota Teaches Introduction to Fashion Studio Thesis, Professional Pattern/Construction Techniques, Studio Thesis for Fashion, Professional Practices

Administration ÂŹ 83

Mark Caligiuri

John Marshall

Adjunct Instructor, Fashion Design

Adjunct Instructor, Photography

BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MFA, BFA, University of Minnesota

Teaches Introduction to Sewing

Teaches Alternative Photographic Processes

Photography Faculty

Brittany Nelson

Ellen Skoro Assistant Professor, Photography and Chair, Photography MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design BA, Columbus College of Art and Design Teaches Introduction to Photography and Introduction to Photo Studio Thesis

William Clark Adjunct Instructor, Photography Teaches Fashion Photography

John Finkler Adjunct Instructor, Photography MA, Eastern Illinois University BFA, University of Wisconsin, Stout BA, Moorhead State University Teaches Digital Portfolio for Photography

Adjunct Instructor, Photography MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art BFA, Montana State University Teaches Applied Lighting

Adjunct Instructor, Photography MFA, BA, University of Minnesota Teaches Traditional Color Processes and Advanced Photographic Techniques

Elyan Paz, Director of Admissions Ben John, Admissions Counselor Amanda Wellner, Admissions Counselor

Business Office Sibyl Roche, Controller

College Art Prep for Success (CAPS) Kari Steinbach, CAPS Director

Steve Stenzel Assistant Professor, Photography


MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Barbara Szurek, Executive Director

BFA, College of Visual Arts Teaches Introduction to Photography

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne Adjunct Instructor, Photography MFA, BS University of Minnesota Teaches Introduction to Video and Advanced Video Production

Ad ministr ative Staff

of Technology

Jerome Strand, Computer Specialist Carol Zen, Macintosh Support Specialist

External Relations and Community Education Demeri C. Mullikin, Director of External

Administrative Support Linda Gammell


Relations, Alumni Relations

Carmen Harris, Community Education and External Relations Coordinator

Dj Vail, Website and Marketing Coordinator

Nancy DeBernardi, Executive Assistant Susan Robinson, Assistant to the President

Financial Aid David Woodward, Financial Aid Director Val Youngquist, Assistant Director of

Financial Aid

Administration ÂŹ 84


Sculpture Studio

Rosemary Kimball, Gallery Director

Asa Hoyt, Sculpture Technician

and Special Events Coordinator

Internships Kristina Mooney, Internship Coordinator

Library Kathryn Heuer, Library Director

Photography Facilities Steve Stenzel, Photography Lab Coordinator

Physical Plant Shawn Leko, Executive Director of Safety

and Physical Plant

Danny Ballard, Maintenance Assistant and

security guard

Grant Mason, Maintenance Assistant

Printmaking Shop Colin Bridges, Printmaking Technician

Registrar Lois Caneday, Registrar Thea Munoz, Registrar’s Assistant

Student Life Anne White, Director for Student Life

Building & Access

Building & Access ¬ 86

Lo catio ns an d Co ntacts Located in Saint Paul’s historic Summit Avenue and Ramsey Hill neighborhoods, the CVA campus comprises five buildings and offers students access to an architecturally inspiring and efficient learning environment.

The Summit Building houses administrative and faculty offices, graphic design, illustration, sculpture and printmaking studios, computer labs, and liberal arts classrooms. Mailing address: 344 Summit Avenue,

Saint Paul, MN 55102

Telephone: 651.757.4000 or 800.224.1536 Fax: 651.757.4010

The CVA Library has the library, a small computer lab, and additional faculty and administrative offices. Address: 394 Dayton Avenue Telephone: 651.757.4060 Fax: 651.310.0590

The Grotto Studios have additional drawing, painting, and three-dimensional studios. Address: 760 Selby Avenue Telephone: Faculty 651.757.4076; Student


Sch ed u led H o u rs

Emergency College Closings In the event of an emergency college closing due to weather or for other reasons, a text message and/or an email will be sent to all subscribers through the college’s Wireless Emergency Notification System, CVAlerts! Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for CVAlerts! through the link on the college’s website. An announcement will also be made on WCCO radio (AM 830), on WCCO-TV (Channel 4) and also the WCCO-TV website www. schoolclosings. As soon as possible a separate message will be recorded on the main CVA answering machine (651.757.4000) and a message will be displayed on the CVA homepage.

