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In 2008, famed textile artist Marilyn I. Walker donated an unprecedented $15 million to Brock University in order to transform the Canada Hair Cloth Building into the new home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. At the same time, she started working on a handmade quilt for the facility. Now hanging prominently in the School’s main floor corridor, Marilyn’s Tree of Learning is a ninefoot-tall quilt that incorporates uncommon fabrics and techniques from textile and fibre art that depict a dream about studying the arts.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Dramatic Arts .................................4 Music ................................................10 Facilities map.................................. 16 Visual Arts........................................18 Rodman Hall ...................................24 Studies in Arts and Culture ..........26 Awards and Job opportunities......32 Admissions checklist .....................34 Visit us and important dates .......35


YOU HAVE A CREATIVE VISION. The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts has award-winning faculty, stellar facilities and a breadth of unique learning opportunities to help you realize your vision.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF: • Small class sizes and flexible degree options.


The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is home to a family of chimney swifts. A provincially and nationally threatened species at risk, the bird adapted to live and spawn

• Co-op opportunities with leading industry partners.

in industrial chimneys after the diminishment of its natural

• Opportunities to create and exhibit new artistic works, perform in dynamic concerts, and conceptualize and mount theatre productions. • A tight-knit, supportive community of local artists and successful alumni. • Studying in the middle of a thriving arts and culture scene.

habitat. The graphic design of chimney swifts in flight on the cover of this viewbook was designed by Visual Arts alumna Victoria Morinello (BA ’18).





Antigone, directed by Mike Griffin, MIW Theatre, October 2018

As a Dramatic Arts (DART) student, you will work with the very best faculty, artists and theatre professionals from Niagara, the GTA and beyond in exceptional facilities designed to provide learning experiences that mirror the professional performing arts sector. All DART degree offerings integrate theory and practice. You will gain a broad educational base in performance, design and technical skills through the study of critical thinking, theatre history, dramaturgy and dramatic literature. DART also mounts an annual performance season of productions that are imagined and realized by students, under the guidance of faculty and alumni. You will immerse yourself in various facets of theatre and work collaboratively as an actor and member of the creative and production teams. Co-op opportunities and established partnerships with Brock Musical Theatre, local theatre companies and the venerable Shaw Festival and Foster Festival provide opportunities for students to take their learning out of the classroom and gain hands-on industry experience.

“Brock’s Dramatic Arts program instilled a maturity in me and the skills I developed empowered me. Clubs like Brock Musical Theatre also allow you to experiment with your performance side and put what you’ve learned in your degree to the test.” — John McGowan (BA ’14), Actor

Concentrations Drama in Education and Applied Theatre Students focus on drama outside traditional theatre spaces, including theatre in the community, in hospitals, in prisons and in educational settings. Performance Students develop the foundations of stage performance, while engaging in script analysis, critical and reflective writing and speaking and creative research, allowing them to develop as “actor-creators” — theatre artists who can create their own work.

Degrees offered • BA Honours in Dramatic Arts Concentrations are available in Drama in Education and Applied Theatre, Performance and Production and Design. A co-op program is also available.

• BA in Dramatic Arts (pass degree) • Minor in Dramatic Arts • Certificate program in Drama in Education and Applied Theatre • Concurrent BA/BEd Study in Dramatic Arts and the Faculty of Education to earn two undergraduate degrees. Options include: Concurrent BA (Honours): BEd Intermediate/Senior – Dramatic Arts. Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours): BEd Junior/Intermediate – Dramatic Arts as teachable subject.

Production and Design Prepares you for production work, management, crewing, design and other elements of creative and technical stagecraft.




GAIN HANDSON TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE in the scenery studio, wardrobe shop, and production lighting and sound shops.

PRODUCE AND PERFORM in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre (a flexible 285-seat venue with adjacent green and dressing rooms) and four rehearsal and performance studios.

