Course Sequence - Honours BA with Major in Visual Arts

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.

 

HONOURS BA WITH MAJOR IN VISUAL ARTS – 120 CREDITS (4 YEARS)

Notes

1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice
2 The introductory survey courses, ART2360 Histories of Art I and ART2361 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, so should therefore be taken in first year to ensure graduation on time.
3 See profile requirements below


This program cannot be combined with the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the Major or Minor in History and Theory of Art.
This program leads to the Master of Fine Arts program (MFA).

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 
 

 

 

 

Visual Arts

42 credits

(14 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

ART3181 Artistic Strategies of the Postmodern Era

 

12 credits according to chosen profile requirements: Arts Administration or Studio 3

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


 

30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year

Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered by the Telfer School of Management or by the faculties of Arts, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors requiring 51 to 60 credits. Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.

Electives

24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 elective credits (8 courses).
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 elective credits (12 courses).

  

PROFILE REQUIREMENTS

Arts Administration Profile
AMT3901 Gestion des organismes artistiques et culturels I / Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations I
AMT3902 Gestion des organismes artistiques et culturels II / Administration of Artistic and Cultural Organizations II
6 optional credits from :
ART3344 Museum Studies and Artistic Practices 
ART4119 Curating for Contemporary Art
ART4900 Stage / Apprenticeship
CMN1148 Introduction to Organizational Communication
THE4930 Régie / Stage Management
Studio Profile
6 optional ART credits - Studio (Practical courses) at the 2000 level
6 optional ART credits in ART - History and Theory of Art at the 4000 level
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