When you study Fine and Applied Arts at York University, you’ll be part of a vibrant, diverse community of artists and scholars who share your passion for arts innovation.

You’ll study with extraordinary professors who bring real-world experience to the classroom, lab and studio. You’ll have access to unparalleled facilities, technology and resources for learning, creation and presentation, with many opportunities to showcase your work. You’ll be supported by knowledgeable academic advisors, friendly peer mentors and an energetic student association. You’ll be ready for your career as a technology developer, artist, curator, activist, policy maker, teacher, arts administrator and for countless hybrid careers that don’t yet exist but are certain to emerge.

Cinema & Media Arts

Get hands-on professional training in cinematography, editing, sound, directing and producing from award-winning filmmakers in our Production BFA program. Learn the art and craft of moving image storytelling in Canada’s only Screenwriting BFA program. Explore Canadian, international, documentary and alternative film in our Cinema & Media Studies BA program. Draw on our outstanding production and screening facilities, extensive technical support and strong industry partnerships to chart your path to career success.

Dance

Dance with intelligent, dynamic minds and bodies in Canada’s largest and most comprehensive university dance program. Choose from streams in Choreography/Performance, Dance Education and Dance Studies. We offer you professional training in contemporary/modern dance with options in urban, contemporary/ballet and world dance, complemented by courses in composition, production, dance history and ethnography. Performance opportunities abound! Joint diploma/degree programs with Canada’s National Ballet School and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre are also available.

Design

Immerse yourself in contemporary design practice and design thinking in the York/Sheridan program in Design. Work on real-world projects in state-of-the-art facilities. We offer you an exceptional professional education in visual communication, interactive and information design, integrated with studies in design history, theory and management. Practicum placements, strong industry connections and award-winning alumni are hallmarks of our internationally-recognized program.

Digital Media

Hone your creative, technical and analytical skills at the dynamic convergence of computational technology and the arts. In this innovative program, offered collaboratively by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and the Lassonde School of Engineering, code and programming are your tools for creative expression. Choose from streams in Game Arts, Digital Media Arts and Digital Media Development. Learn to create experiences and develop original objects such as apps, games, immersive, mixed and 3D reality environments, data visualization, interactive performance and more as you prepare for your career in the vanguard of digital culture.

Drama Studies / Études d'art dramatique

Our program focuses on drama as both a study of literature and as performance. Integrate your studies with the examination of language, literature, critical theory, performance media and other genres such as film, television and opera. You can also add courses in other academic areas to give you a degree with breadth.

Music

Discover your personal path to a career in music. Compose, perform, experiment, record and study in superb facilities across a wide range of musical genres, traditions and settings — and other art forms. Create your own curriculum from courses in instrumental and vocal music, jazz, classical, contemporary, digital and world music, improvisation, ethnomusicology, theory, history, music pedagogy and music media. Program highlights include clinics and master classes led by internationally renowned artists and more than 100 public concerts each season.

Theatre

Learn what “doing theatre” is all about: onstage, backstage, behind the scenes and front of house. Work hands-on with practicing professionals in exceptional production and performance facilities. Showcase your talent in Theatre @ York’s annual season. Specialize in Production & Design (including stage management), Acting (voice, movement, performance) or Theatre Studies (playwriting, dramaturgy, devised theatre, drama in education) in a premier program that has launched a generation of celebrated talent for the stage and screen.

Visual Art & Art History

Explore the many facets of art-making. Develop your professional practice in photo media, sculpture, drawing, painting, print media, installation and/or mixed media. Dive deep into visual culture, focusing on contemporary Canadian, Indigenous American, Asian and Western art and architecture. Work with leading artists, curators and art historians, supported by outstanding scholarly resources and specialized studio facilities, tools and cutting-edge technologies. Present your creative and curatorial work in a professional gallery setting as you prepare to launch your career.

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