University of Alberta
Considering that the University of Alberta (U of A) is the only
undergraduate and graduate degree granting fine arts program in Edmonton,
it acts as a hotbed for the cultivation of professional artists from
northern and central Alberta.
Through the department of art and design, students can pursue
different routes for cultivating their artistic aptitudes while existing within a
larger academic setting. After a portfolio is submitted in addition to
general application documents, the most promising students are chosen for
Exploration of the department of art and design studio
spaces reveals seven disciplines that are available through the
department: visual fundamentals, drawing, painting, printmaking,
sculpture, industrial design and visual communications design. Adding to
the possibilities for specialization, the department also provides
education on the history of art and visual culture and museum studies.
Being part of a multidisciplinary learning environment,
the department of art and design favours an interdisciplinary approach and
allows for the combination of such disciplines as sociology and industrial
design to allow for innovative approaches.
A person seeking to dedicate their schooling to the
production of art can attain a visual arts degree majoring in a discipline
like printmaking. Another individual who may want a different balance
between academic and studio work can major in film studies, for example,
while focusing on sculpting for their minor in art. Masters degrees in
fine arts (MFA), and a PhD program offered in conjunction with another
department, are also offered.
Allowing for the merger of various disciplines produces
interesting offspring. The department's alumni join their professors in
working in a multitude of areas, both independently and with others.
Furthermore, a faculty composed of practicing artists is a definite asset
and fuels some of the energy found in the programs.
Aside from providing direct training, the department of
art and design exhibits the artwork of visual artists enrolled in its
programs, as well as that of the larger artist community. All of the
exhibitions take place at the Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery that is on
Like other exhibition spaces, FAB hosts opening
receptions and artist talks that are accessible to the public. Previous
exhibits at the gallery have been based and student graduation shows,
particular disciplines like printmaking, and other eclectically chosen
themes like anarchism, miniatures and book design.