If the college closes because of a severe

snowstorm, the school will be closed for the entire

Building hours are posted on each facility and are

day, even if the weather “emergency” ends during

The Western Building houses the CVA Gallery

also listed on the CVA website Students

the day. If a snowstorm begins after the start of

and drawing, painting, photography, fashion design,

are encouraged to work on their projects in campus

the academic day, the administration may decide

and foundation studios.

buildings after their classes, but should be courteous

conditions warrant canceling afternoon and evening

in regards to noise, as some classes may still be in

classes. An announcement will be made through

Address: 173 Western Avenue North

session. Students must leave the buildings promptly

CVAlerts! and on WCCO radio, and paper notices of

Telephone: Faculty 651.757.4081; Gallery

at closing time and should anticipate cleaning up or

the early closure will be posted on the entrance doors


ending work well before they are asked to leave.

throughout the CVA campus.

Blair Arcade houses the Student Lounge; the Office for Student Life; the Learning Resource Center and CAPS Program; and the foundation 2-D-Color/ Digital classroom. Address: 165 Western Avenue North Telephone: 651.757.4090

Building & Access ¬ 87

Evacuatio n Pro ced u r es Evacuation of a building may be necessary due to fire, natural gas leak, or other unforeseen circumstances or emergencies. All building occupants must leave if they hear the fire alarm or if they are being verbally

Individuals should remain at the designated area until the all-clear signal is given or until the emergency is over.

Se ver e We ath er Pro ced u r e s

Maintenan ce o f Wo r k Ar e as Students are expected to maintain a neat and clean appearance of all work areas throughout the campus. Students working on projects must remove their materials and dispose of their trash properly.

directed by a staff or faculty member to evacuate the

Conditions that lead to severe weather can occur at

Materials left in any building will be removed at

building. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must

any time during the year. It is important for members

the discretion of the maintenance staff. Students

leave immediately via the nearest exit and proceed to

of the CVA community to know what to do in the case

mistreating or defacing college facilities, furniture, or

the following designated waiting areas.

of a tornado or severe thunderstorm. If threatening

equipment will be responsible for mandatory financial

weather is approaching the CVA campus individuals


should seek shelter in the following areas:

CVA Library •  T he YWCA parking lot at the southwest corner of Dayton and Western.

must cover all surfaces and care must be taken when CVA Library

cutting materials on table tops. Students must supply

•  In the basement bathroom area.

their own paint rags or paper toweling for cleaning brushes, wiping up spilled paint, etc.

Blair Arcade •  On the sidewalk extending west from the Selby and Western intersection.

Blair Arcade

•  In an inner room away from windows.

and return of photographic equipment and shop tools.

Grotto Studios Grotto Studios

•  In an inner room away from windows.

•  T he south side of Selby Avenue at the corner of Selby and Avon (near the liquor store on the

Summit Building


•  In the basement.

Summit Building

Western Building

•  On the sidewalk extending west from Summit.

•  In the basement.

Western Building

Individuals should remain in the shelter area until the

•  On the sidewalk in front of the CVA Library. In

CVA administration has announced that “all is clear”.

inclement weather individuals should congregate inside the CVA Library.

Students working with pastels, paints, or sprays

Students are held responsible for the proper use

Building & Access ¬ 88

Par kin g The college has parking lots only by the Western Building and CVA Library. There is no reserved parking at the college. Street parking is permitted, with posted restrictions, by all buildings. Students,

Fern’s or Nina’s Coffee Cafe.

Grotto Studios Parking is available on Selby Avenue or on side streets.

faculty, and staff should have a CVA parking permit,

Summit Building

available from the Registrar’s Office, displayed on

Parking is available on Summit Avenue or other

their vehicle.

side streets. Parking in the driveway is prohibited.

Students may briefly park in the driveway to load/

The Saint Paul Police enforce parking and traffic

laws in the neighborhood. These laws include no

unload large or heavy objects, only after checking in

parking within 30 feet of a stop sign, 20 feet from

with the receptionist.

other intersections, 10 feet from a hydrant and 5 feet from driveways. U-turns cannot be made within 1,000 feet of a moving vehicle and they must be made in a safe manner.

Western Building There are approximately 25 off-street parking spaces available in the CVA parking lot by

CVA Library

the Western Building. Additional parking

There are approximately 12 off-street parking spaces

parking is allowed in the CVA lot.

available by the CVA Library, including a handicapped space that requires a handicap sticker or license plate. Additional parking can be found on Dayton Avenue. No overnight parking is allowed in the CVA lot.

