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What will I learn?

Welcome to the Department of Visual Arts at Western University! Located in the John Labatt Visual Art Centre on the main campus of the university, the Department of Visual Arts is an exciting environment in which the study and practices of art history, theory, and studio combine in a unique and dynamic way.

The Department provides excellent facilities and offers important strengths. Our first-rate facility includes large and small computer labs, photography and printmaking areas, a purpose-built gallery, and bright, open workshop and studio areas. Art History is taught in seminar and lecture rooms equipped with current technology and the Ivey Library, our digital resource centre, is one of the best of its kind in North America. Our Museum and Curatorial Studies major offers students hands-on experience curating exhibitions and interning in exciting cultural institutions. The faculty in Studio, Art History, and Museum and Curatorial Studies is comprised of ambitious artists and academics who work across a range of disciplines, from historical to contemporary art theory and practice.

Study art and visual culture in its social and political context. Western’s Art History program focuses on global networks of cultural exchange and is committed to interdisciplinary approaches informed by critical theory. This field of study develops cross-cultural understanding and a global perspective from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, in Mesoamerican, Hispanic American, Canadian, and Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design, as well as Photography, Film and New Media.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years or 4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$39,105.00 (US$ 28,358) per year
CAN $34,918 to CAN $39,105/year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

9 January 2023

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University College, Suite 2220,

LONDON,

Ontario (ON),

N6A 3K7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must complete the full International Baccalaureate Diploma including each of the following to be considered for admission: Completion of the entire Diploma including the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay; Passes in a minimum of 6 subjects of which 3 must be at the Higher Level; A minimum grade total of 28 including points awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge; No mark less than 4 on any individual course; Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Minimum score required on the TOEFL is 550 on the paper based with a 5 on the TWE, and 83 on the internet-based tests with no score below 20; Pearson Test of English Academic: A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78; International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0; CanTEST: A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0; CAEL: A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canadian secondary school.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with no part less than 6.0; TOEFL: A minimum overall score of 83 on the internet-based test with no section score below 20, and 550 on the paper-based test with a 5 on the TWE; Can TEST: A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0; CAEL: A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60; MELAB: A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College
  • Confederation College
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About Western University (Ontario)

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  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Over 400 undergraduate programs to choose from
  • 40,000 students from 128 countries around the world
  • Riverside campus in Ontario with 1,200 acres of green space

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