March 1, 2021

Applicant Reception with the School of the Arts Media Performance and Design

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 – REGISTER NOW

Theatre – Wed, March 10 @ 7pmREGISTER NOW

Design – Thurs, March 11 @ 7pm – REGISTER NOW

Film Production, Screenwriting, Media Arts, and Cinema & Media Studies –  Mon, March 15 @ 7pm – REGISTER NOW

Digital Media – Wed, March 17 @ 7pm – REGISTER NOW

Music – Thurs, March 18 @ 7pm REGISTER NOW

Dance – Mon, March 22 @ 7pm – REGISTER NOW

Note: These receptions are restricted to applicants of the programs above. If you have not yet applied to York University, reach out to ampd@yorku.ca for information about our upcoming events that are open to the public. 

“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!

Student wears a VR headset
Digital media student tests out their Virtual Reality project

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

Drawing studio
Drawing Studio in the Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts

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

A makeup artist applies makeup to an actor
Backstage at a Theatre@York performance of GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET)

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 Karolina, a current Theatre student in 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

Design faculty working with student
Professor Paul Sych coaches a Design student

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!

Every great design begins with an even better story. Consider York as your first chapter.

Cinema & Media Arts Applicant Reception

March 15th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Digitizing 16mm film.
A Film student digitizes 16mm film

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

Two students play a video game on a desktop computer
Students exhibit their video game at a Computational Arts showcase

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

Violinist performs onstage with orchestra
Violinist solos during a recital for the York University Symphony Orchestra

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

York Dance Esemble - Language of Landscape
York Dance Ensemble performs Language of Landscape

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.