“Brock helped open me up to recognizing who I am as a black man and encouraged me to use that voice and speak from my perspective.” —Marcel Stewart (BA ’07), Actor, Outreach Co-ordinator, Suitcase in Point



How to apply: DART Invitational 2020 All applicants should see this web page for more information about applying to Brock University: brocku.ca/admissions/apply Your application will be reviewed, and if successful, a conditional offer of admission will be made as early as December. Once you have received your conditional offer from the University, you must then register for the DART Invitational, which will take place at the Marilyn I. Walker campus in downtown St. Catharines. Dates will be announced at the following website as soon as they are available: brocku.ca/miwsfpa/dramatic-arts/dart-invitational

What is the DART Invitational? The DART Invitational is part of the admissions process for students interested in entering the Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) at Brock University. Applicants for the Dramatic Arts and BA/BEd Intermediate-Senior (Dramatic Arts) programs must register in and successfully complete the DART Invitational before an admissions decision is made. The DART Invitational is an exciting, full day of workshops that will introduce you to all of the facets of theatre study that our program offers — from drama in education and applied theatre, to production and design, to performance and theatre praxis. Whereas most drama programs ask you to prepare a classical monologue and give you a two-minute opportunity to “impress the judges,” we will be taking you through a series of workshops. This allows you to walk away with some introductory skills, an original piece of theatre you’ve created with peers and the opportunity to engage with many of our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. To ensure your preferred date, please register early, as we will be only accepting 60 participants per Invitational date.


How much does it cost? There is a registration fee of $80.11 ($75.00 + $5.11 administration fee), which includes materials, snack, refreshments and lunch.

International applicants and applicants who live further than 500 km from Niagara You are invited to contact the department to schedule an alternate Invitational experience. This may include the submission of: • a video portfolio, • an interview by Skype or similar, • a letter of reference, • the assignments we ask students to complete at the DART Invitational. Contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at dramatic@brocku.ca to book a personal alternate interview.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the Invitational process. Questions should be directed to the Chair of Dramatic Arts, Professor Joe Norris, at jnorris@brocku.ca For questions related to the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at futurestudent@brocku.ca

Where can you go from here? • Actor • Agent and literary manager • Marketing designer and publicist • Artistic director, producer and director • Scriptwriter and dramaturge/script doctor • Designer for theatre • Camera operator • Stage, production and wardrobe manager • Drama teacher (elementary school, high school, college or university) Other future career paths: • Lawyer and conflict negotiator • Corporate leadership trainer • Voice and speech therapist • Drama therapist DART also provides an excellent foundation for further studies, including teaching certificates, acting conservatories or university graduate studies at the master’s or doctoral level.

Contact Information Department office: MWS 314 905 688 5550 x5255 dramatic.arts@brocku.ca brocku.ca/dramaticarts





Chair of Music, Matthew Royal, engages with students in the Recital Hall.

The Department of Music trains critically aware musicians and prepares you for your chosen musical career by laying a foundation in performance, theory and musicianship. We offer superb performance and academic instruction in pristine, professional facilities on campus and at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. You will receive individual attention from accomplished faculty, as well as experiential learning opportunities that allow you to perform, collaborate and engage with renowned Canadian and international artists. Experience practical skills training in our music practicum course, where you can complete for-credit volunteer placements in either music education, music health/therapy, music administration or music in the community, and hone your performance skills with opportunities to perform in public concerts, recitals and with the department’s choral and instrumental ensembles.

ENSEMBLES INCLUDE: • University Wind Ensemble • University String Orchestra • Brock University Choirs • University Jazz Ensemble


Degrees offered

Music Education The perfect lead into further studies in a faculty of education and eventual school teaching, or for teaching privately in a studio setting. This concentration includes music education foundations, technique courses in voice and all major instrument types, choral and piano pedagogy, conducting, music technology and music cognition. Music Education-oriented practicum placements are also available.

• Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Music Therapy Foundation A kind of Music Therapy “pre-med,” and excellent preparation for graduate studies and eventual certification in Music Therapy. Students in this concentration complete courses in introductory music therapy, music cognition, voice, percussion and guitar techniques, as well as introductory, developmental and abnormal psychology. Music Therapy-oriented practicum placements are also available. Performance (BMus only) For performers of the highest calibre who aspire to go on to graduate studies in performance and an eventual career concertizing. Entry to this concentration is via a juried audition at the end of first year. In years two to four in studio lessons, students prepare for three public recitals, one at the end of each year.

Comprehensive training for the future professional musician. Lessons and masterclasses on your instrument or voice are an integral part of this degree, as are core academic courses.

• BA Honours in Music Comprehensive education in all core areas of musicianship. Lessons are optional, allowing you room to explore academic interests in music and related fields.

