Welcome to SOFAM
Administered from historic Zavitz Hall (and with studios in MacKinnon, Alexander, Blackwood and Fire Hall Buildings), SOFAM offers an artistically challenging and intellectually rigorous learning environment for aspiring art historians, musicians, music scholars and studio artists in a close-knit and nurturing community ideally suited for developing curiosity, critical acumen and creative drive in today's student. The School of Fine Art and Music is home to the highly competitive and well-respected MFA program in Studio Art; a program with close ties to the national and international art scene and a curriculum that has consistently graduated some of the nation's top emerging talent in the visual arts. The School also provides a variety of experiential learning opportunities through a diverse range of student-centred activities, ranging from various music ensembles, the noon hour concert series and an award winning choir, to student symposia, an active visiting artist/scholar program and a vital student gallery.
In the following pages, you will find information on our various academic programs.
At the University of Guelph, a student can major in Art History, Music or Studio Art in the 4-year (Honours) Bachelor of Arts program. The 3- year general B.A. program is also available with an area of concentration in music. We offer a number of courses through distance learning. You will also find faculty biographies and research projects by the dynamic professoriate that make up the School. There are links to the Fine Arts Network (FAN) and the Music Students Association (MSA) websites, which provide information on extra-curricular student activities in the School — part of the rich mosaic of life in SOFAM.
We hope you enjoy the information provided in the website. If in browsing the website you don't find the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us. Again, welcome to the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.
— John Kissick, Director