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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Arts & Communication, Media and Film (Film Production and Media Arts)
  • Visual Arts & Communication, Media and Film (Studio Arts)
  • Media Arts & Culture
  • Visual Arts (BA) / Concurrent Education (BEd)

Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Express yourself! Come work in our stunning new facility, with supportive faculty who want you to realize your creative potential. We offer in-depth studio practices, exhibition opportunities, and exposure to the cultural institutions of Windsor and Detroit.


Sample Courses: Studio Practice and Ideas (Space, Image, Drawing), Modern Art, Introductory Photography, Contemporary Visual Culture, Survey of Art History


Career Tracks: Creative director, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, marketing manager

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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How do you see the world? Study how art, architecture, and media technologies have shaped our understanding of culture throughout time. Studio art classes are complemented by unique academic courses. When you don’t have a brush or pencil in your hand, you’ll be involved in events, exhibitions, and workshops where you can learn through experience.


Sample Courses: Studio Practice and Ideas (Space, Image, Drawing), Contemporary Visual Culture, Survey of Art History, Contemporary Architecture, Fundamentals of Film Theory and Aesthetics


Career Tracks: Arts administrator, creative director, museum director, cultural journalist/critic, research co-ordinator

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Combine the best of all worlds with this program that merges art studio classes, hands-on film production and media theory courses. Choose from courses in drawing, painting, print media, photography, sculpture, bio art, digital imaging, sound, video and more. You will work with up-to-date digital media equipment and post-production labs and have lots of opportunities for hands-on learning.


Sample Courses: Studio Practice and Ideas (Space, Image, Drawing), Introductory Painting, Introduction to Media Design and Production Contemporary Visual Culture, Introduction to Photography, Critical Approaches to Media and Culture, Scriptwriting for Visual Media


Career Tracks: Graphic designer, illustrator, advertising creative director, communications specialist, marketing manager

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Camera, lights, action! This unique, hybrid program gives you hands-on film production experience in first year, while also giving you a solid foundation in visual arts and theory. Our faculty really care about our students and you’ll have lots of opportunities to network with industry professionals.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Media Design and Production, Studio Practice and Ideas (Space, Image, Drawing), Film Production, Digital Video Editing and Post Production, Introduction to Media and Society, Introduction to Photography


Career Tracks: Creative director, cinematographer, producer/director, editor/post-production specialist, communications specialist

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Share your passion for visual arts with budding Picassos and Emily Carrs in this program where you’ll earn two degrees at once. You’ll work toward your BA (general) in our stunning School of Creative Arts building while studying education and getting teaching experience in schools. At the end, you’ll be eligible to teach intermediate/senior students (Grades 7-12).


Sample Courses: Teaching and Learning, Educational Psychology, Assessment and Evaluation, Studio Practice and Ideas, Modern Art, Contemporary Visual Culture


Career Tracks: Secondary teacher, principal, special education teacher, learning specialist, academic administrator, educational assistant, creative director, graphic designer


Professional Designation Possible: OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required. Admission to first year only
Minimum Average: 75%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available
 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

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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Number of Graduates (2018)

95%


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Fine and Applied Arts, 2018)

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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

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.


Common sectors for 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

Apply to UWindsor


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.


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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, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

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-Curricular

Co-Curricular

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

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

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

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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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  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
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Saturday, March 7, 2020
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Why you should attend Open House

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  • Visit the Student Services Fair
  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
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  • Remember to sign-in for your chance to win free fall semester tuition!

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Why you should attend Open House

  • Attend program presentations
  • Visit the Student Services Fair
  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
  • See the campus including residence and our athletic facilities
  • Remember to sign-in for your chance to win free fall semester tuition!

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Ontario Universities Fair

September 27 - 29, 2019

If you’re thinking about applying to UWindsor, don’t miss OUF.

Why you should attend OUF

  • The OUF draws more than 130,000 students, parents and educators over the 3-day event. Don’t miss out on the largest educational fair in Canada!
  • You can talk to students, professors and university reps, get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.
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