University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs

Studio Arts

Department of Fine Art, College of Arts

The department offers programs that allow for concentrated study in Art History or in Studio Arts, or for a more balanced study in the two disciplines. Both programs, however, require work in both Studio Arts and Art History. Specific requirements are listed below.

First Class Meeting - Special Schedule

Because of the long waiting lists for many courses, students are strongly urged to heed the University regulations regarding First Class Meetings. Refer to Limited Enrolment Courses in Section VIII--Undergraduate Degree Regulations & Procedures in this calendar.

Cost of Studio Supplies

The majority of the cost of supplies must be borne by the student. In order to permit the University to subsidize this cost and to allow for savings through discount buying, some materials are obtained through the department by payment of a lab fee. The amount of the fee is established for each semester prior to registration.

Student Counselling

The students who elect to take a substantial number of courses in either Art History or Studio Arts with the objective of graduate work are advised to obtain counselling from faculty regarding their choices. However, in general, it is important to know that graduate studies in Art History will usually require a reading knowledge of at least 2 languages other than English. German, French, Italian and Latin are among the most useful choices. Cognate electives in other disciplines in the College of Arts (such as History) will almost certainly prove an asset. A Studio career to the graduate level will normally require some education in all the traditional and contemporary media as well as an awareness of art theory.

Studio Arts Core Requirements:

All students are required to complete the following courses:
03-151 Art Historical Studies I
03-152 Art Historical Studies II
13-105 Visual Studies I
13-204 Visual Studies II
13-209 Drawing I *
* 13-209 should be taken as soon as possible in the program.

Honours Program Major

A minimum of 18 courses is required, including:

  1. Studio Arts core requirements
  2. four courses in either Art History or Studio Arts courses at the 400 level , (13-485, 13-486 Honours Thesis I & II are recommended.)
  3. four additional courses in Art History including:
    1. 1 course in either Ancient/Medieval, Southern Renaissance & Baroque, or Northern Renaissance & Baroque
    2. one course in Modern
    3. and 1 course in Canadian.

    (See Art History Major for specific course numbers.)

  4. two additional courses in Studio Arts, including 1 course in either:
    1. Painting (13-220, 13-320, 13-321, 13-420, 13-421)
    2. Printmaking (13-246, 13-341, 13-343, 13-344, 13-345, 13-441, 13-445)
    3. Photography (13-261, 13-375, 13-470, 13-471)

    and one course in either:

    1. Sculpture (13-230, 13-330, 13-430, 13-431
    2. Extended Media (13-280, 13-377, 13-481, 13-482)

    the remaining 3 courses can be taken in either Studio Arts or Art History.


A minimum of 12 courses is required, including:

  1. Studio Arts core requirements
  2. one course in Studio Arts or Art History at the 400 level
  3. three additional courses in Art History, including 1 course in either Ancient/ Medieval, Southern Renaissance & Baroque, Northern Renaissance & Baroque and 1 course in Modern (see Art History Major for specific course numbers).
  4. two additional courses in Studio Arts, including 1 course in either Painting, Printmaking or Photography and 1 course in either Sculpture or Extended Media. (See Studio Arts Major for specific course numbers).


Students in the Studio Arts Major or Minor cannot count more than a total of 28 courses in Art history and Studio Arts towards their honours degree.

Details of advanced standing for transfer students from the Ontario College of Art can be found in the section on Admission Information.

In accordance with the B.A. program regulation limiting the number of courses to be taken in any subject area, OCA graduates granted the maximum advanced standing of courses in Studio Arts will be limited to 4 additional Studio Arts courses at Guelph.

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts--B.A.

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