• BA Honours combined The “Music and…” combination, where you mix Music equally with another subject of your choice. Recent combinations chosen by our students include Music and French, Music and Mathematics, Music and English, and Music and Psychology.

Alternatively, you don’t have to declare a concentration at all, and can graduate with our popular and long-established comprehensive BMus or Honours BA degrees. This is a great choice for students who have a wide variety of musical interests and wish to run the gamut of musical experience at Brock.



PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES in the adjacent FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Rehearse and perform in the acoustically excellent 300-seat Recital Hall

Experience world-class performances and masterclasses in the 700-seat Partridge Hall

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DEVELOP YOUR PERFORMANCE SKILLS in individual soundproofed practice rooms with pianos, virtual acoustic technology and the capability for digital recording. Students also have access to smart classrooms, applied music studios, choral and instrumental ensemble libraries, and a digital music lab.

“My Brock instructors were huge champions in helping me earn my Music degree and achieve all that I have today.” —Danny Lamb (BMus ’12), Singer-songwriter Canadian Ambassador, International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus



How to apply: Auditioning for the Department of Music All applicants for the Department of Music must pass the audition process. Students have the opportunity to present an audition to showcase their talent, while being assessed to determine their placement into either the Bachelor of Music (BMus) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs. There is an audition fee of $45, payable at least two weeks before the audition date. Auditions for entry into the Music program at Brock (or individual Music courses) are held each year in the spring. The audition day consists of the following: • An introductory presentation on the Brock Music program • A theory placement test (roughly equivalent to the RCM Level 7 exam) • A juried performance of prepared pieces on your first instrument or voice • A keyboard proficiency test for non-pianists • An ear/singing test Auditions take place selected weekends in February through May each year. Please check our website for dates when they become available: brocku.ca/miwsfpa/music/admissions-and-auditions

Application Process Applicants must first apply to Brock University according to the regulations of the Office of the Registrar. 1. Learn about the application process at brocku.ca/admissions/ apply. We offer both a Bachelor of Music (BMus) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA in Music) program. When applying, the BMus represents both programs. The Admissions Office will assess your application for academic eligibility. 2. Once we have your successful application, we will send you an email with information on reserving your audition date through the Music office. Your music audition assessments will determine your placement into either the BMus or BA program. Please note: If you intend to pursue a Bachelor of Arts with no lessons, you must still register for an audition day to complete the theory assessment, keyboard proficiency test, interview and aural/choral assessment.

International applicants and applicants who live further than 500 km from Niagara Remote video auditions are possible for students not within easy reach of the Brock campus in St. Catharines, Ontario.

“For anyone interested in music education, the music practicum offered at Brock is a great environment in which to learn. You get different perspectives on how teachers plan their lesson structure while hanging around in a music class, which is fun and exciting all on its own.”

–Gavino Oresta (BA ’19) Brock alumnus

Please contact the Chair of Music, Associate Professor Matthew Royal, at mroyal@brocku.ca for details.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the audition process. Questions should be directed to the Chair of Music, Associate Professor Matthew Royal, at mroyal@brocku.ca For questions related to the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at futurestudent@brocku.ca


Where can you go from here? A degree in Music can prepare you for any number of exciting, music-related careers. Your undergraduate degree is just the beginning. Transferable skills: • Problem-solving • Critical thinking and communication • Discipline and interpersonal skills • Improved language abilities Music-related careers: • Performance: Solo, ensemble, live or recorded • Teaching: Private lessons, early childhood education or traditional classroom instruction • Music and health: Music therapy and music medicine • Music administration: Agent, concert promoter or tour organizer • Composition/arranging: Music for games/films • Music broadcasting and recording: Sound recording and production • Instrument manufacturing, repair and sales Other future career paths: • Law • Speech therapy • Information technology

Contact Information Department office: MWS 228 905 688 5550 x3817 music@brocku.ca brocku.ca/music 15 15

Meridian Centre VISA studios Art store Learning commons VISA kiosk ‘Music wing’ Digital music

DART studios

Partridge Family Practice Studios Tree of Learning quilt

VISA Gallery and Student Exhibition Space

Darkroom Digital media lab



Main lobby Margarette and Milton Pummell Commons

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Recital Hall Partridge Hall

Film House

MIW Theatre

THE MARILYN I. WALKER SCHOOL OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS is located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines in the historic 19th century Canada Hair Cloth Building. Only 10 minutes from Brock’s main campus, the School’s location, combined with its state-of-the-art studios, exhibition spaces, performance venues, digital classrooms and learning commons create a unique learning environment for students to pursue artistic excellence and innovation.

