Frequently Asked Questions

What courses are currently being offered?

Click here for a list of current course offerings.

Is there a portfolio requirement?

Yes, there is a portfolio requirement for the BFA program. Click here for more information.

Can I enrol in upper year studio courses without having taken the VAS1020/VAS1025 prerequisite?

No. Even students with a background in the Visual Arts must take VAS1020/1025. These courses are designed to introduce techniques and processes of a variety of media, theoretical concepts which inform studio practice as well as the facility and safety protocols specific each studio area in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre.

Are there any Visual Arts courses that I can take without having the VAH1040, VAH1041, VAS1020 or VAS 1025 prerequisites?

Yes, they are: VAS 2100A/B, VAS 2104A/B, VAS 2274A/B, VAS 2275A/B, VAH 2287F, VAS 2105A/B. Please refer to the Western timetable to see which course are being offered this year:

Do I have to cover the cost of materials?

Yes. All studio courses require materials, the majority of which must be provided by the student. Information on approximate expenses for each course can be obtained by contacting the department or emailing the instructor responsible for the course.

Which Visual Arts Modules can be combined?

The Major in Art History and Studio Art may be combined with:

Major in Museum and Curatorial Studies


The Minor in Art History and Studio Art may be combined with:

Major in Museum and Curatorial Studies

I am interested in taking “X” course. Where do I find information about readings and assignments for this course?

There is a binder on the counter in the Main Office (Room 200) that holds past syllabi for all courses taught in the Visual Arts Department. Although course content often changes from year to year, these syllabi will give you a general idea of the type of subjects typically covered as well as the nature of projects assigned. However, you may also email the instructor to request additional and more up-to-date information.

How do I enrol in an Independent Projects in Art History/Independent Projects in Studio Course?

Students must be in fourth year and have an 80% average in order to enroll in a course of Independent Study. No more than one full-course equivalent may be taken by an individual student. Please contact Undergraduate Chair ( for enrollment inquires

How do I apply for an Internship?

Ensure that you are entering your fourth year and have an overall average of 80%. Then, contact the Internship Coordinator at

I need 1.0 credit at the 4000 level to graduate but do not have the necessary prerequisites to enrol in the fourth year seminars offered this year. What do I do?

First, make a list of 4000 level courses offered. Second, review your transcript for potential substitute prerequisites. For example, VAH 2283E (Art and Mass Media) and VAH2278E (Art Since 1945) might qualify as prerequisites for 4484F/G (Seminar in the Moving Image). Third, contact the instructor responsible for the seminar to ask for special permission to enrol. If special permission is granted, please ask the instructor to email the Undergraduate Chair with a recommendation. If you are having difficulty identifying potential substitute prerequisites, please email an unofficial copy of your transcript to the Undergraduate Chair (

When do you hold interviews for places in VAS 4430 Practicum?

Interviews are usually held in March. Plan ahead if you intend to enrol. Consult the department in early March to inquire about interview sign up sheets. Please be aware that VAS 4430 is required for the BFA.

I’m transferring to Western. Will Visual Arts courses taken at another university count toward my degree here? Will they count toward my Visual Arts module (e.g. Honors Specialization in Art History and Studio Art or Major in Art History)?

Typically yes, if you’ve taken these courses at an accredited university. First, ensure that you have been accepted to Western. If not, contact Admissions. They will assess your transcript and decide which courses count toward a UWO degree. Second, contact the Undergraduate Chair who will find specific equivalents for the Visual Arts credits that you have already earned.

I would like to take Visual Arts courses at another university and have them count toward my Western degree. What should I do?

First, visit the Faculty of Arts and Humanities counselling office in IGA 1N20. Counsellors here will be able to provide you with the necessary paper work including a “Letter of Permission”. Second, check the calendar for the university you plan to attend and print descriptions for the courses in which you plan to enrol. These descriptions should include the following:
1. the number of class hours per week;
2. the number of weeks in the course;
3. the level of the course (i.e. first year, second year, etc.); and
4. a description of the course content. Third, take the Letter of Permission and course descriptions to the Undergraduate Chair who will find Western University equivalents.
If you intend to take additional non-Visual Arts courses on your Letter of Permission, then you must also see the appropriate Undergraduate Chairs for additional signatures.

I have an important question to ask and believe that my fellow students would benefit from reading the answer. What do I do?

Email your question to the Undergraduate Chair ( with “FAQ” in the subject line.