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OCAD U classroom painting critique, 2012. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

Mapping all existing and potential studies of the figure and the body in contemporary art practices.

OCAD U classroom painting critique, 2012. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

Traditional figurative study in art institutions involves the rendering of the human form through studio techniques grounded in historical practices.  These observational investigations of the body are not only a basis for figurative painting and sculpture but they also have roots in scientific methodologies generally.  It is at this intersection, that of science and art, where the understanding of physical bodies necessitates thinking outside of “human” and consider wider definitions: the post-human, the non-human and of organisms broadly.

The intention of the Life Studies specialization is to map all existing and potential studies of the figure and the body in contemporary art practices. This interdisciplinary specialization applies scientific methodologies of observation and discernment to investigate the body and embodied knowledge in a studio practice. Students will move through the specialization by studying across course offerings in Art and Liberal Arts & Sciences while building observational and technical skills.”

Upcoming Event

Festival of the Body

Thursday, January 15, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, February 5, 2015 (All day)
In the Great Hall at OCAD University

A month-long series of events and exhibitions for the PanAm/ParaPan Am games and the launch OCADU’s new specialization Life Studies on contemporary studies of the body in art and science.

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Program Course Offerings

For a complete list of courses for this program, please see the applicable program guides:

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