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Studio Art

Faculty List

  • Y. Brotman, B.A. (Manitoba), B.Ed., M.V.S. (Toronto), Lecturer
  •  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


ACM Program Advisor: M. Hussain, Email:

The Studio Art program at UTSC 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 program provides a 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 program is 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 Major and Specialist Programs 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 do not require D-level courses.

Studio Art Course Selection Table:

Year of Study
Year 1

VPSA62H3 Foundation Studies in Studio
VPSA63H3 But Why is it Art?
VPHA46H3 Ways of Seeing
MDSA01H3* Introduction to Media Studies (*If pursuing Specialist program in Studio Art) 

VPSB56H3 Digital Studio I
ACMB01H3 Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing for ACM Programs
Additional course from the following:  
VPSB58H3 Video I
VPSB59H3 Sculpture I
VPSB70H3 Drawing I

Year 2
* Please contact ACM Program Advisor if you are pairing Major program in Studio Art with Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies 
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
Year 3
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
Year 4
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 sections for instructions.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.