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Computation Arts – Computer Science (BFA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall

Why study Computer Science – Computation Arts?

Stimulate the senses. Engage the mind. When you study Computation Arts, you become a digital artist, using algorithms and computational theory to create interactive multimedia that breaks new audio-visual ground.

The degree gives students the flexibility to combine a traditional computer science degree with a non-traditional field. Our state-of-the-art labs for 3D graphics, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence will give you experience with the equipment you’ll use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Investigate programming paradigms as they relate to digital art and design
  • Learn the techniques and conceptual strategies central to 3D digital production
  • Use computer systems to process, synthesize, and manipulate digitized representations of sound

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Students interested in combining a design or studio practice in digital media with a deep foundation in computer science should consider this program.

Students will take half of their courses in the Computation Arts program and half in the Computer Science program offered by the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.

The computer science courses provide a basic and broad study of theory, mathematical basics, programming methodology, computer architecture, data structures, operating systems, and software engineering.


Courses



United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements for admission

  • Quebec CEGEP: 28 overall, 26 math
  • High school: A- overall, B+ math
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 33 overall, 4 HL or 5 SL math
    • One math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or SL)
  • Baccalauréat français: 15 overall, 14 math
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD, C in math or
    • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
    • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
    • Students without a math A-level may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
    • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University transfers (internal/external): A- overall, B+ math
    • One course in calculus
    • Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.


Portfolio required

Students must submit a portfolio with their application.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

Computation Arts alumni have established careers in the advertising and entertainment industry as programmers and designers. Some graduates have been hired by:

  • Ubisoft
  • Moment Factory
  • Sid Lee
  • Electronic Arts
  • Warner Brothers Interactive

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