The Department of Art offers one 6-credit course and five 3-credit courses at the 100-level (see course descriptions at the bottom of this page). The department offers courses in both Studio Art and Art History:

Studio Art
ART 100 – Drawing (6 credits)
ART 115 – Design (3 credits)
ART 125 – Materials and Methods (3 credits)
ART 145 – Introduction to Colour (3 credits)

Art History
ART 141 – History of Art I (3 credits)
ART 142 – History of Art II (3 credits)


Studio Art
ART 100 is the foundation course in Studio Art, and is a minimum prerequisite for all upper-level studio art courses except ART 211 and 221, for which either ART 100 or 115 is permissible as a prerequisite; ART 346 and 347, for which either ART 100 or BIOL 202 is permissible as a prerequisite; and ART 222 and 231, for which there is no prerequisite.

ART 125 and 145, when offered, are usually taken by upper-year students, as ART 100 is a recommended prerequisite. However, if these courses are offered, and there is availability, first-year students that are interested may register. This is only advisable for students who have advanced drawing experience.

Students with advanced drawing experience and a portfolio can apply to enrol in advanced drawing and painting courses without the prerequisite of ART 100. Contact the department chair to discuss this option.

Students intending a Studio Art minor are reminded that ART 100, 141 and 142 are required. Students with advanced drawing experience may, with permission of the chair, be permitted to use 6 credits of advanced studio art in lieu of ART 100.

Interested students who are unable to register in ART 100 or 115 in first year, due to time conflicts or full sections, should not be concerned, as these courses may be taken in a future year. Such students intending a Studio Art minor should register in ART 141 and 142, and take ART 100 in second year.


Art History
ART 141 and/or 142 are minimum prerequisites for ART 260, 261, 343, and 344, and are recommended for other upper-year art history courses.  However, other upper-year courses do not require these courses as prerequisites; they simply require second- or third-year status, depending on the level of the course. 

ART 141 and 142 are required for students intending a minor in Art History or a minor in Studio Art.


Art as Pair or Electives
Students who wish to complete an Art pair may complete 12 credits in Art History, 12 credits in Studio Art, or may use a combination of Art History and Studio Art courses to complete the required 12 credits. However, students are reminded that at least 6 credits of a pair must be at the 200-level or above, so should plan their courses accordingly.

Art History courses may be used as electives in any program.

Studio Art courses may be used as electives in any program, other than the Diploma in Engineering.


Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar:

100   Drawing
This introductory course allows students to acquire the fundamental skills of drawing, and explore form, content, and subject matter in a variety of drawing media.  Artistic awareness is achieved by introducing students to the language of art and to the creative accomplishments of the past.  Speaking clearly about one's artistic ideas and concerns by using the vocabulary of formal analysis becomes an important aspect of "seeing", as identification allows for critical studio practice and discussion.  Six credits.

115   Design
This course focuses on design principles and elements such as unity, balance, repetition, line, shape, and colour.  The course provides students with a vocabulary and working knowledge of visual communication.  Students develop their visual problem-solving skills and explore their creativity through studio projects and class discussions.  Three credits.

125   Materials and Methods
This course will afford students the opportunity of working in a variety of art media (two-dimensional and possibly three-dimensional) while exploring techniques, presentations, concept and materials.  Projects may include painting, printmaking, sculpture, animation, textiles and more.  Students with some prior knowledge of drawing and/or art experience will benefit most from this course.  Prerequisite: ART 100 recommended. Three credits.

141   History of Art I
Long before human beings developed written language, we were making works of art.  This introductory survey examines art and architecture within the intellectual and social contexts of their historical production.  It provides a working knowledge of the history of art from prehistory through Classical Greece and Rome, to the great cathedrals of the Medieval period.  Students will begin to develop critical tools for studying visual culture, and achieve a deeper understanding of cultural history.  Three credits.

142   History of Art II
This section of the art history survey begins with works of art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, where new ideas (including the notion of genius) had major repercussions for the cultural and artistic history of subsequent periods, including the Baroque, Romanticism, the 20th century, and our contemporary era.  Students will learn new ways of observing and interpreting art, enrich their appreciation of art and architecture, and further deepen their understanding of cultural and intellectual history.  Three credits.

145   Introduction to Colour
This course deals with the vocabulary, nature and physical properties of colour: hue, value and intensity. Studio assignments provide practice in learning colour relationships in unified and contrasting colour schemes. Prerequisite: ART 100 recommended. Three credits.


Please refer to Section 9.4 Art in the Academic Calendar.

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