Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Computing and the Creative Arts – Specialization (Arts) – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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Subject:  Administered by the School of Computing in partnership with the Departments of Art History and Art Conservation, Film and Media, and Dan School of Drama and Music.
Plan: Consists of 45.0 core units and 39.0 units in one Sub-plan, as described below.
Program:  The Plan, with sufficient electives to total 120.0 units (114.0 units for students admitted prior to September 2017), will lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2020-2021 Calendar for the previous requirements.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
CISC 121Introduction to Computing Science I3.00
CISC 124Introduction to Computing Science II3.00
B. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Discrete Mathematics for Computing l
Linear Algebra
C. Complete the following:
COCA 201Intro Comp & Creative Arts3.00
D. Complete the following:
CISC 203Discrete Mathematics for Computing II3.00
CISC 204Logic for Computing Science3.00
CISC 223Software Specifications3.00
CISC 235Data Structures3.00
E. Complete the following:
CISC 325Human-Computer Interaction3.00
CISC 352Artificial Intelligence3.00
CISC 360Programming Paradigms3.00
CISC 365Algorithms I3.00
F. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
CISC_Subs at the 400 level
G. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
CISC_Subs at the 200 level or above
2. Sub-Plans
A. Select one of the folowing Sub-Plans:39.00
Computing and Art (COAR)
Computing and Drama (CODR)
Computing and Film (COFI)
Computing and Music (COMU)
Elective Courses36.00
Total Units120.00

3. Notes

A. Those students with no programming experience should review first-year course choices based on the Section on Introductory Courses at the start of the chapter on Computing.

B. ELEC courses are offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Special permission may be required to register. All such courses will count as 3.0 units towards degree requirements in Arts and Science.

C. Students who have completed a conservatory Advanced Rudiments exam or equivalent with a grade of 80% or higher may request to have a different MUSC course substituted for Core requirement 1.D.i.a. (MUSC 104 Music Fundamentals).

D. FILM 250 Fundamentals of Media Production is the prerequisite course for all upper-year production courses, therefore should be taken in second year.   FILM 257 Film and Media Concept Development is the prerequisite course for FILM 312 Screenwriting.

E. A maximum of 6.0 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan Requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, LAW, NURS and courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 


A. Computing and Art (COAR)

i. Core
a. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
ARTH 116
ARTH 117
Art in the West from Antiquity to Modernity
ii. Option
a. ARTH at the 400 level3.00
b. ARTH at the 300 level or above12.00
c. ARTH at the 100 or 200 level18.00
Total Units39.00

B. Computing and Drama (CODR)

i. Core
a. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Introduction to Theatre
Thinking Locally
Acting Globally
b. Complete the following:
DRAM 200Theatre History & Literature I6.00
DRAM 220Play Reading and Analysis3.00
c. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Introduction To Theatre Space
Design and Theatre
Introduction To Theatre Production
ii. Option
a. DRAM at the 300 level or above12.00
b. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
DRAM _Subs
Total Units39.00

C. Computing and Film (COFI)

i. Core
Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Film, Media and Screen Cultures
FILM 104
& FILM 106

BISC 100
& FILM 104
Thinking Locally
b. Select 12.00 units from the following:12.00
Research, Writing, and Presentation Methods
Writing Foundations for Film and Media
Historical Inquiry
Film and Media History and Theory Pre-1960
Film and Media History and Theory Post-1960
Critical Inquiry
Media and Cultural Studies
Media & Popular Culture
Film and Media Concept Development
Digital Media Theory and Practice
c. Complete the following:
FILM 250Fundamentals of Media Production3.00
ii. Option
a. FILM at the 400 level6.00
b. FILM at the 300 level or above12.00
Total Units39.00

D. Computing and Music (COMU)

i. Core
a. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Music Fundamentals
Foundations in Tonal Music
b. Complete the following:
MUSC 156Introduction to Digital Audio Recording, Editing, and Mixing3.00
MUSC 255Electroacoustic Music Composition6.00
c. Select 9.00 units from the following:9.00
Theory and Analysis I
The Republic to Rationalism: History, Arts, and Performance l
Listening to Revolutions: History, Arts, and Performance ll
d. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Western Art Music: Crusades to Colonialism
Western Art Music: Industrialization to the Internet
ii. Option
a. MUSC at the 300-level or above6.00
b. MUSC at the 200-level or above6.00
c. Select 3.00 units from the following:3.00
iii. Notes
a. Students in this Sub-plan rank with MUSC Medial students for priority access to Music courses.
Total Units39.00

Computing and the Creative Arts Course Lists

The following lists contain courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits.


Courses in other departments usable as CISC options
COMM 365Advanced Business Decision Modeling3.00
ELEC 470Computer System Architecture3.50
ELEC 474Machine Vision3.50
MATH 272Applications of Numerical Methods3.00
MATH 337Stochastic Models in Operations Research3.00
MATH 401Graph Theory3.00
MATH 402Enumerative Combinatorics3.00
MATH 434Optimization Theory with Applications to Machine Learning3.00
MATH 474Information Theory3.00


Drama Substitutions
CLST 312Greek and Roman Drama3.00
DEVS 321Development Dramas3.00
DRAM 335Acting for the Screen3.00
ENGL 256Shakespeare6.00
ENGL 257Elizabethan Shakespeare3.00
ENGL 258Jacobean Shakespeare3.00
ENGL 259Global Shakespeare3.00
ENGL 326Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama6.00
ENGL 335English Drama to 17006.00
FILM 381Audience Reception3.00
FREN 305Le théâtre depuis 19453.00
IDIS 210Arts in Society3.00
IDIS 410Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice3.00
ITLN 357Pirandello's Theatre3.00
LLCU 200Semiotics: Interpreting the World3.00
LLCU 257Pirandello's Theatre3.00
LLCU 301Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission3.00
LLCU 332Spanish Baroque Short Theatre3.00
LLCU 339XX-Century Italian Playwrights: In Search of the Theatre3.00
MAPP 300Media and Performance Il3.00
MUSC 287Percussion Techniques and Methods3.00


Music Substitutions
DRAM 247Drama Practicum1.50
GNDS 410Special Topics in Gender Studies3.00
IDIS 410Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice3.00
LLCU 244Hips Don't Lie?: Music and Culture in Latin America3.00
MAPP 311Sound Production3.00