Degree Programs

STAC: Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

Degree Programs


The STAC program is designed for students who wish to gain a critical view of contemporary culture from the perspectives of observer, creator and performer.

A student's program may be organized with a view to one of three emphases:

  • arts and cultural management
  • intermedia and interdisciplinarity
  • cultural critique and agency.

Courses should be selected in consideration of these organizing principles. Students are required to discuss their program with the Director.

The academic program is interdisciplinary. Most courses are offered by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Centre for Canadian Studies of the Faculty of Humanities, and the Department of Communications, Popular Culture and Film of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Future planning includes courses in Cultural Management and Creative Cities of Culture.  Our courses change depending upon the unique focus of our faculty and their research.  Please see Course Offerings for brief descriptions of the courses available each year.

As a student in cSTAc you may earn:

  • an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (four year)
  • a Pass Bachelors of Arts degree (three year)
  • A Concentration in Cultural Management 
  • A Concentration in Curatorial Studies
  • a Minor in Studies in Arts and Culture, in combination with another Major program


Career-focused education in the Fine and Performing Arts

The Globe and Mail recently published an interesting report about career-focused education in the Fine and Performing Arts.  It begins with the statement:

“In 2007, the Canadian arts and culture industries contributed $46 billion to the country’s GDP and employed over a million people.”  Following remarks about trends of lower levels of remuneration in the sector the article adds that “not all graduates of the fine and performing arts end up in cultural industries. Indeed, 40% work in sectors such as business and manufacturing.”

There is a useful listing of skill sets that employers of this sector seek of new graduates and job applicants.  Identified by the employers the Globe and Mail interviewed here is a sample of the qualifications that are sought-out the most:

- rather than grades, focus is placed upon on the candidate’s experience through school, community theatre or other professional arts organizations
- outside experience to enhance the training and experience that they receive at school is desired
- a strong sense of etiquette, discipline, and a positive attitude cannot be overestimated when working in a creative and collaborative business
- essential that the candidate is flexible, adaptable and have good organizational skills

The article includes brief interviews with university graduates working in the arts and culture sector. Rob Kraszewski, Coordinator, Board and Executive Relations, TIFF, remarks that it turns out his theatre degree ended up being far more practical than he had ever imagined.

You can read the entire report at the Globe and Mail website.

posted October 25, 2011 



new for 2011:
Concentration in Cultural Management

The Concentration in Cultural Management, a new collaboration with the highly-regarded Faculty of Business, began in the autumn of 2011.  This is the ideal program for students who seek to graduate with employable skills as Cultural Managers in diverse fields of arts and culture, including music, the visual arts and dramatic arts.  Together with their interdisciplinary or single-discipline studies in arts and culture students may pursue service-learning or practicum experiences with professionals and organizations in the Niagara Region.  Required upper-level courses taken at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture include Arts Management; Arts, Heritage and Culture: Public Policy and Governance; Producing a Performance Event, or Creating social value from material culture.  The courses taken at the Faculty of Business include Principles of Business, Marketing Basics, General Marketing Management, Basics of Organizational Behaviour and Design, Basics of Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations, Entrepreneurship Basics, and Introduction to Personal Financial Planning.

Read the information sheet for this exciting new Concentration beginning in 2011.

Concentration in Curatorial Studies

Students may earn a Concentration in Curatorial Studies by successfully completing a selection of courses as part of the academic work leading to a BA (Honours) in Studies in Arts and Culture. Please see here for more information.