Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Viewbook 2022

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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 nine-foot-tall quilt that incorporates uncommon fabrics and techniques from textile and fibre art that depict a dream about studying the arts.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Facilities map..................................... 4 Dramatic Arts ................................... 6 Music ................................................. 12 Alumni Spotlight ............................. 18 Visual Arts........................................ 20 Studies in Arts and Culture .......... 28 Faculty Spotlight ............................ 32 Awards and job opportunities...... 36 Admissions checklist ..................... 38 Visit us and important dates ....... 39

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. • Co-op opportunities with leading industry partners in the fine and performing arts. • Opportunities to exhibit new artistic works, perform in dynamic concerts, and mount engaging theatre productions. • A tight-knit, supportive community of local artists and successful graduates. • Studying in the middle of a thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of the vibrant Niagara region.


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

DART studios

Partridge Family Practice Studios Tree of Learning quilt Darkroom Digital media lab VISA Gallery and Student Exhibition Space

95,000 square foot facility


Main lobby Margarette and Milton Pummell Commons

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Recital Hall Partridge Hall Robertson Theatre

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 stateof-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.

Green room Wardrobe shop Scene shop




Main stage production Perdita or the Winter’s Tale, directed by Gyllian Raby and Danielle Wilson, MIW Theatre, Feb. 2020

As a Dramatic Arts (DART) student, you’ll work with the very best faculty, artists and theatre professionals from Niagara, the GTA and beyond. At the core of the degree are courses that integrate theory and practice (praxis). These involve a mix of lectures and studio work that explore ways in which creativity and analysis are linked culturally and historically. 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 mounts an annual performance season of productions imagined and realized by students, directed and designed by faculty and guest artists, and mentored by professional technical staff 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 local theatre companies and the venerable Shaw Festival and Niagara Folk Arts provide opportunities for students to take their learning out of the classroom and gain hands-on industry and community engagement experience.

Concentrations Drama in Education and Applied Theatre The Drama in Education and Applied Theatre concentration provides you with the knowledge and skills to use drama in classroom teaching, for social change and for community development. Performance The Performance concentration involves a core series of courses to actualize your potential as a stage actor. You will develop the foundations of stage performance, while engaging in script analysis, critical and reflective writing and speaking and creative research, allowing you to develop as a theatre artist and creator. Production and Design Production and Designs prepares you for production work, crewing, Design, and other elements of technical theatre stagecraft.

“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.”

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 with Major Program • BA in Dramatic Arts (pass degree) • Minor in Dramatic Arts • Combined Major Program • 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. • Certificate in Drama in Education and Applied Theatre

— John McGowan (BA ’14), Actor

Co-op available

Concurrent education option

Experiential International learning opportunities


 GAIN HANDS-ON TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE in the scenery studio, wardrobe shop, and production lighting and sound shops.




rehearsal and performance studios to perform in

Produce in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre’s

285-seat venue with adjacent green and dressing rooms

“Brock helped me grow, and though I left its halls as an artist still very much a work in progress (what artist at any age, or experience level isn’t?) it had prepared me for the world, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay to an institution.” — Jordin Hall, (BA ‘10) Dramatic Arts, Performance concentration


How to apply: DART Invitational 2022 All applicants should see this web page for more information about applying to Brock University: 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 under normal circumstances would take place at the Marilyn I. Walker campus in downtown St. Catharines. Details will be announced at the following website as soon as they are available:

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. For 2022 we are planning to invite applicants to campus for the DART Invitational event. This exciting, full day of workshops 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. In the event public health policy requires us to meet our applicants online, we will proceed with the Dramatic Arts online Invitational



Interview (Feb.-May). You will spend an hour in the company of Faculty from the Department of Dramatic Arts introducing you to the program and discussing your areas of strength and interest.

How much does it cost? The DART Invitational event has a registration fee of $80, which includes materials, snacks, refreshments and lunch. There is no cost for the Dramatic Arts Invitational Interview.

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 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 at For questions related to the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at

Where can you go from here? • Theatre artist: actor, director, designer, playwright, technician • Theatre administrator, production and stage management • Drama therapist, drama for community development • Teacher, educator, researcher, professor • Writer for cultural industries, including criticism and theory • Influencer and agent for social/cultural change • Creator for media industries

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






The Department of Music trains our students to become 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

Concentrations 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. Music Therapy Foundations 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. 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.

