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Visual Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Media Art Histories & Visual Culture
  • Visual Arts & Communication, Media & Film (Studio Arts)
  • Visual Arts & Communication, Media & Film (Film Production & Media Arts)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Science
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Admission Requirements & Program Highlights

You, the developing artist, will benefit from excellent working space in our stunning new facility, an invaluable foundation of skills, supportive faculty and the opportunity to explore, share and realize individual creativity and expression. We offer in-depth studio practices and art history combined with exhibition opportunities and exposure to the cultural institutions of Windsor and Detroit. Choose from courses in drawing, painting, print media, photography, sculpture, BioArt, film production and integrated media (digital imaging, sound and video). Individual studio space is available to you during Year 4.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

This combined BA program probes the ways in which we see and understand the world around us. Study how art, architecture, and media technologies intersect to shape our understanding of our local and global cultures in both historical and contemporary contexts. Studio art classes combined with unique academic courses ranging from traditional art history to the visual culture of everyday life.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English.

70%

This option combines a foundation in artistic skills with an analysis of contemporary media institutions and film production practices.

Admission Requirements (with/without Thesis)

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

This option provides you with a solid foundation and sophisticated understanding of the theories, contexts, and technical knowledge required to create artistic and skillful film and video productions in a range of formats.

Admission Requirements (with/without Thesis)

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English required.

70%

If you’re a highly motivated student who wants knowledge and skills that will familiarize you with the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, this elite program is for you. Design your program to match your interests and career aspirations. From here, consider a master’s program, professional school (medicine, optometry, dentistry, occupational therapy, naturopathic medicine, law, MBA, pharmacy), or teaching (with additional studies).

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, MHF4U, and two from SBI4U, SCH4U, or SPH4U required. MCV4U strongly recommended.

80%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, and two from Grade 12 Biology, Grade 12 Chemistry, or Grade 12 Physics required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended.

80%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, and two from Grade 12 Biology, Grade 12 Chemistry, or Grade 12 Physics required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended.

80%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Math, two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Calculus strongly recommended.

80%

Functional Knowledge

  • Expressing oneself confidently, assertively and purposefully through visual imagery
  • Creating works of visual art using a variety of techniques, practices, and media
  • Organizing visual information effectively using appropriate technological methods and software packages
  • Developing visual literacy: the ability to understand the powerful role of images in contemporary media contexts and to convey one’s own ideas and arguments thoughtfully through the creation of new images, works of art, film or architecture
  • Designing, staging, managing, and overseeing effective visual campaigns and productions
  • Analyzing and assessing works of visual art for formal/technical quality of expression; grouping and curating disparate works logically and meaningfully
  • Understanding and evaluating the rhetorical function of visual advertising materials

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With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that's sure to set you on a journey to a future you'll be proud of.

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of recommended opportunities for students in this program. Below you'll find many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.

HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

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Career Planning

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation. It is a fluid, dynamic, and continuous process, meaning you can move on or return to an earlier stage at any time. You can even work through simultaneous cycles, like one for your long-term dream job and another for a summer job.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curriculum

Co-Curriculum

Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)

Extracurriculum

Extracurriculum

Activities falling outside of the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics


Visit UWindsor

Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

Visit UWindsor

Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

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Life After Graduation

Joshua Babcock

"My four years spent in the Visual Arts department contributed positively to my development as a person, an artist, and a citizen of Windsor-Essex County. Through my education, I was fortunate enough to meet a number of likeminded young artists, with whom I would collaborate for years to come. I have also witnessed the true dedication of SoCA’s faculty members, some of whom I have remained in contact with for many years. Visual Arts at Windsor is a unique program and I am proud to call myself an alumnus."

Joshua Babcock –
BA in Visual Arts [2010]

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Number of Visual Arts Graduates (2017)

92.5%

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion
(OUGS Fine and Applied Arts, 2014)

Common Industries for Visual Arts Graduates

  • Academia and research
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Art/illustration
  • Design industry
  • Education: Public and private stream, tutoring
  • Government: Research and policy development
  • Healthcare and counselling: Art therapy
  • Media and journalism: Criticism, visual production

Career Tracks*

  • Advertising analyst
  • Architect
  • Art gallery manager
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Cinematographer
  • Communications specialist
  • Conservator
  • Creative director
  • Curator
  • Development officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Multimedia illustrator
  • Museum director
  • Photographer
  • Professional artist
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Set designer
  • Studio co-ordinator
  • Teacher
  • Web designer
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* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

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