Studio Art

Faculty List

  • Y. Brotman, B.A. (Manitoba), B.Ed., M.V.S. (Toronto), Lecturer, Emeritus
  • M. Hlady, B.F.A. (Victoria), M.F.A. (York), Associate Professor
  • A. Irving, B.F.A. (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), M.F.A. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • W. Kwan, B.A. (Toronto), M.F.A. (Columbia), Associate Professor
  • T. Mars, D.F.A., Honoris Causa, NSCAD University, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Emeritus
  • S. Mazinani, M.F.A. (Stanford), Assistant Professor

ACM Program Manager: M. Hussain, Email:

The Studio Art programs at the University of Toronto Scarborough offers hands-on courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, video, new media, animation, and conceptual practices. Students can also take specialized courses in digital imaging, sound art, kinetics, or thematic courses that explore such things as the relationships between art and globalization, or art and politics, or time-based art practices. UTSC Studio Art students develop a combination of technical, theoretical, conceptual and critical skills that enable them to express and communicate their ideas confidently in a variety of visual languages. Students explore art as a tool for examining and intervening in visual culture, to consider the role of creativity in shaping communities locally and globally.

Students are encouraged to engage with the diversity of contemporary art by examining art-making from aesthetic, intellectual, social, and political perspectives. They are exposed to current positions in contemporary art theory, criticism, and curation and study the history of art from various cultural and historical viewpoints. The wide range of artistic experiences offered by the UTSC Studio Art programs provides rigorous general visual arts education for students interested in careers in the cultural and design sectors.  Studio Art also offers focused preparation for students interested in pursuing advanced visual art study at the graduate level.

The Studio Art programs are housed in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, which offers students an interdisciplinary framework for analyzing the ideas and theories connecting the arts, and encourages students to explore the related fields of literature, history, anthropology, and other areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Some courses in Studio Art (VPS) may include Ancillary fees for lab and workshop materials.

Guidelines for course selection
The table below provides the recommended course selection guidelines for students wishing to complete the Specialist and Major Program in Studio Art. To ensure graduating when expected, all students should pay special attention to prerequisites and corequisites when selecting courses, this is especially important for C- and D-level courses.
Students wishing to complete the Minor Program in Studio Art do not require D-level courses.
Please note that students cannot combine the Major Program in Studio Art with the Minor program in Studio Art.

Studio Art Course Selection Table:
Year of Study
First Year MDSA01H3

* MDSA01H3 is a requirement if pursuing the Specialist Program in Studio Art
Please contact ACM Program Manager if you are pairing Major Program in Studio Art with Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies 

Additional course from the following (if pursuing the Specialist Program in Studio Art):  

Second Year

B-level in Studio Art courses
B-level in Art History courses (If pursuing the Specialist Program in Studio Art)
B- and C-level in Studio Art courses
Third Year
B- and C-level in Studio Art courses
C-level in Art History courses (If pursuing the Specialist Program in Studio Art)
C-level in Studio Art courses
Fourth Year
D-level Studio Art course #1
Make sure the prerequisite is completed for this course in the previous year/semester 
D-level Studio Art course #2
Make sure the prerequisite is completed for this course in the previous year/semester 

The Specialist Program in Studio Art and the Major Program in Studio Art are limited enrolment programs that you need to apply for entry. Please read the Program Admission sections for instructions.

Experiential Learning and Outreach
For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.