Media Art Histories and Visual Culture

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Media Art Histories and Visual Culture

Studio art classes combined with unique academic courses ranging from traditional art history to the visual culture of everyday life. 

Program Description

As the everyday use of images expands exponentially across digital media, our combined BA program in Media Art Histories and Visual Culture responds by probing the ways in which we see and understand the world around us. Study how art, architecture, and media technologies intersect to shape our understanding of our local and global cultures in both historical and contemporary contexts.

The program provides first- hand experience in the conceptualization, curation, funding, and organization of exhibitions, events, and workshops and gives insight into existing art economies and models for new and expanded networks of cultural practice.

It also opens avenues for graduate studies in art and architectural history, curatorial and museum studies, information science, and art conservation.

Course Descriptions - Visual Arts

Faculty - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department - School of Creative Arts

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum admission average of 75%
  • Mean admission average of 88%
  • ENG4U required

Experimental Learning

The Media Art Histories and Visual Culture program gives students a critical background in which to interpret and contextualize the historical legacies of art, media, technology, urban ecologies and the built environment. They will also apply their historical and theoretical knowledge to projects that investigate the complexity of contemporary culture. While the development of research and studio skills is essential within this program there is also a strong emphasis on first hand observation through the following:

  • Urban field research, community and collaborative models
  • Media literacy and digital skills
  • Research-creation projects that emphasize the relationship between image, text and sound.

In addition to the introductory courses in Visual Culture and Media Art Histories at the first and second-year levels, students will take courses in the history of art, photography, architecture, and the urban environment. Specialized upper-level seminars currently include: Contemporary Photography, Urban Ecologies, Detroit Architecture, and Border Cultures.

Career Tracks

  • Arts administration
  • Education (with additional studies)
  • Graduate studies in studio or academic programs
  • Graduate curatorial studies
  • Gallery and museum administration
  • Cultural journalism and criticism
  • Project management
  • Art historian/researcher (with additional studies)

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