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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.

First year is a time for exploration and exposure to OCAD U's large community of practicing artists and designers. In addition, students benefit from the diversity of talent and wide experience of our faculty. Contacts and friendships established in first year last throughout a student’s years of study at the university and often carry into his/her involvement with the professional world after graduation. The first year of study in the Faculty of Art, combined with each student's developing creativity, commitment and passion for their practice, is important preparation for the advanced work and intense focus that students continue to encounter in their second, third and fourth years of study.

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 2013/2014 Application (PDF) form to the Faculty of Art office (Room 401, 100 McCaul) by Friday, March 15, 2013.

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 Program Guide

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.

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 liberal studies degree and diploma requirements. 


100 Level Requirements
Liberal Arts & Sciences courses
Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800
Global Visual and Material Culture: 1800 to Present
Choose ONE of the following three writing courses:
The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics

The Essay and the Argument: ESL

The Essay and the Argument: Rhetoric

Studio courses
Introduction to Painting
Form and Structure
Time-Based Media

Select ONE the following Time-Based Media (TBM):

i) TBM accents multi-disciplinary, select from the following:
Fall: sections 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 & 6        
(section 6 is now multi-disciplinary UPDATED: 2012 August 22)
Winter: 1, 2, 3 & 4

ii) TBM accents animation, select from the following:
Fall: sections 7 & 11                        
(section 11 is new section of animation UPDATED August 22)
Winter: sections 5 & 6

iii) TBM accents electronics, select from the following:
Fall: sections 8 & 9
Winter: sections 7 & 8

iv) TBM accents video, select from the following:
Fall: sections 10
Winter: sections 9 & 10

Choose ONE of the following ELECTIVE courses 0.5
Digital Practices, for those less familiar with digital tools, develops skills while considering how artists respond to and create the very structures by which the digital is presented.

Introduction to Digital Practices: Globalization

The creative process unfolds through research, discovery, and production that combine and form the basis of an art practice.

Creative Process: Printmaking

Creative Process: Digital Printmaking

Creative Process: Photography

Creative Process: 2D Animation

Creative Process: Art & Code

Creative Process: Musical Instruments as Creative Construction

Total Credits

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 (CRCP, DRPT, FABR, INTM, PHOT, PRNT, SCIN), or Interdisciplinary Studies course offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (INTR, DIGF and BUSI), 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 (ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM) 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
HUMN 2B16 Twentieth Century Ideas
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
VISA 3B09 Art After Modern Art: Conceptual Practices
HUMN 3B01 Reading Popular Culture
VISA 4B02 Performance and Performativity
VISA 4B10 The Politics of Painting: Modern Art & Revolution
(not offered 2012-2013)
HUMN 3B18 Modernism & Postmodernism

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.

Last Modified:12/18/2012 10:54:33 AM