About the department of visual arts

Learn from nationally and internationally respected artists, art historians and theoreticians

University of Ottawa Visual Arts professors are nationally and internationally recognized artists, art historians and theoreticians with active careers in their respective fields. They bring to their teaching both high-level professional experience and in-depth knowledge of historical and contemporary art activity and discourse.

Access the best of municipal, provincial and national art organizations

Located in the nation's capital, the University of Ottawa offers the ideal location for students to experience a rich variety of municipal, provincial and national art institutions. Working visits to these galleries, museums and archives are key components of many of our courses, and professionals from those organizations are regularly invited to partake in the life of the Department.

Combine studio practice, art history and theory

The Visual Arts programs at the University of Ottawa offer a well-balanced mix of studio experience and training in art history and theory. Students can choose to specialize in studio work or concentrate their studies in the history of art and related theories, but all students will benefit from the Department's longstanding commitment to the integration of art theory and practice.

Get top-quality, personalized education and become part of an artistic community

The University of Ottawa is proud of the decades-long history of outstanding artists, art historians and theoreticians who have taught in the Visual Arts Department, and of our many graduates who have gone on to make major contributions to the art world. This legacy lives on. Our professors offer attentive teaching and mentoring within a close-knit departmental community, while also encouraging student interaction with a larger network of art institutions and professionals.