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Art Program

What Does It Look Like To Study Art at Concordia?

In our studio art program you will discover the fine arts of photography, painting, experimental drawing, ceramics, and glass. As an artist, you will learn professional exhibiting practices that leverage a hybrid of skills to communicate in galleries, museums and beyond.

Program Overview

The School of Fine Arts offers a minor in Art. Foundation courses begin with a comprehensive focus on 21st century visual culture including visits to gallery exhibitions and museums. The program encompasses art history and theory alongside theater and performance art.

In addition to upper level courses in color and painting, a lecture series of guest contemporary artists, gallerists and curators sustains an exploration of hybrid and emerging art forms. The refinement of using traditional media such as drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics, coincide with learning the conceptual frameworks for digital applications, installations, and performance.

The Department of Art at Concordia is committed to guiding students in the pursuit and articulation of ideas and working methodologies across multiple media.

Program Sheet

Curriculum Overview for an Art Minor

The Art Minor enables you to pursue a career in fields such as art administration, art conservation, art therapy, and art education with a major in:

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology

Here are some highlighted courses:

Photography: Have you seen photographs that “freeze” the detail of splashing water? Using your phone or other fancier cameras, you will learn to capture spectacular action photographs of objects breaking, splashing and colliding!

Painting: Learn to make your own custom paintings! From recreating images of your favorite vacation spot to painting pictures of digital glitches, you’ll acquire all the skills needed to impressive yourself and others. Student work is displayed throughout the university and paintings also make great gifts for the special people in your life.

Color: Pixar produces some of the most fun images of light and color. Through projects of color bending, morphing and optical illusions, you will learn to replicate a colorful scene from your favorite Pixar movie.

Art Exhibitions

Art Minor – 18 credit hours

Pick One Survey Course (3 credit hours):

  • ART 1305 Intro to Art History
  • ART 1315 Art Theory and Practice

Select Two Lower-Level Studio Courses (6 credit hours):

  • ART 1306 Drawing Media
  • ART 1308 Photography
  • ART 2310 Glass
  • ART 2320 Ceramics

Three Upper-Level Courses (9 credit hours):

  • ART 3308 Color
  • ART 3312 Painting
  • ART 4312 Painting II

Career Outcomes

Commercial Agencies:

  • Art Critic/Reporter
  • Art Handler (installing exhibitions)
  • Background Designer
  • Character Designer
  • Corporate Art Collector
  • Photography Imaging Editor
  • Press Photographer
  • Storyboard Artist


  • Archive/Collections Manager
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Dealer/Auctioneer
  • Assistant Conservator/Archivist (with apprenticeship)
  • Exhibition Designer/Preparations/Coordinator
  • Gallery Owner/Director
  • Museum Education & Tours
  • Public Relations


  • Arts Council/Culture Director
  • Art Teacher (with certification)
  • Community Art Instructor
  • Outreach Manager


  • Ceramicist
  • Exhibiting Artist (artist in residence)
  • Fine Artist (commercial galleries)
  • Muralist
  • Visiting Artist (academia)
  • Wedding Photographer

Related Fields:

  • Antiques Dealer
  • Fashion Colorist
  • Floral Arranger
  • Picture Framer
  • Retail Display Designer
  • Sign Painter

Paths Following Advanced Degrees:

  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Lawyer
  • Art Professor
  • Art Therapist
  • Conservator/Archivist
  • Medical or Technical Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Scenery/Set Designer


  • Why study Art?

    Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. Studying art is proven to help you perform better in other subjects.

Meet the Art Program Faculty