Degree Requirements and Academic Regulations
Candidates for a BA or Specialized Honours degree in the Faculty of Fine Arts must pass at least the respective 90 or 120 credits, chosen in conformity with curriculum requirements and in consultation with an adviser. The chart on the following page is a synopsis of degree requirements. Degree requirements in the Faculty of Fine Arts refer to the following categories of courses:
General Education Courses
Six credits in each of the general areas of the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences must be completed within the first 90 credits. Courses may be selected from the following departments:
languages and linguistics
modes of reasoning
earth and atmospheric science
environmental studies -
ENVS 1500 6.00
physics and astronomy
science and technology studies (SC/STS)
Note: Faculty of Fine Arts students may also satisfy the humanities general education requirement by taking six credits from the fine arts 1900 3.0 series of courses outside the major program. However, these courses, if used to satisfy a humanities course general education requirement, cannot also be counted in another category.
Non-Fine Arts Electives
In addition to the general education courses, most fine arts students are required to complete additional courses outside the fine arts disciplines. The number of non-fine arts electives required varies according to the major and degree program. Courses taken towards a major or a minor program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science and Engineering will satisfy this requirement
Fine Arts Electives
All students in a fine arts degree program or an Honours Major/Minor program must complete at least 12 credits in fine arts outside their major discipline. Courses completed as part of a minor program in the Faculty of Fine Arts will satisfy this requirement. Fine arts electives are not required in any Honours Double Major program.
In all fine arts Specialized Honours programs, at least 24 credits in the major discipline must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. In fine arts BA programs, a minimum of 18 credits (including the 12 major credits) must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. Specific programs and streams may have additional upper-level requirements.
The following requirement came into effect for 2011-2012. Students admitted to a fine arts program prior to 2011-2012 should consult previous calendars for a synopsis of requirements.
Six (6.0) credits from the fine arts 1900 3.0 series of courses, outside the major, are required of all Faculty of Fine Arts degrees. These courses may be used to satisfy either the humanities general education requirement or a fine arts requirement (i.e. an in/out requirement or a fine arts elective), but not both. For students admitted to the Faculty of Fine Arts with a minimum of 54 transfer credits, the six credits from the fine arts 1900 3.0 series of courses outside the major are optional.
Major and Minor Courses
The specific course requirements for fine arts major and minor programs are outlined in the section following. A department may set further prescriptions, such as the requirement of a major thesis or production to be completed in conjunction with final courses.
Double Major and Major/Minor Programs
Specialized Honours BA or Specialized Honours BFA students in the Faculty of Fine Arts may pursue a second Honours Major in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, in any program or department offering a 42 or 48 credit Honours Major. Students may not pursue two BFA major programs within the Faculty of Fine Arts. Students complete the program requirements for the second major within the context of their fine arts degree requirements. Please see the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section for details. Some Honours Double Major combinations may require more than 120 credits.
Specialized Honours BA and Specialized Honours BFA students in the Faculty of Fine Arts may pursue an Honours Minor in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science and Engineering. Program requirements for specific Honours Minors in the Faculties of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and Science and Engineering are listed in the Programs of Study sections of the appropriate Faculty portions of this publication. For the minor in environmental studies, fine arts students must complete 30 credits in environmental studies, including six credits at the 1000 level and six credits at the 4000 level, and normally including three credits in the foundations series at the 2000 level.
Honours Double Major BA Degree Program within the Faculty of Fine Arts
The Specialized Honours Double Major BA degree within the Faculty of Fine Arts allows students to combine a major in dance, film, music, theatre or visual arts with a second major offered through dance, film, music, theatre or visual arts. The Specialized Honours BA program may be pursued jointly with other Specialized Honours BA or Specialized Honours BFA programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts. While the Honours Double Major BA degree within the Faculty of Fine Arts may be pursued jointly with another Specialized Honours BA or Specialized Honours BFA program in the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Honours Double Major combination of two Honours BFA programs is not an option. Note: Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Honours degree students may pursue a second major or a minor in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Students in the Faculties of Environmental Studies or Science and Engineering may also pursue an Honours Minor in the Faculty of Fine Arts. The requirements of specific minor programs are outlined in the Programs of Study sections.
The academic regulations of the Faculty of Fine Arts have been carefully prepared to outline for students the specific demands and expectations of a fine arts degree program. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of the Faculty and the University, and to abide by them. All students are subject to changes in regulations and requirements made after their first registration unless, in the opinion of the Faculty Council, undue hardship is involved.
Advising and Enrolment
Students newly admitted to the Faculty of Fine Arts will attend both an advising enrolment and fine arts orientation session at Student and Academic Services. Continuing students are encouraged to seek advising from their major departments prior to the summer and fall/winter enrolment periods. Students wishing to drop major courses during the term should check with an adviser first, as special permission may be required.
Maximum Course Load
Full-time students are those registered in 24 or more credits during the fall/winter academic session; 36 credits are allowed during the fall/winter session and 15 credits in the summer session for students majoring in dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.
While allowing students to take a certain number of courses at other universities and in other Faculties of York University, in order to meet the residence requirement, the Faculty of Fine Arts requires that students complete a portion of their courses as follows:
• a minimum of 30 credits must be taken at York University. Furthermore: No fewer than half of the credits required for the fine arts major must be taken in the Faculty of Fine Arts (i.e. courses with the prefix FA), including at least 12 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, subject to any further prescriptions of the major department.
For students completing a minor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, no fewer than half of the credits required for the minor must be in-Faculty courses, i.e. courses with the prefix FA.