The programs in the Department of Visual Arts give students a solid foundation from which to build an exciting and dynamic career. Our studio classes provide hands-on experience in a wide range of techniques and technologies, while courses in the History of Art and Visual Culture develop critical thinking, writing, research, and communication skills.
Professions in this field include:
- Curatorial work in art galleries, museums, and artist-run centres
- Arts administration
- Law (e.g.: copyright, repatriation of cultural artifacts, cultural property)
- Writing and publication
- And, of course, many of our graduates go on to establish their own professional practice as artists.
- graphic design
- web design
- analogue and digital animation
Brittany Brooks, Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, 2016, is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes animation, illustration, performance and music. Since graduating from Brock University, she has been working at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto as a Curatorial Assistant. One of the highlights of this position included working on Kent Monkman’s exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, touring nationally. Artist residencies at Spark Box Studios, White Rabbit Arts and The Green Belt Gallery cultivated her solo exhibition Rutabager and her original handmade layered projection show The Fireside Book of Fictitious Folk Songs. Her musical project Creature Speak released a full-length album Shadow Songs (2016) and earned international praise. She is an active member of the St. Catharines arts and cultural community and a Jr. Programmer for the In the Soil Arts Festival.
“VISA’s program has helped me apply my artistic skills to everything I do
and develop my practice into a career. The instructors helped me learn the
importance of being able to talk about my own work, and I also learned many
practical skills regarding collaboration, art production and exhibiting. My
favourite courses are the ones that allowed me to experiment and try out
new media. The VISA Program has a remarkable sense of community and
encourages students to be active in numerous events both on and off campus.
I’ve become part of a network of local artists and cultural professionals,
and have had many opportunities to showcase my own work in the local
community’s cultural events.”
From our students
“My journey through the Brock University Visual Arts Program was amazing. And while there were many memorable aspects, I felt the main strength of the program was its small and comfortable scale. Access to all of my professors was easy and I never felt like a number. I formed life-long relationships with many of these amazing researchers and artists who I’ve continued to work with to this day.”
Arnold McBay, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Visual Arts, 1988. Master of Arts, Studies in Contemporary Literature and the Arts, 2013
“The Department of Visual Arts faculty created a supportive learning environment for me through an offering of diverse media courses and interactive studios. My skills in abstract thinking were nurtured in various Art History and Visual Culture classes, as well as through opportunities to contribute to faculty research projects. The design, organizational, research and communication skills that I developed at Brock have helped me in my professional work as Programming and Curatorial Assistant at a local art museum.”
Sonya de Lazzer, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Visual Arts, 2009