Blair Arcade Parking is available on Selby and Western avenues and in the CVA parking lots by the Western Building and CVA Library. Students and faculty are not permitted to use the parking lot at the west end of the Blair building except during times that they are patronizing a business located in the building, such as

can be found on side streets. No overnight

Disclaimer ÂŹ 89

All information contained in this catalog is subject to change at any time. It is intended to serve only as a general source of information about the College of Visual Arts and is in no way intended to state contractual terms. Accordingly, the college reserves the right to make any alterations, subtractions, and additions it judges to be necessary, or appropriate, from time to time.

Index ¬ 90

A Academic Advising ¬ 59 Academic Calendar ¬ 3 Academic Dismissal ¬ 66 Academic Grievance Policy ¬ 63 Academic Honor Code ¬ 61

Application Process ¬ 9

Class Size ¬ 67

Disability Policy ¬ 71

Art in New York City ¬ 58

Classification of Students ¬ 67

Disability Services ¬ 26, 71

Art in Paris ¬ 41, 53, 58

College Identification Card Policy ¬ 74

Disclaimer ¬ 89

Attendance Policy ¬ 63 Auditing Courses ¬ 15, 27 Average Class Size ¬ 67 Awards, Financial ¬ 20

College Art Prep for Success (CAPS) ¬ 10, 59 College Work-Study ¬ 20

Academic Leaders ¬ 78

Common Time at CVA ¬ 61

Academic Probation ¬ 65

Community Outreach ¬ 75

Academic Information ¬ 28, 57


Computer, Digital Tutor ¬ 60

Academic Standings ¬ 65

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees ¬ 29

Academic Suspension ¬ 66

Ban on Firearms ¬ 71

Conditional Acceptance, Admission ¬ 10

Academic Warning ¬ 65

Board of Trustees ¬ 78

Confidentiality of Student Records ¬ 71

Acceptance Notification ¬ 10

Buildings and Access ¬ 85

Cost of Attendance, Estimated ¬ 19

Accidents and Illnesses ¬ 73 Accreditation ¬ 6 Activities, Student Life Sponsored ¬ 24


Counseling and Referral Services ¬ 25 Course Descriptions ¬ 37

Calendar, Academic ¬ 3

Credit Load ¬ 67

Adding/Dropping Classes ¬ 67

Campus Location ¬ 6, 86

Administration ¬ 77

Campus Activities ¬ 25

Credit Load, International Students ¬ 12, 69

Admission on Conditional Acceptance ¬ 10

Campus Officers ¬ 78

Credit Transfer ¬ 64

Campus Security Act of 1990 ¬ 71

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 ¬ 71

Admissions Information ¬ 10 Adult Education ¬ 76

Campus Visit, Workshops and Tours ¬ 10

Advising, Academic ¬ 59

CAPS ¬ 10, 59

Alumni Benefits ¬ 27

Career Center ¬ 58

Application Form and Fee ¬ 9

Change of Program ¬ 61

D Deposit, Tuition ¬ 10 Digital Tutorials ¬ 60

Dismissal, Academic ¬ 66 Dismissal and Probation ¬ 65 Drawing Courses ¬ 31, 44 Drawing Concentration ¬ 31 Dropping/Adding Classes ¬ 67

E Eligibility Requirements, Financial Aid ¬ 19 Email ¬ 26 Emergency College Closings ¬ 74, 86 Enrichment ¬ 57 Enrollment Options ¬ 10 Equipment and Materials, Safety ¬ 73 Evacuation Procedures ¬ 87 Exhibition and Publication of Work ¬ 71 Expenses ¬ 19

F Facilities ¬ 68

Index ¬ 91

Faculty ¬ 79

Good Academic Standing ¬ 65

Illustration Major ¬ 34

Fashion Design Courses ¬ 30, 53

Grade Change Policy ¬ 65

Immunization Law ¬ 72

Fashion Design Major ¬ 30

Grades ¬ 64

Incompletes ¬ 64

Fashion Design in Paris ¬ 30, 53

Grading Criteria ¬ 64

Institutional Policies ¬ 70

Federal Funds Return Policy ¬ 16

Graduation Requirements ¬ 60

Instructional Policies ¬ 61

Fee, Application ¬ 9

Graduation with Honors ¬ 61

Insurance, Health ¬ 72

FERPA and Confidentiality of Student Records ¬ 71

Grants ¬ 20

Interdisciplinary Courses ¬ 43

Graphic Design Courses ¬ 34, 49

International Students ¬ 11

Graphic Design Major ¬ 34

Internships ¬ 58

Financial Aid, How to Apply ¬ 21 Financial Aid Information ¬ 19 Financial Aid Programs ¬ 20 Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy ¬ 21

