Our programs take you on an exploration of the visual arts, with a special emphasis on contemporary creation. Both programs include compulsory practical and theoretical courses that encourage both creation and reflection. The Department provides photography and media art labs as well as painting, drawing and sculpture studios. In the heart of Ottawa, you also have access to a wealth of artistic venues such as the National Gallery and the Ottawa Art Gallery. In addition, you train under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized artists, curators, art historians and theorists. While maintaining its focus on traditional disciplines (drawing, painting, sculpture and photography), the Department also helps you discover the use of new media and technologies in the visual arts. 

The Department of Visual Arts also offers a Major and a Minor in Art History.

This program is offered in English and in French. 

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2017-2018 calendars for the previous requirements.

This program cannot be combined with the Major in Visual Arts nor the Major or Minor in Art History.

This program leads to the Master of Fine Arts program (MFA).

Basic skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Moral Reasoning
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Great Philosophers
Philosophy: Themes and Texts
Compulsory courses at the 1000 level
ART 1311Introduction to Painting3 Units
ART 1321Introduction to Sculpture3 Units
ART 1331Introduction to Photography3 Units
ART 1341Introduction to Media Art3 Units
ART 1360Histories of Art I 23 Units
ART 1361Histories of Art II 23 Units
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
ART 217019th Century Art: 1789-19003 Units
ART 2171Modern Art: 1900-19453 Units
Compulsory courses at the 3000 level
ART 3180Art After Modernism: 1945-19783 Units
ART 3181Postmodernism and Art: 1978-20003 Units
Compulsory courses at the 4000 level
ART 4987Professional Practices in Art3 Units
ART 4988Intensive Studio Practice3 Units
ART 4989From Studio to Exhibition3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Painting: Practice and Idea
Sculpture/Media Studio
Photography/Media Studio
Optional courses
9 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) in a principal discipline (Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, Photography or Media)9 Units
3 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) at the 3000 level in the same principal discipline3 Units
9 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART)9 Units
3 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) at the 3000 level3 Units
6 optional course units in art history (ART) 3, 46 Units
36 elective course units36 Units
Total: 120 Units

The electives may be replaced by a combination of a Minor, Option(s), and/or elective units. Consult the Faculty of Arts website for more information.

Note(s)

List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Drawing/Painting

ART 2913Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process3 Units
ART 2914Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor3 Units
ART 2916Painting and Context II: Space and Site3 Units
ART 2915Painting and Context I: Observation and Process3 Units
ART 2951Drawing I: Materiality and Process3 Units
ART 2952Drawing II: The Figure3 Units
ART 3916Painting and Source I: Issues of Representation3 Units
ART 3917Painting and Source II: Narrative and Series3 Units
ART 3952Drawing III: Analytical Drawing3 Units
ART 3953Drawing IV: Expressivity3 Units

List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Photography

ART 2932Digital Photography Workshop I3 Units
ART 2934Large Format Photography3 Units
ART 2935Mise en scène: Lighting on Location and in the Studio3 Units
ART 3933Photography and Contemporary Context3 Units
ART 3934Hybrid Photographic Methods3 Units
ART 3935Special Topics in Photography3 Units

 List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Sculpture

ART 2923Sculpture in Transformation: Materiality and Process3 Units
ART 2925Elements of Contemporary Sculpture3 Units
ART 2926Sculpture and Concept3 Units
ART 2928Sculpture and the Body3 Units
ART 3926Sculpture in Context I: Practices in Installation3 Units
ART 3927Sculpture in Context II: Practices in Performance3 Units

List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Media

ART 2940Video Art3 Units
ART 2941Installation Media Art3 Units
ART 2942Electronic Art3 Units
ART 2943Media Art Practices3 Units
ART 3944Electronic Media Art3 Units
ART 3945Image Media Studio3 Units

 List of Optional Courses - Studio

ART 1900Drawing from Life: Fundamentals3 Units
ART 2913Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process3 Units
ART 2914Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor3 Units
ART 2915Painting and Context I: Observation and Process3 Units
ART 2916Painting and Context II: Space and Site3 Units
ART 2923Sculpture in Transformation: Materiality and Process3 Units
ART 2925Elements of Contemporary Sculpture3 Units
ART 2926Sculpture and Concept3 Units
ART 2928Sculpture and the Body3 Units
ART 2932Digital Photography Workshop I3 Units
ART 2934Large Format Photography3 Units
ART 2935Mise en scène: Lighting on Location and in the Studio3 Units
ART 2940Video Art3 Units
ART 2941Installation Media Art3 Units
ART 2942Electronic Art3 Units
ART 2943Media Art Practices3 Units
ART 2951Drawing I: Materiality and Process3 Units
ART 2952Drawing II: The Figure3 Units
ART 3916Painting and Source I: Issues of Representation3 Units
ART 3917Painting and Source II: Narrative and Series3 Units
ART 3926Sculpture in Context I: Practices in Installation3 Units
ART 3927Sculpture in Context II: Practices in Performance3 Units
ART 3933Photography and Contemporary Context3 Units
ART 3934Hybrid Photographic Methods3 Units
ART 3935Special Topics in Photography3 Units
ART 3944Electronic Media Art3 Units
ART 3945Image Media Studio3 Units
ART 3952Drawing III: Analytical Drawing3 Units
ART 3953Drawing IV: Expressivity3 Units

List of optional courses - History of Art

ART 1360Histories of Art I3 Units
ART 1361Histories of Art II3 Units
ART 217019th Century Art: 1789-19003 Units
ART 2171Modern Art: 1900-19453 Units
ART 3116Art and New Technologies3 Units
ART 3117Art and Gender3 Units
ART 3118Art, Globalization and Cultural Hybridities3 Units
ART 3180Art After Modernism: 1945-19783 Units
ART 3181Postmodernism and Art: 1978-20003 Units
ART 3334Canadian Art and Cultural Identities3 Units
ART 3344Museum Studies and Artistic Practices3 Units
ART 3354Inuit and Amerindian Art3 Units
ART 3364Histories and Theories of Photography3 Units
ART 3374Artists and Critical Discourse3 Units
ART 4115Special Topics in History and Theory of Art3 Units
ART 4118Special Topics in Contemporary Art3 Units
ART 4119Curating for Contemporary Art3 Units
ART 4900Apprenticeship3 Units
ART 4915Special Topics in History and Theory of art3 Units
ART 4955Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art3 Units
ART 4956Directed Research I3 Units
ART 4957Directed Research II3 Units