Welcome to the MIWSFPA: Orientation for 2020!

Brock University is launching the first-ever Virtual Welcome Week.
During this year of the pandemic the Orientation activities are all online.
Watch the welcome below and visit the official Orientation page for all the details!


The Department of Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture are all part of the Faculty of Humanities.

The Associate Dean, Dr. Neta Gordon, Professor of English, welcomes you to Brock University! She’s prepared an 11 minute video to introduce to you to the Faculty of Humanities:

Michael Gicante is your Academic Advisor for studies at the MIWSFPA.
He prepared this video for the April open House:

Koreen McCullough is the Experiential Education Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities.
Watch her 3 minute presentation about Experiential Education opportunities at Brock University:

The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

Located at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines, the MIWSFPA is home to four academic programs. We are right next door to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on the main street of St. Catharines, St. Paul.

Each program at the MIWSFPA is offering a special welcome to their students.  For example, if you are a beginning your studies as a major in Dramatic Arts, check out what that Department has scheduled for you and plan to join in the fun.  You are also welcome to join the activities of each program at the School even if you are only taking one course or beginning a minor program.  The activities and welcome messages from each program are listed below.

Professor David Vivian, of the Department of Dramatic Arts (he teaches design and production for theatre), is the Director of the School:

David will be hosting office hours on September 8, 2020, from 12-3:00 pm on Teams.
Drop in and say hi! (click here)


Dr. David Fancy, Professor of Theatre Praxis, is the Chair of the Department:

“I wish you a warm welcome to this new academic term, one that DART staff, faculty, and instructors have been carefully preparing for over the spring and summer. And now, with all of its adjustments and changes in delivery, this term is upon us.
Please know that we are here to support you, to encourage you, and, perhaps most importantly: to collaborate with you to create contexts where much creativity, inquiry, and service will take place.
Can’t wait to see you, virtually, and perhaps eventually otherwise, soon!
Vive le théâtre!”

Join Dramatic Arts Faculty on Tuesday, September 8th from 12 noon to 1pm for a drop-in session about Dramatic Arts. Non-Majors are especially welcome. Dramatic Arts Chair, David Fancy and David Vivian, Director of the Marilyn I Walker School and DART Faculty, will talk informally about the Department. David Fancy will answer your questions about how to take courses as a non-Major and should you how to achieve a Minor in Dramatic Arts. Find us on Lifesize. (click here)

All Major students are invited to JOIN US at the Annual DART Orientation!
Tuesday, September 15, 6:00 – 7:15 PM

Online at :  https://brocku-ca.zoom.us/j/83578938305

Meeting ID: 835 7893 8305
(also available via telephone and mobile! contact dvivian@brocku.ca for details)

The DART community is cordially invited to our 2020 online departmental orientation. This invitation is especially extended to DART first year students: We look forward to seeing you at the Orientation so that you can meet faculty, staff, and fellow students, and learn about the many opportunities for engagement – from auditions to performances to clubs – at DART.

First-year students who visit at least three of the DART Orientation Zoom breakout rooms will be entered into a draw to win a $50 Brock Campus Store gift card!

Be it online or face-to-face, DART is a vibrant and welcoming community, and we can’t wait to see you on Tuesday, September 15.


Dr. Karin Di Bella, an accomplished pianist and educator, is the Chair of the Department:

Dr. Di Bella will be holding office hours on September 8th from 2-3 pm on Teams.
Drop-in and say hi! (click here)

Reminders from your Music professors:

  • Check Sakai and your Brock email for info about your first class
  • Choir: if you still need to do your choir audition, please look here for more information:
    Sing at Brock!
  • Lessons: if you still need to set up your lesson, contact Dr. Di Bella kdibella@brocku.ca
  • For all other inquiries please contact the Music Office and we’ll be happy to direct you to the right place. nfedj@brocku.ca

Classes start Wednesday, September 9th! Have fun! We are happy you’re here.

PS. Our MUSI student yearly welcome/orientation for all new and returning MUSI students will take place on the first Tuesday@Noon.  Ask Professor Di Bella for details.

The Department of Visual Arts (VISA)

Welcome new VISA students to our asynchronous orientation video! It’s always nice to put a name to face, so we took some time to prepare this video, so that you can get acquainted with some of the awesome people in the Department of Visual Arts. We look forward to meeting you in person in the near future. Stay safe, VISA.

Professor Shawn Serfas, Chair of the Department will be holding office hours on September 8th from 2-3 pm on Teams.
Drop-in and say hi! (click here)

The Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC)

STAC Major student, Maya Meyerman has prepared this welcome message for you:

Dr. Catherine Parayre, Director of the Centre, will be holding office hours on September 8th from 2-3 pm on Lifesize.
Drop-in and say hi! (click here)

Additional Office hours will be:

  • Tuesday 15 September, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday 7 October, 2-3 pm
  • Tuesday 17 November, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday 2 December, 1-2 pm

Interiors, a curated virtual platform has been launched!  Interiors is the home of various creative projects by Affiliates of STAC’s Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture, also with student exhibitions. Check out our Outreach Activities: participate and be published on the site!

ti< is an online journal (ISSN 1929-4336) that publishes creative work combining text and image. It is primarily interested in creative work by students, their instructors, as well as by artists and writers whose work combines literature and the visual arts. All languages are welcome, including endangered languages. No translation is needed. Next issue: March 2021. Submissions accepted until 15 February 2020. Please send to cparayre@brocku.ca https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/ti

Check out the Advising Letter for more news about exciting opportunities at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture!

STAC Majors: more info and regular updates are available on Sakai on the tab titled… ‘STAC Majors’.  Add this tab to your Sakai courses.

We all wish you a very successful year at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

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