Experiential International learning opportunities

Degrees offered • Bachelor of Music (BMus) 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 with Major Program • BA in Music (pass degree) • 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.

• Minor in Music, Choral/Vocal Music, or Instrumental Music • Certificate in Choral/Vocal Music • Certificate in Instrumental Music • Micro-certificate in Choral/Vocal Music • Micro-certificate in Instrumental Music • Micro-certificate in Music Making/ Music Thinking


 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



Develop your performance skills in

individual soundproofed practice rooms with pianos.

Students also have access to

smart classrooms, applied music studios, choral and instrumental ensemble libraries, and a digital music lab.

“My Music degree has allowed me to write music and produce my own recordings. My music fits somewhere in the alternative rock realm, but my studies have given me a unique skill set to make modern, unique and refreshing music.” — Nick Braun, (BA ’21), major in Music


How to apply: Entrance evaluations for the Department of Music All applicants for the Department of Music must participate in the entrance evaluation process. This is an important step to ensure student success in our Music programs. All students must take a theory evaluation and have an interview with a faculty panel. A formal playing audition is only required if lessons are desired as part of the degree (required for BMus, optional for BA).  There is an administration fee of $50, payable before your theory equivalency and/or audition will be evaluated Entrance evaluations for the Music program at Brock (or individual Music courses) are held each year in the winter and spring.  In-person and virtual assessments are available. The entrance evaluations consist of the following:  • An introductory presentation on the Brock Music program  • A theory placement evaluation (roughly equivalent to the RCM Level 7 exam)  • An individual consultation with a faculty panel • Optional: A juried performance of prepared pieces on your first instrument or voice (required if you wish private lessons to be part of your degree) In-person entrance evaluation days take place on selected weekends in February through May each year. Please check our website for dates when they become available. Online auditions are also available. Please contact the Music Office for more information:

“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



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 apply. We offer both a Bachelor of Music (BMus) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA in Music) program. 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 entrance evaluation date through the Music office. Your music assessments are used to determine your placement into either the BMus or BA program, and to ensure your success in our program. Please note: If you intend to pursue a Bachelor of Arts with no lessons, you must still register for an entrance evaluation to complete the theory assessment and personalized consultation. Please contact the Music Office for details.

Online Evaluations Please contact the Department of Music for more information. Questions should be directed to the Music Office,

Questions? Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the entrance evaluation process. Questions should be directed to the Music Office, For questions related to the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at

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



JORDIN HALL (BA ’10), Dramatic Arts, Performance concentration “For me, the true scope of the culmination of my time at Brock wasn’t fully actualized until I found myself in rehearsal halls afterward. This was when the work revealed to me that Brock had provided me with an incredible and stable foundation, as I had just as much of a handle on the craft as the next person, and this was exhilarating and motivating. The lesson that sprung from this, that the kid from Chatham eventually learned, is to leave the self-flagellation behind in exchange for generosity of self, and to just be where you are at all times. You’re doing better than you think”.

AMBER LEE WILLIAMS (BA ’20) Studio Art, Visual Arts Since graduating in 2020, multidisciplinary artist and Studio Arts graduate Amber Lee Williams has garnered international attention with her experimental photography, specifically the creative use of the iconic polaroid picture. Among those captivated by her compelling work is WIRED magazine, which recently commissioned Williams’ art for an article about adoption (2021). Williams discovered a passion for experimental photography when introduced to the darkroom in her second-year Analogue Photography class. “My time at Brock put me on a very experimental path. My professors encouraged me to use unconventional materials, or to invent new ways to use materials. I was never told ‘this wasn’t the assignment’ — even when I handed in some weird stuff. What I know now is that I just want to make art, and help other people make art.”



 GAIN HANDS-ON TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE in the scenery studio, wardrobe shop, and production lighting and sound shops.

