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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 the Drawing & Painting program, you will learn how to become a creative and engaged artist by concentrating on your painting studio skills, complemented by studies in art theory, the history of art and contemporary social issues. You’ll learn to speak and write about your artwork in the context of your peers and professional artists. As a student in our program, you have a wide variety of options for courses that focus in digital, landscape, figurative and abstract painting. Your instructors will also encourage you to explore new modes of digital artmaking, installations, and experimental approaches to painting. Our instructors are professional artists who share their career advice and provide one-on-one, in-depth, feedback on your progress. Students in the Drawing & Painting program are given many opportunities to present work professionally in public exhibitions.

Our Graduates Become:

  • Practicing Artists
  • Curators
  • Cultural Programming Coordinators
  • Museum and Gallery Administrators
  • Illustration and Mural Artists
  • Art Teachers
  • Arts Administrators
  • Art Conservators and Restorers
  • Writers and Critics
  • Studio Managers
  • Arts Advocacy Officers
  • Artistic Directors

Drawing & Painting admits first-year students directly into the program. Applicants selecting this major will have their portfolios reviewed by Drawing & 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 2000 level, courses in Drawing & Painting provide broad material and conceptual approaches. Courses move through building techniques and understanding of mediums, while developing skills from basic drawing to digital imaging. A variety of approaches to painting include mixed media, figurative, landscape, digital, installation and abstract 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 3000 level, students develop a critical understanding of how to assess work and are encouraged to explore various research-based approaches to drawing and painting. At this level, we provide a course dedicated to supporting your experiences after you complete your degree. Professional Practice focuses on the issues pertinent to contemporary art practice, the local art community and the essential skills needed for the development of an art career.

At the 4000 level, students can choose between the Thesis and the Advanced Studio Option. Both options lead to BFA in a program major.

Thesis Option

Students work with a group of instructors over the school year to research, produce and present a coherent body of work of a professional exhibition quality. The artistic development in this course offers 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)

Advanced Studio Option

In Advanced Studio, students pursue multiple projects and refine their technical skills in a studio-focused environment. Through discussions and readings, they learn a conceptual understanding of art in the context of assigned and elective course work. 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 interdisciplinary electives across the Faculty of Art.

For more information, go to the Program Guides page.

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.