Scenery studio

Green room Wardrobe shop




Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition, At the Bottom of Everything, featuring the works of Cynthia Richards, 2019

The Department of Visual Arts offers education in two distinct but interconnected streams: The History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) and Studio Art (STDA).

How to apply

Degrees offered

Ontario secondary school students must have a minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses and have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

• BA Honours in Studio Art

Studio students take courses in traditional fine art disciplines, such as painting, photography, sculpture and drawing, but also explore digital, online, performance and other non-traditional methods of art expression. HAVC courses explore history as it is connected to the present, with a focus on themes such as the body in art and visual culture or the role of censorship from the ancient world to the present day.

Required course: ENG4U

As a student, you’ll receive dynamic, personable instruction and mentorship from award-winning faculty, as well as individual guidance and timely feedback on your work. This is complemented by unique learning opportunities from internationally acclaimed guest artists to bolster your learning. Our on-site student gallery gives you opportunities to view art, exhibit your own work and learn the behind-the-scenes operation of an exhibition space. But your learning isn’t confined to the classroom. By studying in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, you will also become part of a community of working artists, where you will be given opportunities to create and collaborative during your studies and develop lasting professional connections.

Recommended courses: One from 4U history, philosophy, classical studies or international language.

• BA in Studio Art (Pass degree) Develop your artistic skills, learn new techniques and technologies and develop your professional practice. Courses offered include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, media and digital art.

Expected entrance average: mid-70s Students applying to the Studio Arts program are required to submit a portfolio (details on page 22). Students interested in the History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) program are exempt from submission of a portfolio. Students apply directly to the BA Honours in History of Art and Visual Culture.


student to professor ratio

“I believe that the arts are extremely beneficial for children and teens. I am very glad that I chose to go to Brock to study the arts and education so that I can give future generations the opportunity to enjoy art.”

• BA Honours in History of Art

and Visual Culture This degree provides a solid foundation for future academic and curatorial work in the arts. You will explore questions of censorship in the arts, how new technologies have shaped art-making, and more. • Concurrent BA/BEd Study in Visual Arts and the Faculty of Education to earn two undergraduate degrees — one in Visual Arts and the other in Education. Options include: Concurrent BA (Honours): BEd Intermediate/Senior – Visual Arts. Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours): BEd Junior/Intermediate – Visual Arts as teachable subject.

—Julie Luth, Concurrent BA/BEd student



CREATE whenever inspiration strikes in studios that are brimming with natural light — many of which are accessible 24 hours a day. Develop strong analogue and digital photography skills in our darkroom and digital media lab.

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EXHIBIT AND EXPERIENCE art in our on-site student gallery and exhibition space.

“The painting studio was where I spent most of my time and I appreciated having 24-hour access to the building. I think that’s such an important aspect to have in an institution such as MIWSFPA. I spent a lot of late nights as well as early mornings there creating and finishing bodies of work.” —Gianna Aceto (BA ’19) Brock alumna



How to apply: The Studio Art program Portfolios are a required part of the admissions process for students applying to: Visual Arts - Studio Art, Concurrent Education - Intermediate/Senior (Visual Arts -Studio Art major). We must receive your complete portfolio submission by Feb. 3, 2020 in order to consider your application for studies beginning in September 2020. For Portfolio requirements: brocku.ca/miwsfpa/visual-arts/apply

