The Art Department

Welcome to the Art Department at StFX

Contemporary society is replete with visual stimuli and therefore it is important to know what these images mean. Visual imagery is a powerful means of communicating social, political, and spiritual ideologies. Our goal in the Art Department is to teach StFX students the importance of understanding images: studio art classes teach students how images how are created; art history classes teach students how to understand the social power of images.


Studio art classes build upon the foundations of drawing, colour theory, and design. These fundamental skills and knowledge allow StFX students to further explore the creation of artworks in a wide variety of traditional media: drawing, painting, and printmaking, but also in applied disciplines such as stained glass and textiles. Advanced study in studio art can be accommodated by special student-led projects in which StFX students work individually with their instructor.


Art History courses explore the development of the Western world through its cultural expression. An introductory survey of art and architecture from pre-history to the modern day lays a firm foundation for upper level courses. Some courses focus on specific historical and national periods of cultural development such as Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and Modern and Contemporary art. Others take a thematic approach to understanding particular kinds of images throughout many historical periods.


All studio courses are taught by practising professionals who share their expertise with StFX students. StFX offers the only program in studio art in Atlantic Canada that is open to all students. Art History courses are taught by internationally-respected scholars. StFX is the only university east of Montreal to offer a comprehensive program of courses on art made before the 19th Century. Many art history courses are unique to StFX.


Students may take studio art courses as electives or they can achieve a Minor in Studio Art. Students may also take Art History courses as electives, or as a Minor area of study. Honours students in other departments may also study toward a Subsidiary in Art History.

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