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2002-2003 Calendar

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Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Environmental Studies
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School
Schulich School of Business
Courses of Instruction
Glendon College


Please refer to the Admission section of this Calendar for general information on admission requirements and procedures.

Applicant Evaluation Procedures

In addition to the regular requirements for admission to the University, the Faculty of Fine Arts requires an evaluation of an applicant's suitability for any of its programs. The requirements for each department are detailed below. In order to be evaluated, a candidate must have applied for admission to the Faculty of Fine Arts.

To obtain an appointment for an evaluation interview/audition and for further information regarding the evaluation procedures, contact the appropriate department office. For general information concerning the Faculty of Fine Arts, contact Student and Academic Services, 213 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, 416-736-5135.

Applicants who reside outside Toronto should contact the department or Student and Academic Services to enquire about alternate arrangements for the audition/evaluation. Several departments hold auditions in selected major cities across Canada, appointments and details for which may be obtained by contacting the department offices.

Program in Fine Arts Cultural Studies

Applicants are required to complete a questionnaire designed to demonstrate their general background, various interests in the fine arts disciplines and writing ability. An interview is not required, but may be granted if requested.

For an evaluation/application questionnaire, please contact the Fine Arts Cultural Studies Program Office at 416-736-5822 (facs@yorku.ca).

Department of Dance

Applicants are required to audition for the department. The audition consists of a short class in modern dance, ballet and improvisation taught by dance faculty followed by a personal interview. Out-of-town applicants unable to attend an audition may be evaluated by submitting a video in VHS format and three letters of reference.

For for further information, contact the Department of Dance, 416-736-5137 (dance@yorku.ca).

Department of Design

The final selection of qualified candidates is based on the ranking of three criteria: overall academic results, a questionnaire and a portfolio. Questionnaires will be provided to all applicants to the program. Selected candidates invited to an interview must bring a portfolio of creative work, with detailed documentation. Specific requirements will be forwarded to the selected candidates. The interviews will focus upon the applicants' understanding of communications design and their conceptual, visual and communications abilities. For further information, please contact the Department of Design, 416-736-5885 (ysdn@yorku.ca).

Department of Film & Video

All applicants will be mailed a supplementary application package. Applicants will be asked to complete a questionnaire designed to assess suitability for the program. Selected candidates will then be asked to attend a personal interview. For a supplementary application package and/or further information, please contact the Department of Film & Video, 416-736-5149 (flmvideo@yorku.ca). An early application is strongly recommended.

Department of Music

All applicants will be mailed an evaluation package including written instructions, a brief theory test, and a copy of the department handbook. Applicants are asked to submit a recording of two contrasting pieces, demonstrating your abilities and interests on the instrument(s) of choice. One piece on a secondary instrument is recommended but not required. Recordings or scores of original compositions or arrangements are also welcome. Recordings may be submitted on audio or videotape, DAT, e-mail attachment, or the Internet. Applicants will be asked to submit a 500-word letter of intent outlining their reasons for applying, future plans, and commenting on two of your favourite music recordings. For further information, please contact the Department of Music, 416-736-5242 (musicprg@yorku.ca).

Department of Theatre

All applicants will automatically be mailed an evaluation package to help prepare for the evaluation appointment. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following:

  • A questionnaire focusing on their background in theatre. This is not a theatrical skills assessment, but rather an opportunity for applicants to express themselves and exhibit their interest in theatre.
  • A public oral presentation of no more than three minutes. This presentation could take many forms: for instance, a monologue from a play; or a talk about a production recently seen, directed or designed; or information about a play written by the applicant, or a reading from it giving the background to the work. The Department of Theatre needs to ascertain how applicants present themselves in public, how they perform, or how they speak about some aspect of theatre. All applicants - no matter what their area of prime interest - must be prepared to make this public presentation. Therefore, this should be planned in advance.
  • A brief personal interview. Normally the questionnaire/presentation/interview process will take place during a half-day visit to the Keele campus or in another location closer to the applicant's home town. If there are significant reasons that an applicant cannot attend a personal interview/evaluation, the applicant should discuss with the department other evaluation methods, such as video auditions, portfolio or written submissions and/or telephone interviews.

Successful applicants will be expected to complete a medical questionnaire prior to beginning classes.

If further information is required, please contact the Department of Theatre at 416-736-5172 (theatre@yorku.ca).

Department of Visual Arts

All applicants will automatically be sent an evaluation package. This provides applicants with an opportunity to outline related background and interests. Studio applicants will be invited to show a portfolio of six pieces and a sketchbook, idea-book or journal. Applicants are encouraged to show variety in their work; no fewer than two different media should be represented. There will also be a personal interview with one of the departments instructors. Art history applicants are not required to submit a portfolio but have the option of a personal interview.

Prospective students must have applied for admission to the program in order to receive information from the department regarding evaluation appointments. Any questions about the departmental evaluation process should be directed to the Department of Visual Arts, 416-650-8191 (visarts@yorku.ca).

Second Degree Candidates

Students who hold a degree from an accredited institution may apply to the Faculty of Fine Arts to obtain a second undergraduate degree in a different discipline. Students who hold a BA degree (not an Honours degree) from another accredited institution may apply to the Faculty of Fine Arts to obtain an Honours degree in the same discipline. In all cases, second degree candidates are required to:

  • complete a minimum of 30 additional credits at York University in accordance with the Faculty of Fine Arts residency requirement (courses taken as part of the first degree cannot be used to satisfy this requirement);
  • fulfill all the requirements of the new major and minor programs; general education and elective requirements are waived.

The in-Faculty requirement should be regarded as the minimum number of additional courses; depending on the program selected and the amount of credit awarded for previous studies, the actual number of courses required for a second degree may well exceed that number.

No student will be permitted to pursue a second Honours degree in the same discipline.

Degree Reclassification

A student who has completed a York University BA degree (90 credit program) in the Faculty of Fine Arts may continue, after graduation, in a BFA Honours or BA Honours program in the same subject area or in an Honours Double Major or Honour Major/Minor program including the same subject area, provided the cumulative and major grade point averages are those required for the Honours program.

A student who wishes to pursue a second BFA Honours or BA Honours in a different field of study must apply to the Admission Office for admission as a second degree candidate. The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 1.

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