Program highlights

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Artists-in-Residence Program

Connects students with high-calibre artists

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State-of-the-art facilities

Including the Performance Lab, Black Box Theatre, and bronze and aluminum casting foundry (one of only three in Ontario)

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50+ city cultural institutions

Accommodate the flourishing arts scene in Hamilton


Electronic Creative Submission

Students intending to study iArts at McMaster, must meet the general entrance requirements to the Faculty of Humanities and qualify through the Creative Submission selection process. All applicants are required to submit an Electronic Creative Submissions through SlideRoom. A creative submission package is a compilation of creative work and/or practice that an applicant has done either in school, at home, or possibly in the community. A Creative Submission package is similar to a portfolio or audition reel but can feature work from a range of disciplines.

Up to 15 digital files may be submitted (written work, photographs, videos and/or sound files) that showcase your creative activities. Applications should be submitted by February 1. If spaces in the program remain open, a second round of applications submitted by March 1 will be considered. Reviews will continue until all spaces have been allotted.  More information can be found on the iArts application information page.

Classes & exhibition/performance opportunities

What you’ll take:

First-year required courses:

  • Perspectives A: Arts in Society: Social Constructions of Class, Race and Gender (IARTS 1PA3)
  • Perspectives B: Arts in Society: Technology and the Environment  (IARTS 1PB3)
  • Project Development 1 (IARTS 1RR3)
  • Project Production 1 (IARTS 1RP3)

9 units from the list below:

  • Introduction to Histories of the Arts (IARTS 1HA3)
  • 2D Practices in Art (IARTS 1BD3)
  • Acting and Performance: Self, Society and Change(IARTS 1CR3)
  • Designing for Performance: Perspectives and Possible Worlds (IARTS 1TO3)
  • 3D Practices in Art(IARTS 1SS3)

9 units of electives chosen from courses offered by the Faculty of Humanities or other faculties.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (iArts) program gives students exceptional opportunities to explore and develop their creative talents. As a single honours degree with its own direct-entry first-year program, this option allows them to focus on creative production throughout their university careers. Upper-level iArts courses give students in-depth knowledge of numerous areas of study: printmaking, acting, devising, drawing, cultural histories, film studies, video production, contemporary art histories, curatorial studies, sculpture, painting, mixed-media, installation, and ceramics/foundry, which along with major capstone courses, allow students to build a significant body of work.

Upper-level independent iArts courses help our students form personal, cohesive bodies of work that lead to a final degree exhibition and/or public performance. Students work with professional curators and production teams to present an interdisciplinary festival of the arts, exhibitions, and public performances in the main space of the McMaster Museum of Art, and the brand new Black Box Theatre.