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Ensnared by Linda Chalmers shown in the exhibition Next Big Thing, April 28, 2010 - May

Drawing & Painting

Choose a career in studio practice and exhibitions, teaching and lecturing, arts administration, graphic design, illustration and mural work, art conservation and restoration

"Ensnared" by Linda Chalmers shown in the exhibition Next Big Thing, April 28, 2010 - May 22, 2010.

Drawing & Painting

In Drawing & Painting, you learn to perceive, read and translate the visual world into personal forms of pictorial expression and re­presentation. You acquire knowledge of theory, history and criticism as you develop your relationship to the physical production of art.

Initially, you explore and experiment with mediums, techniques and processes. You develop technical skills and a vocabulary in drawing, painting, mixed and alternative media, digital imaging, camera art, criticism and analysis. Next, you begin and expand upon your own body of artwork.

Graduates engage in:

  • studio practice and exhibitions
  • teaching and lecturing
  • arts administration
  • graphic design
  • illustration and mural work
  • art conservation and restoration

They also, open galleries, form art collectives, exhibit in public and private spaces and fully participate in the cultural community.

Drawing & Painting now admits first-year students directly into the program. Applicants selecting the Drawing & Painting major will have their portfolios reviewed by Drawing and Painting faculty for the limited number of spaces available for Direct Entry. Applicants not accepted for Direct Entry will be considered for the general, multidisciplinary First-Year program.

At the 200 level, courses in Drawing & Painting provide a material and conceptual knowledge base, moving through techniques and mediums, and developing skills from basic drawing to digital imaging. A variety of approaches to painting include mixed media and camera art. The studio-seminar course Contemporary Issues: Art Today focuses on how ideas and concepts can be applied to the creation of studio works.

At the 300 level, students develop a critical understanding of how to assess work and are encouraged to explore various research-based approaches to drawing and painting. The course Professional Practice introduces students to the surrounding art world, focusing on the issues pertinent to contemporary art practice, the local art community and the development of an art career.

At the 400 level, students can choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio Option. Both options lead to BFA in a program major.

Thesis Option

Students work with a thesis panel to research, produce and present a coherent body of work that is of a professional exhibition quality. The artistic development process offers students an opportunity to work comprehensively on their ideas and to contextualize their artwork within historical and contemporary issues.

Students work with a thesis panel for the full school year to research, produce and present a coherent body of work that is of a professional exhibition quality. The artistic development process offers the students an opportunity to work comprehensively on their ideas and to contextualize their artwork within historical and contemporary issues.

Students who wish to take Drawing & Painting Thesis must submit a Drawing & Painting Thesis Application form to the Faculty of Art office (Room 401, 100 McCaul).

Directed Studio Option

In the Directed Studio option, students pursue multiple projects and refine their technical skills and conceptual understanding of art in the context of assigned and elective course work, as outlined in the program guides. This option allows students greater breadth and flexibility in how they approach the final year of their studies. 

Drawing & Painting students are encouraged to take courses in Criticism & Curatorial Practice, Fabrication Studio courses and a range of electives across the Faculty of Art disciplines.

For more information, go to the Program Guides page.

Program Course Offerings

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

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