ROX CHWALUK (BA ’09) Dramatic Arts, (BEd ’10) (MEd ’13) “When I reflect on my time at Brock University as an Undergraduate student in Drama in Education and Society, my journey was guided by three things: building relationships, getting involved in co-curricular activities, and personal growth…It’s an understatement to say that I made lifelong friends, many of whom are artists and educators working all over the world. I studied and worked with Faculty that were talented, caring, and authentic practitioners in their area of expertise, which made my learning experience rich and rewarding. The people that I met, and opportunities that I had while at Brock were instrumental in my education…Because of my foundation in Drama in Education and Society, I have dedicated the last decade of my life as an artist, educator, activist, and aim to better myself as a community member each and every day.”

JENNIFER MCKILLOP (BMus ’06), Music “Since graduating, I have enjoyed a combination of work in music education and vocal performance with the skills I learned at Brock University. I am also an entrepreneur and have owned a successful music school called, Grimsby’s FUN School of Music, for 15 years where students learn their instruments through fun and engaging private and group lessons with our faculty members. I currently direct choirs with two organizations, the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (Intermediate and Training Choirs) and the Grimsby Seniors Choir. The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts provided a program where I felt comfortable and encouraged to connect with professors and professionals in our community. It is through those connections and the skills that were taught through a variety of applied courses, sparking creativity, leadership, organization and communication, that brought me to where I am today.”




Department of Visual Arts, 4F06 Honours Exhibition CODA, featuring the works of Zach White Blast Off, 2019-20, mural installation

In the Department of Visual Arts (VISA), education takes place within well-equipped studios and teaching spaces, as well as in our vibrant local arts community. We provide education in two distinct but interconnected streams: Studio Art (STDA) and the History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC). Studio Art students take courses in all fine art media, such as painting, photography, drawing, digital media, sculpture, performance art and nontraditional methods of expression. A portfolio is required for applicants to Studio Art. Visit for more information. As a student, you’ll receive dynamic, personable instruction and mentorship from award-winning faculty, as well as individual guidance. This critical feedback 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 work, and learn the exhibition space’s behind-the-scenes operation. 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. You will be given opportunities to create and collaborate during your studies and develop lasting professional connections.

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

Required course: ENG4U Recommended courses: One from 4U history, philosophy, classical studies or international language. Expected entrance average: mid-70s Students applying to the Studio Arts program are required to submit a portfolio (details on page 26). 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.

“VISA’s program has helped me apply my artistic skills to everything I do and develop my practice into a career. The instructors helped me learn the importance of being able to talk about my own work, and I also learned many practical skills regarding collaboration, art production and exhibiting. My favourite courses are the ones that allowed me to experiment and try out new media.” — Brittany Brooks, (BA ’16) Visual Arts

Concurrent education option

Experiential International learning opportunities

• 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.

• BA Honours in History of Art and Visual Culture Learn about the tremendous power of visual images to shape and reflect our cultures, experiences and histories. Explore historical and contemporary art and visual culture with the aim of uncovering how images express meaning, who made them and why, and how.

• Minor in History of Art and Visual Culture

• Minor in Studio Art • 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.


 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.




student to professor ratio

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

A view of the exhibition (un)hidden featuring the work of graduate Amber Lee Williams, at the VISA Gallery and Student Exhibition, April 2018.




Geoffrey Farmer, Canadian artist at the Venice Biennale: A Way Out of the Mirror, 2017, installation with water hydraulics, Canada Pavilion. Image Credit: Derek Knight



History of Art and Visual Culture courses explore history as it is connected to the present, and we aim to help students develop critical thinking skills necessary to navigate our image-driven world. Courses are innovative and thematic, and explore such topics as the role of imagery in medicine and science, visual representations of disaster and the apocalypse, and how technology and innovation have shaped the arts. Our professors are exhibiting artists and published scholars who have mastered a wide array of media and topics, and are fluent in emerging discourses. We offer a well-rounded, exciting education. Want to show your work, curate a show or participate in a festival? How about giving a lecture on your research or travelling abroad to see art? All is possible within a degree program in the Department of Visual Arts.

“Since graduating from Brock University, I have attended the University of Oxford to complete my Master’s in the History of Art and Visual Culture. During my time at Oxford, I wrote my dissertation on the pedagogical strategies that can be used to make art history education more inclusive, intersectional, and diverse. HAVC’s impressive suite of courses provided me with the art historical foundation that I needed to continue my studies abroad. Through the program at the MIWSFPA, I was also able to gain professional and practical experiences by working as a Teaching Assistant and a Gallery Attendant, and travelling to Italy on a study tour. These experiences would not have been possible without the support of my incredible, caring, and inspiring Brock professors.”

