First Advisory Group Meeting

Welcome to our journey! We will use this webpage to share the journey of developing a new Visual Arts degree plan @Queen’s. If you want to give feedback or inquire about ways to be engaged with the development, please contact us here.

The Advisory Group met for the first time on April 17th, 2023 where we discussed timelines and the Terms of Reference.


The typical process for degree plan development takes about 2 years (image below). Our plan is to do the majority of the curriculum development over the summer and fall terms and bring forward a formal proposal process in 2024. Depending on how the curriculum is designed, it may be possible for students to start taking courses Fall 2024 while the degree plan is undergoing final approval.

Visual Arts Redevelopment Timeline 2023 through 2026

Terms of Reference

Based on external review and consultations, the Dean created the Visual Arts Council Advisory Group and tasked them to undertake a revitalization of Visual Arts curriculum. The full Terms of Reference can be found here. and the main principles are

  • Provide a balance of theory and practice similar to that found in the BAH plans in Drama, Film, and Music;
  • Be accessible to students.  Visual Arts concentrators will have access to electives, certificates, and minors in other disciplines. Students who are not Visual Arts concentrators will be able to take courses in visual arts as electives or as a minor;
  • Be flexible to allow Visual Arts concentrators to have the same opportunities for internship and study abroad opportunities afforded to students in other plans. This flexibility will more easily allow for academic interruptions caused by extenuating circumstances;
  • Fulfill the Visual Art teaching subject requirements for students in the ConEd pathway; and
  • Be viable with current levels of faculty and staff.