Spring Open House


Saturday, March 23, 2024
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM University College

We hope you can join us for Spring Open House on March 23! Explore campus, meet with professors, staff, and students and engage in hands-on activities, tours and demos throughout the day. Learn if Arts & Humanities is right for you!






Liberal Arts Goes to Medical School

Join George Kim, MD (Associate Dean, Admissions (Medicine) Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) to learn about non-traditional pathways to medical school. This session is intended for all students interested in both the liberal arts and pursuing medical school. He’ll chat about admission requirements, the benefits of a liberal arts education, and share insights from medical students whose backgrounds were in the liberal arts. Dr. Kim will also answer questions related to medical school and admissions.

TIME: 11:15-12:00 PM


Arts & Humanities Internship Program

The Arts and Humanities Internship Program (AHIP) provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop the skills they're learning in their program, build a professional network, and explore career interests – all while gaining practical experience related to their field of interest or degree and earning academic credit.

Learn about the program requirements and some of the exciting placements our students have recently participated in through this opportunity.

Presented by: Barbara Bruce and Michelle Sugar Rodrigues

TIME: 11:30 - 12:00 PM



Faculty Overview Session

Hear from Acting Dean Jan Plug, Associate Dean (Academic) Karin Schwerdtner, and Students' Council President Margaret Gleed about all of the opportunities available to A&H students and how to get involved in student life beyond the classroom! 

TIME: 9:30 - 10:00 AM


Department Displays & Meet our Students' Council

Meet with reps from all of our programs at display booths and chat with our Students' Council throughout the day in University College.

TIME 9 AM - 2:30 PM

LOCATION: UC foyer - second level of University College

Creative Arts & Production (CAP)

In this engaging session, Jo Devereux will discuss the Major in Creative Arts & Production (CAP) and how it integrates theory and practice in the study of creativity and how it encompasses creative collaboration, professional practice in the creative industries. She will also highlight the program's substantial opportunities for creative projects, industry placements, and internships. Come learn how students can pursue this program as part of degree in Arts, & Humanities, Music, or Media Studies.

Presented by: Jo Devereux

TIME: 2-2:30 PM


Classical Studies

Exploring lost worlds: an overview of Classical Studies and the programmes at Western that will take you from Homer's Trojan War to the atomic bomb.  Classics is a discipline that studies the past so that we can understand our present and prepare for our future.

Presented by: Chris Brown

TIME: 1:15-1:45 PM


Why Study English At Western?

In this session, Professor Anne Schuurman will highlight the strengths of English's program, provide modular information, and touch on career paths leading out from English. 

TIME: 12:30 -1 PM


Film Studies

From studying Hollywood blockbusters to making your independent film, come learn about the exciting opportunities in Film Studies at Western! 

Presented by: Chris Keep

TIME: 12:30-1 PM


French Studies

This presentation of the Department of French Studies will focus on our modules, our courses, and the Faculty who enthusiastically teach those courses. As one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, French Studies is not only the best place to improve your knowledge of French Language and your capacity to speak French, it is also the perfect environment to study world literature written in French, both classical and contemporary, and to study French through a linguistic approach, focusing on morphology, phonetics or syntax. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced speaker, we have courses for you and can help you reach your goals. This presentation will also answer questions about the Placement Test and its effect on course selection, our Exchange opportunities, and our direct entry pathway to the Faculty of Education. À bientôt!

Presented by: Laté Lawson-Hellu

TIME: 1:15-1:45 PM


Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

In this session, Professor Laura Cayen leads an interactive discussion about gender reveal parties and diversity in the workforce to introduce you to our first-year classes. We conclude with information about career outcomes and program modules, including majors in women’s studies, sexuality studies, and Black studies.

TIME: 1:15-1:45 PM


Languages and Cultures: Creating Immersive Experiences

Learn how to design Digital Immersive Experiences!
An area in high demand across industries, Designing Immersive Experiences is the focus of Digital Humanities at Western.

Digital Immersive Experiences will develop your skills in Coding, Creativity, AI, Design and Entrepreneurship.

Be sure to visit our 3 Immersive Workshop Experiences on the 3rd floor of University College.

Presented by: Juan-Luis Suarez

Time: 11:45 - 12:15

Location: UC 2100

Languages & Cultures: Study Abroad Opportunities

Learn about the Study Abroad opportunities in the Department of Languages and Cultures!

Studying abroad isn't just about textbooks and lectures—it's about embarking on a thrilling adventure! Imagine exploring vibrant cities, trying new foods, and making friends from all over the globe while earning university credits. It's a chance to break free from routine, expand your horizons, and create unforgettable memories that will shape your future in exciting ways.

