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  • Visual Arts & Communication, Media and Film (Film Production and Media Arts)
  • Media Arts & Culture
  • Visual Arts (BA) / Concurrent Education (BEd)
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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Express yourself! Come work in our stunning new facilities, with supportive faculty who want you to realize your creative potential. We offer in-depth studio practices, exhibition opportunities, and exposure to the cultural institutions of Windsor and Detroit.

Sample Courses: Studio Practice and Ideas (Space, Image, Drawing), Modern Art, Introductory Photography, Contemporary Visual Culture, Survey of Art History

Career Tracks: Creative director, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, marketing manager

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 83%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

How do you see the world? Study how art, architecture, and media technologies have shaped our understanding of culture throughout time. Studio art classes are complemented by unique academic courses. When you don’t have a brush or pencil in your hand, you’ll be involved in events, exhibitions, and workshops where you can learn through experience.

Sample Courses: Studio Practice and Ideas (Space, Image, Drawing), Contemporary Architecture, Stories of the City, Border Culture

Career Tracks: Arts administrator, creative director, museum director, cultural journalist/critic, research co-ordinator

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U required.
Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 83%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Share your passion for visual arts with budding Picassos and Emily Carrs in this program where you’ll earn two degrees at once. You’ll work toward your BA (general) in our stunning School of Creative Arts building while studying education and getting teaching experience in schools. At the end, you’ll be eligible to teach intermediate/senior students (Grades 7-12).

Sample Courses: Teaching and Learning, Educational Psychology, Assessment and Evaluation, Studio Practice and Ideas, Modern Art, Contemporary Visual Culture

Career Tracks: Secondary teacher, principal, special education teacher, learning specialist, academic administrator, educational assistant, creative director, graphic designer

Professional Designation Possible: OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: English/ENG4U required
Note: Admission to first year only
Minimum Average: 75%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 86%

* 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

  • Expressing oneself confidently, assertively and purposefully through visual imagery
  • Creating works of visual art using a variety of techniques, practices, and media
  • Organizing visual information effectively using appropriate technological methods and software packages
  • 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 quality of expression; grouping and curating disparate works logically and meaningfully
  • Understanding and evaluating the rhetorical function of visual advertising materials


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

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

 Joshua Babcock

"My four years spent in the Visual Arts department contributed positively to my development as a person, an artist, and a citizen of Windsor-Essex County. Through my education, I was fortunate enough to meet a number of likeminded young artists, with whom I would collaborate for years to come. I have also witnessed the true dedication of SoCA’s faculty members, some of whom I have remained in contact with for many years. Visual Arts at Windsor is a unique program and I am proud to call myself an alumnus."

Joshua Babcock
BA in Visual Arts

Career Tracks*

  • Advertising analyst
  • Architect
  • Art gallery manager
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Cinematographer
  • Communications specialist
  • Conservator
  • Creative director
  • Curator
  • Development officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Multimedia illustrator
  • Museum director
  • Photographer
  • Professional artist
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Set designer
  • Studio co-ordinator
  • Teacher
  • Web designer

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

Common sectors for graduates

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

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.


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.



Courses of study specific to each program



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



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