For more information visit

— Hannah Dobbie (BA ’20), History of Art and Visual Culture, Visual Arts


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. 7, 2022 to consider your application for studies beginning in September 2022. For Portfolio requirements:

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 email. • As a Word document (.docx) included in the cloud-sharing folder of your choice (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.), and linked in your submission email. • As a Word document (.docx) attached directly to your submission email. • 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 accurately label the file (or link) as your “letter of intent”.

Please email Assistant Professor Troy David Ouellette ( to inform the department that your portfolio has been sent. Digital files must be in these formats: IMAGES: PDF, JPG files must be 2MB or less, sized 1024 x 768px, 72 DPI.  VIDEO: MOV, MP4 files must be kept under 10MB and be less than 3 minutes. AUDIO: WAV/MP3 files must be kept under 10MB and be less than 3 minutes.   (For VR objects, programs, game environments, digital models, or other digital files, please provide video or image files in their stead. You may also provide a working web link, if relevant, at the end of your image/audio or video list.) Label each digital image file as follows:  Number, Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions (Metric), Year work was completed. Example: 01_LastName_WorkTitle_ MixedMedium_32cmx34cm_2020.jpg FOR AUDIO FILES:

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.

Number, Artist Name, Title, Format, Duration, Year work was completed. Audio Example: 01_LastName_WorkTitle_ FieldRecording_2:34_2021.wav

Your portfolio is to be submitted in one of the following ways:

Number, Artist Name, Title, Format, Duration, Year work was completed. Video Example: 01_LastName_WorkTitle_

Email Assistant Professor Troy David Ouellette ( with either the digital files attached, or a URL link to your artist blog, website or cloud-sharing 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: Assistant Professor Troy David Ouellette 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 include an image list corresponding with the digital portfolio as a Word document .docx or pdf.  International Students: Please contact the Department of Visual Art to plan a portfolio submission process that coincides with your regional academic schedule.

Questions? All questions about the application and portfolio process can be directed to Assistant Professor Troy David Ouellette, For questions related to the admissions process, please contact our Admissions Office at

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 self-employed, (source, Statistics Canada) and many of our graduates go on to establish their own professional practice as artists. Other future career paths: • Professional artist • Curatorial work in art galleries, museums, and artist-run centres • Law (copyright, repatriation of cultural artifacts, cultural property) • Writing and publication • Teaching • Graphic design and web design • Analogue and digital animation • Photographer • Archivist • Arts administration

Contact Information Department office: MWS 328 905 688 5550 x3214




From the cover of Improving Places / Improvising Time, published by the Small Walker Press in 2021 and featuring the collaboration of musician/ composer Devon Fornelli and creative writer Thomas Ayouti, with essays by Derek Knight and Mathew Royal. The image shows the Welland Canal underconstruction in 1924. Bookjacket designed by Bernhard Cella, using the photograph: Lock 5 and 6, June 1924. Sykes Fonds – RG 341 Welland Canal Scrapbook. Archives and Special Collections, Brock University Library.

The Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) program welcomes students who wish to explore and gain a critical view of contemporary culture by engaging in pragmatic and experiential learning. Our undergraduate degrees provide 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), Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as the Goodman School of Business and beyond through a selection of course offerings and cultural events. During their studies, STAC students develop crucial skills for a successful career, among them creative problemsolving, effective communication, cultural perceptiveness, team spirit, resiliency and adaptability. STAC is also home to the 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.

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 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.

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 (Honours) • Combined Major in Studies in Arts and Culture (Pass) • Minor in Studies in Arts and Culture • Certificate in Arts and Culture Studies • Certificate in Arts Management

“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), Brock alumnus

Experiential International Law Plus learning opportunities

Core courses in these programs include: Critical Practice in the Fine and Performing Arts, Embodied Text: Art Beyond the Artifact, Arts, Heritage and Culture: Public Policy and Planning. 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 • Visitor engagement coordinator, cultural outreach officer, cultural events planner, conference manager, communication and marketing team member, program development and education coordinator • 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 • Editorial team member for magazines and publishers • Humanities research and development officer 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 MWS 336 905 688 5550 x4849



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



DANIELLE WILSON Professor, Department of Dramatic Arts Danielle Wilson has been in the Department of Dramatic Arts since 2006 where she teaches voice and acting. She is an actor and director and has directed several of DART’s Mainstages since 2010. She has presented nationally and internationally at conferences such as VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association) ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and the Canadian Theatre Educator’s Conference in Toronto on her research on voice and embodiment techniques in the actor’s process. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Stolen Theatre Collective, which produces both new and existing works for the stage in St. Catharines. The company is currently working on an original production inspired by the writing of Noam Chomsky as well as her one-woman show titled The Rise of Dora Gora: A Gen-X Odyssey.

