Welcome to the Department of Visual Studies
The Department of Visual Studies (DVS) is an interdisciplinary department that stresses the importance of history, theory and studio practice in the study of the visual. We are committed to understanding the meaning and power of images and their impact on our lives. Courses examine art, architecture, media images, consumer culture, film, television, video games, political propaganda, new media, websites and more.
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DVS is home to the award-winning Blackwood Gallery
The award-winning Blackwood Gallery is one of the most respected public contemporary art galleries in the greater Toronto area. The gallery presents a number of curated exhibitions and projects throughout the school year including the annual Grad Show for fourth-year students in the Art & Art History program. You can learn more about Blackwood Gallery here.
DVS and Campus Resources
Office Hours Update
Student Advising: Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 10am-1pm, or by appointment, in person or zoom.
Tuesday and Thursday - 10am-12noon and 1-2pm or by appointment - zoom
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office
Students, staff, and faculty who have experienced discrimination or harassment are urged to contact the chair of the department or the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office at UTM. U of T reviews all complaints of discrimination.
New Career Resource for Trans and Nonbinary Students
U of T is excited to share a newly developed resource that has been created in consultation with and at the request of trans and nonbinary University of Toronto students and alumni.
UTM Indigenous Centre
The UTM Indigenous Centre provides support to Indigenous students, staff, and faculty, and offers numerous ways for non-Indigenous peoples to better understand Indigenous peoples and their ways of being. The centre offers virtual programs, including monthly learning circles.
Academic Skills Centre
The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) provides a wide range of services to students, including consultations, workshops, and programs in academic skills development. In addition, the ASC also provides teaching and learning support to UTM faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants.
Student Affairs & Services
Through a collaborative approach, Student Affairs & Services provides student-centred services, programs, and engagement opportunities to promote student success and development. Online and programs and workshops are also offered throughout the year.