Visual Studies (HBA)


Explore the meaning and power of images and their impact on our lives. Study and learn how to shape contemporary visual culture through our programs in this area. Delve into the world of movie magic with our Cinema Studies program. Challenge yourself in the unique Art & Art History program where students attend courses concurrently at UTM and at Sheridan College’s prestigious School of Animation, Arts & Design.

"I’ve taken great courses at UTM. One of the most memorable ones for me was a Colonial Art History course. My professor for that class was helpful, and she was nice, and she created such a safe environment for us for open discussions throughout the entire time that we were in her class."
- Melissa, 4th year, Visual Studies

Programs & Requirements

OUAC Program Code: TEV
Approximate Grade Range: Mid to high 70s (based on six Grade 12 "U" or "M" courses, including English (ENG4U) or equivalent)
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Program & Prerequisites Program Options

Art & Art History*

* U of T degree plus Sheridan College diploma earned


Art History



Cinema Studies



Visual Culture



Visual Culture & Communication



Exciting Opportunities


Studio Facilities at Sheridan

The Annie Smith Arts Centre comprises 10,000 square feet of working space built with many artist-friendly features like woodworking facilities and drawing, painting and sculpture studios.


Blackwood Gallery

The Blackwood Gallery is a contemporary art centre situated at UTM, and dedicated to open, public research. The gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of professional artists.



Our internship course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience at an institution or business closely related to the arts and to visual studies. This is tailored for students interested in a career in the arts.

Courses You Would Love


The Films of Alfred Hitchcock (CIN203H5)

This course will serve as an introduction to the films (such as Psycho and North by Northwest) and related issues: questions of suspense, authorship, morality, and spectatorship.


Canadian Art (FAH292H5)

This course examines the history of art produced in Canada, from the pre-contact period to today. Diverse visual traditions and their intersections will be studied, as will the changing roles of art in Canadian society.


Sculpture I (FAS248H5)

Students delve into basic sculptural processes such as casting, mold-making and construction in both traditional and non-traditional materials. Students explore formal and conceptual concerns relative to contemporary sculpture practices.

Frankenstein's Monster

Monsters (VCC205H5)

This course examines monster movies and television shows alongside readings from monster literature, comics, and critical essays. It considers the social significance of the monster to learn about how the threat of the monster relates to historical anxieties.

Discover Your Potential

Cherie Novecosky

Cherie Novecosky, HBA, Art and Art History, Class of 2018

Cherie Novecosky’s road to graduation has taken her around the globe and back. The Calgary artist who lives by the motto: “Travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer” opted for a backpack and plane tickets at the end of high school and travelled for six years before discovering the path that ultimately led her to U of T Mississauga.

Read more about Cherie Novecosky

Elizabeth Wijaya

Elizabeth Wijaya, Assistant Professor, East Asian Cinema

Elizabeth Wijaya is one of the rare scholars who can claim a listing on IMDB, the Internet Movie Data Base. 

The new assistant professor of East Asian cinema at U of T Mississauga studies the transnationality of cinema – how stories and people cross borders throughout Asia. She also has credits as a writer, director and producer with E&W Films, the film production company she runs with partner and U of T Mississauga sessional lecturer Lai Weijie. 

Read more about Elizabeth Wijaya


Selling the ideal body: New UTM course traces history of health and fitness in advertising

From 20th century strongmen to Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous jade egg, a new course at U of T Mississauga explores how self-styled health-and-wellness experts influence and profit from the pursuit of the perfect body.

Special topic course "Visuality and North American Fitness Culture" uses advertising to explore the ever-changing—and sometimes repeating—health and fitness fads of the past century.

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Professor Evonne Levy has been a faculty member in UTM’s Department of Visual Studies and in the Department of Art at U of T since 1996. She is an eminent expert on the history of art history, and her research areas include Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture writ large. On this edition of the View to the U podcast, she speaks about her research.

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