PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Department of Visual Arts offers four programs that respond to a variety of student's interests and needs: a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Major in Visual Arts, as well as a Major and a Minor in History and Theory of Art. 

The four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is geared to original forms of expression associated with artistic production in the new millennium. While maintaining the traditional disciplines (drawing, painting, sculpture and photography), the Department also extends its teaching to new technologies (media arts). This programs is composed of practical (studio) and theoretical courses (in the History and Theory of Art) that encourage both creation and reflection on the Visual Arts.

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 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 History and Theory of Art.

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.
 

ENG1100 Workshop in Essay Writing

3 course credits from:

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments

3 course credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to Interdisciplinary study in the Arts

ENG1120 Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction

ENG1121 Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry

3 course credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to Interdisciplinary study in the Arts

PHI1102 Moral Reasoning

PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI1104 Great Philosophers

PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts

ART1311 The Painting Field

ART1321 Introduction to Sculpture

ART1331 The Photograph and Visual Culture

ART1341 Time-Based Art

ART1360 Histories of Art I

ART1361 Histories of Art II 19th Century Art: 1789-1900

ART3952 Dessin III : Dessin analytique / Drawing III: Analytical Drawing

ART3953 Dessin IV : Expressivité / Drawing IV: Expressivity

OPTIONAL COURSES

ART2913 Peinture et image I : Matérialité et méthode / Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process

ART2914 Peinture et image II : Motif et métaphore / Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor

ART2915 Peinture et contexte I : Observation et méthode / Painting and Context I: Observation and Process

ART2916 Peinture et contexte II : Espace et lieu / Painting and Context II: Space and Site

ART2923 Sculpture en transformation : Matérialité et méthode / Sculpture in Transformation : Materiality and Process

ART2925 Éléments de la sculpture contemporaine / Elements of Contemporary Sculpture

ART2926 Sculpture et concept / Sculpture and Concept

ART2928 Sculpture et corps / Sculpture and the Body

ART2932 Atelier de photographie numérique I / Digital Photography Workshop I

ART2934 Photographie caméra 4 x 5 / Large Format Photography

ART2935 Mise en scène : éclairage sur place et en atelier/Mise en scène: Lighting on Location and in the Studio

ART2940 Art vidéo/Video Art

ART2941 Art médiatique : installation/Installation Media Art

ART2942 Art électronique/Electronic Art

ART2943 Art médiatique : pratiques publiques/Media Art Practices

ART2951 Dessin I : Matérialité et méthode / Drawing I: Materiality and Process

ART2952 Dessin II : La forme humaine / Drawing II: The Figure

ART3916 Peinture et source I : Questions de représentation / Painting and Source I: Issues of Representation

ART3917 Peinture et source II : Structures narratives et séries / Painting and Source II: Narrative and Series

ART3926 Sculpture en contexte I : Pratiques en installation / Sculpture in Context I: Practices in Installation

ART3927 Sculpture en contexte II : Approches à la performance / Sculpture in Context II: Practices in Performance

ART3933 Photographie et contexte contemporain / Photography and Contemporary Context

ART3934 Méthodes de photographies hybrides / Hybrid Photographic Methods

ART3935 Thèmes choisis en photographie/Special Topics in Photography

ART3944 Arts médiatiques électroniques/Electronic Media Art

ART3945 Atelier d'image médiatique/Image Media Studio

ART3952 Dessin III : Dessin analytique / Drawing III: Analytical Drawing

ART3953 Dessin IV : Expressivité / Drawing IV: Expressivity