Visual Arts – Additional Information VOH


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FAQs Visual Arts

In Semester 1 of the Visual Arts Program there are five studio courses (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Fundamentals of Design), one art history course, and three General Education courses (English, Humanities, Physical Education). The Program Course Planner is available on the Visual Arts Program and Department webpages.
Incoming students are automatically registered in core Visual Arts Program courses for the first semester, including all studio courses and Art History I. Students can choose from among General Education courses in English, Humanities and Physical Education.
There are additional course fees associated with all Visual Arts Program studio courses. Fees for Semester 1 studio courses range between $35 and $80 per course. Course fees cover the cost of most materials students use in classes. Course fees in Visual Arts are comparable to what students pay for textbooks and lab fees in other programs. A complete list of course fees is available on the Visual Arts Department website.
Although the Visual Arts Program is a two-year program, many students choose to take longer than two years to obtain their DEC. As specific Visual Arts studio courses are only offered in either the fall or winter semester, dropping any studio courses in any semester will extend the minimum timeframe for graduation by at least one extra year. If you plan on taking longer than two years or decide to drop any Visual Arts studio courses at any point in your studies, you will need to meet with an academic advisor first and obtain permission from the program coordinator to ensure your progression path is viable.
At John Abbott College, we recognize the importance of art in times of change, and The Visual Arts Department is working hard to ensure that your first semester experience will be as enriching and rewarding as it can be. Visual Arts studio courses are currently being delivered as blended courses partly online and partly on-campus. Check out some of the great work our students have been making this semester on our Facebook and Instagram accounts!
There are no Visual Arts studio courses or art history courses offered during the summer or winter intercessions. However, students may take General Education courses that count towards their DEC in Visual Arts.
Visual Arts studio courses must be taken in succession in accordance with the program course planner. Art history courses may be taken out of sequence, however, Art History 1 and Art History 3 are only offered in fall and Art History 2 is only offered in winter.
The Visual Arts Program is a demanding and rewarding program of study. Full-time students take as many as nine courses per week and can expect to have up to two or three hours of homework per class. For each course, a ponderation is listed in the course outline indicating the total estimated time students are expected to devote to their coursework on a weekly basis, including class time, open studio sessions and homework.
Many students are employed part-time while pursuing their studies. However, the College and the Visual Arts Program don’t recommend working more than a maximum of 12 to 15 hours per week. Much of the homework for Visual Arts studio courses is completed during Open Studio times in on-campus studio facilities where students learn to work independently, in the company of their peers, under the supervision and guidance of teachers and technicians. This is an important aspect of the Visual Arts Program that contributes significantly to the strong sense of community that is one of the strengths of the program. It is recommended that students with part-time employment familiarize themselves with Open Studio availability and plan their work schedules accordingly.
Yes, most teachers prefer to be called by their first name and not to be referred to as “sir” or “miss”.
If you’re having trouble with an assignment or falling behind in a class, always talk to your teacher. They will be happy to provide support in any ways they can. The Academic Success Center is also available to assist all students through tutoring, help preparing for exams, and help developing useful study skills. For students who have been diagnosed with sensory, neurological, physical, and/or psychological conditions that require specific learning accommodations, the Access Center is available to provide assistance.
There are a handful of scholarships and bursaries exclusively available to Visual Arts students typically starting their third semester of study. A complete list of scholarships and bursaries available at the college can be found on the Financial Assistance webpage.

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