Creative Arts

Whether you aspire to be an artist, film-maker, musician or actor or just want to understand and enjoy the Creative Arts, you'll find a stimulating environment at Queen's.

You can develop a comprehension and appreciation of the fine and performing arts, while enhancing and refining your skills and techniques. Through courses in Music, Drama, Film and Media, Fine (Visual) Arts, and Music Theatre you will have many opportunities to understand and interpret different forms of artistic expression, as well as to produce and show your own artistic works. Extend your sources of inspiration beyond the classroom by joining a music ensemble, auditioning for a play or musical, volunteering at the student-run Union Gallery, or simply browsing through the magnificent art collections at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

New to Queen's is the world-class Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts that is home to many classes throughout the creative arts departments.

The Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts have two new exciting programs - a new Arts Management Graduate Diploma and a Master's in Arts Leadership. These programs are ideal for students and working professionals who have the passion and acumen for the arts  and see their careers not so much as on the stage but rather directing from behind the scenes - directing the business operations that is.

CoCA is an exciting multi-disciplinary program for students interested in both Computing and the Arts. You'll learn how to direct, develop and use cutting-edge computer software programs for Music, Art, Drama, and Film production.

On stage, behind the stage, or directing the stage - the Dan School of Drama and Music  at Queen's teaches elements of the theatre from both theoretical and practical perspectives. With a focus on transferrable skills development such as strong communication, leadership and critical thinking, our drama program is a strong foundation for many careers. Auditions are not required for entrance to the program.

Without its visual media, the modern world would be unimaginable. In undergraduate Film Studies, we approach many varied types of visual medias as means for understanding and participating fully in that world. The concentration includes historical inquires into the forces that have shaped the cinema and media; critical analysis of films and television and video productions; theories that explore the principles and functions of film; and the methods of making film and video. In most Film Studies courses, a film or video is used like a textbook in any other course, or like a specimen in a biology lab.

Queen’s Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) is a direct entry program, which means that students enter their major area of focus in their first year of study; only those students admitted to the BFA may enrol in the program's studio courses. Your class of 30 students stays together as a group for four years and will get to know the instructors and other students quite well.

In the Dan School of Drama and Music, you will obtain a solid education in western classical music from the ancient to the postmodern, and build on courses in applied study (performance), music education, musicology/ethnomusicology, and theory and composition.

The new Music Theatre program will provide students with theoretical and practical training both in the three core disciplines of acting, singing and dancing, and also in the study of music theatre as a liberal arts subject. Industry-focused training through a 2-year set curriculum at St. Lawrence College includes personalized instruction and coaching, group creative work, and basic music literacy which will then be complemented by a more interdisciplinary liberal arts approach in the final two years at Queen’s.

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. Every year, the program invites a director, writer, or other notable professional working in theatre, film or television to come to Kingston as our stage and screen visiting artist.