Visual Arts

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School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design
BFA
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With its unique interdisciplinary approach that bridges studio production, art history and curatorial practice, AMPD's Department of Visual Art & Art History offers students the opportunity to become well-rounded professionals in the field, able to lead in the creation, exhibition, critical understanding and communcation of visual culture in diverse environments. 

Through intensive studio training supported by studies in the history and theory of art, students receive a thorough grounding in the production of art works and comparative cultural analysis across a wide range of traditional and contemporary media. In the initial foundation year, students take courses in all artistic media -- painting, sculpture, print media, drawing, photography and interdisciplinary art -- and then can choose to specialize in one or more areas. At all levels, students are mentored by faculty mambers who are highly regarded artists with active professional practices.

York's Visual Arts students are supported in their exploration and creation with access to facilities unrivalled in Canada, including the Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Centre; the L. L. Odette Centre for Sculpture; spacious, state of the art studios; five student-run exhibition galleries and the award-winning Art Gallery of York University. 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Painting, Drawing, Photography, Print and/or Sculpture
  • Art Fundamentals
  • Critical Issues in the Studio
  • Introduction to Art History

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • artist
  • curator
  • art dealer
  • gallery director
  • art consultant
  • art teacher
  • arts administrator

BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
      • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
    • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

      BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
        • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
      • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

        BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
          • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

          BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
          • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
            • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
          • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
            • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
              • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English/anglais
            • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
              • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                  • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                  • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                    • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                  • Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum %cutoff.turkey% average in the final year of senior studies.

                    BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                      • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. Minimum of two Advanced-level (A-level) passes and three GCSE or IGCSE Ordinary-level (O-level) passes. Minimum average of “C” is required on Advanced-level and Ordinary-level passes. Higher grades required for certain programs. GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                      BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                        • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                      • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                          • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                          BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                          • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                            • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                          • Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum %cutoff.indian% average in XII.

                            BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                              • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                            • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                              BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                              • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                  • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                  BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                    • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                  • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                    BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                      • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                    • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                      BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                        • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                      • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                        BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                          • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                        • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.
                                          OUAC code YM

                                          BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                          • June 15, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                        • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                          • June 15, 2020, for Fall 2019 entry
                                        • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                          • June 15, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                        • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                            • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                          • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                            BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                              • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                            • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                              BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                              • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                                • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                              • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.

                                                BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                                  • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                                • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                  • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                                    • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                    Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum %cutoff.us% GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses.

                                                    BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                    • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                                      • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                                    • BFA, Visual ArtSchool of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                      • A supplementary evaluation is required after you apply for admission. Submit the online component by the following deadline for guaranteed consideration to the program:
                                                        • February 5, 2020, for Fall 2020 entry
                                                      • Admission to this program depends on a combined assessment of your academic average and a supplementary evaluation. The admission average required for this program is in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of mid-70s.