RACHEL RENSINK-HOFF Associate Professor, Department of Music Rachel Rensink-Hoff is an Associate Professor of Music, Conductor of the Brock University Choir and Sora Singers, and Artistic Director of the Avanti Chamber Singers. Rachel has published numerous articles on choral pedagogy and repertoire in the Choral Journal, Anacrusis, and the Canadian Music Educator. Her ongoing work focuses on conductor training and mentorship, choral repertoire, singing and wellbeing, and the creative processes of choral rehearsal and performance. She is the founder of the Brock University Summer Choral Workshop program for conductors and educators and has recently launched a new annual guest speaker series, Shared Perspectives.



TROY DAVID OUELLETTE Assistant Professor, Studio Art, Department of Visual Arts Troy David Ouellette is an artist/researcher specializing in Assemblage theory, technology and conceptual art. Ouellette’s creative practice bridges electronics, new media, sound art, architecture and eco-design aesthetics. From 1999 until 2006 he was the Sculpture Facilitator at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in Banff Alberta, where he worked with First Nations and resident artists within an international context. His work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Australia and the United States. Troy’s research interests include assemblage theory; affect theory; affordance; actor Network theory; object oriented ontology; speculative realism and techno/art/ science collaboration.

CATHERINE PARAYRE Associate Professor, Cross appointed: Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (Director) and Modern Languages (French) Catherine Parayre’s research, teaching and outreach endeavours are intertwined and continuous. She aims to provide her Arts & Culture students with fluid and thought-provoking instruction as they build essential skills to explore contemporary culture through the role of observer, creator and performer. Catherine’s research includes the representation of women in contemporary Occitan literature; questions of identity in minority literatures; landscape description; photography in literary texts and textual descriptions of photographs and photographic effects and disability in literature and the arts. Catherine is co-editor of the Small Walker Press, a small publishing house at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture that produces innovative publications bringing local and international artists and authors together in collaborative, creative work.



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 engaging 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.



events every year

10,000+ attendees annually to our performances, exhibitions, concerts, recitals and artist talks



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.




awards, bursaries, prizes and scholarships exclusively for MIWSFPA students

MARILYN I. WALKER TEXTILE ART AWARD Dramatic Arts graduate Avery Delaney, Recipient of the Marilyn I. Walker Textile Art Award in 2021 for her creative work in costuming.



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.


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.

Students gain industry-specific experience through diverse, on-the-job training opportunities:

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

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See the work of curators and preparators in action. Learn the behind-thescenes 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.

Enjoy professional learning opportunities with our partners at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Avanti Chamber Singers and Chorus Niagara perform stimulating annual concert programs that will inspire future musicians and performers. 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, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, 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.



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


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


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

ENG4U. Applicants are required to take part in the DART Invitational. See page 10 and visit for more information. ENG 4U, one 4U math DART Invitational audition required, see above.


Music (BMUS)


Music (BA)

low to mid 80s

ENG 4U, one 4U math ENG4U Audition required, visit for details. A theory placement test (RMC advanced Rudiments) and aural skills test must be passed.

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


*There is now a new OUAC Code for the BA in Music!



Studies in Arts and Culture (BA Honours) Studies in Arts and Culture (BA Pass) Studies in Arts and Culture (Combined Major Honours) Studies in Arts and Culture (Combined Major Pass)

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.

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


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


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Visual Arts — Studio Art (BA)


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



low to mid 80s

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

ENG4U. A portfolio is required by Feb.5, 2021. For more information, see page 26 and visit


low to mid 80s

ENG 4U, one 4U math Portfolio required. See above. low to mid 80s ENG 4U, one 4U math




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

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