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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.

Starting in 2012, the Drawing & Painting program will admit first-year students directly into the program. Applicants selecting the Drawing & Painting major will have their portfolios reviewed by Drawing & Painting faculty for the limited number of spaces available for Direct Entry. Applicants not accepted for Direct Entry will be considered for the general, multidisciplinary First-Year program.

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 must choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio option. Both options lead to a BFA in the Drawing & Painting program.

Thesis Option:
Students work with a thesis panel for a full year 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.

Third-year students who wish to take Drawing & Painting Thesis in fourth year must submit a Drawing & Painting Thesis Application form to the Faculty of Art office (Room 401, 100 McCaul) by Friday, March 16, 2012.

Download the Drawing & Painting Thesis 2012/2013 Application (PDF). 

Directed Studio Option:
In this option, students enroll in Advanced Studio for one term. Through this course students pursue a project structure that promotes the development of a conceptually strong, independent body of work. This course is team taught and gives access to studio space for the duration of the term. The Directed Studio Option opens up more elective choices allowing greater breadth and flexibility in how students approach their final year of 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, including 5.0 liberal studies credits.

Associate of OCAD University (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below, substituting 1.0 credit Faculty of Art electives for 1.0 credit of the upper year liberal studies requirements. Diploma students admitted to OCAD U 2002 fall/winter or earlier may replace up to 1.5 of the required liberal studies credits with Faculty of Art studio/seminar courses. Liberal studies courses are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

See the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for an outline of the degree and diploma liberal studies requirements.


200 Level Requirements
DRPT 2B13 Contemporary Issues: Art Today 0.5
DRPT 2C03 Painting Studio 1.0
200 Level DRPT courses 1.0
200 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.0
VISA 2B07 History of Modern Art 0.5

Liberal studies courses** 1.0
Total Credits 5.0


300 Level Requirements
DRPT 3C11 Intermediate Painting Studio 1.0
Choose ONE of the following four courses: 0.5
DRPT 3B11 From Landscape to the Environment
DRPT 3B23 The Convincing Picture: Critical Views on Painting
DRPT 3B24 Rethinking Abstraction from an Aboriginal Perspective
DRPT 3B25 Beyond Pictorial Conventions
300 Level DRPT Studio or DRPT STU/SEM courses 1.0
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.5

Liberal studies courses**  1.0
Total Credits 5.0

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

Liberal studies courses**

Total Credits

400 Level Requirements Toward a Directed Studio Major
DRPT 4C11 Advanced Studio 1.0
400 Level DRPT Studio or DRPT STU/SEM courses 2.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.0

Liberal studies courses**

Total Credits

* An elective may be any course offered by the Faculty of Art, Interdisciplinary courses (INTR, DIGF and BUSI) offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as Material Art & Design courses (MAAD). MAAD courses may replace up to a maximum of 1.5 credits of electives.

**Liberal studies courses are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

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 an overall average of 60% of higher.
• Have an average of at least 65% in designated courses of their major/program. (Faculty of Design only.)
• Have no outstanding accounts at the University.

All Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences courses are available to Faculty of Art 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 (not all courses are offered every year):

HUMN 2B01 Aesthetics (not offered 2011/12)
HUMN 2B16 Twentieth Century Ideas
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
VISA 3B09 Art After Modern Art: Conceptual Practices (not offered 2011/2012)
HUMN 3B01 Reading Popular Culture
VISA 4B02 Performance and Performativity
VISA 4B10 The Politics of Painting (not offered 2011/2012)
HUMN 4B18 Postmodernism: Critical Perspectives

Students declaring a Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences or Interdisciplinary Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives.

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