Your portfolio submission must contain two elements 1. Letter of Intent (max. 300 words) The letter of intent helps us learn more about what motivates, challenges and inspires you in your creative process. It should describe your reasons for wanting to study visual arts, where you are coming from and what you have studied in the past. Please consider how your answers may enhance or contribute to our understanding of your portfolio work as we view it. Artist statements are also welcome, but not mandatory. Your letter of intent should be submitted in one of the following formats: • As part of a website or artist blog linked in your submission e-mail. • As a Word document (.docx) included in the cloud-sharing folder of your choice (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.), and linked in your submission e-mail. • As a Word document (.docx) attached directly to your submission e-mail. • As a Word document (.docx) on a USB stick submitted by mail. You may include this letter on the same USB stick or artist blog/website as your digital portfolio. Please be sure to clearly label it as your letter of intent. 2. A digital portfolio (15-20 of your artworks) Please DO NOT send original artworks to us. Please title your portable devices and provide a labelled case with your full name (as submitted on your application), OUAC reference number (if applicable) and date of birth. Your portfolio is to be submitted in one of the following ways: • E-mail to Associate Professor Shawn Serfas (sserfas@brocku.ca) with either the digital files attached, or a URL link to your artist blog, website or cloudsharing folder. Include your full name, OUAC reference number and date of birth.


• Saved on a USB stick and submitted by mail or in person to: Associate Professor Shawn Serfas Department of Visual Arts Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Brock University 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada

The portfolio and letter of intent must be sent together in a strong, reusable package and must be accompanied by sufficient return postage. Portfolios sent without sufficient return postage will not be returned to the applicant. Please email Associate Professor Shawn Serfas (sserfas@brocku.ca) to inform the department that your portfolio has been sent. Digital files must be saved in these formats: JPG, PSD, TIFF, MOV, WMV and MP4, MP3 and/or PDF documents. Images should be 2MB or less, sized 1024 x 768px, 72 DPI. Please keep video files under 120MB each in two-tothree-minute clips for audio/video. Label each file as follows: “01 LastName, Title, Year;” “02 LastName, Title, Year” Please include an image list that corresponds with the digital portfolio as a Word document (.docx). The image list should be labelled: “01 LastName, FirstName, Title, Media, Dimensions, Date Completed.” International Students: Please contact the Department of Visual Art to plan a portfolio submission process that co-ordinates with your regional academic schedule.

Questions? Questions about the portfolio process should be directed to Associate Professor Shawn Serfas at sserfas@brocku.ca Additional questions can also be directed to the Chair of Visual Arts, Associate Professor Donna Szoke, at donna.szoke@brocku.ca For questions related to the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at futurestudent@brocku.ca

Where can you go from here? Transferable skills: • Hands-on experience in a wide range of techniques and technologies • Critical thinking • Writing, research and communication skills • Ability to market and promote your work and yourself as an artist About half of all Ontario artists (47 per cent) are selfemployed, (Statistics Canada) and many of our graduates go on to establish their own professional practice as artists. Other future career paths: • Curatorial work in art galleries, museums and artist-run centres • Arts administration • Law (e.g. copyright, repatriation of cultural artifacts and cultural property) • Writing and publication • Teaching

Contact Information Department office: MWS 328 905 688 5550 x3214 visualarts@brocku.ca brocku.ca/visualarts 23



Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition, oh. that’s nice, featuring the works of Gianna Aceto, 2019.

Rodman Hall Art Centre (RHAC) of Brock University is a professional university-based contemporary art gallery in the historic Thomas Rodman Merritt House. The stunning facility overlooks the Walker Botanical Garden that descends to the Twelve Mile Creek and is located a short 15-minute walk from the MIWSFPA. Award-winning programs at RHAC connect students and the community l of with art through innovative and thought-provoking hoo r Sc rts A alke I. W orming n y il f exhibitions, events and art classes for all ages. Mar & Per Fine

RHAC is home to a permanent collection of more than 1,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by Canadian, American and European artists from the past three centuries, and a growing focus on contemporary Canadian art. The collection also includes 40 photographs by world-renowned artist Edward Burtynsky, who was born and grew up in St. Catharines, and who donated his works to the gallery in 2012.

Through regular collaborations with various academic units at Brock University, RHAC serves as a valuable teaching and research asset that supports new kinds of learning and advances understanding and appreciation of visual art. As a student in VISA or STAC, you will have unique opportunities to engage with the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, work with professional artists and curators, and exhibit your own work in its gallery space.