Grievance Procedures, Academic ¬ 72


Fine Arts Courses ¬ 31, 44


Key Fob ¬ 26

Fine Arts Major ¬ 31

Health Insurance ¬ 72

First Year Foundation Courses ¬ 29, 37

High School Students (PSEO) ¬ 12, 76


First Year Foundation Program ¬ 29

Higher Learning Commission ¬ 6

Foundation Requirements, Completion of ¬ 60 Foundation Year, Spring/Summer ¬ 11 Full Time Students ¬ 10

G Gallery ¬ 68 German Exchange Program ¬ 58

Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK) ¬ 58 Honor Code, Academic ¬ 61 Honors Program ¬ 57 Housing ¬ 26

Late Fee ¬ 15 Learning Resource & Writing Center ¬ 59 Leave of Absence ¬ 66 Level Reviews ¬ 61 Liberal Arts Courses ¬ 38 Liberal Arts Program ¬ 30

M Mailboxes ¬ 26 Maintenance of Work Areas ¬ 87 Mid-term Evaluation ¬ 67 Military Service ¬ 72 Minnesota Office of Higher Education Disclosure ¬ 6 Mission ¬ 5

N Need-Based Gift Aid ¬ 20 New York City, Art in ¬ 58 No Smoking Policy ¬ 73 Noise Control ¬ 73 Non-Degree Students ¬ 11 Non-Discrimination Policy ¬ 73

O Office for Student Life ¬ 25

Liberal Arts Tutor ¬ 60



Library Services ¬ 68

Painting Courses ¬ 32, 45

Locations and Contacts ¬ 86

Painting Concentration ¬ 32

Identification Card Policy ¬ 74

Lockers ¬ 26

Paris, Art in ¬ 30, 39, 58

Illustration Courses ¬ 34, 51

Loans ¬ 21

Index ¬ 92


Student Life Sponsored Activities ¬ 25


Parking ¬ 88

Readmission Policy ¬ 67

Student Right-To-Know ¬ 74

Visit, Campus ¬ 10

Paris, École Parsons á Paris Courses ¬ 30, 53

Requirements for Graduation ¬ 60

Study Abroad ¬ 58

Paris, Fashion Design in ¬ 30, 53, 58

Paris, École Parsons á Paris Program ¬ 30 Part-Time Students ¬ 10 Peer Mentoring Program ¬ 25 Photography Courses ¬ 36, 55 Photography Labs ¬ 68 Photography Major ¬ 35 Portfolio Review ¬ 9 Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) ¬ 12

Summer Classes, Pre-College ¬ 76

S Safety on Campus ¬ 73

Scholarships ¬ 20

Suspension, Academic ¬ 66

Sculpture Courses ¬ 33, 47


Sculpture Concentration ¬ 33

Technology Services ¬ 68

Sculpture Studio ¬ 69

Test Scores ¬ 9

Second Degree Students ¬ 10

Tornado Warning Procedures ¬ 74, 86, 87

Security on Campus ¬ 73

President, Message from the ¬ 6

Self-Help Aid ¬ 20

President’s List ¬ 65

Senior Thesis ¬ 60

Printmaking Courses ¬ 33, 46

Severe Weather Procedures ¬ 87

Printmaking Concentration ¬ 32

Services for Students with Disabilities ¬ 26, 71

Privacy Rights of Students ¬ 71

Spring/Summer Foundation Year ¬ 11

Probation, Academic ¬ 65

Staff ¬ 83

Probation and Dismissal ¬ 65

Statement of Interest ¬ 9

PSEO (Postsecondary Enrollment

Student Conduct Code ¬ 74

Options) ¬ 12, 13

Support Services ¬ 25

Satisfactory Progress ¬ 65

Pre-College Summer Classes ¬ 76

Printmaking Shop ¬ 68

Summer Degree Courses ¬ 59

Student Council ¬ 25 Student Life ¬ 24

Tours, Campus ¬ 10 Transfer of Credit for International Students ¬ 12 Transfer Students ¬ 11 Transcripts, for Application ¬ 9 Transcripts, Student Requesting ¬ 67 Trustees ¬ 78 Tuition and Fees ¬ 15 Tuition Deposit ¬ 10 Tuition Information ¬ 15 Tuition Payment Policy ¬ 15 Tuition Refund Policy ¬ 15

W Warning, Academic ¬ 65 Weather, Severe ¬ 74, 86, 87 Withdrawal from the College ¬ 15, 66 Withdrawing from a Class ¬ 67 Workshops, Campus ¬ 9 Work-Study Programs ¬ 20

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CVA Course Catalog 2012-13  

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