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 many 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.
For details on the process leading to an appointment for an evaluation interview/audition and for further information regarding the evaluation procedures, refer to the Faculty of Fine Arts Web site: www.yorku.ca/finearts/. Invitations to attend an evaluation interview/audition may be contingent on an applicant's previous or current year's grade point average. For general information concerning the Faculty of Fine Arts, contact Student and Academic Services, 201 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, 416-736-5135.
Applicants who reside outside the Greater Toronto Area 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 can 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 (email@example.com).
Department of Dance
BFA 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.
Admission to the BA in dance is based on grades alone. No supplemental evaluation is required.
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 visit the Fine Arts Web site at www.yorku.ca/finearts or contact the Department of Design, 416-736-5885 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Department of Film & Video
All BFA applicants will be mailed a supplementary application package, including a questionnaire. Applicants will be asked to complete the questionnaire which is 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 (email@example.com). An early application is strongly recommended. For further information, please visit the Fine Arts Web site at www.yorku.ca/finearts/.
Admission to the BA in film history, criticism and theory is based on grades alone. No supplemental evaluation is required.
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 their 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, videotape or DAT. Applicants will be asked to submit a 500- word letter of intent outlining their reasons for applying, future plans, and commenting on two of their favourite music recordings. For further information, please contact the Department of Music, 416-736-5242 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Fine Arts Web site at www.yorku.ca/finearts/.
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:
Successful applicants will be expected to complete a medical questionnaire prior to beginning classes.
Department of Visual Arts
All BFA applicants will automatically be sent an evaluation package. This provides applicants with an opportunity to outline related background and interests. Selected studio applicants will be invited to show a portfolio of six pieces including 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 department's instructors. Art history applicants are not required to submit a portfolio but have the option of a personal interview.
Admission to the BA in art history is based on grades alone. No supplemental evaluation is required.
For information about the departmental evaluation process please visit the Faculty of Fine Arts Web site: www.yorku.ca/finearts or contact the Department of Visual Arts, 416-650-8191 (email@example.com).
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:
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.
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 Admissions Office for admission as a second degree candidate. The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 1.
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