Why study Studio Art at UTSC?
- The Studio Art program at UTSC will help you to develop essential creative and technical skills to pursue your artistic interests while putting you on a career path for a range of creative fields in arts and media. Our program offers hands-on courses in drawing, painting, photography, animation, video and sound art, sculpture, performance, and new media.
- Studio Art is offered as a Specialist, Major, and Minor, allowing you to combine programs in ACM and at UTSC.
- You can experiment with a large inventory of equipment in our Fabrication and Media Labs with the support from experienced technical staff.
- Studio Art students have many opportunities to exhibit their artworks: in the Annual Studio Art Student Exhibition, at the student-run Gallery 1265, in the campus-wide ARTSIDEOUT arts festival, or the tri-campus University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition.
- Studio Art at UTSC combines the world-class academic resources of the University of Toronto with a close-knit and vibrant student community where you will receive special attention and mentorship from a diverse faculty of award-winning, internationally-renowned practicing artists.
- Our graduates pursue careers as media and tech designers, creative entrepreneurs, teachers, media consultants, arts festival organizers, curators, and practicing artists.
Should you have any questions regarding the Studio program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.
Adam David Brown | Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Patrick Cruz | Assistant Professor
Marla Hlady | Associate Professor, Program Director
Alexander Irving | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Arnold Koroshegyi | Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Will Kwan | Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Ann MacDonald | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Sanaz Mazinani | Assistant Professor
Emmanuel Osahor | Assistant Professor
Julian Pivato | Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Yael Brotman | Lecturer
Don Holman | Senior Lecturer
Janis Hoogstraten | Senior Lecturer
David Hlynsky | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Tanya Mars | Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Studio Art FAQ
All students should take VPSA62H3 Foundation Studies in Studio, and VPSA63H3 But Why Is It Art? In Year 1. You can pick additional courses such as VPSB56H3 Digital Studio I, and other VPSB-level courses if you intend to pursue either a Major or a Specialist program in Studio Art. VPSA62H3 introduces students to the importance of content and context in the making of contemporary art, and VPSA63H3 examines the key themes, concepts, and questions that affect the practice of contemporary art.
Please ensure that you enroll in courses you meet the prerequisites for.
No, a portfolio is not required for entry into either of the Specialist, Major or Minor program in Studio Art. Note that both Specialist and Major programs are limited in enrollment, and Minor program is unlimited.
The Minor Program is for students who wish to develop artmaking and creative software skills to complement their learning in other programs. Students in the Minor Program complete 4.0 full credits. For details, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.
The Major Program is for students who wish to pursue a career path in the arts and media fields and want to develop artmaking, software, and creative thinking skills that with enhance their resumes and support their career goals. Students in the Major Program complete 8.0 full credits. For details, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.
The Specialist Program is for students who intend to apply to a graduate program in art and to pursue a career as a practicing artist. In 4th year, students in the Specialist Program work closely with faculty mentors, have dedicated studio work space, develop a portfolio, and exhibit their final coursework in an professional gallery. Students in the Major Program complete 14.0 full credits. For details, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.
The one program combination that requires careful planning is Major program in Studio Art, and a Major program in New Media Studies. New Media Studies requires that students spend one academic year at Centennial College during which you will not be able to enroll in any Studio Art courses (or any courses at UTSC).
It is also important to note that Studio Art curriculum is structured in such a way that you need 4 years to complete your program requirements. While you can enroll in a program in Studio Art in your later years, note that this may delay your graduation as we cannot waive the prerequisites to help you progress quickly.
Studio Art courses are small in enrollment and cannot accommodate students who take these courses as their electives as priority is given to students currently enrolled in any of the Studio Art programs.
Should you have any questions regarding the Studio Art program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.
High school students: To find this program on the OUAC website, search under University of Toronto Scarborough (found under the University of Toronto entry) under the category "Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management & Media" (program code TUC); you will then be able to choose this program under the 'Subject of Major Interest' drop-down menu.
UTSC students: Declare your program on ACORN (see here for details)