Here are answers to some common questions about our Visual Arts program. You can also check the Prospective Students section of the Grenfell website for more information about studying at Grenfell Campus.
Where is Grenfell Campus?
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland is located in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Our Visual Arts program is housed in Grenfell's Fine Arts building. For instructions on how to reach us, see How to Get Here on the Grenfell website. For a mailing address, see our Contact page.
Why choose our BFA program?
- You'll get to know your professors personally. We have an excellent faculty / student ratio, with many advanced classes having 12 students or less (see What are your class sizes usually like?).
- We have faculty and staff who are active and experienced professional artists, exhibiting their work nationally and internationally.
- You'll feel welcome here! We have what could truly be described as a familial environment, and everyone is on a first name basis with everyone else. Chat with our friendly students and approachable professors, or hang out on the comfortable atrium couches between classes.
- We are among the newest visual arts programs in North America, and have excellent facilities, including ancillary safety equipment (see What facilities are available at Grenfell?).
- We have a permanent campus in Harlow, England (20 miles north of London) where we offer an intensive art history study tour every two years (see The Harlow Experience).
- Love the outdoors? Western Newfoundland is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, including Gros Morne National Park, a World Heritage site just 60 miles away. You'll be just ten minutes away from Marble Mountain, described as "the best skiing east of the Rockies." Outdoor sports activities are very popular here, and the area is ideal for camping and hiking. Corner Brook was the site of the 1999 Canada Winter Games and is well-known on the Triathlon circuit worldwide.
- You'll feel safe here. We live in an area with one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
- Our fees for American and other international students are extremely reasonable.
How do I apply?
Please see our How to Apply page for information about applying to our Visual Arts program. You can also check the Grenfell Campus Registrar's Office or Prospective Students pages for more information about studying at Grenfell.
When is the deadline to apply for September? For January?
March 1 is the application and portfolio submission deadline for new students wishing to apply for regular September admission to the program. See How to Apply for more information.
Returning students, or those transferring credits from other institutions, may apply for January admission. Contact us for more information.
How many students do you accept each year? Is it hard to get in?
We accept 25 new first-year students each year, with a few more on a waiting list. Application is competitive, since we get many more applications than we can accept. See the How to Apply page for portfolio requirements and suggestions.
What facilities are available at Grenfell?
The following facilities are available to our Visual Arts students:
- Two painting studios, plus one foundation studio and one fourth-year studio. Each studio is large, well-lit, well-ventilated and equipped with easels, tables, seating, and storage space.
- One drawing studio with easels and lighting equipment. Figure drawing is a regular feature of our Visual Arts program, and extracurricular figure drawing sessions are often organized by students.
- A printshop equipped with a lithography room (two lithography presses), a serigraphy room (four screen printing stations), two intaglio presses, an etching / aquatint room and a graphic arts darkroom with a 20 x 24 copy camera. There are also several hot plates and areas for soaking and drying paper. Printmaking equipment, inks, chemistry and many tools are supplied by the Visual Arts program.
- Photographic facilities include a group wet-darkroom for analogue black & white and alternative processes, and a digital lab dedicated to photo students for scanning, and printing large color output. There is also a film developing and dry-mounting area. We have a small shooting studio area with strobe-lights and backdrop and several medium format and large format film cameras for student loan.
- A sculpture studio equipped for stone carving, bronze casting (lost wax and sand casting techniques), clay and plaster work, woodworking, and welding. Our sculpture studio includes a clay room with two ceramic kilns, a woodshop with hand and floor tools, a welding shop with oxy-acetylene, MIG, and arc welding, and an outdoor carving area.
- Our Digital Film Lab is outfitted with 16 workstations running Apple computer systems and offering the possibility to work with drawing tablets and industry standard applications from Adobe and Apple. Located in the new wing of the Arts & Science building, the Digital Film Lab is equipped to allow a wide range of creativity including, but not limited to print media, video, sound, animation and code.
- A lecture theatre and seminar room, used primarily for art history classes. The lecture theatre is equipped with overhead, slide, and digital projectors, a dvd player, and two computers (a PC and a Mac) for digital presentations.
- Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, a large, well-lit central atrium, and wide hallways suitable for displaying artwork are also located in the building.
- We share the Fine Arts building with a vibrant Theatre department, and shared facilities include a second woodshop, a mat-cutting room, faculty offices, a general office, and washrooms. Theatre areas include a black-box theatre, theatre studio, and green room.
- The rest of Grenfell Campus also houses many facilities for students, such as Ferris Hodgett Library, several computer labs, a gym, a pool, photocopying and printing services, a bookstore, a student lounge and pub, and a cafeteria. For a full index, see Grenfell Student Services.
Students have access to studios for nineteen hours a day (7 a.m. to 2 a.m.) seven days a week. Safety is always a foremost concern, and all our studios are equipped with proper safety equipment, including first aid kits, ample ventilation, and so on. Most studios also have phones.
Will I have to buy my own supplies and books?
Yes. Each studio class has its own list of required materials, and supply costs vary. Materials lists are usually provided during the first session of a studio class.
Books are mainly needed for art history and academic electives. The Grenfell Campus Bookstore stocks a large selection of art supplies as well as all required texts.
What can I do with a BFA? What do your graduates do?
Have you ever wondered about careers in art and thought that beyond being an artist there's not really all that much? Dance your eyes through the list to your left and you'll never wonder again. While it does not provide specialized training in the many fields mentioned, a BFA degree from Memorial University will give you a solid grounding in the principles of art and design which all art-related fields require. Remember, every manufactured object on the planet was designed by someone and can be judged on its artistic merit.
You can read about recent alumni projects and accomplishments on our Alumni page, or see the Alumni List for an extensive list of our graduates and their many activities.
What are your class sizes usually like?
The largest studio class sizes in our Visual Arts program are usually the first-year foundation classes, with 25 students. More advanced studio classes are smaller, some with upper limits as low as 12 or 15 students. Art history classes may have as many as 50 students.
What classes / studios do you offer?
See the Course Descriptions page for an extensive list of studio and art history classes offered as part of our Visual Arts program. For other classes offered at Grenfell, see Areas of Study.
What classes am I required to take?
For first-year students, Drawing I (100A/B), Two Dimensional Design and Media (110A/B), and Three Dimensional Design and Media (120A/B) are mandatory. Art History Survey (2700/2701) and two academic electives in English (1000/1001) are also usually taken in the first year. Second and third-year students are required to take Drawing (Visual Arts 2000/2001 or 3000/3001) as one of their studio classes. More advanced studios require the completion of introductory studios first - the Course Descriptions page lists the prerequisites for each class.
See the Degree Regulations page for an example of possible class choices over our four-year degree program.
What financial assistance can you provide?
The Services for Students section of the Grenfell website contains information on student employment, scholarships and awards, and student loans.
Can I transfer credit from my previous university?
See the Advanced Standing section at the bottom of the How to Apply page.