Faculty of Arts & Science
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Visual Art and Fine Art at Queen's University

Visual & Fine Art

Ontario Hall
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Interim Director: G. Smith
Undergraduate Chair:
Rebecca Anweiler

Queen’s Bachelor of Fine Art is an intimate visual art program admitting 30 students/year. The intensive studio training, taught by instructors that are active in their field, alongside visiting artists from across the country, is complemented by lecture and seminar courses in Art History. The small class sizes and high professor-to-student ratios create an interactive learning environment focusing on three main areas of fine art: painting, printmaking and sculpture/installation. The BFA program is well equipped with studios and workshops that create an atmosphere where learning and research can flourish. Field trips are made to exhibitions and workshops, including annual trips to New York and Massachusetts.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) - BFH

Major in Fine Art
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Bachelor of Fine Art - BFA

General in Fine Art
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

First Year Courses

If you have been admitted to Fine Art, in first year you must take:

  • ARTF 127/6.0
  • ARTF 128/6.0
  • ARTH 120/6.0

First and second year ARTF courses consist of 12 hours of studio classes plus 12 hours of independent studio activities per week; Third year ARTF courses consist of 24 hours of studio activities per week. C. ARTH 227/6.0 or (ARTH 231/3.0 and ARTH 232/3.0) are recommended courses for Option 3B.

Click here for the complete list of Courses in Arts and Science

High School Requirements for Admission

Ontario students are required to have successfully completed an English 4U course and two additional 4U courses to be eligible for admission to the program. Students should be aware that high school Art, Music, Dance and Theatre are not 4U level courses.

Details on your digital portfolio submission

Job and Career Opportunities for Fine Art Grads

Art leads to a variety of visual and communication related industries outside of the traditional expectation.  Some of our Fine Art alumni work in the following industries:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Conservation
  • Art and Design
  • Art Therapy
  • Auctioneering
  • Cartooning
  • Engineering - Ceramics
  • Communications
  • Computer Graphics / Special Effects
  • Drafting
  • Education
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Art
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Medical Illustration
  • Museology
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpting
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Urban and Regional Planning

What to do with a Fine Arts degree handout from Career Services >

Art Electives for Non-Art Students

ARTF 101/3.0 Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting
A foundation course aimed at developing basic skills in drawing and painting, embracing a variety of subjects, materials and techniques.
NOTE Materials: estimated cost: $250.
RECOMMENDATION ARTH 120/6.0. A survey course in Art History provides increased visual literacy at the studio level. Previous experience in painting and drawing is highly recommended.
PREREQUISITE Permission of the instructor.
EXCLUSION No more than 1 course from ARTF 101/3.0; ARTF 105/6.0; ARTF 106/3.0; ARTF 127/6.0.
EXCLUSION No more than 1 course from ARTF 101/3.0; ARTF 105/6.0; ARTF 106/3.0; ARTF 128/6.0.

ARTF 102/3.0 Fundamentals of Drawing and Sculpture
A foundation course in drawing and sculpture aimed at examining the visual, tactile and structural characteristics of various materials in relation to 3 dimensional space.
NOTE Materials: estimated cost: $250.
RECOMMENDATION ARTH 120/6.0. A survey course in Art History provides increased visual literacy at the studio level. Previous experience in studio art is highly recommended.
PREREQUISITE ARTF 101/3.0 or permission of the instructor.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from ARTF 102/3.0; ARTF 110/6.0; ARTF 127/6.0.
EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from ARTF 102/3.0; ARTF 110/6.0; ARTF 128/6.0.

Fine Art (Visual Art) Program Transfers

Adding, Dropping or Changing a Minor degree Plan that is in addition to the Fine Art (Visual Art) Major degree Plan:  Students admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) Major degree Plan may add, change, or drop a Minor degree Plan (for example a Minor in Art History Geography etc.) to their Fine Art (Visual Art) Major degree Plan.  (Please note that there is not a Minor in Fine Art (Visual Art).

Transfer from Fine Art (Visual Art): Students in Fine Art (Visual Art) who wish to transfer from the Fine Art (Visual Art) Major to a different Arts and Science degree Plan, may do so through the change of Plan process. Should a student wish to return to Fine Art (Visual Art), he/she could reapply for the subsequent Fall and would need to meet the admission requirements of a successful portfolio and Cumulative GPA of 1.90. It is prudent to seek academic advice from Fine Art (Visual Art) or from an academic advisor in Arts and Science before changing your degree Plan.

Transfer to Fine Art (Visual Art): Students who wish to transfer into Fine Art (Visual Art) from another degree Plan in Arts and Science must:

  1. Submit a portfolio to the Fine Art (Visual Art) Program for consideration, and
  2. Have a Cumulative GPA of 1.90.

Portfolios are to be submitted late fall. 

Accepted students will begin the Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan at year one.

Students will be notified by early May if they are accepted into the Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan.  Please note that there is limited space available so first-year students should still participate in the degree Plan selection process in early May in case they are not accepted into a Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan. Upper-year students who are not admitted to a Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan will remain in their current Plan. For questions about this process, please contact Michelle Gallant (mgallant@queensu.ca) in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Alumni Profile

Sarah E.K. Smith, BFA ’06 and recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal is currently pursuing a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) shares this about her time at Queen’s: “My experience in the BFA program has been pivotal to my current position as a curator of contemporary art. Foremost, my studio degree played a significant role in developing my knowledge of contemporary art practice. During the BFA program I gained wide experience in printmaking, sculpture (including experience with wood, metal and stone), audio and video work. I also benefitted from the small size of the BFA program, which allowed me to connect with my instructors and classmates. I built my gallery experience working as a docent and completing an internship credit at the Agnes. This, and summer employment at the National Gallery of Canada, sparked my interest in curatorial practice.”

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