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Fine Arts (FA) – Visual Arts

Location: 232 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, 416-736-5187
Chair: J. Schwarz
Professors: S.A. Brown, S. Hornstein, M. Thurlby, C. Zemel
Professors Emeriti: T. Bieler, C. Breeze, K. Carpenter, V. Frenkel, H. LeRoy, G.P.R. Métraux, T. Whiten
Associate Professors: D. Adler, D. Armstrong, B. McGill Balfour, J. Baturin, M. Couroux, M. Daigneault, M. Davey, J. Fischer, B. Grosskurth, R. Hill, A. Hudson, J. Jones, H. Kal, K. Knight, L. Korrick, Y. Lau, N. Nicol, S. Parsons, J. Schwarz, Y. Singer, K. Stanworth, N. Tenhaaf, B. Vickerd
Associate Professors Emeriti: K. Carpenter, J. Cohnstaedt, B. Dodge, B. Parsons
Graduate Program Director MFA: N. Tenhaaf
Graduate Program Director MA: A. Hudson

Programs of Study

The programs of study in the Department of Visual Arts are based on a creative interaction among the historical, practical and critical/theoretical approaches to the visual arts that is possible only within a modern university. The department educates students within a broad humanist context and provides a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue further study and professional involvement in the visual arts. It offers programs leading to a BA, Honours BA or Honours BFA degree. In addition to courses in visual arts, students are also required to take courses within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to complement and reinforce their studies. As a result, the Department of Visual Arts reserves the right to restrict students to 18 credits in visual arts in any given year. Of these 18 credits, only 12 credits will be allowed in the studio area of the department in any given year.

Honours Minors in visual arts (art history) and visual arts (studio) are also available.

Visual Arts (Studio)

Practicum courses have been designed to develop creative thinking and also to accommodate diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests. Students concentrating in studio may work in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or new media.

Studio students are recommended to:

a) take FA/VISA 2620 6.00 Modern Art: 1750 to the Present during the course of their studies;

b) successfully complete no fewer than 12 credits in two-dimensional and six credits in three-dimensional studio art.

Note: course numbers whose second digit is 0 normally represent studio work.

Art History

Courses in art history are designed primarily for students whose major interest is the history of art or whose Honours program includes the history of art as one of its elements, and for other students majoring in the fine arts. Enrolment for students in other disciplines who wish to take any of these courses as electives may be accepted either with the stated prerequisites or with the approval of the instructor.

Students intending to continue their studies beyond the undergraduate level in art history are advised that most graduate schools require reading facility in modern languages. Students concentrating in this area are urged to include in their course of study at least one foreign language at the earliest possible time.

Some courses may use a title variance to indicate different course content within the same area of study. Courses may be organized in a geographical, chronological or thematic basis. Students should check with the department for more detailed course descriptions in any given year.

Note: not all courses listed are necessarily offered every year.