Visual Art – Studio (BFA Honours)

Become a well-rounded art professional, able to lead in the creation, exhibition, critical understanding and communication of visual culture in diverse environments. Bridging art creation, art history and curatorial practice, AMPD provides a unique interdisciplinary approach and the most acclaimed facilities in Canada.

Through intensive studio training supported by studies in the history and theory of art, students receive a thorough grounding in the production of art works and comparative cultural analysis across a wide range of traditional and contemporary media. In the initial foundation year, students take courses in all artistic media – painting, sculpture, print media, drawing, photography and interdisciplinary art – and then choose to specialize in one or more areas. At all levels, students are mentored by faculty members who are highly regarded artists with an active professional practice.

Academic Calendar – Degree Requirements

How to apply to the BFA program in Visual Arts

Sample Courses

VISA 1000 3.00 Critical Issues in the Studio

Introduces students to visual, conceptual and theoretical language as it relates to studio practice. Ideas are examined through various disciplines from different points of view. Degree requirement for Visual Arts BFA Honours program. Open to non-majors.

VISA 1010 6.0-Art Fundamentals: Concept, Creativity and Production

Introduces students to the visual arts studios, faculty and a spectrum of production methods addressing two dimensional, three dimensional and the element of time in art making. An established theme provides students with a starting point for research, conceptualization and the exploration of fundamental processes as a means of visualizing their creative ideas. Course work is presented at an end of term exhibition.

VISA 2085 3.00 Drawing from the Model

Explores and develops drawing skills by concentrating on the figure and drawing from live models. Analytical and expressive skills are developed using a variety of drawing media. Emphasis is placed on the six basic elements of visual communication: line, value, volume, space and texture as it pertains to figurative drawing. Students gain an understanding of basic skeletal and musculature structures along with the ability to translate the human form into a volumetric, proportional representation. Class work and three home assignments. Materials Fee: $40.

VISA 3022E 3.00 Painting: Contemporary Approaches to Nature

Investigates how painters are exploring contemporary approaches to nature and landscape through such questions as: How is nature represented in the media? How is the urban/nature opposition beginning to break down? How can cities be ecologically friendly? These questions are discussed through: an historical survey of how artists of the past viewed and represented nature, a class visit to the McMichael Collection, and an examination of how contemporary painters are re-engaging with nature. Students explore these themes through three, studio projects. Students are encouraged to draw and paint from nature instead of using only photographic sources. The projects are evaluated by extensive individual and class critiques. Prerequisite: three credits from FA/VISA 203x 3.00 series of courses.

VISA 4090A 6.0-Installation Art

Offers a focused practicum for senior students that addresses the origins and history of installation art including site-specificity, the context of the gallery/museum, alternate environments and artist collectives. Compulsory supplementary fees. Prerequisites: Third- or fourth-year standing and at least six credits in studio at the 3000-level with a grade of B or better.