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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Department of Visual Arts
Department of Visual Arts
Associate Professor and Chair M. Nisenholt
Associate Professor M. Nisenholt
Assistant Professors K. Holmes,
  R. Martin
Sessional Lecturers A. Kendall,
  M. Trainor
Lecturer S. Shahsahabi
Professors Emeritae A. Clarke,
  P. Vervoort

Lakehead University's Department of Visual Arts offers a four-year program leading to an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (HBFA). The program combines practical, theoretical and critical approaches to the study of visual art with art history and other courses providing the historical and intellectual basis common to a university education. A unique feature of the Department of Visual Arts at Lakehead University is the annual juried student art exhibition which occurs every spring at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Students graduating with an HBFA degree are able to practice as professional artists or pursue further studies and involvement in the visual arts. An HBFA degree combined with the one year program in education prepares students for an Ontario teaching certificate. A three-year BA (Visual Arts) program is in place for students wishing a basic program in Visual Arts.

Courses in the Visual Arts are conducted in the new Music and Visual Arts Centre on campus where there are studios devoted to painting, design, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

Student assessment in studio courses is based on practical work accomplished in the studio and, therefore, class attendance is critical.


See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements section of this Calendar.

In order to determine the ability and potential of a student seeking entry to any Visual Arts program, a portfolio must be submitted to the Department of Visual Arts. In addition, University admission requirements apply. Entry into the program may be gained as a mature student, one who is 21 years of age and has been 2 or more years out of post-secondary school studies, or as a community college student having successfully completed the first year of a visual arts diploma with a 70% or better.


See the University Regulations section and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Regulations section of this Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from these programs.