Studio Art Major

Studio Art

Why Studio Art?

Where Analog Meets Digital

Here, traditional practices meet new technologies in an intensive and creative environment, where you will be at the forefront of shaping the future around us through artmaking.


What You Will Learn

You will not only develop technical and manual skills but also build an awareness of how visual art has influenced history and continues to impact society today within Art History courses.


Why We Prefer a BA vs. BFA

Our program is designed as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Art, rather than a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), to allow students to combine their passion in Studio Art more easily with major or minor programs in many other disciplines.

Currently, in our program, students pair Studio Art with Psychology, French, English, Creative Writing, Theatre Studies, Criminal Justice and Public Policy, Art History, and Philosophy.

Therefore, there is NO portfolio is required for admission.


Where You Will Go

Graduates of this program go on to Master of Fine Art (MFA) programs in Canada, Europe, and the USA and can apply both practical and theoretical skills as artists or within careers such as education, art therapy, marketing, content creation, museum curation, gallery administration, game design, and many more.


Students in the Studio Art SART program may also be interested in studying Art History, European Studies, Classical Studies, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Welcome to Zavitz Hall and Alexander Hall

As a Studio Art student, this will be your home for the next four years! Most of your classes as well as your artistic endeavours will take place in these two buildings, Zavitz and Alexander Hall.

Make sure to visit to experience these fine arts facilities for yourself!

Bring Art Into Your Everyday

 Uncover Diverse Art Creation

Each day, you can decide what type of art to create. You will be encouraged to test the boundaries of your creativity.

  • Hand building or using a 3D printer
  • Turning digital images into screen-prints
  • Exploring photoshop or life drawing
  • Shooting a video, editing and syncing a soundtrack to it

 24/7 Access to Great Art Studios 

Taught by professors and supported by technicians, you will experience small classes sizes working with state-of-the-art equipment in our historical and modern facilities, Zavitz Hall and Alexander Hall. 

 Build Your Professional Art Career Here

You will build professional networks as you develop a variety of studio skills on-campus, paired with hands-on experiences off-campus, including:

  • Working in artists’ studios or galleries
  • Trips to major art collections or museums
  • Meeting internationally renowned artists during our annual Visiting Artist Series.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Studio Art?

Regardless of your career path, the skills and experience derived from the Studio Art program prime you for the future. Whether working in research, as art therapists, or teachers.

here are just a few careers our graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Advertising illustrator
  • Art teacher
  • Commercial artist
  • Art therapist
  • Photographer
  • Gallery curator
  • Artist
  • Museum curator
  • Sculptor

Admission Requirements

Explore admission requirements for Canadian, international, transfer, and mature students. Start your journey today!

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Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer a wide range of financial aid programs to assist with funding your education at the University of Guelph.

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