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 History and Theory of Art.

This program is offered in English and in French. 

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

French immersion is available when taken as part of an honours degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

This program cannot be combined with the Major or the Minor in History and Theory of Art.

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

ART 1311The Painting Field3 Units
ART 1321Introduction to Sculpture3 Units
ART 1331The Photograph and Visual Culture3 Units
ART 1341Time-Based Art3 Units
ART 1360Histories of Art I 13 Units
ART 1361Histories of Art II 13 Units
ART 217019th Century Art: 1789-19003 Units
ART 2171Modern Art: 1900-19453 Units
ART 3180Art After Modernism: 1945-19783 Units
ART 3181Postmodernism and Art: 1978-20003 Units
12 course units from the Studio Profile or the Arts Administration Profile12 Units
Total: 42 Units

Studio Profile 

6 optional course units in visual arts (ART) studio at the 2000 level (P) 26 Units
6 optional course units in history and theory of art (ART) at the 4000 level (H) 36 Units
Total: 12 Units

Arts Administration Profile 

AMT 3901Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations I3 Units
AMT 3902Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations II3 Units
6 course units from:6 Units
Museum Studies and Artistic Practices
Curating for Contemporary Art
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Stage Management
Total: 12 Units



The introductory survey courses, ART 1360 and ART 1361, are required for all undergraduates in the Department of Visual Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts; Major in Visual Arts; Major and Minor in History and Theory of Art), and are prerequisites for all compulsory 3000-level courses, so should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.


(P): Practical course (studio).


(H): History and theory of art course. Other courses may be selected in consultation with the Department.