Art & Design

The study of art and design spans almost every school and program in our faculty. Whether its studying visual or performing arts in our School for the Contemporary Arts, publication design in our MPub program, or graphic and media arts in our School of Interactive Arts and Technology, we offer an interdisciplinary environment where students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels can expand their artistic practice and critical thinking.

Selected programs and courses

Bachelor of Arts — Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Major

This program in the School for the Contemporary Arts investigates art and culture with attention to the historically changing forms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and aesthetics. It provides students with the knowledge, research and communication skills needed to participate effectively in contemporary debates about art and culture. Course selection beyond the program’s core requirements is flexible, and students are encouraged to shape their studies in the school, or in the University at large.

Master of Publishing or publishing minor

As the only postgraduate publishing program in Canada, our MPub program is the premier training ground for publishing professionals where students are equipped with the tools they need to excel in the publishing industry. Undergraduate students at SFU have the opportunity to augment a Bachelor’s degree with a minor in publishing that teaches all aspects of the publishing industry from its history to the design and marketing of books and magazines. 

Master of Arts in Comparative Media Arts

The MA in Comparative Media Arts in our School for the Contemporary Arts provides students with well-rounded, interdisciplinary expertise through theoretical and historical perspectives from art history, cinema studies, performance studies, and digital arts. Working in parallel with students in the MFA program, MA scholars are immersed in an environment of creative experimentation.

Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies provides advanced professional training in a university setting for artists in and across the fields of dance, film, music, theatre, and visual art. The program develops students’ individual artistic practice, creativity, interdisciplinary research, technical skill and critical awareness of art's relationship to contemporary society. 

italiaDesign and dutchDesign Field Schools

italiaDesign and dutchDesign are biannual undergraduate field schools and research program offered by our School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Running in alternating years, each field school builds on the research of the previous cohort by interviewing local industry-leading designers, architects and design manufacturers.

CA 227 - History of Dance: From the 20th Century to the Present

This course offers a study of the development of modern dance and the reformation of the ballet from the beginning of the 20thcentury to the present. Emphasis is placed on seminal dance artists and the impact their work has had upon the art form in western theatre dance.

CA 425 - Intensive Studies in Performance

This intensive specialized workshop offers advanced performance studies and/or participation in choreographic projects that culminate in a public performance. The course may include interdisciplinary collaborations and a variety of performance styles and dance techniques.