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Program Overview

Students in the Visual Arts - Studio (BFA) program complete a fundamentals studio course in their first term that introduces them to the visual arts studios, faculty members, and a spectrum of creative methods in the drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, lens-based & performance domains of art making. Guidance form faculty provides students with a starting point for research, conceptualization, and the exploration of fundamental processes to visualize their creative ideas.   

After completing a common first year, students choose to specialize in one or more visual arts areas. In the fourth year, students complete a capstone studio course designed to allow senior-level students to develop an independent studio practice, furthering their creative, conceptual and technical skills in both an area-specific medium and an interdisciplinary focus.  Over the years, students develop a self-directed, cohesive body of work while making connections between their practice within a broader context of contemporary art and ideas.    

Sample Courses

As a Visual Arts – Studio student you can take courses like: 

Career Possibilities

As a Visual Arts - Studio student you can become:

  • Independent Artist
  • Art Educator 
  • Studio Technician
  • Gallery Director
  • Curator
  • Art Therapist
  • Special Effects Artist for screen-based media, including gaming 

Degree Level

Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Visual Art & Art History

4 years

Evaluation process
Questionnaire, Portfolio, Interview

Entry Options
Fall, Winter, Summer

Next Steps

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Immerse Yourself in Visual Arts - Studio at AMPD

Annual Open House. A public exhibition celebrating the work of senior BFA students with juried prizes takes place each spring.  

Capstone Courses. Year-long capstone studio courses with exhibition opportunities.

Odette Sculpture Residency. An opportunity to take Master Classes with a renowned Canadian or international artist.

Exhibit in the Department’s two designated gallery spaces and in student-run galleries across campus and downtown.

Access to the most acclaimed facilities in Canada, including Canada’s first Digital Sculpture Laboratory dedicated to the convergence of digital and physical art.

Professional Practices for Visual Artists. This fourth-year course gives students the practical tools and professional knowledge needed to transition to work as practicing artists and navigate their path through the extended contemporary art world.  

Areas of Concentration





Print Media

Time Based Art

Explore Student Work

Jenny Samuels

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Atoosa Moshashee

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Mark Appleton

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John Francis

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What AMPD Students Say

I chose the Visual Arts – Studio program at York not only for its exceptional studio spaces but for the incorporation of art history into the program. In these Art History classes, I’m allowed to learn historical references and methodologies that I incorporate in my own body of work. With the help of professors, I’m able to better my skills and create a cohesive body of work that I can take outside of the university 

Brian G, Year 3 Visual Art – Studio Student

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