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The Department of Fine Arts, located in the Gairdner Fine Arts Building, offers a unique opportunity for professional training in the Fine Arts in conjunction with all the benefits of a university campus. These include the stimulus of a broad intellectual environment, the facilities of a good library and a balanced program of social activities.
The curriculum in Fine Arts leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts is primarily intended to develop creative ability in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The major part of the program consists of studio work, and includes instruction in the principles of design and the use of various media. In addition to the studio classes, attention is given to the artist's heritage through illustrated lectures and seminar courses in art history which are designed to improve the student's artistic judgement and assist in acquiring an ability to write and speak about works of art. Academic electives, which are chosen in consultation with the Fine Arts Department, are taken in other departments of the University. They are included in the curriculum with the aim of widening the student's understanding of the world, in the belief that the artist's domain pertains to all aspects of human endeavour.
Each prospective student must meet the regular admission requirements of the University. While the course is designed so that it assumes no previous training on the part of the new student, applicants must give evidence of their suitability for work in this specialized field. Applicants are required to present a portfolio of their previous art work for assessment prior to admission to this program. Instructions for the submission of this portfolio will be sent to all applicants for admission to the program or can be found on the Fine Arts website. All portfolios are reviewed each year in February and late portfolios cannot be considered. Only a limited number of students can be accepted to the program.
A student may be admitted to the second year of the program provided full entrance requirements are met and if the applicant presents evidence of having satisfactorily completed work, academic and artistic, equivalent to the prescribed work of the first year.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a four-year, 120-credit degree. The program is designed with maximum flexibility to allow student growth within various studio art study fields. The common first year of the program is followed in years two to four by various studio art options.
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