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 problem-solving, effective communication, cultural perceptiveness, team spirit, resiliency and adaptability.
Our aim is to contribute to the vitality of the arts by developing informed audiences, practitioners or critics who are engaged by interdisciplinary practices and discourses in creative work, whether performance, video, music, theatre or the visual arts. The Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture is dedicated to developing a context in which the contemporary artist, performer or art critic can examine pragmatic and theoretical approaches to understanding the creative process.
As a Business student I must have the ability to write. It is cool to see how taking an art class at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is going to help me advance in my program and how it has a connection with the Goodman School of Business.
Cameron McCafferty, STAC 1F98 – Language for the Arts
Students in the STAC program aspire to be educators, curators, journalists, critics, managers or administrators for cultural institutions like museums, art centres, galleries or cultural associations. They work in the public sector on arts policy, programming for cultural agencies or for municipal, provincial or federal governments. They run, or contribute to, theatre companies, arts festivals, exhibitions or presentation centres. Others become involved in arts businesses, such as galleries, magazines or consultancies.
The STAC program is also an excellent foundation for further study in Masters of Arts programs in digital communities, art history, curatorial and heritage studies, and in the comparative arts.
Connecting you in a creative atmosphere.
Based at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, STAC connects students and faculty from Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music, Communications 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.
“I was able to create my own program of study, and even had the chance to design my own career path.”
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Studies in Arts and Culture, Concentration in Cultural Management, 2015