Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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Creative Arts

Creative Arts

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Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)
OUAC code: QA or QIA (BISC)

Also available with Concurrent Education
OUAC code: QB (Kingston Campus)
QIB (Bader International Study Centre Campus)

Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours (BFAH)
OUAC code: QT

Also available with Concurrent Education
OUAC code: QTT

Bachelor of Music (BMus) or Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)
OUAC code: QM or QA

Also available with Concurrent Education
OUAC code: QMM

Bachelor of Music Theatre (BMT)
OUAC code: QMT

Aspire to be an artist, filmmaker, musician or are you looking to lead and manage a creative arts organization? Does writing or designing for social media platforms interest you? Whatever your interest, Queen’s can help you pursue it.

Courses in Music, Drama, Film and Media, Music Theatre, Visual Art, or Computing and the Creative Arts will give you the opportunity to understand and interpret different forms of artistic expression, as well as develop and share your own creations. You’ll find plenty of inspiration outside the classroom, too. You can join a music ensemble or audition for a play or musical, volunteer at the Union Gallery, browse the magnificent art collections at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre or perhaps undertake an internship with the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

Why Study Creative Arts at Queen's

The Creative Arts at Queen’s offer students many opportunities to showcase their work in media, performance, and visual art through exhibitions, screenings, recitals and theatrical productions. But moreover, students can display their skills as writers, cultural commentators, journalists and creative communicators through face-to-face presentations and new media platforms.

Our Facilities

Get involved with the Creative Arts at Queen’s and chances are good you’ll find yourself working and studying in our world-class Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Among its features the Isabel, as it is known, is home to a screening room, a studio theatre, state-of-the-art film production and sound studios, rehearsal spaces and classrooms, all in a fantastic location on the shores of Lake Ontario. The Isabel has classrooms, and a student lounge overlooking the lake. Other Queen’s facilities used by the Creative Arts include the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, which has a permanent collection of approximately 16,000 works of art including three Rembrandts, for study and display, the student-run Union Gallery, and the Ontario Hall Visual Art Studios. The Drama program has an extensive costume room, and Music students can take advantage of their program’s sonic arts studio.

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Learn by Doing

Queen’s boasts several musical ensembles open to all students within the Faculty of Arts and Science for both learning and performance. The Dan School of Drama and Music hosts the Mosaic concert series, which consists of four to six concerts per academic year, featuring both student and faculty compositions.

Working on a play for a live audience, either by directing, promoting, or acting, is a core part of the Drama curriculum. And there are many other theatre groups on campus, such as the 5th Company Lane or Queen’s Musical Theatre, that welcome your involvement.

Film and Media students can participate in the Kingston Canadian Film Festival (founded by an alumnus), intern with CFRC Radio on campus, work with QTV or the Focus Film Festival.

Fine Art (Visual Art) students host an annual graduating student art exhibition in Ontario Hall every spring, as well as exhibiting their work throughout the year at the Union Gallery.

Internships are a great way to learn by doing at Queen’s in the Creative Arts. Students can complete a 12-16 month paid, professional internship that tops up your degree with hands-on experience.

Creative Arts Programs

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​Computing and the Creative Arts

This innovative degree is aimed at students with interests and abilities in both computing and the creative arts. Students who enrol in Computing and the Creative Arts take courses offered by Art History, Drama, Film and Media, or Music, while maintaining a solid concentration in Computer Science.

You can also fill out your degree with electives in other Arts areas and interdisciplinary courses of all kinds. Learn how to use cutting-edge computer software programs for artistic production, develop new approaches to artistic expression, and acquire the technical expertise to develop new applications and take full advantage of future trends in digital technology.

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Acting, directing, playwriting, technical production, theatre history, dramatic literature, dance, movement, singing, education – the Dan School of Drama and Music does it all. A well-rounded program designed to equip resourceful thinkers with the communication, collaborative and leadership skills that will enable them to excel in any field they choose.

A key part of Drama at Queen’s is the enormous range and number of opportunities offered by many exciting productions, both on stage or backstage, as directors, writers, designers or producers. If you are interested in music you will find drama and music students collaborating often and coming together in new music theatre courses.