Visit brocku.ca/rodman-hall




Manifestos in a Room, Rodman Hall Art Gallery, 2018


” The Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) program welcomes students who wish to gain a critical view of contemporary culture from the perspectives of observer, creator and performer. We provide an undergraduate creative arts education with specific experiences in arts and cultural management, intermedia and interdisciplinarity, and cultural critique and agency. STAC connects students and faculty from Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music, Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF), the Goodman School of Business and beyond through a selection of course offerings and cultural events. At STAC, you will develop the skills that the contemporary artist, performer, art critic or cultural entrepreneur requires to examine pragmatic and theoretical approaches to understanding the creative process. STAC is also home to the new Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture and the Small Walker Press, which publishes collaborative work that brings together authors and artists from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as well as the Canadian and international contexts.

“My professors in the STAC program inspired and mentored me. They come from diverse backgrounds, and the work that they do nationally and internationally as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, administrators and curators was very inspiring.” —Mike Landry (BA ’15)

Degrees offered • BA Honours in Studies in Arts and Culture • BA in Studies in Arts and Culture (Pass degree) • Combined Major in Studies in Arts and Culture • Minor in Studies in Arts and Culture

Brock alumnus

How to apply High school students: Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, with an overall average of 70 per cent in a minimum of six 4U (including English 4U) or 4M courses, or equivalent. Students are strongly encouraged to have taken 4U courses in history, philosophy, classical studies and international languages. Students apply directly to the BA Honours in Studies in Arts and Culture. Students whose first language is not English must present scores from an English language proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS). Mature and transfer students are welcome to inquire about learning opportunities at STAC.

Core courses in these programs include: Critical Practice in the Fine and Performing Arts, Embodied Text: Art Beyond the Artifact, Arts Management, and Arts, Heritage and Culture: Public Policy and Governance. Other STAC courses include: Media Transformations in the Creative Arts, Landscape Culture, Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts, and Creating Social Value from Material Culture. Students also take a selection of courses from participating departments and programs such as Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music, Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF), the Goodman School of Business, and others.


Where can you go from here? • Curator • Manager or administrator for cultural institutions like museums, arts centres, galleries or cultural associations • Public sector: working on arts policy, programming for cultural agencies or for municipal, provincial or federal governments • Entrepreneurship opportunities to run, or contribute to, theatre companies, arts festivals, exhibitions or presentation centres Other future career paths: The STAC program is also an excellent foundation for further study in Master of Arts programs in Digital Communities, Art History, Curatorial Studies and Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts.

Contact Information Centre office: TH 269D (Main campus) 905 688 5550 x3270 cparayre@brocku.ca brocku.ca/artsandculture 28

Concentrations Cultural Management This program brings together learning opportunities from two leading Faculties at Brock University: The Faculty of Humanities — through the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts — and the Goodman School of Business. This is the ideal program for students who seek to graduate with employable skills as cultural managers in music, visual arts and dramatic arts. Students may pursue service learning or practicum experiences with professionals and organizations in the Niagara region. Cultural Transmission and Heritage Studies The Concentration in Cultural Transmission and Heritage Studies offers students the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary curatorial projects as well as gain insight and knowledge in intersecting fields exploring arts and cultural heritage. This concentration is a co-operation between STAC, History and Geography/Tourism Studies.

Languages, Arts and Culture This concentration combines language acquisition (French, German, Italian or Spanish) in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with interdisciplinary work in arts and culture. It attracts future teachers who wish to add hands-on experience in arts and culture to their language skills, as well as future artists, arts managers and curators who wish to develop their career in a bilingual environment.

“STAC allows me the flexibility to explore a wide variety of art types while also taking classes in business, such as financial planning and marketing. It is really exciting and inspiring to be in an environment that is dedicated to the arts and STAC gives me the opportunity to engage with both past and current trends in art and popular culture in interesting and unique ways.� — Maya Meyerman, Studies in Arts and Culture student



The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is a dynamic hub of creative and intellectual activity. As part of the School’s annual season of events, you will experience dynamic performances, exhibitions, concerts and artist talks by local and international professionals. You will also exhibit and perform your own work in our in-house theatre, studios and gallery, the nearby FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and other venues and galleries in the region.





WALKER CULTURAL LEADERS The Walker Cultural Leader Series was founded through the generosity of the late Marilyn I. Walker and provides programming that celebrates professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. You will benefit from close, personal interaction with these professional artists in workshops, masterclasses, studio visits and performances that will inspire you through unique, hands-on learning experiences.





