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Through a balance of technically and conceptually oriented courses, Drawing & Painting students learn to perceive, read and translate the visual world. The history of visual art and culture is contextualized within both studio production and contemporary practice. Students acquire an understanding of professional practices in theory and criticism, as they reflect on the relationship this has to the making and comprehension of art.

At the 200 level, courses in Drawing & Painting provide a material and conceptual knowledge base, moving through techniques and mediums, and developing skills from basic drawing to digital imaging. A variety of approaches to painting include mixed media and camera art. The studio/seminar course Contemporary Issues: Art Today focuses on how ideas and concepts can be applied to the creation of studio works.

At the 300 level, students develop a critical understanding of how to assess work and are encouraged to explore various research-based approaches to drawing and painting.

At the 400 level, students can choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio option. Both options lead to a BFA in a Drawing & Painting program.

*Thesis Option:
Students work with a thesis panel to research, produce and present a coherent body of work that is of a professional exhibition quality. The artistic development process offers the students an opportunity to work comprehensively on their ideas and to contextualize their artwork within historical and contemporary issues.

*Admission procedures for Thesis in the fourth year of the Drawing & Painting Program remain under review.

Directed Studio Option:
In the Directed Studio option, students pursue multiple projects and refine their technical skills and conceptual understanding of art in the context of assigned and elective course work, as outlined in the program guide. This option allows students greater breadth and flexibility in how they approach the final year of their studies.

Drawing & Painting students are encouraged to take courses in Criticism & Curatorial Practice, Fabrication Studios and a range of studio electives across the Faculty of Art disciplines.

Drawing & Painting Program Guide

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree students must complete the requirements listed below for their program, including the minimum 5.0 Liberal Studies credits.

Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below for their program, including the minimum 4.0 Liberal Studies credits. Diploma students admitted to OCAD 2002 fall/winter or earlier, may replace up to 1.5 of the 4.0 required Liberal Studies with studio/seminar courses.

See the Liberal Studies requirements that pertain to you.


200 Level Requirements
DRPT 2B13 Contemporary Issues: Art Today (STU/SEM) 0.5 0.5**
DRPT 2C03 Painting Studio 1.0 1.0
200 Level DRPT Studio or DRPT STU/SEM courses 1.0 1.0
200 Level Faculty of Art electives*** 1.0 2.0

Liberal Studies courses 1.5* 0.5*

Total Credits 5.0 5.0

300 Level Requirements
DRPT 3C11 Intermediate Painting Studio 1.0 1.0
300 Level DRPT Studio or DRPT STU/SEM courses 1.5 1.5
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives*** 1.5 1.5

Liberal Studies courses 1.0* 1.0*

Total Credits 5.0 5.0

400 Level Requirements Toward a Thesis Major
DRPT 4C01 DRPT Studio Thesis: Research 1.0 1.0
DRPT 4C03 DRPT Studio Thesis: Presentation 1.0 1.0
400 level DRPT Studio or DRPT STU/SEM courses 1.0 1.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives*** 1.0 1.5

Liberal Studies courses 1.0* 0.5*

Total Credits
5.0 5.0

400 Level Requirements Toward a Directed Studio Major
DRPT 4B07 Beyond Pictorial Conventions STU/SEM 0.5 0.5
DRPT 4B03 Advanced Painting Workshop
0.5 0.5
400 Level DRPT Studio or DRPT STU/SEM courses 2.0 2.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives*** 1.0 1.5

Liberal Studies 1.0* 0.5*

Total Credits
5.0 5.0

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
•Have fulfilled all program requirements.
•Are in good academic standing. (Students who attempt 2.0 credits or more in an academic year and earn an average of 60% or higher in those credits are in satisfactory academic standing.)
•Have on overall average of 60% of higher.
•Have an average of at least 65% in the designated courses of their major/program. (Faculty of Design only).
•Have no outstanding accounts at the university.

All Liberal Studies courses are available to students and a wide range of study is encouraged. Drawing & Painting students who are seeking Liberal Studies courses to deepen their disciplinary knowledge may be interested in the following courses. (Please note that all courses may not be offered every year).

VISC 2B07 History of Modern Art
HUMN 2B01 Aesthetics
HUMN 2B16 20th Century Ideas
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
VISC 3B09 Art After Modern Art: Conceptual Practices
HUMN 3B01 Reading Popular Culture
VISC 4B02 Performance and Performativity
VISC 4B10 The Politics of Painting
HUMN 4B18 Postmodernism: Critical Perspectives

*See the Liberal Studies requirements for Degree and Diploma Streams.

**1.0 credit of the 2.5 upper-level Liberal Studies credit requirements may be fulfilled by Studio/Seminar courses (diploma only).

*** An elective may be any Studio or Studio Seminar course offered by the Faculty of Art. You may also take an elective in your program Major area as well as in Material Art & Design (maximum 0.5 credit per year level for a total of 1.5 credits). Students declaring a Liberal Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives.

Last Modified:1/24/2012 12:57:13 PM