Presented by: Pietro Pirani 

TIME: 11-11:30 AM


Linguistics: The most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences

Join Prof. David Heap and Linguistics' undergraduate students for an interactive presentation which will introduce you to some things you already know about human language without knowing that they know them. In this session, he will also connect common questions with some of Linguistics' course offerings of the interdisciplinary Linguistics Minor, Major and Honors Specialization modules.

TIME: 2:00-2:30 PM



What is philosophy? Why study it? How does studying philosophy launch a career? What courses can I take? And who are our current students? The information session will feature current undergraduate students in philosophy who will share their experiences and answer questions.

Presented by: Tracy Isaacs

TIME: 12:30-1 PM


School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH)

Join SASAH Director Dr. Aara Suksi and SASAH Students to find out more about this advanced, interdisciplinary, and experiential program. We’ll cover SASAH Internships, Study abroad opportunities, and the value of learning in small classes with a cohort of curious, creative, and collaborative students with diverse intellectual interests.

TIME: 10:30-11 AM


Theatre Studies

Are you a theatre nerd or a performance stan? Curious about Theatre Studies at Western? Join award-winning professor Kim Solga for a session that will introduce you to what we teach, how we teach it, and where you can take what you learn… all while we stand up, move around, and have some good fun! 

Time: 10:45 - 11:15 AM

Location: UC 2105

Visual Arts

Join Prof. Tricia Johnson, Visual Arts Undergraduate Chair, to learn more about the 3 subject areas in the Department of Visual Arts: Art History, Studio Art and Museum and Curatorial Studies. Direct Entry Bachelor of Fine Arts program will also be discussed. You will see an informative video about Visual Arts' purpose-built building, the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, as well as the ArtLab Gallery, one of the best university art department galleries in the country. As well, there will be an opportunity to have your questions answered.

TIME: 2-2:30 PM


Writing Studies

Employers regularly name “communication skills” as a key quality in new graduates. But just what are “communication skills,” and how do we improve them? This session will explore the particular importance of written communication and show why these skills really do matter for almost everyone. Learn what Writing Studies has to offer: our people, our courses, and our modules can help in your quest to communicate more clearly, strategically, and effectively.

Presented by: Michael Fox

TIME: 10:15-10:45 AM



Languages & Cultures: Digital Humanities: Immersive Experience Workshop (drop-in)

Interact with Immersive Experiences Installations! Immerse yourself in mind-bending activities that combine sounds, poetry, images, text, designs, technology, virtual reality, and sensory data.

There are four main installations:

  • Learning with your Heart: Interactive creations of images and text using data from heart rate sensors.
  • Immersive Surrealism with Unreal Engine and TouchDesigner.
  • The Soundscapes of Immersive Experiences.
  • Painting and Meditating with Virtual Reality.

Don't miss out on this exhilarating immersive journey!

Presented by: Yadira Lizama Mue

Time: 12:30 -2:30 PM

Location: UC 3225

Visual Arts: 3D Printing Demo

In this demo, students will learn how to create a virtual object and follow a workflow from modelling to final 3D output. In addition to 3D Printing, students will be introduced to workshops also available in the Lab, such as Photo Printing, Color Management and Soft-Proofing, and Vinyl-Cutting.

Time: 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Location: Visual Arts Centre

Visual Arts: Printmaking Demo

While visiting the printmaking studio in the Visual Arts Department you will see Printmaking Technician Jessica Woodward printing on our Washington letter press. You will have the opportunity to try it out yourself and keep the print you make.

Time: 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Location: Visual Arts Centre

Visual Arts: Sculpture Studio

The visual arts workshop technician, Andrew Silk will be available during the open house to answer questions about the workshop facilities and training, while demonstrating techniques in hand and power carving in basswood.

Time: 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Location: Visual Arts Centre

Creative Writing Workshop

Calling all aspiring writers and curious parents! In this creative workshop, you will explore writing through the five senses, a key skill cultivated in many Writing Studies courses. Prof. David Barrick will guide you in creating your own poem or prose description capturing a memory, scene, person, pet, or hobby. Bring your questions and imaginations.

Time: 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: UC 1220


Visual Arts: Guided Tours

Visual Arts student tour guides will lead you around our purpose built John Labatt Visual Arts Centre designed by the architect Raymond Moriyama, in 1993. You will see the independent studio spaces created specifically for our 4th year Bachelor of Fine Art students as well as touring through our other facilities, visiting our Art History and Museum & Curatorial Studies seminar rooms, Drawing, Painting and Foundational studios on the second floor, as well as Printmaking, Sculpture, our Digital Creativity Lab and Cohen Media Exploration Lab on the main floor. You will finishing the tour at our excellent gallery space, the ArtLab.

Time: 10:00-10:45 AM & 12:00 -12:45 AM

Location: Visual Arts Centre

Visual Arts Displays and Self-Guided Tours

Explore the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre yourself and view student artwork and displays throughout the day.

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: Visual Arts Centre