Studies in Arts and Culture

The Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) program welcomes students who wish to explore and gain a critical view of contemporary culture by engaging in pragmatic and experiential learning.

Our undergraduate degrees provide specific experiences in arts and cultural management, intermedia and interdisciplinarity, and cultural critique and agency. STAC connects students and faculty from Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music, Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF), Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as the Goodman School of Business and beyond through a selection of course offerings and cultural events. During their studies, STAC students develop crucial skills for a successful career, among them creative problem- solving, effective communication, cultural perceptiveness, team spirit, resiliency and adaptability.

STAC is also home to the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture and the Small Walker Press, which publishes collaborative work that brings together authors and artists from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as well as the Canadian and international contexts.

Cultural Management
This program brings together learning opportunities from two leading Faculties at Brock University: The Faculty of Humanities — through the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts — and the Goodman School of Business. This is the ideal program for students who seek to graduate with employable skills as cultural managers in music, visual arts and dramatic arts. Students may pursue service learning or practicum experiences with professionals and organizations in the Niagara region.

Cultural Transmission and Heritage Studies
The Concentration in Cultural Transmission and Heritage Studies offers students the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary curatorial projects as well as gain insight and knowledge in intersecting fields exploring arts and cultural heritage. This concentration is a co-operation between STAC, History and Geography/Tourism Studies.

Languages, Arts and Culture
This concentration combines language acquisition (French, German, Italian or Spanish) in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with interdisciplinary work in arts and culture. It attracts future teachers who wish to add hands-on experience in arts and culture to their language skills, as well as future artists, arts managers and curators who wish to develop their career in a bilingual environment.

You may also pursue service-learning or practicum experiences with professionals in the Niagara region.

A Certificate in Arts and Culture is available to non-degree students who wish to acquire an interdisciplinary background in arts and culture, and are interested in applying such knowledge to their initial field of study or in their career.

In addition, a Certificate in Arts Management is available to non-degree seeking students who wish to acquire an interdisciplinary background in arts management; and are interested in applying such knowledge to their initial field of study or in their career. The certificate includes courses from the Centre, the Departments of Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts, the Faculty of Social Science, and the Goodman School of Business.

  • BA in Studies in Arts and Culture
  • Minor in Studies in Arts and Culture
  • Certificate in Arts and Culture
  • Certificate in Arts Management

Expected cut-off: mid 70s
OUAC Code: BAC

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Career outcomes

  • Artistic direction
  • Arts, culture, and heritage policy development and management
  • Cultural programming
  • Arts criticism, journalism, publishing
  • Arts education and outreach co-ordination

Prerequisite requirements

  • English (ENG4U)

Recommended subjects

  • One from 4U history, 4U philosophy, 4U classical studies, or 4U international language.