Courses and productions are mainly held in the state-of-the-art Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, one of the newest buildings at Queen’s, and in Theological Hall, one of the oldest, and one of the most dramatic buildings on campus. In the summer, try out for The Barefoot Players, Queen’s children’s theatre company, or take courses that are taught in residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. You can also study theatre of the Middle Ages and participate in a Medieval Festival at the very oldest of Queen’s University’s buildings: the fifteenth-century Herstmonceux Castle in England.

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Film and Media

With a focus on critical thinking, our students examine a wide variety of cinema, video, and media – including social media – in order to better understand, and contribute to, contemporary visual culture.

Our program integrates this material with courses in history, theory and criticism that include such diverse topics as digital media theory, Hollywood cinema, non-Western cinema, experimental film and animation, performance and cultural studies, the business of media, and much more. We also offer instruction in the major genres of filmmaking, including narrative, documentary, experimental film, and animation, as well as contemporary digital media, because we believe that knowledge of film and media is deepened through hands-on experience in producing it – and vice versa.

In 2014, we relocated to the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, equipped with new facilities, including a soundstage, audio recording and mixing studio, DigiLab computing facility and 90-seat screening room.

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Fine Art (Visual Art)

Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours (BFAH)
OUAC code: QT

Also available with Concurrent Education
OUAC code: QTT

As a Fine Art (Visual Art) student at Queen’s, you’ll be part of a small group of 30 students benefiting from intensive training in painting, printmaking, sculpture and new media/installation. Located in Queen’s venerable Ontario Hall, the program’s well-equipped studios and workshops create an atmosphere where learning and creativity can flourish.

Our courses are taught by instructors active in their field, and supported through insight into the practices of visiting artists from across the country. Along with an internationally-renowned artist in residence and courses in art history and the liberal arts, our program provides a broad spectrum of approaches and experience. It isn’t all about classrooms or studios: Fine Art students make frequent field trips to exhibitions and workshops, including annual trips to New York and Massachusetts.

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Bachelor of Music (BMus) or Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)
OUAC code: QM or QA

Also available with Concurrent Education
OUAC code: QMM

Focusing on undergraduate studies, Queen’s Music has earned a reputation across Canada for producing some of the best-prepared graduates: musicians who excel as scholars, composers, teachers and performers. Students in the Dan School of Drama and Music obtain a solid education in western classical music from the ancient to the postmodern, while pursuing a wide variety of courses in applied study (performance), musicology/ethnomusicology, music education, and theory and composition. A highlight for music students is the chance to practice and perform in the fantastic Rehearsal Hall and Concert Hall of Queen’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Recently we launched a new, and unique, combined five-year program held in conjunction with St. Lawrence College. Students entering the program will be working towards a Bachelor degree in Music and a diploma in Music and Digital Media. This exciting cooperative venture will let students combine learning theory and performance with gaining practical skills and useful experience.

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Music Theatre

Bachelor of Music Theatre (BMT)
OUAC code: QMT

A new program designed to provide aspiring musical theatre professionals with both academic study and practical training in three core disciplines of acting, singing, and dance. This unique “triple threat” program will allow students to hone their skills by performing in front of audiences, in studio, main stage productions and in unique productions where students learn to create and produce original theatrical pieces.

Students will also receive mentoring from faculty and guest industry professionals to become competent and job-ready for a competitive and rapidly changing industry. Students complete the first two years of the program at St. Lawrence College, Brockville campus and their final two years of the program at Queen’s University in Kingston.

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Stage and Screen Studies

Combining courses from Film and Media, along with Drama, Stage and Screen is ideal for students interested in exploring both these fields and in drawing together the lessons to be learned in each. Scholarly and hands-on in approach, the program offers instruction in the theoretical and historical dimensions of the two art forms, and gives students the chance to undertake practical work in each discipline.

Every year, the program invites a director, writer, or other notable professional working in theatre, film and television to come to Kingston, as our Stage and Screen Visiting Artist. Students have an opportunity to work with and take classes from this distinguished artist who, in addition to sharing experiences, also gives a presentation for a broader Queen’s and Kingston audience.

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