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Visual Arts & the Built Environment

Visual Arts & the Built Environment

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  • Visual Arts & the Built Environment (BFA)
  • Architecture, University of Detroit Mercy (BSc) & Visual Arts (BA)
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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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


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
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.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

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


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
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.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • 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

95%


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Fine Arts, 2018)

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

Career Tracks*


  • 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

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.


Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia and research
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Art/illustration
  • Architecture and Design industry
  • Education: Public and private stream, tutoring
  • Government: Research and policy development
  • Media and journalism: Criticism, visual production
  • Urban Planning

Apply to UWindsor


With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.


How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)