Visual Arts & the Built Environment - Undergraduate Program - University of Windsor - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
 

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Plant your feet in two cities in this joint program with the University of Detroit Mercy. Receive a visual arts degree from UWindsor, and a BSc in architecture from UDM in this combined program. Courses are taught by architects in this close-knit, niche program. You’ll have lots of hands-on learning opportunities through co-op, internships and projects for non-profit groups. Then there’s the option to get your master’s from UDM in just one additional year. You must be a Canadian citizen to take part in this program.


Sample Courses: Architecture Design, Introduction to Architecture, Contemporary Visual Culture, Studio Practice and Ideas/Drawing, Visual Communication


Career Tracks: Architect, building/interior designer, urban planning and revitalization co-ordinator, building restoration specialist, project and facilities manager

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Course Requirements: Physics/SPH4U, Advanced Functions/MHF4U. English/ENG4U.
Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Note: The VABE program is open to Canadian citizens legally permitted to commute to the United States
Minimum Average: 75%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 82%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Plant your feet in two cities in this joint program with the University of Detroit Mercy. Receive a visual arts degree from UWindsor, and a BSc in architecture from UDM in this combined program. Courses are taught by architects in this close-knit, niche program. You’ll have lots of hands-on learning opportunities through co-op, internships and projects for non-profit groups. Then there’s the option to get your master’s from UDM in just one additional year. You must be a Canadian citizen to take part in this program.


Sample Courses: Architecture Design, Introduction to Architecture, Contemporary Visual Culture, Studio Practice and Ideas/Drawing, Visual Communication


Career Tracks: Architect, building/interior designer, urban planning and revitalization co-ordinator, building restoration specialist, project and facilities manager

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: Physics/SPH4U, Advanced Functions/MHF4U. English/ENG4U.
Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Note: The VABE program is open to Canadian citizens legally permitted to commute to the United States
Minimum Average: 75%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 82%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General 3-year program
  • H Honours 4-year program
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available
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Amanda Gatto

"VABE has been the best university experience I could ask for. The VABE program offers opportunities to learn in so many different ways, from tactile and experience based learning to theory and calculus, and allows for students to work one-on-one with professors to develop their skills. Being able to use my passion for art as well as my love of math and problem solving to design for the future is something that could only happen in the VABE program."

Amanda Gatto
BFA in Visual Arts and the Built Environment

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What Will I Learn?

  • Focused iterative learning on architecture, design, and visual graphic communication using traditional media and digital industry standard software
  • Understand the mean and methods used to create structures through construction and sustainable technologies
  • Expressing oneself confidently, assertively, and purposefully through visual imagery

  • Creating works of visual art using a variety of techniques, practices, and media
  • Developing visual literacy: the ability to understand the powerful role of images in contemporary media contexts and to convey one’s own ideas and arguments thoughtfully through the creation of new images, works of art, film, or architecture
  • Designing, staging, managing, and overseeing effective visual campaigns and productions
  • Analyzing and assessing works of visual art for formal/technical


87%


Employment Rate of Graduates

2 years following degree completion (OUGS Fine and Applied Arts, 2019)

Explore your opportunities

  • Architectural journalism
  • Art/architectural history
  • Building design
  • Construction
  • Development
  • Interior spatial design
  • Project and facility management
  • Real estate
  • Restoration
  • Set production
  • Urban planning and revitalization
  • Visual Arts
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