BA Major in Visual Art Program

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Major in Visual Art, offers students a well-rounded program of visual art practice, critical theory and art history, within a stimulating and challenging academic environment. Students enjoy a program that combines visual art practice with a broad range of elective courses; and provides ample room for study in other areas of interest (including a Minor or second Major).

The BA Visual Art is similar to a general liberal arts degree in that all Faculty of Arts requirements must be satisfied, with an emphasis on the practice of visual art, and normally consists of four years of study. Held in studio environments, our Visual Art classes foster individual creative production and visual literacy in a lively atmosphere of instructor-led debate, discussion and critique.

See Admissions for entry information and requirements.

See Advising for information on how to declare a BA major or minor in VISA.

BA Visual Art Program Requirements

Lower Level

  • 9 credits of VISA 180 and VISA 183, and VISA 110 with a cumulative average of at least 72%; in special circumstances VISA 110 may be taken as a co-requisite with select 200-level VISA courses
  • 6 credits of 100- or 200-level ARTH. These credits are normally completed across years 1 and 2
  • 12 credits from 200-level VISA with a cumulative average of at least 72% (Note that only one of VISA 240 or 241 can be applied toward the VISA major)

Upper Level

  • VISA 380 Studio Theory
  • 9 credits of 300- or 400-level ARTH
  • 18 credits of 300- or 400-level VISA studio courses, of which at least 3 credits must be 400-level VISA
  • A maximum of 6 credits in EDCP (only EDCP 303, 305) courses may be substituted for VISA course requirements

When Can I Declare the BA Major in Visual Art?

The BA major in visual art may be declared upon the successful completion of all courses and minimum grades noted under “Lower Level” above.

For additional information (or to declare the major) please email the Undergraduate Advisor at