The Department of Visual Arts at Western University offers three areas of study: Art History; Museum and Curatorial Studies; & Studio Art. Learn in small classrooms and gain hands-on experience in your chosen field. In addition to lectures, seminars, and studio courses, these programs are complemented by experiential learning opportunities including practicums, internships, and field trips to art galleries, museums, heritage sites, and cultural institutions.
Student-Focused Programs & Award-Winning Faculty
Our undergraduate classes and final fourth-year practicum courses allow students to explore and create within supportive and inclusive environments. Studio practicum students have dedicated spaces and are mentored year-round with the opportunity to work towards a final group exhibition in a professional gallery setting. The curriculum is designed to give students a thorough grounding in comparative visual cultural analysis of imagery across a wide range of international historical and contemporary practices. Students work alongside award winning and internationally recognized faculty, artists, art historians, and curators, as well as highly-skilled technical staff. Our faculty consists of leading Canadian and international scholars who have active research and artistic careers. The Art History faculty publishes with top academic presses and journals. Our Studio Art faculty have been featured in such venues as the National Gallery of Canada and the Power Plant, as well as prominent international exhibitions in such centres as Vienna, Sydney, and New York. Accolades include two recent Distinguished University Professorships, Hellmuth Prize, Sobey Award nomination, features in Canadian Art magazine and numerous Social Science and Humanities Research Grants.
Undergraduate Areas of Study
Note: 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 consulting the Department. All studio courses have limited enrolments with priority given to students in Visual Arts degree programs.