University of Toronto Mississauga/Sheridan College, Visual Studies

Art and Art History

Area of Study

  • Art & Design Fundamentals
  • Design and Visual Arts
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Web Design and new media


Art and Art History ProgramDepartment of Visual Studies




The UTM and Sheridan joint Art & Art History program is the longest standing partnership of its type in Canada. It combines the study of art history at UTM with studio art courses at Sheridan Institute. 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 class environment of discussion and exchange.

At UTM, students in the joint program enroll 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 will 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 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 & Art History from Sheridan. Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to be granted the Sheridan Diploma in Art & Art History.


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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