Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College

Art and Art History

Area of Study

  • Art & Design Fundamentals
  • Design and Visual Arts
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography

Art and Art History: The Best of Both World

Art and Art History is a joint program offered by the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and Sheridan College. The longest standing partnership of its type in Canada, it combines the study of art history at UTM with studio art courses at Sheridan. Incoming students are enrolled immediately in a studio arts curriculum. The program offers six core studios that students complete in their initial two years of study: drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, print media, design, and photography. In these studios, students are introduced to contemporary art practices through problem-based learning, which encourages a range of personal approaches and solutions to visual expression. In the upper-level studios, students go on to further expertise in two of the core-studio streams, developing a body of self- directed artwork in a classroom environment of discussion and exchange.

At UTM, students in the joint program enrol in Art History courses in the Department of Visual Studies. These courses provide students with the opportunity to engage in the academic study of art and architecture. Students learn to analyze visual objects, considering their form, materials and techniques, meaning, and historical and political contexts. Courses span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary world, across Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

Students graduate with two prestigious and practical credentials that reflect the program’s dual focus: an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan.

Program Length

4 years


Grade 12U English, mid to high 70s


University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 and Sheridan College Trafalgar Road Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON L6H 2L1

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