Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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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

Join a music ensemble, volunteer at an on-campus art gallery, or intern with the Kingston Canadian Film Festival

Develop skills as writers, cultural commentators, journalists, and creative communicators

Work on a play for a live audience or help host a student art exhibition

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.


  • Advertising specialist
  • Animation artist
  • Fashion designer
  • Gallery owner
  • Museum and Gallery curator
  • Commercial artist
  • Stage crew manager
  • Teaching
  • Public relations
  • Screenwriting
  • Broadcasting
  • Acting
  • Talent representative
  • Producer
  • Music therapy
  • Piano technician
  • Music journalism
  • Concert production
  • Sound engineering
  • 3D animation
  • Computer programmer
  • Graphic design
  • Project manager

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Learn by Doing

Queen’s offers students many opportunities to showcase their work in media, performance, and visual art through exhibitions, screenings, recitals, and theatrical performances. 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 Centre, or perhaps undertake an internship with the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Thinking about internationalizing your degree? Head to the Bader International Study Centre in East Sussex and take part in a three-week field school in Medieval Theatre Studies.

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 video production, open media production, animation, scriptwriting, crossplatform, as well as contemporary digital media, because we believe that knowledge of film and media is deepened through hands-on experience in producing it. Located at the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing arts, the facilities include 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 will 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 internationallyrenowned 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 learn theory and performance while 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, on 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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Media and Performance Production

Combining courses from Film and Media, along with Drama, Media, and Performance 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, or television to come to Kingston as our Media and Performance 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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Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS)

[Anatomy lab]The Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) is a unique opportunity for high school students to apply for entry to medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Arts, Science, Computing Science, Life Sciences or Health Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science. To learn more about QuARMS and the requirements, please visit: meds.queensu.ca/academics/quarms