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BFA in Visual Arts (Honours)

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Excellent studio space, invaluable foundation of skills, supportive faculty, explore individual creativity and expression.

We offer you practical, skill-based training in studio areas such as photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, digital video and new media, while also emphasizing the critical and theoretical concerns in contemporary art.

A Rigorous, Enriching Program

The Visual Arts program offers you, the developing artist, excellent working space, an invaluable foundation of skills, supportive faculty and the opportunity to explore, share and realize individual creativity and expression.

It offers in-depth studio practices and art history combined with exhibition opportunities and exposure to the cultural institutions of Windsor and Detroit.

This program includes courses in drawing, painting, print media, photography, sculpture, bio art, film production and integrated media (digital imaging, sound and video). Individual studio space is available to you during Year 4.

Our studio faculty members exhibit their own work nationally and internationally, and our art history faculty members are invited to lecture in other communities both in Canada and abroad. Among our graduates are nationally known artists, faculty at universities in both Canada and the US, and curators in major art galleries.

We have a newly established Incubator Lab that provides the opportunity to explore Bio Art. Our Green Corridor course is an interdisciplinary study of art and the environment.

Admission Requirements

Minimum average of 70%. The OSS Diploma and six Grade 12 U or M courses, including ENG4U.

What You Will Take First Year

  • MACS-1500: Contemporary Visual Culture
  • VSAR-1050: Studio Practice and Ideas/Space
  • VSAR-1060: Studio Practice and Ideas/Image
  • VSAR-1070: Studio Practice and Ideas/Drawing
  • VSAR-1080: Studio Practice and Ideas/Time-Based

Experiential Learning

The Visual Arts Projects Gallery is a student programmed exhibition space that features something new on a weekly basis. Throughout the year, visual arts students put their works on display for their peers, faculty, the University of Windsor community, and the Windsor area at large. We also encourage you to engage in the local arts community through exhibiting and participating in off-campus, cultural activities.

Excellent Student Support

In addition to dedicated faculty who hold weekly and accessible office hours, the University of Windsor Advising Centre is here to help you with such things as adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a course, discussing problems that may be impacting your academic performance, reviewing your academic progress, changing or choosing your major, or referral to other relevant campus services.

Career Tracks

  • Practising artist: photography, cinematography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture
  • Media arts
  • Arts administration
  • Project management
  • Education (with additional studies)
  • Graduate studies in studio or academic programs

Contact Us:

School of Creative Arts | Visual Arts
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2829
Fax: 519-971-3647


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