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.
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 2017-2018 calendars for the previous requirements.
This program cannot be combined with the Major or the Minor in Art History.
This program leads to the Master of Fine Arts program (MFA).
|Compulsory courses at the 1000 level|
|ART 1311||Introduction to Painting||3 Units|
|ART 1321||Introduction to Sculpture||3 Units|
|ART 1331||Introduction to Photography||3 Units|
|ART 1341||Introduction to Media Art||3 Units|
|ART 1360||Histories of Art I 1||3 Units|
|ART 1361||Histories of Art II 1||3 Units|
|Compulsory courses at the 2000 level|
|ART 2170||19th Century Art: 1789-1900||3 Units|
|ART 2171||Modern Art: 1900-1945||3 Units|
|Compulsory courses at the 3000 level|
|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 from:||6 Units|
|Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process|
|Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor|
|Painting and Context I: Observation and Process|
|Painting and Context II: Space and Site|
|Sculpture in Transformation: Materiality and Process|
|Elements of Contemporary Sculpture|
|Sculpture and Concept|
|Sculpture and the Body|
|Digital Photography Workshop I|
|Large Format Photography|
|Mise en scène: Lighting on Location and in the Studio|
|Installation Media Art|
|Media Art Practices|
|Drawing I: Materiality and Process|
|Drawing II: The Figure|
|6 optional course units in art history (ART) at the 4000 level from: 2||6 Units|
|Special Topics in History and Theory of Art|
|Special Topics in Contemporary Art|
|Curating for Contemporary Art|
|Special Topics in History and Theory of art|
|Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art|
|Directed Research I|
|Directed Research II|
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 Art History), and are prerequisites for all compulsory 3000-level courses, so should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.
Other courses may be selected in consultation with the Department.