Art and Art History
The Department of Art & Art History offers degrees in Studio Art including a BA (three-year and four-year) in Studio Art, Honours BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts, four-year), and Minor in Studio Art. Our MFA (Master of Fine Arts) is well-established and recognized nationally.
The Art & Art History program includes a wide range of media investigations with courses in studio research, professional practice, art history, contemporary art and open electives that prepare students for career success as artists, curators, teachers, historians, academic scholars, and hybrid creative practitioners.
We encourage the development of critical thinking, visual literacy, cultural sensitivity and awareness, and professional/entrepreneurial innovation relevant to creative professionals in a contemporary visual environment.
Our Studio Art program offers rigorous explorations in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, digital and extended media, and interdisciplinary practices. It offers intensive exploration of materials, integrated approaches to critical theory and skills-based practice, experiential learning and professional development.
Our Art History courses are pertinent and relevant to contemporary contexts and include courses in Aboriginal art history and post-colonialism.
We also offer unique, interdisciplinary degrees within the College of Arts and Science: BA-BSc degrees (with the computer science and psychology departments) and a Minor in Digital Culture and New Media (with the English and sociology departments).
Our program’s uniqueness:
- Focus on sustainable studio practices in professional print, photo, sculpture, painting and drawing studios
- Solo graduating BFA and MFA exhibitions for all majors and regular group exhibitions for all students
- Friendly, involved faculty of professional studio artists and art historians
- Private, individual studios for MFA students with ongoing mentorship by multiple faculty
- Internships and MFA teaching opportunities
- Collegial atmosphere supporting student-directed learning
- Interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments and faculty
- Active Visual Artists Student Union (VASU)
- Visiting artist lectures and studio visits
Facilities and Resources:
- Large, ventilated painting and drawing studios
- Fully equipped photography studio with both digital and wet labs including historical processes
- Large, sunlit printmaking studio facility, utilizing some of the safest technologies in Canada
- Newly renovated sculpture and extended media facility supports woodworking, plaster-casting, sandblasting, waxworks, welding, kilns for firing clay and bronze casting
- Digital Resource Centre with industry standard hardware and software
- Professional exhibition and curatorial opportunities at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery (a teaching facility and a public gallery, managed through the Department of Art & Art History, www.usask.ca/snelgrove/
- Strong relationship with campus galleries (Kenderdine/College Galleries), artist-run centres (AKA and PAVED Arts) and the new, award-winning Remai Modern Art Gallery
- Beautiful campus with historical stone buildings, lush landscaping and ideal location along the Meeswasin Valley Trail and the South Saskatchewan River
- Welcoming and rapidly growing mid-sized city with thriving cultural scene in close proximity to the river, biking and walking trails, forests, parks and lakes
Research Themes in our department
- Aboriginal Art and Art History
- Canadian Art and Art History
- Contemporary Indigenous Art Practice
- Critical Curatorial Studies and Art Criticism
- Critical and Interdisciplinary Studies in Visual Culture
- Critical Studies in Exhibition Technique
- Cultural and Visual Studies
- Curating and Art Writing
- Digital Media Studies
- Feminism, Gender and the Visual Arts
- Issues of Representation
- Socially Engaged Art Practice and New Genre Public Art
MFA – Master of Fine Arts (Studio)
BFA Honours (Studio)
BA 4yr (Studio)
BA 3yr (Studio)
University of Saskatchewan Admission Requirements
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