York University (Toronto, Ont.). Visual Arts Dept.

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York University (Toronto, Ont.). Visual Arts Dept.

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The Visual Arts Department was initially called a Programme prior to 1974 when it acquired Department status. It is the largest department within the faculty. The programme of study blends historical, critical and practical courses in two streams: art history and studio art. The latter includes courses in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and textiles. It offers both undergraduate and Master 's level degrees.
The Department is administered by a chairperson who has both line and staff responsibilities and is appointed by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the Dean and the President. The programme chair plays a role in the recruitment and retention of staff, the development of curriculum and in research activities.
The chair handles the departmental budget, is the chief administrative officer, and takes the lead in setting the programme timetable. In addition, the chair acts as a liaison with the external community, and this is especially important with visual arts where outside experts and galleries are employed in the educational experience. Since 1974 the department has been served by Edward Fort Fry (1974-1975), Ken Lochhead (1975-1976), Joyce Zemans (1976-1982), Andrew Tomcik (1982-1985) and T. Whiten (1985-1988) as chair.


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2019/06/11 J. Grant. Creation.




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