MARILYN I. WALKER TEXTILE ART AWARD Awarded to one graduating student for a piece of their textile art, in honour of the MIWSFPA’s late benefactor and famed textile artist Marilyn I. Walker. 32 Untitled (Vines),by 2019 textile art award recipient Emma Mary Sked

KICK-START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER Labour needs in the workplace are changing, and workers with transferable, interdisciplinary skills are in demand. You’ll graduate from our programs with the practical, industry experience and adaptability needed to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head-on and succeed not just in fine and performing arts — but in all of your postgraduate endeavours.


Concert stage manager Help behind the scenes at concerts or assist as an ensemble librarian.

Foster Festival Running annually at the adjacent FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the festival offers summer employment and educational opportunities for graduating students.

Gallery monitors See the work of curators and preparators in action. Learn the behind-the-scenes process of installing a professional art exhibition while engaging with the work of your peers and professional artists.

Music practicum Work side-by-side as a volunteer (for-credit) with local music professionals in music education, music health/therapy, music administration or music in the community.

Shaw Festival internship Put your learning to the test in a renowned theatre house in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Avanti Chamber Singers and Chorus Niagara perform stimulating concert programs and will guide your development in classical music. The Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) will introduce you to the culture and opportunities of an artist-run centre, and the Carousel Players (TYP), Suitcase in Point, Essential Collective Theatre, Foster Festival, the venerable Shaw Festival Theatre (Niagara-onthe-Lake) and the Stratford Festival Academy (Stratford) provide opportunities to learn, explore, take risks and achieve your goals as an artist.




OUAC code

Programs and degrees


Required Grade 12 subjects

Recommended subjects (not required for entry)

Expected admission average 2020


Dramatic Arts (BA)



mid-70s Co-op option: high 70s to low 80s


Concurrent BA (Honours): BEd Intermediate/Senior – Dramatic Arts

ENG4U. Applicants are required to take part in the DART Invitational. See page 8 and visit brocku.ca/dramatic-arts for more information. ENG 4U, one 4U math DART Invitational audition required, see above.


Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours): BEd Junior/Intermediate – Dramatic Arts as teachable subject

ENG 4U, one 4U math


Music (BA) (BMus)

ENG4U. An audition is required for the BMus program. A theory placement test (RCM Level 7 Theory) must be passed. See page 14 and visit brocku.ca/music for more information.


Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours): BEd Junior/Intermediate – Music (vocal) as teachable subject

ENG 4U, one 4U math


Studies in Arts and Culture (BA)


low 80s

high 70s

One from the following list: 4U history, philosophy, classical studies or international language.


ENG4U. Students apply directly to the BA Honours in Studies in Arts and Culture.

One from the following list: 4U history, philosophy, classical studies or international language (strongly recommended)


Visual Arts – History of Art and Visual Culture (BA)

ENG4U. Students apply directly to the BA Honours in History of Art and Visual Culture. No portfolio required.

One from the following list:4U history, philosophy, classical studies or international language (strongly recommended)



Visual Arts — Studio Art (BA)

ENG4U. A portfolio is required by Feb. 3, 2020. For more information, see page 22 and visit brocku.ca/visual-arts



Concurrent BA (Honours) BEd Intermediate/Senior – Visual Arts

ENG 4U, one 4U math Portfolio required. See above.

One from the following list: 4U history, philosophy, classical studies or international language


Concurrent BA Integrated Studies (Honours): BEd Junior/Intermediate – Visual Arts as teachable subject

ENG 4U, one 4U math

high 70s

low 80s high 70s



We’re only a short drive away. Hamilton and Buffalo........ 30 min. Toronto ................................ 1 hour London and Barrie.............. 2 hours Kingston and Windsor....... 3 hours Ottawa................................. 5 hours

Interested in a tour of our facilities? Fall Preview Day

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019




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Visit discover.brocku.ca/arts-tours

March Break Tours March 16-20, 2020

Spring Open House Sunday, April 5, 2020

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The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is located in downtown St. Catharines at 15 Artists’ Common.

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Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts

Brock University (Main campus)

15 Artists’ Common St. Catharines, Ont. L2R 4H5

Niagara Region 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way St. Catharines, Ont. L2S 3A1



Brock Central @ The Registrar’s Office Third floor of Schmon Tower (Main campus) Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. T 905 688 5550 x3052 F 905 988 5488 E futurestudent@brocku.ca brocku.ca/registrar


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Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts  

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