Explore the power of visual communication

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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.

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Fine Arts degree admission requirements

Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Fine Arts as your major at the end of first year.

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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.