Artwork by Qian Sun titled The Suspended

Qian Sun's artwork The Suspended, 2013, acrylic, Chinese ink and resin on wood panel, 26.5'' x 69''

If you have any questions about courses please contact:

  • Brett Roberts (519-888-4567 x40372), the Administrative Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies

Fine Arts courses overview

A list of Studio courses and their descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar coded as FINE

Information about Visual Culture courses offered in Fine Arts can be found under both FINE and VCULT.  For Visual Culture courses offered outside of the Fine Arts department, please see the Undergraduate Calendar (Honours Fine Arts – Visual Culture, Three-year General – Visual Culture, Visual Culture in a Global Context Minor).

To find out which courses are currently offered and when, please search FINE or VCULT on the Schedule of Classes.

(Please note that students enrolled in studio should expect material costs to range between $60 and $200 per course.)

Topic offerings for Winter 2021

FINE 204 Intro to Wearable Media

This course focuses on the creation of interactive artworks designed for the body.  Balancing theory and practice, this course explores topics such as the body-as-interface, human-centred design and performance through creative projects that combine sewing, coding and electronic media.

FINE 307 Advanced Topics in Studio

These courses provide Fine Arts students with an opportunity to study a range of advanced topics that expand, explore, and refine personal areas of interest in studio practice. Advanced topics are announced term by term.

Section 001- Topic: Performance Art: Setting the Stage

In this online course students will explore some of the building blocks of performance art practice. During the course we will work remotely, live on camera, and in the digital space to create performances that situate the body within the digital presence, and real space that the performer occupies. Through live meetings, short lectures/videos/texts, live crits and one-on-one discussions, will explore a few different methods for doing performances. 

Section 002- Topic: Between the Lens and the Subject: Exploring Performance for Camera.

In this course the students will explore different ways that performance for camera is used within the field of performance art. Through different assignments students will deal with the relationship between the body and the lens of the camera and the meanings that can arise from their relationship.

Section 003- Topic: Studio Investigations-Drawing.

Studio Investigations in Drawing is a six-week advanced studio course that focuses on expanded definitions of drawing practice and self-generated approaches to creative research. This course offers students the freedom to develop a studio practice and to challenge their ideas towards image-making. The primary objective is to provide students with the opportunity to shape an individualized program of studies and encourages engagement with contemporary and emerging practices. Students can expect to encounter a wide range of approaches and will produce a self-generated body of creative work based on a concentrated investigation of materials, methods, and ideas.

Students will be expected to make use of local resources such as libraries, galleries and museums with the intent to bring greater depth to their work as well as a more informative discussion in class.

Critiques and discussions will provide context and feedback for this process. Activities will include studio practice, lectures and critique.

Section 004- Topic: Studio Explorations.

Studio Explorations is a six-week open media course that will allow the students to work in a variety of fields  - painting, drawing, print, time-based media, sculpture, installation, audio…and begin to develop proficiency within their disciplinary core. The course’s primary objective is to provide students with the opportunity to shape an individualized program of studies within open parameters.  Students will be expected to produce a self-generated body of creative work based on a concentrated investigation of materials, methods, and ideas.

Students will be expected to make use of local resources such as libraries, galleries and museums with the intent to bring greater depth to their work as well as a more informative discussion in class.

Critiques and discussions will provide context and feedback for this process. Activities will include studio practice, lectures and critique.