Fine Art (Visual Art)

Queen’s Fine Art (Visual Art) is a small visual art program admitting 30 students per year. The intensive studio training, taught by instructors that are active in their field, and in conjunction with insight into the practices of visiting artists from across the country along with the annual Koerner Artist Resident, provide for a broad spectrum of approaches and experience. The small class sizes and high professor-to-student ratios create an interactive learning environment focusing on three main areas of fine art: Paint Media, Print Media, and Sculpture and New Media. The Fine Art (Visual Art) program is well equipped with studios and workshops that create an atmosphere where learning and research can flourish. Field trips are made to exhibitions and workshops, including annual trips to New York City and Massachusetts.

Top 5 Reasons to study Fine Art:

  1. Small class sizes and dedicated studio space encourage a sense of community. 
  2. Low instructor to student ratio and dedicated technical support personnel.
  3. Gain transferable skills in visual languages, critical thinking and problem solving.
  4. Field trips to relevant exhibitions and workshops, including an annual trip to New York City.
  5. Numerous opportunities to gain professional experience through on campus involvement.

“The faculty was incredibly motivating, providing essential instruction in materials, methods and conceptual approaches to art making”
                                                                                                                                    -E.K Smith BFA ‘06

Ontario Hall
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Interim Director: 
Gordon E. Smith
Undergraduate Chair: 
Alejandro Arauz
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Dana Moss
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) - BFH

Major in Fine Art
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar


A degree in Fine Art (Visual Art) can take your career in many directions. Many students choose to continue their academic inquiry with a Master’s. Fine Art can lead to a variety of visual and communication related industries outside of the traditional expectation.

Where could Fine Art students go after graduation??

  • Advertising specialist
  • Animation artist
  • Architecture
  • Art conservationist
  • Art consultant
  • Art technician
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administration
  • Auction manager
  • Book illustrator
  • Commercial artist
  • Computer and media specialist
  • Costume designer
  • Drafting
  • Education
  • Events management
  • Exhibit and display design
  • Fashion designer
  • Gallery owner
  • Graphic art
  • Interior designer
  • Landscape architecture
  • Medical illustrator
  • Museum and gallery curator
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Production designer
  • Professional artist
  • Sculpting
  • Stage designer

Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation. Note that some of these careers may require additional training.


Adding, Dropping or Changing a Minor degree Plan that is in addition to the Fine Art (Visual Art) Major degree Plan:  Students admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) Major degree Plan may add, change, or drop a Minor degree Plan (for example a Minor in Art History Geography etc.) to their Fine Art (Visual Art) Major degree Plan.  (Please note that there is not a Minor in Fine Art (Visual Art).

Transfer from Fine Art (Visual Art): Students in Fine Art (Visual Art) who wish to transfer from the Fine Art (Visual Art) Major to a different Arts and Science degree Plan, may do so through the change of Plan process. Should a student wish to return to Fine Art (Visual Art), he/she could reapply for the subsequent Fall and would need to meet the admission requirements of a successful portfolio and Cumulative GPA of 1.90. It is prudent to seek academic advice from Fine Art (Visual Art) or from an academic advisor in Arts and Science before changing your degree Plan.

Transfer to Fine Art (Visual Art): Students who wish to transfer into Fine Art (Visual Art) from another degree Plan in Arts and Science must:

  1. Submit a portfolio to the Fine Art (Visual Art) Program for consideration, and
  2. Have a Cumulative GPA of 1.90.

Click here for more portfolio information and guidelines (to be submitted late fall). 

Accepted students will begin the Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan at year one.

Students will be notified by early May if they are accepted into the Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan.  Please note that there is limited space available so first-year students should still participate in the degree Plan selection process in early May in case they are not accepted into a Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan. Upper-year students who are not admitted to a Fine Art (Visual Art) degree Plan will remain in their current Plan. For questions about this process, please contact Haley Everson ( in the Faculty of Arts and Science.


Sarah E.K. Smith, BFA ’06 and recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal is currently pursuing a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) shares this about her time at Queen’s: “My experience in the BFA program has been pivotal to my current position as a curator of contemporary art. Foremost, my studio degree played a significant role in developing my knowledge of contemporary art practice. During the BFA program I gained wide experience in printmaking, sculpture (including experience with wood, metal and stone), audio and video work. I also benefitted from the small size of the BFA program, which allowed me to connect with my instructors and classmates. I built my gallery experience working as a docent and completing an internship credit at the Agnes. This, and summer employment at the National Gallery of Canada, sparked my interest in curatorial practice.”


With a focus on developing skills in Paint Media, Print Media, and Sculpture and New Media, we use a module course delivery model that allows you to work one media at a time, using your own workspace and storage in the studio for the duration of the course with access during building hours.


Admission into our direct entry Fine (Visual) Art program includes both the required application Fine Art (QF) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website ( as well as a digital portfolio submission. Please see for more details. Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of two 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Visual Art AVI4M is recommended. Visit for additional information regarding requirements and admission to Queen's.

Fine Art (Visual Art) (BFA)
OUAC Code:
QT (Kingston Campus)
QTT (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)

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