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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Visual Studies (Honours) Portfolio Requirements

Before applying for Honours, you must first submit a Change of Program form to the Admissions Office (by February 1).  When you have done that, you then submit an online portfolio to the Department of Art (by March 1).

(You can apply to the Honours program if you will complete the program during the following academic year.  Admission is based on G.P.A., a letter of intent and the portfolio review.)

1. Letter of Intent:

Provide a 500 word description of your creative interest - what you would like to pursue during your year in the Honours program.  You should suggest a medium (i.e., drawing, painting, intermedia, photography, digital art, etc.) as well as your thematic, topical or conceptual interests.  You might find it useful to note artists you are currently looking at, and/or writers/theorists who are influencing your work.  Please also state your reasons for applying to Honours and your goals; for example, graduate school, employment, exhibition, etc.

2. Portfolio:

Provide 10 - 15 images that best convey your interests leading to Honours thesis work (up to three of these can be details or multiple views of 3-dimensional work).  These pieces can be done either in a classroom setting, as part of an independent project, or outside of school.  The images should show an independent direction and a range of exploration; in other works, demonstrations of critical thinking, technical facility and creative approaches. 
Submit images in jpeg format; image size should be approximately 1024 x 768 with a maximum of 300dpi.  File names of images should include the number, your last name, underscore, then the title of work (all in lower case);  i.e., 01.smith_ravensrequest. 
If you are showing time-based works, please submit a DVD (no longer than 15 minutes).

In addition, please provide a typed list of the images submitted as part of your portfolio providing title, medium, dimension and date of each work.  Your name and contact information should be at the top of the list.

To submit a portfolio online, click here.

The deadline for portfolio submission is March 1.

Important Resources

Department of Art Office (AB 612; 8:30a.m. - noon and 1 - 4:30p.m.)

Academic Advising

Arts Students' Centre; Social Sciences Room 102 (general) (advising)

Computers and Multimedia Resources

The Faculty of Arts has pooled its resources and created a computing and multimedia resource called the Integrated Arts Media Lab (IAML) that is shared by students in Art, Dance, Drama and Music,. We strongly recommend you take advantage of this excellent resource. Extended hours access is available to you once you complete an initial orientation.

Research Resources

Most of the Art resource materials are located on the 5th Floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library. 

Courses in Art and Art History take advantage of the numismatic, textile, and art collections of the Nickle Galleries in the Taylor Family Digital Library.

Independent Study Form (See the Forms page)


Lockers are available for rent during the Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. Special lockers have been allocated to Art students in the Art Building. The plan is administered by the Students' Union, with the rental fee being added to your tuition fees. Some lockers are also available on the 4th floor of Craigie Hall D Block (renovations may require that they be relocated).

For the full details, check out the Students' Union Lockers page or send e-mail to

Art Student Lounge

If you're looking for the place to meet your fellow art students, check out the lounge area on the 6th floor (by the vending machines); technically, it's a foyer, but you get the idea!

 Woodshop and Metalshop Safety Manual (PDF)

Standard Operating Procedures Studios/Classrooms (PDF)