Course Sequence - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Our programs take students on an exploration of the visual arts, with a special emphasis on contemporary creation. Both programs include compulsory practical and theoretical courses that encourage both creation and reflection. The Department provides photography and media art labs, as well as painting, drawing and sculpture studios. Studying in the heart of Ottawa, students also have access to a wealth of artistic venues, such as the National Gallery and the Ottawa Art Gallery. In addition, students train under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized artists, curators, art historians and theorists. While maintaining its focus on traditional disciplines (drawing, painting, sculpture and photography), the Department also helps students discover the use of new media and technologies in the visual arts.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The Visual Arts program at the University of Ottawa leads to a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Honours BA with Major in Visual Arts FI

FI French Immersion Stream available.

Language of instruction

The courses are offered in English and in French. Studio courses at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels are bilingual.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Professional artist
  • Art critic
  • Fine Arts teacher
  • Art administrator
  • Curator

What can I do with my studies?

(www.sass.uottawa.ca/en) is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for students in the visual arts.

 

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA) – 120 CREDITS (4 YEARS)

Notes

1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice
2 The introductory survey courses, ART1360 Histories of Art I and ART1361 Histories of Art II, are required for all undergraduates in the Department of Visual Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts; Major in Visual Arts; Major and Minor in History and Theory of Art), and are pre-requisites for all compulsory 3000-level courses, and should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.
3(P): Practical course (studio)
4(H): History and Theory of Art course. Other courses may be selected in consultation with the Department.
 

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
Total

120 credits 

(39 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(9 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing

3 credits from: 
PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking 
PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments 

3 credits from: 
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction 
ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry

 
3 credits from: 
AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1
PHI1102 Moral reasoning
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHI1104 Great Philosophers
PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts
 

 

 

 

Fine Arts

72 credits

(24 courses)

ART1311 The Painting Field
ART1321 Introduction to sculpture
ART1331 The Photograph and Visual Culture
ART1341 Time-Based Art
ART1360 Histories of Art I2
ART1361 Histories of Art II2

ART2170 19th Century Art: 1789-1900

ART2171 Modern Art: 1900-1945
 

ART3180 Art after Modernism: 1945-1978

ART3181 Post Modernism and Art: 1978-2000
 

ART4987  Practiques professionnelles en art/ Professional Practices in Art
ART4988 Atelier intensif/ Intensive studio practice
ART4989  De atelier à l`exposition/ From Studio to Exhibition

3 credits from: 
ART4919 Peinture: Pratique et idée/ Painting: Practice and Idea
ART4929 Atelier de sculpture/medias/ Sculpture/ Media Studio
ART4936 Atelier de photographie/ medias/ Photography/ Media Studio
 

9 optional course credits in visual arts (ART) (P) in a principal discipline (Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, Photography or Media)3 and,
3 optional course credits in Visual Arts (ART) (P) at the 3000 level in the same principal discipline3
9 optional course credits in visual arts (ART) (P)3

3 optional course credits in visual arts (ART) (P) at the 3000 level3
6 optional course credits in history and theory of arts (ART) (H)4
 

Minor

0 or 30 credits (0 or 10 courses)

Optional minor added after first year

Students have the option of adding a minor (30 credits) in any of a number of disciplines offered by the Telfer School of Management or by the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second module.

Electives

6 or 36 credits 

(2 or 12 courses)

In the minor option, students must take 6 elective credits (2 courses).
In all other cases, students must take 36 elective credits (12 courses).

 

LIST OF OPTIONAL COURSES

ART2913

Painting and Image I: Materiality and Process

ART2914

Painting and Image II: Motif and Metaphor

ART2915

Painting and Context I: Observation and Process

ART2916

Painting and Context II: Space and Site

ART2923

Sculpture in Transformation: Materiality and Process

ART2925

Sculpture and Image

ART2926

Sculpture and Concept

ART2928

Sculpture and the Body

ART2932

Digital Photography Workshop I

ART2934

Large Format Photography

ART2935

Mise en scène : éclairage sur place et en atelier / Lighting on Location and in the Studio

ART2940

Art vidéo / Video Art

ART2941

Art médiatique: installation / Installation Media Art

ART2942

Art électronique / Electronic Art

ART2943

Art médiatique : pratiques publiques / Media Art Practices

ART2951

Drawing I: Materiality and Process

ART2952

Drawing II: The Figure

ART3916

Painting and Source I: Issues of Representation

ART3917

Painting and Source II: Narrative and Series

ART3926

Sculpture in Context I: Practices in Installation

ART3927

Sculpture in Context II: Practices in Performance

ART3933

Photographie et contexte contemporain / Photography and Contemporary Context

ART3934

Méthodes de photographies hybrides / Hybrid Photographic Methods

ART3935

Thèmes choisis en photographie / Selected Topics in Photography

ART3944

Art médiatiques électroniques / Electronic Media Art

ART3945

Atelier d’image médiatique / Image Media Studio

ART3952

Drawing III: Analytical Drawing

ART3953

Drawing IV: Expressivity

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