DVS is home to five degree programs
- Art & Art History
- Art History
- Cinema Studies
- Visual Culture and Communication
- Visual Culture Studies
Specialist and Major
Ontario’s first and most successful program offered jointly by a university and a college. Study art history at UTM and studio art at Sheridan, and earn two prestigious and practical credentials: an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and an Advanced Diploma from Sheridan in Oakville. Portfolios are not required for admission.
Specialist, Major, and Minor
DVS teaches the history of art and architecture in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, from antiquity to the present. Courses range from surveys focusing on particular areas or cultures (Indigenous Art in Canada; Renaissance Art, Silk Roads) to thematic ones (Craft; Pilgrimage; The Artist in Islamic Art; Spirit Photography).
Major and Minor
Delve into the history and theory of cinema and related moving image media at UTM. Developed by award-winning faculty, the Major explores major world cinemas, genres, and auteurs. Its unique philosophical and interdisciplinary perspective highlights such issues as the impact of film on identity—both individual and collective—and relationships between aesthetics and politics.
Maclean’s University Guidebook (2019) named VCC one of three Standout Programs at the U of T. That’s quite a shoutout, as the U of T offers over 700 undergraduate programs! VCC courses tend to focus on popular media like video games and advertising along with theorizations of the visual (e.g., Monsters; Building the Suburbs; Body Hair) rather than on “art” as narrowly defined. VCC is currently a joint program with Sheridan, where practical courses on production take place; theoretical courses are at UTM.
Similar to VCC but without the practical courses at Sheridan. Visual Culture makes a logical complement to any of the Majors or Specialists in DVS or other programs.