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Lake Superior State University

Fine Arts Studies: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

This Fine Arts Studies program is an integrated, bi-national program offered by a three-member consortium situated in Sault Ste. Marie: Algoma University, Lake Superior State University, and Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. The program is designed and administered in such a way as to serve the region as a whole, to reflect the uniqueness of our northern heritage, to be international in scope and to integrate courses of study at both the college and university levels.

The fine arts degree is for students who have wide-ranging interests in fine arts, and who wish to explore and express their potential through following a personalized course of study. While students will invariably participate in a broad range of courses, they must select two main areas of focus (concentrations) from the following three: theater, visual arts, and writing.

Fine arts have been an important aspect of the human experience since first recorded history; from African cave paintings to Greek dramas, from Beethoven symphonies to the writings of Canadian playwrights. From the study of fine arts we can gain an understanding of various cultures through their own indigenous means of expression. Furthermore, we can deepen our understanding of our own culture by participation in various contemporary art forms (drama, music, painting, writing etc.). Most important, by exploring our own creative potential, we can develop a better understanding of ourselves.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements, as defined below, are subject to amendment. Changes in program, courses, prerequisites, scheduling and availability at the partner institutions are beyond the control of Lake Superior State University. The program is multi-disciplinary in nature and flexible enough to permit you to develop interests in particular areas. The degree will be of interest to those who wish to prepare for teaching, writing/journalism, and librarianship in the arts, as well as to those who wish to develop their interests and experiences in various areas of the fine arts.

Registration Procedures

At present, students of Lake Superior State University (the home institution) who wish to take one or more courses from either Algoma University College or Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology must request permission to do so through the Registrar's Office at LSSU. All courses will be registered at LSSU but a supplementary registration form will be required for courses to be taken at a host institution (Algoma or Sault College). LSSU will record the course equivalency on the student’s registration form and student record after contacting the host school to verify room and enrollment in class(es). All fees will be assessed by LSSU. Credit and grades will be granted only when the host institution provides evidence that the course has been successfully completed.

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Studies

To graduate with a B.A. in fine arts studies, a student must:

  1. satisfy all stated requirements for a bachelor of arts degree;
  2. complete 124 credits with an overall grade point average of at least 2.00;
  3. complete at least 78 credits from at least three fine arts disciplines (minimum nine credits in third discipline) as defined below, with an average GPA of at least 2.00;
  4. complete two concentrations in different fine arts disciplines. A concentration is a sequence of at least 21 credits and no more than 36 credits, beyond the first-year prerequisite, in which related subject matter is studied to develop a knowledge of a particular discipline;
  5. complete no more than 30 credits in studio and/or performance courses with no more than 15 in any one discipline;
  6. complete all general education requirements;
  7. complete a student project, which is intended to allow you, with the approval of the supervising professor, the opportunity to integrate or synthesize some aspects of the fine arts into a single project.


Your concentration or specialization in fine arts studies consists of concentrations in two different fine arts disciplines defined below, as well as the required credits in a third fine arts discipline.

  • Arts Management
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Design and Management
  • Writing

Classes at LSSU enclosed in [ ] are assigned numbers for classes at Sault College or Algoma University. As classes are chosen from Sault College or Algoma University, numbers will be assigned at LSSU.

Final Project: FA405


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Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.