Visual Studies


Visual Studies Introduction


Students in the Visual Studies program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design pursue one of the two Specialist streams offered, Studio or Critical Practices, or the Major in Visual Studies. Students who pursue a Major in Visual Studies must also pursue a Major in another subject area or two Minors in other subject areas in order to complete their degree requirements. The Minor in Visual Studies is not open to students in the Visual Studies program and is open only to students in the Architectural Studies program.

All students beginning their studies in the Visual Studies program are automatically enrolled in the Major in Visual Studies prior to course enrolment for their first year of study in the Daniels Faculty. After their first year of study, students who wish to pursue one of the Specialist streams (Studio or Critical Practices) are able to request the relevant stream in ACORN. Students who choose to continue with the Major in Visual Studies after their first year of study rather than requesting one of the Specialist streams must also pursue one of the following: the Major in Architectural Studies (listed in the Architectural Studies section of this calendar), a Major in another subject area, or two Minors in other subject areas within the Faculty of Architecture. Students in the Visual Studies program are not eligible to pursue a Specialist in Architectural Studies.

Students who began their studies in the Visual Studies program prior to September 2016 are eligible to request one of the new Specialist streams or the new Major listed below, as well as the new Major in Architectural Studies listed in the Architectural Studies section of this calendar. These students should note that, should they pursue one of the new Specialist streams or the new Major in Visual Studies or the new Major in Architectural Studies, they may need to take additional 100-level courses and may require longer to complete their program requirements.  More information is available on the website at www.daniels.utoronto.ca

A Minor in Visual Studies continues to be offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science and is open to Arts & Science students only. More information is available at http://calendar.artsci.utoronto.ca/