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Criticism & Curatorial Practice

This cross-disciplinary area with direct experience of studio-based learning, is the first undergraduate program in Canada designed to educate artists as curators and critics.

Photograph of 2013 Medal Winner Tara Bursey, Criticism & Curatorial Practice. Photo by B. Needham.

Criticism & Curatorial Practice

This cross-disciplinary area is the first undergraduate program in Canada designed to educate artists as curators and critics. The Criticism & Curatorial Practice program recognizes that people who work in all aspects of the cultural sector benefit from the direct experience of studio-based learning.

You begin with an overview of contemporary art and art history and learn first-hand about museum and gallery systems. You take courses in art writing and contemporary theory along with your studio practice.

Hands-on field placements or internships in a variety of cultural institutions expand upon your classroom experiences. You may work on exhibitions, publications and with community arts organizations.

This environment offers students an exciting and fulfilling future at the centre of today’s visual culture. As a graduate, you are uniquely positioned to take an active role in the following fields:

  • independent or museum-affiliated curator
  • arts writer, editor, critic
  • community arts advocate
  • gallery manager or owner
  • exhibition designer
  • museum staff
  • arts administrator
  • arts educator

For more information, go to the Fall/Winter Undergraduate Calendar 2014/2015.

2015/2016 Program Overview

Course Code Course Title Credits
VISC-1001 Global Visual & Material Culture: to 1800 0.5
VISC-1002 Global Visual & Material Culture: to Present 0.5
ENGL-1003 The Essay and the Argument 0.5
ENGL-1004 The Essay and the Argument: ESL 0.5
GART-1001 Drawing 1 0.5
GART-1004 Colour Exploration 0.5
GART-1005 Form & Structure 0.5
GART-1006 Time-Based Media 0.5
DRPT-2006 Figurative Drawing 0.5
DRPT-2015 Painting & Digital Imaging 1 0.5
INTM-2004 Sonic Arts 0.5
INTM-2006 Animation Fundamentals 0.5
INTM-2014 The Moving Image: Production 1 0.5
FABR-2003 Intro to Fabrication: Mouldmaking 0.5
PHOT-2002 Black & White Photo 1 0.5
PRNT-2001 Screenprinting 0.5
GART-1003 Digital Practices: Globalization 0.5
GART-1010 Digital Practices: Body and Technology 0.5
GART-1015 Creative Process: Painting 0.5
GART-1017 Creative Process: Printmaking 0.5
GART-1018 Creative Process: Wearable Art 0.5
GART-1019 Process of Digital Printmaking 0.5
GART-1021 Creative Process: Photography 0.5
GART-1022 Creative Process: 2D Animation 0.5
GART-1025 Narrative Strategies: Photo 0.5
GART-1026 Indigenous Sculpt Strategies 0.5
GART-1028 Nature & Culture: Drawing 0.5
GART-1030 Nature & Culture: Curatorial 0.5
GART-1031 Nature & Culture: Multidisciplinary Approaches 0.5
GART-1032 Site & Intervention: Critical Practices 0.5
GART-1034 Site & Intervention: New Media 0.5
GART-1035 Site & Intervention: SCIN 0.5
GART-1036 Creative Process: Art & Code 0.5
GART-1037 Creative Musical Instruments 0.5
GART-1038 Paper Cut-Outs & 3D Pop-Ups 0.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
CRCP-2001 Contemporary Issues: CRCP 0.5
CRCP-2002 Museums, Galleries, Alternate Spaces 0.5
VISA-2002 History of Modern Art 0.5
VISA-2006 Canadian Art: The Modern Era 0.5
VISD-2001 History of Modern Design 0.5
VISM-2002 History of New Media Art 0.5
Any 2000 English (ENGL) 0.5
Any 2000 Electives 2.5
Course Code Course Title Credits
CRCP-3001 A Question of Beauty Reframed 0.5
CRCP-3002 The Work of the Curator 0.5
CRCP-3004 Art Writing: Practice & Ideas 0.5
VISA-3014 The History and Theory of Art Criticism 0.5
ASOC-3005 Talking Community 0.5
HUMN-3013 Modernism and Postmodernism 0.5
VISA-3003 Contemporary Canadian Art 0.5
VISA-3008 Conceptual Art Practices 0.5
VISA-3015 Issues in First Nations Art 0.5
VISA-3016 Photographic Practices: Theory and Criticism 0.5
2000 or 3000 Electives 2.0
Course Code Course Title Credits
CRCP-4901 Thesis: Research 1.0
CRCP-4002 Proseminar: Curators & Critics 0.5
CRCP-4902 Thesis: Presentation 1.0
2000, 3000 or 4000 Electives 2.5
3000 or 4000 VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM, or HUMN
(May include 0.5 credit Faculty of Art 3000 or 4000 studio/seminar)
2000, 3000, or 4000 Electives 2.0