Program of Study

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Through a blend of critique, lecture and studio-time, the Fine Art program fosters creative problem-solving skills, encourages experimentation and guides you in developing your skill as an artist.

To complete program requirements, you will take three types of courses: required core courses, Fine Art option courses based on your areas of interest, and elective courses that allow you to explore other interests.


Year one

In your first year, you work with a wide range of materials and processes, ranging from new media and acrylic paint, to digital production and power tools. As well, you learn how to effectively critique your own work and the work of your classmates. You study the elements of and principles used in visual language, traditional and non-traditional art mediums and subjects, and the history and theories of Western art.

Term I

     ARTE 104 - Five Centuries of Art and Visual Culture: From Renaissance to the 19th-Century
     ARTE 107 - Three-Dimensional Foundations
     ARTE 110 - Foundation Drawing
     ARTE 111 - 2D Foundation: Theory and Structure
     ENGL 102 - Analysis and Argument

Term II

     ARTE 106 - Digital Foundations
     ARTE 119 - Introduction to Creative Research
     ARTE 120 - Observational Drawing
     ARTE 224 - The Visual Culture of Modernity: Fin-de-siècle to Mid-Twentieth Century
     ENGL 103 - Introduction to Literature

Year two

In your second year, you apply the vocabulary and techniques you learned in your first year to new projects and ideas. Through course work, visiting artists’ presentations, gallery visits and time in your studio, you learn what it means to make your mark in the art world. By the time you graduate, you will be ready to confidently choose the right path for continuing your artistic journey.

Term III

     ARTE 205 - Introduction to Painting
     ARTE 206 - Intermedia: Digital Art
     ARTE 230 - Introduction to Contemporary Drawing
     ARTE 234 - Art and Visual Culture II: Modernism and Postmodernism


Term IV

     ARTE 208 - Introduction to Professional Practice
     ARTE 219 - Concepts and Practice
     Fine Art Option
     Fine Art Option
     FFAC Option


Fine Art options

     ARTE 207 - 3D Spatial Practice
     ARTE 214 - History of Photography
     ARTE 215 - Painting II
     ARTE 216 - Intermedia II: Emerging Forms
     ARTE 314 - Thinking Photography
     ARTE 259 - Special Topics in Art

The program of study may change from year to year. The authoritative source for course descriptions and the rules and regulations that apply to students is the Academic Calendar.

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Check transfer agreements between this program and other post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Find out which transfer credits you may be awarded for individual courses.