Explore the power of visual communication
Got a bent for critique? Choose a major in Visual Culture, where you’ll focus on analysis and theory as you delve into the history, culture, and impact of visual arts. It’s excellent preparation for a career as an art historian, educator, librarian, or gallery/museum administrator. You can even gain practical experience with a 36-hour internship at a local arts institution, or by choosing co-op with your degree.
Alternatively, immerse yourself in hands-on creation with our Studio Practice major. We offer classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, media arts, and digital imaging. You can also choose one of two specializations, including one that will prepare you for a career in education.
In Fine Arts, you’ll hone your mastery of technique, develop a cohesive body of work, and learn the skills you’ll need as a professional artist.
Whichever path you choose, you’ll enjoy an intimate community and supportive professors.
- Pick from 80+ courses. With more than 80 courses available, you can explore the visual arts and tailor your degree to your interests and passions.
- Trips to NYC and Montréal. Broaden your horizons with talks from visiting artists, on-campus art shows, and multi-day trips to New York City and Montréal.
- Available as a co-op and regular program
- Available as a major and minor
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take four introductory Fine Arts courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing.
In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be courses in your major.
Learn more about courses you'll take for your Fine Arts degree.
Customize your degree
Within the Studio Practice major, you can choose specializations in Digital Art or the Teaching Preparation Specialization. With the Teaching Preparation specialization, you'll be eligible for the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University in either the Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior divisions.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Graphic designer
- Web content management specialist
- Marketing coordinator
- Digital media project assistant
- Events & motivational programs student
- App design guru
- Communications coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
- Bank of Montreal
- TRIUMF particle accelerator centre
- Mitre Media
- Nissan Canada Inc.
- Dejero Labs Inc.
- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
What can you do with a Fine Arts degree?
Graduates often pursue careers in creative fields such as marketing, design, and education. They commonly work in art galleries, banks, schools, media companies, and more.
- Designer & Technologist – Whiting Design
- Graphic Designer – Punch & Judy
- User Experience Designer – Green Brick Labs
- Junior Character Rigger – Big Jump Productions
- Brick Laser Apprentice – Kitchener Glass
- Instructor – Conestoga College
- Artist - C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Fine Arts degree admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Sam Boehmer, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.