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 1311||The Painting Field||3 Units|
|ART 1321||Introduction to Sculpture||3 Units|
|ART 1331||The Photograph and Visual Culture||3 Units|
|ART 1341||Time-Based Art||3 Units|
|ART 1360||Histories of Art I 1||3 Units|
|ART 1361||Histories of Art II 1||3 Units|
|ART 2170||19th Century Art: 1789-1900||3 Units|
|ART 2171||Modern Art: 1900-1945||3 Units|
|ART 3180||Art After Modernism: 1945-1978||3 Units|
|ART 3181||Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000||3 Units|
|12 course units from the Studio Profile or the Arts Administration Profile||12 Units|
|6 optional course units in visual arts (ART) studio at the 2000 level (P) 2||6 Units|
|6 optional course units in history and theory of art (ART) at the 4000 level (H) 3||6 Units|
Arts Administration Profile
|AMT 3901||Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations I||3 Units|
|AMT 3902||Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations II||3 Units|
|6 course units from:||6 Units|
|Museum Studies and Artistic Practices|
|Curating for Contemporary Art|
|Introduction to Organizational Communication|
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.