Fine Art (Visual Art)

High School Background Required
Life After Graduation
First Year Requirements
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Becoming an artist is an ongoing process of discovery, of yourself and of the world in which you live. Selecting the education which will best enable you to begin to articulate your discoveries is an important step in this process. A university, with its tradition of scholarship and research, provides the ideal setting for studies in Fine Art (Visual Art), one where creative work may develop in association with the many disciplines of the humanities and science.

The Queen's Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) program combines the technical, theoretical and critical studies required in the practice of visual art. Studies in the History of Art and other freely chosen courses complete the program.

The program stresses flexibility of approach by integrating introductory work with specialization. We are committed to excellence in three interrelated areas: painting, printmaking and sculpture. These media are seen as broad, overlapping areas of experience, each containing many approaches and procedures. Specialization, individual tutorial guidance and studio access also allow depth study. Final year work consists of individualized studio programs determined with your advisors.

The studio timetable is designed to produce a maximum focus with minimum disruption. The Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) program is housed in Ontario Hall, where well equipped studios and workshops create an atmosphere where learning and research can flourish. The building also houses Multi-Media Labs and Visual Resources Unit.

All instructors are artists, active in their field. Our Visiting Artist program gives you the opportunity to meet other artists from across the country, and to hear them discuss their work. Field trips are made to exhibitions and workshops, including the annual trip to New York City and North Adams, Massachusetts.

On campus we have the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, well known for its innovative exhibitions and related programming. This treasure within our academic midst has a permanent collection of over 11,000 works of art for study and display.

You are encouraged to exhibit your work at the Union Gallery, which is committed to the professional presentation of student art. It is administered by a managing director and an operating board, made up of BFA students. This gallery provides experience in showing your art publicly and is a valuable training ground in the skills of gallery management.

The Department includes a large Art History program, which offers BA, MA and Ph.D degrees and a Master's Program for the study and practice of Art Conservation. Art History combined with other electives may be used in several ways; as a continuation of general education, to explore the other arts, to complement or support studies in studio art, or to gain the requirements for some future career.

Training in visual arts challenges students to think creatively and independently. This in turn translates to graduates who are enabled to pursue a diverse range of careers. Many graduates of our program become professional artists. Others become teachers at the public, secondary and university levels.

Others become curators, and enter the wide field of museums and art gallery practice. Some become designers in a very wide variety of fields, and some again go into public art administration. Others have gone on to become architects, illustraters and art therapists. We have graduates in all fields of life, including those who we welcome to our program as Mature Students wishing to complete a second degree in Fine Art (Visual Art). A great number of our graduates are accepted into Master's programs in Canada, the United States and Britain.

Admission to the program is based on image portfolio examination and academic achievement. If you think that our program might fit your needs or you would like to know more, come and see us and talk to our faculty and students.

High School Background Required

No specific high school course is required to pursue a concentration in Art, however a visual art or recognized equivalent is strongly recommended. A prepared portfolio of images is mandatory for entry in the Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) program.

Life After Graduation

  • Practicing artist (painting Printmaking, Sculpture, Time based media(performance,video computer applications). Interdisciplinary Applications of cultural studies, feminism, film,music, drama
  • Art Galleries ( public and private) curatorial practice, arts administration.
  • Teaching art (with additional year at a faculty of education).
  • Dozens of art-related careers: design and animation, architecture, art therapy, design: fashion, theatre, and more...

First Year Requirements

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Further Information

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Phone: (613) 533-6166
Fax: (613) 533-6891

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