PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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. 

BFA PROGRAM

Note: The introductory survey courses, ART1360 Histories of Art I and ART1361 Histories of Art II, 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 pre-requisites for all compulsory 3000-level courses, so should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

Basic skills

ENG 1100 Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units

PHI 1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI 1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

AHL 1100 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1

AHL 1900 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1

ENG 1120 Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction

ENG 1121 Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry

AHL 1100 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1

AHL 1900 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1

PHI 1102 Moral Reasoning

PHI 1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI 1104 Great Philosophers

PHI 1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts


Compulsory courses at the 1000 level

ART 1311 Introduction to Painting

ART 1321 Introduction to Sculpture

ART 1331 Introduction to Photography

ART 1341 Introduction to Media Art

ART 1360 Histories of Art I 2

ART 1361 Histories of Art II 2


Compulsory courses at the 2000 level

ART 2170 19th Century Art: 1789-1900

ART 2171 Modern Art: 1900-1945
 

Compulsory courses at the 3000 level

ART 3180 Art After Modernism: 1945-1978

ART 3181 Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000


Compulsory courses at the 4000 level

ART 4987 Professional Practices in Art

ART 4988 Intensive Studio Practice

ART 4989 From Studio to Exhibition
 

3 course units

ART 4919 Painting: Practice and Idea

ART 4929 Sculpture/Media Studio

ART 4936 Photography/Media Studio
 

Optional courses

9 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) in a principal discipline (Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, Photography or Media) 9 Units

3 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) at the 3000 level in the same principal discipline 3 Units

9 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) 9 Units

3 optional studio course units in visual arts (ART) at the 3000 level 3 Units

6 optional course units in art history (ART) 3, 46 Units

36 elective course units 36 Units

Total:120 Units

The electives may be replaced by a combination of a Minor, Option(s), and/or elective units. Consult the Faculty of Arts website for more information.

Note(s)

1

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.

2

Other courses may be selected in consultation with the Department.

3

 The course AMT 3105 can count towards this requirement.
 

List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Drawing/Painting

ART 2913 Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process

ART 2914 Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor

ART 2916 Painting and Context II: Space and Site

ART 2915 Painting and Context I: Observation and Process

ART 2951 Drawing I: Materiality and Process

ART 2952 Drawing II: The Figure

ART 3916 Painting and Source I: Issues of Representation

ART 3917 Painting and Source II: Narrative and Series

ART 3952 Drawing III: Analytical Drawing

ART 3953 Drawing IV: Expressivity
 

List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Photography

ART 2932 Digital Photography Workshop I

ART 2934 Large Format Photography

ART 2935 Mise en scène: Lighting on Location and in the Studio

ART 3933 Photography and Contemporary Context

ART 3934 Hybrid Photographic Methods

ART 3935 Special Topics in Photography


List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Sculpture

ART 2923 Sculpture in Transformation: Materiality and Process

ART 2925 Elements of Contemporary Sculpture

ART 2926 Sculpture and Concept 

ART 2928 Sculpture and the Body

ART 3926 Sculpture in Context I: Practices in Installation

ART 3927 Sculpture in Context II: Practices in Performance
 

List of Optional Courses - Principal discipline: Media

ART 2940 Video Art

ART 2941 Installation Media Art

ART 2942 Electronic Art

ART 2943 Media Art Practices

ART 3944 Electronic Media Art

ART 3945 Image Media Studio


List of Optional Courses - Studio

ART 1900 Drawing from Life: Fundamentals

ART 2913 Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process

ART 2914 Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor

ART 2915 Painting and Context I: Observation and Process

ART 2916 Painting and Context II: Space and Site

ART 2923 Sculpture in Transformation: Materiality and Process

ART 2925 Elements of Contemporary Sculpture

ART 2926 Sculpture and Concept

ART 2928 Sculpture and the Body

ART 2932 Digital Photography Workshop I

ART 2934 Large Format Photography

ART 2935 Mise en scène: Lighting on Location and in the Studio

ART 2940 Video Art

ART 2941 Installation Media Art

ART 2942 Electronic Art

ART 2943 Media Art Practices

ART 2951 Drawing I: Materiality and Process

ART 2952 Drawing II: The Figure

ART 3916 Painting and Source I: Issues of Representation

ART 3917 Painting and Source II: Narrative and Series

ART 3926 Sculpture in Context I: Practices in Installation

ART 3927 Sculpture in Context II: Practices in Performance

ART 3933 Photography and Contemporary Context

ART 3934 Hybrid Photographic Methods

ART 3935 Special Topics in Photography

ART 3944 Electronic Media Art

ART 3945 Image Media Studio

ART 3952 Drawing III: Analytical Drawing

ART 3953 Drawing IV: Expressivity
 

List of optional courses - History of Art

ART 1360 Histories of Art I

ART 1361 Histories of Art II

ART 2170 19th Century Art: 1789-1900

ART 2171 Modern Art: 1900-1945

ART 3116 Art and New Technologies

ART 3117 Art and Gender

ART 3118 Art, Globalization and Cultural Hybridities

ART 3180 Art After Modernism: 1945-1978

ART 3181 Postmodernism and Art: 1978-2000

ART 3334 Canadian Art and Cultural Identities

ART 3344 Museum Studies and Artistic Practices

ART 3354 Inuit and Amerindian Art

ART 3364 Histories and Theories of Photography

ART 3374 Artists and Critical Discourse

ART 4115 Special Topics in History and Theory of Art

ART 4118 Special Topics in Contemporary Art

ART 4119 Curating for Contemporary Art

ART 4900 Apprenticeship

ART 4915 Special Topics in History and Theory of art

ART 4955 Research Seminar in History and Theory of Art

ART 4956 Directed Research I

ART 4957 Directed Research II