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Visual Studies Program
Your University of Toronto degree doesn’t train you for one career, it prepares you for many careers.
Visual Studies graduates are innovative thinkers with a critical understanding of art and its production. Studies open gateways to different academic disciplines and professions. Employers value the visual literacy and critical research skills learned through the Visual Studies program.
What do employers value about Visual Studies Program graduates?
think critically and creatively
apply design thinking and visual literacy
understand art in its historical and social contexts
create aesthetically pleasing and emotionally moving works of art
organise materials with attention to details and in pleasing styles
exposure to a variety of graphic and writing practices
develop creative solutions to unique situations
write clearly and effectively for both specialized and broader audiences
Within two years of graduation, 83% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $40,736/year upon entering the workforce. 50% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto Visual Studies alumni most frequently apply their design and analytical skills in these industries:
- Arts and Design
- Curatorial Work
- Media and Communication
- Business Development
- Information Technology
- Community and Social Services
graduate or professional school
A Visual Studies degree equips students with the critical thinking and visual design skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Arts Education
- Fine Art/Studio Art
- Curatorial Studies
- Art Conservation
- Arts Management
- Graphic Design
- Graphic Communications and Production
- Library and Archival Studies
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
Subscribe to the Daniels Faculty newsletter to hear of opportunities to network with faculty and alumni.
Connect with alumni, scholars, professionals, and leaders in the fields of art, urbanism, architecture, and landscape architecture at the faculty's public lecture series.
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Explore Your Options
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.
Learn about on-campus employment opportunities offered by the faculty.
Participate in mentorship and leadership opportunities to get involved in the Daniels Community.
Take advantage of the advising and support embedded within the faculty to improve your student experience.
Attend social and academic events organized by the Architectural and Visual Studies Student Union.
Submit your work for publication in Shift Magazine, the undergraduate publication and online blog for the faculty.