Deciding between universities is stressful. That’s why we want to give you as much information as you need to make an educated decision about your education! If you have applied to any of the following undergraduate programs, you are eligible to join us for an exclusive applicant reception on Zoom:
Visual Arts and Art History – Mon, March 8 @ 7pm
Theatre – Wed, March 10 @ 7pm
Design – Thurs, March 11 @ 7pm
Film Production, Screenwriting, Media Arts, and Cinema & Media Studies – Mon, March 15 @ 7pm
Digital Media – Wed, March 17 @ 7pm
Music – Thurs, March 18 @ 7pm
Dance – Mon, March 22 @ 7pm
How do I RSVP for my Applicant Reception?
If you have applied to one (or more) of the programs above, check your email. Your invitation has already been sent! Simply follow the “Register Now” button to secure your spot. If you cannot find your invitation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and York reference number, and we will ensure that you receive the Zoom registration link.
“What can I do with an arts degree?” More than you can imagine!
The world is constantly changing. Professionals in every industry are expected to adapt quickly to come up with creative solutions to complex problems. In today’s attention economy, artists, designers, movers, makers and writers have a unique advantage in drawing the eyes and ears of their audience. And with so many jobs projected to be lost due to automation, creativity may be the one asset that is always in demand!
As one of North America’s premier centres for education in the arts, York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) will unleash your creativity and prepare you to thrive in any industry where creativity is valued.
Our school has a tight community of artists, making it easy for filmmakers to collaborate with musicians, dancers to work with coders, designers to create for theatremakers, and every other collaboration combination you can imagine!
At York U AMPD, we recognize that creative talent doesn’t follow a single path. Our students are more than painters, cinematographers, guitarists, or actors – they are multidisciplinary, multifaceted and adaptable. Unlike overly specialized college programs, our comprehensive curriculum allows students to take electives in courses like screenwriting, piano, acting or digital media, and we encourage students to explore double majors and minors in subjects like Psychology, Kinesiology, Philosophy or Gender Studies.
We want you to leave York University with a diversity of skills, ready to influence any industry as a Renaissance thinker.
Joshua Maikawa combines his film degree with music classes to learn how to score his own films
Visual Art & Art History Applicant Reception
March 8th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professors Sarah Parsons and Brandon Vickerd, the incumbent and incoming Chairs of the Department of Visual Arts & Art History.
Parsons is an art historian whose focus is in photography, modern art, and art crime, and Vickerd is a is a sculptor whose public artworks challenge citizens to reflect on their own notions of public space.
You will also hear from Jacob, a current visual arts student, who will give you a sense of his day-to-day life as a York U artist. After about 30 minutes of the presentation, the 2nd half of the reception will open up for questions and a breakout room. So come with curiosity!
We can’t wait to meet you.
Theatre Applicant Reception
March 10th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professor Marlis Schweitzer, Chair of the Department of Theatre.
Schweitzer is a Canadian theatre and performance historian and teaches courses on performance and commodity culture, Broadway, theatre research methodologies, and nineteenth-century popular entertainment.
You will also hear from Gloria and Karolina, current Theatre students in the Acting Conservatory and the Performance Creation stream, who will give you a sense of her day-to-day life as a York U theatremaker. The 2nd half of the reception will be open to questions and a breakout room. So have your questions ready!
Let’s get this show on the road.
Design Applicant Reception
March 11th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professor David Gelb, Chair of the Department of Design.
Gelb is an interaction designer whose research focuses on ethical interfaces, artifact collaboration, and building design knowledge.
You will also hear from Kalli, a current Design student, who will give you a sense of her day-to-day life as a York U designer. The 2nd half of the reception will be open to questions and a breakout room. It’s a great chance to meet the YU community!
Cinema & Media Arts Applicant Reception
March 15th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professor Caitlin Fisher, Chair of the Department of Cinema & Media Arts.
Fisher is a filmmaker and researcher who experiments in narrative through interactive storytelling and interactive cinema in Augmented Reality environments.
You will also hear from Ryan, a current Film Production student, who will give you a sense of his life on film sets and crews as a York U filmmaker. The 2nd half of the reception will be open to questions and a breakout room. Come with questions and meet peers who might be your future collaborators!
Lights, camera, action.
Digital Media Applicant Reception
March 17th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professor Mark-David Hosale, Chair of the Department of Computational Arts.
Hosale is a computational artist and composer whose varied practice spans from performance (music and theatre) to public and gallery-based art.
You will also hear from Ruilin, a current Digital Media student, who will give you a sense of day-to-day live as a York U digital media maker. The 2nd half of the reception will be open to questions and a breakout room. So come with curiosity!
The future needs your creativity.
Music Applicant Reception
March 18th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professor Louise Wrazen, Chair of the Department of Music. Wrazen is an ethnomusicologist with a background in musicology and education.
You will also hear from Daniel, a current Music student, who will give you a sense of what it’s like to form ensembles, perform in orchestras, and live as a York U musician. The 2nd half of the reception will be open to questions and a breakout room where you can meet students, faculty and maybe even your next bandmate!
We can’t wait to hear from you.
Dance Applicant Reception
March 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In this reception you will meet Professor Patrick Alcedo, the incoming Chair of the Department of Dance. A performer with the internationally touring Filipiniana Dance Group, Alcedo conducts research on folk and indigenous dances, immigration, and emotional labour.
You will also hear from Katherine, a current Dance student, who will give you a glimpse into life in the studios and stages as a York U dancer. The 2nd half of the reception will be open to questions and a breakout room. So let’s get our move on!
We can’t wait to meet you.