Visual Arts

In the Department of Visual Arts (VISA), education takes place within well-equipped studios and teaching spaces, as well as in our vibrant local arts community.

We provide education in two distinct but interconnected streams: Studio Art (STDA) and the History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC). Studio students take courses
in all fine art media, such as painting, photography, drawing, digital media, performance art, and non-traditional methods of expression. HAVC courses explore history as it is connected to the present, with a focus on themes such as the body in art and visual culture or the role of censorship from the ancient world to the present day. Courses are innovative, interdisciplinary and in keeping with the currencies of contemporary thought.

Our professors are exhibiting artists and published scholars who have mastered a wide array of media and topics, and are fluent in emerging discourses. Add to that a vibrant roster of internationally exhibiting artists who come through Rodman Hall Art Centre, the University’s art gallery, and you have a well-rounded, exciting education in Visual Art. Want to show your work, curate a show, or participate in a festival? How about giving a lecture on your research, or travelling to see art in Italy or Greece? All is possible within a degree program in the Department of Visual Arts.

Applicants to the Studio Art program are required to submit a portfolio. Visit to learn more.

  • BA in Studio Art
  • BA in History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Minors in History of Art and Visual Culture or Interactive Arts and Science
  • Concentration in Curatorial Studies

Expected cut-off: mid 70s

Please note that students interested in Visual Arts — History of Art and Visual Culture will apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities — Faculty of Humanities exploratory first-year program, and may select History of Art and Visual Culture as their major for Year 2. These students are not required to submit a portfolio.

Not an Ontario Secondary School applicant? Find your admissions criteria here.

Career outcomes

  • Art therapist
  • Artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Curator
  • Teacher

Prerequisite requirements

Recommended subjects

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