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Programs

Bachelor of Arts – Art History

The four-year BA program, Fine Arts Major art history concentration, covers a range of western and non-western historical periods with emphasis on the contextual and critical aspects of the study of art history, complemented with fine arts and liberal arts requirements. The program, through various approaches to art history and theory, prepares students for entry-level work in galleries, museums, or arts administration.


Bachelor of Arts – Art History Honours

The BA Honours is an intensive four-year program for students who meet the higher academic requirements and wish to specialize in a specific area of study. This program allows for greater concentration in a specific area, independent study, and close one-on-one supervision by faculty. It is designed for students wishing to pursue graduate studies or advanced entry into areas such as museum studies, curatorial work, or arts administration.


Bachelor of Arts – Cultures of Display

This concentration within the Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Major is designed for students interested in curatorial work. Students take specific Art History courses as well as selected Media, Art, and Performance courses. This program was developed to meet the demand of students and graduates for more training in this area. Art galleries, museums, and archives are just a few places where this specialized knowledge is required.


Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts

The four-year BA provides an overview of studio art, including a specialization and art history, complemented by fine arts and liberal arts requirements. Specialization can be in ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, photo-based media, printmaking, or sculpture. This program can prepare students for further studies in architecture, arts education, gallery education, pre-design, and other related design programs.


Bachelor of Arts Honours – Visual Art

The Bachelor of Arts Honours is more specialized than the BA in Visual Arts. This four-year BA provides an overview of studio art and art history, complemented by fine arts and liberal arts requirements. Students may specialize in ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, photo-based media, printmaking, or sculpture. This program can prepare students for studies in architecture, arts education, gallery education, design, and other graduate programs. This program includes an Honours project and graduating exhibition.


Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts Three Year Special

Visual Arts, in conjunction with the Faculty of Education, offers a combined Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education in Arts Education. The degrees are taken concurrently, with the three year BA awarded at the same time or after the Education degree. Graduates pursue careers as teachers in the K-12 school system or related cultural institutions.


Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Arts

The four-year studio art program encourages individual artistic development by concentrating on studio practice. After a year and a half of work in a variety of studio areas, students will choose a concentration in: ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, photo-based media, printmaking, sculpture, or open studio which combines more than one of the areas. Art history courses, which place the studio practice in a historical and critical context, are combined with fine arts and liberal arts requirements, providing the necessary skills for graduates to pursue careers as artists, craftspeople, art dealers, gallery manager, museum/gallery educators, or technicians.


Certificate – Visual Arts

This 60-credit hour program is designed for students already working in a specific area of art who wish to broaden, strengthen, and concentrate their understanding of their art practice. It is primarily a studio program with a limited number of art history courses. Graduates of the Certificate program often continue on to the Bachelor's program to work in other art-related careers.


Certificate in Visual Arts in Advanced Studio Art

This 30-credit hour program is designed for practicing artists who want to attain a higher level in their art practice. It is a studio program focused on developing the skill, knowledge and artistic abilities of students. Admission into this program is by portfolio.


Post Baccalaureate Certificate - Visual Arts
Students with an undergraduate degreeeither in Visual Arts or with prior learning in visual artsenrol in advanced undergraduate courses, normally mostly in studio, in which course requirements are customized to their needs. Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Visual Arts have become a recognized level of education for visual artists, and can lead either to further studies (MFA) or professional practice.


Professional Placement Option for Senior Students

The Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance Professional Placement option is an experiential learning course, similar to an internship. It gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge and skill set within an institution related to their major, and at the same time, earn credit towards their degree.
 
Typically, the placement is off campus. The project or terms of the placement will be developed through consultation between the home department, the student and the institution. Supervision is jointly undertaken by the host institution and a faculty member from the student’s own department.
 
Students must have completed 60 credit hours and have permission of their Department Head to take part in the program.


Graduate Programs

If you are interested in a graduate program in Visual Arts, please refer to Graduate Studies.