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13. FACULTY OF FINE ARTS

13.16 DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS

The Department of Visual Arts offers programs leading to the degrees of BA (visual arts); BA (Special Three-Year); BA in Fine Arts (art history concentration); BA Honours (visual arts); BA Honours in Fine Arts (art history concentration) and BFA (ceramics, drawing, intermedia, open studio, painting, print media, sculpture). A Certificate in Visual Arts and a Certificate in Advanced Studio Art is also offered. For information on the MFA program, please see the Calendar of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Requirements for each program are outlined under the separate heading for the specific area of study.

 

13.16.1 BACHELOR OF ARTS (VISUAL ARTS)

The general requirements for this degree are described under the heading BA (4-Year) in 13.9.1.

To qualify for the BA degree in art, students must complete at least 120 credit hours as follows:

Credit hours Required Student's record of courses completed
0.0 Foundations of University Practices  
Critical Competency Requirements See BA Fine Arts (Art History Concentration) program for complete list of Critical Competencies.
3.0

Communication in Writing

 
3.0  
3.0

Culture and Society

FA 202 Indigenous Issues in the Arts and two other courses from the Culture & Society category.

 
3.0  
3.0  
3.0

Natural or Social Sciences

 
3.0  
3.0

Research Skills and Methodology

 
Fine Arts
12.0

12 credit hours of courses in Fine Arts outside of the major.

 
Art (54 credit hours)
3.0 Art 100  
3.0 Art 220 or INA 220  
3.0 Art 221 or INA 230  
3.0

3 courses chosen from Art 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280 or Film 205

 
3.0  
3.0  

18.0

Intermediate Art 300-level and Advanced 400-level (at least 6 credit hours at the 400-level)

 
3.0 Art History 100  
3.0 INAH 100*  
3.0 200-level Art History/INAH  
3.0 300/400-level Art History/INAH  
3.0 Art History 301  
3.0 Art History/INAH elective  
Electives (30 credit hours)
3.0 10 Open Electives  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
120.0 Total
* or other course with Aboriginal/First nations content as approved by the Art History Committee.


13.16.1.1 Double Major

A double major in Visual Arts in the Faculties of Arts and Fine Arts must include the following courses:

  • Art 220, 221, 230, and four from 222, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280

  • One Art 330-380 (6 hours)*

  • One Art 430-480 (6 hours)

  • Art History 100 and 204

 

13.16.2 BACHELOR OF ARTS HONOURS (VISUAL ARTS)

The general requirements for this degree are as follows: students apply for admission to the Honours program in the semester in which they will complete 90 credit hours. All applicants for entry to the Honours BA Studio Art require i) an overall GPA of at least 70% and a GPA in courses required for the major of at least 75%, ii) completion of the basic BA (69 credit hours) as outlined above or ability to complete the degree by the end of 102 credit hours, iii) agreement by a member of the regular faculty to serve as the student’s supervisor, iii) A list of approved courses required for the major (Studio and Studies) must accompany the Application for Honours degree form. Additional information is described under the heading Honours Programs in Fine Arts 13.9.2.

To qualify for the BA Honours degree in studio art or studies, students must complete at least 120 credit hours as follows:

Credit hours Required Student's record of courses completed
0.0 FA 001 Foundations of University Practice  
Critical Competency Requirements – See BA Fine Arts (Art History Concentration) for list of courses.
3.0

Communication in Writing - 2 courses

 
3.0  
3.0

Culture and Society - 2 courses

FA 202 Indigenous Issues in the Arts and two other courses from the Culture & Society category.

 
3.0  
3.0  
3.0

Social and Natural Sciences - 2 courses

 
3.0  
3.0 Research Skills and Methodology  
Fine Arts
12.0

12 credit hours of courses in Fine Arts outside of the major.

 
Art
3.0 Art 100  
3.0 Art 220 or INA 220  
3.0 Art 221 or INA 230  
3.0

3 courses chosen from ART 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280 or FILM 205

 
3.0  
3.0  
3.0

18 credit hours chosen from Intermediate Art 300-level and Advanced 400-level (at least 6 credit hours at the 400-level)

VISUAL ARTS STUDIO ART

18 credit hours of studio, approved by the Department Head, of which 12 must be at the 400-level with a minimum grade of at least 75% in each class; students may take up to 9 credit hours in Advanced General Studio.
A Graduate Exhibition to take place within the last 30 credit hours of the program and completed before approval for graduation with Honours. Exhibition will consist of work approved by the student’s supervisor and through a portfolio review, shown in a space approved by the Supervisor or Department Head

VISUAL ARTS STUDIES

18 credit hours: 6 credit hours of studio any level; 12 credit hours ARTH or approved FA courses to include a minimum of 6 credit hours at 400-level, approved seminar course and honours paper options could include ARTH 410, ARTH 440 or a reading course

 
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0 Art History 100  
3.0 INAH 100*  
3.0 200-level Art History/INAH  
3.0 300/400-level Art History/INAH  
3.0 Art History 301  
3.0 Art History/INAH elective  
Electives
3.0 4 open electives  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
120.0 Total
*or other course with Aboriginal/First Nations content as approved by the Art History Committee.