BFA Major in Visual Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Major in Visual Art offers students a focused program of visual art practice, critical theory, and art history.

The BFA Major in Visual Art is designed for students seeking a specialized program in the practice of art, based within a dynamic university setting and built upon a platform liberal education. The BFA provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to study or work in a variety of fields involving the making and understanding of visual art and contemporary aesthetics.

Courses become progressively more interdisciplinary as students progress through the program. To inform students’ own art production and facilitate critical thinking and discussion, BFA students are required to take a Studio Theory Seminar each term, concentrating on issues related to contemporary art practice, critical writing and theory.

See Admissions for entry information and requirements.

BFA Major in Visual Art Program Requirements

Lower Level

  • 9 credits of 100-level VISA: VISA 180 and VISA 183 and VISA 110 with a cumulative average of at least 72%
  • 6 credits of 100- or 200-level ARTH, 3 of which must be ARTH 227. These credits are normally completed across years 1 and 2
  • 12 credits of 200-level VISA studios with a cumulative average of at least 72%. Note that only one of VISA 240 or 241 can be applied towards the VISA Major)

Upper Level

  • 6 credits of VISA 380 and VISA 381 (Studio Theory), must be taken sequentially
  • 12 credits of 300-level VISA studio courses
  • 6 credits of upper level ARTH (300- or 400-level); may also be completed in 4th year
  • 6 credits of VISA 480 and VISA 481 (Studio Theory) must be taken sequentially
  • 12 credits of 400-level VISA studio courses

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