Our Visual Arts Program
Our faculty and students live and work in an animated, spirited, and humorous culture in which art making is acknowledged as a process of constant and perpetual transformation and aspiration toward higher degrees of insight.
Passion, enthusiasm, a questioning mind, and an ability to do things differently are part and parcel of a creative life and are some of the characteristics it takes to be a visual art student. Pursuing a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts allows students the opportunity to channel and express their creativity and imagination, but also to hone and perfect their skills by learning about past and present techniques.
The program strikes a fine balance between traditional and experimental practices and between refined object making and personal development. Ultimately, regardless of the value of the art objects, the final product of creative endeavour is the artist/creator and her/his role within the larger community.
After completing a degree in fine arts, students are opened up to an array of career paths and opportunities. Achievements made by our graduates includes the founding of several creative businesses, set design with the Ontario film industry, graduation from a leading Master of Fine Arts program, subsequent university teaching work, inclusion in significant exhibitions, art director for an international cruise ship company, employment in the field of computer gaming and design, founder of a regional Aboriginal art gallery, crossover work in graphic design, and many more.
What You Can Expect
Hands-on learning, a close-knit campus community, and caring faculty.
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Show off your work
Students will curate their own professional exhibition in their fourth year. We take pride in our students’ work and want everyone to see and enjoy it.
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Art Gallery of Algoma and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
Students are exposed to innovative Anishinaabe works through programming and exhibitions that honour Chief Shingwauk’s mission.
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Small Treasures Fundraiser
Each year during the holiday’s, fine arts students create a selection of small artworks and gifts to be sold in an effort to raise funds for course-related trips.
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180 Projects is a project space where many fine arts students display their work, gaining recognition as young artists within the Algoma region.
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Cultivate your individuality & creativity
You will be given plenty of opportunity to develop and grow into a mature artist with a professional and versatile portfolio, with experiences in bookbinding to printmaking, and everything in between.
For more detailed information on our courses, please visit our courses schedule sectionGet started now
The portfolio informs the Arts Department about your interests, experience, skills and goals.
Interested in applying to our Visual Art program? You’ll need to provide a portfolio that provides a sampling of your creative practice.
Meet our Faculty
Our caring faculty wishes you all the best in your program of study and career choice!
“Attending Algoma University has taught me so much about organizing deadlines, portfolio submissions, consistently creating and being fully engaged in the community. I love the experience and knowledge I received there. It’s taught me how to become that much more successful in my cultural practice as an Anishinaabe teacher through Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and enhance my ability to express who I am as an Anishinaabe artist and educator.”
“There is something about the nature of art courses that allows the students, and often the teachers, to develop meaningful relationships. Student groups become families, teachers become mentors, and everyone is proud of everyone’s successes. It is an encouraging yet challenging environment that I felt at home in as a student. My professors challenged me, but supported me. They saw my potential and encouraged me to push myself further.”
MFA, BFA Hons