Bachelor of Arts - Visual Arts

4 years
20,790 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Corner Brook / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Visual artists are motivated by their surroundings as well as their desire to express themselves via their work. It is your perception and interpretation of the world.

 The Grenfell Campus visual arts programme is a four-year immersive studio-based degree programme in modern art. Explore your creativity by participating in several forms of visual art, including as

  • Drawing 
  • Painting/Sculpture 
  • Printmaking/Photography 
  • Digital imaging and new media 
  • Installation 
  • Practices that are time-bound 
  • Visual culture/art history 
  • Textile and fibre art

Grenfell's visual arts department allows students to express themselves via a variety of art genres and media. Our educators guide students through the process of discovering the materials, techniques, and approaches that best suit their artistic aspirations. We will work with you to improve your technical skills while also developing your creative aim. Our programme will also expose you to contemporary art practises and provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with well-known national and international artists.

Program structure

1st Year

  • Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art Practices
  • Introduction to 3D, Photo and Time-based Art Practices
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Painting: Colour, Materials, and Processes
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • Printmaking: Relief and Screenprinting
  • Photography
  • Textile and Fibre Art
  • Introduction to Computers and Art
  • Introduction to Time-Based Art
  • Fine Arts Health and Safety

2nd Year

  • Drawing
  • Expanded Field
  • Painting: Process and Materiality
  • Painting: Themes and Practices
  • Sculpture I
  • Sculpture II
  • Intaglio Printmaking
  • Lithographic Printmaking
  • Print Media
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Introductory Projects in New Media
  • New Media - Motion and Media
  • Special Topics in Visual Arts 

3rd Year

  • Drawing/Painting Studio Art Practice
  • Extended Practice in Sculpture, Space and Installation
  • Extended Practice in Printed Multiples
  • Directed Studies in Printmaking
  • Extended Practice in Photography
  • Intermediate Practice in Textile and Fibre Art
  • Computational Media
  • Making Art in the Age of Theory
  • Intermediate Time-Based Practice
  • Open Studio
  • Experiential Learning: Community Engagement in the Arts
  • Special Topics in Visual Arts

4th Year

  • Senior Studio Seminar and Professional Practices I
  • Senior Studio Seminar and Professional Practices II
  • Special Topics in Visual Arts
  • Independent Senior Studio I
  • Independent Senior Studio II


  • Tuition — 20,790 CAD/year

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education
  • Minimum grade of 4 in the required subject areas
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
    • Social Studies or Modern/Classical Language
    • Elective

If you are currently in high school:

  • When you apply (early acceptance): Current translated interim transcript and a copy of interim transcript in its original language. Documents can be official or unofficial.
  • When you complete your examinations (verified acceptance): Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

If you have completed high school and not attended a post-secondary institution: Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

English language requirements:

  • Cambridge Assessment English — A minimum score of 176 in C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment — Minimum band scores between 50 and 60 in each of the four skills tested (reading, writing, listening and speaking), with at least two band scores of 60.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) (until Spring 2024 only) — A minimum score of 115.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator, with at least a band 6 in reading and writing. General training results are not acceptable.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition, with a minimum score of 20 in reading and writing, and not less than 17 in listening and speaking.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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