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an old door is unlocked with an old key leading to more cultural awareness

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an old door is unlocked with an old key leading to more cultural awareness


Integrated Arts

Learn from professors who are actively practicing artists, musicians, actors, and directors to examine how the even the most recent moments in history are shaping art that is being produced right now.

Learn from professors who are actively practicing artists, musicians, actors, and directors through this dynamic specialization for Cultural Studies majors. Explore how culture, history, media, and politics all intersect in modern, contemporary, and experimental visual art, music, theatre​ and film. Enhance your understanding of how these themes permeate our world and how applying this knowledge creates a well-rounded way of thinking. Through a combination of theory and hands-on workshops and courses, you will develop an artistic lens that can be applied to your studies across disciplines and future careers.


Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single- or joint-major degree in Cultural Studies may graduate with a Specialization if they have successfully completed 4.0 CUST credits in the chosen Specialization category. The same course may not simultaneously count toward two or more Specializations.

  • CUST 1510H: Introduction to the Integrated Arts
  • CUST 2016Y: Introduction to Visual Studies
  • CUST 2045Y: Music and Society
  • CUST-WMST 2065Y: Sex / Sexuality / Sexual Difference
  • CUST 2111Y: Workshop: Drawing
  • CUST 2186H: Workshop: Photography
  • CUST 2526H: Workshop: Narrative and Performance
  • CUST 2551H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Ideology, Language
  • CUST 2552H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Gender, Globalization, and the Virtual
  • CUST 2572H: Workshop: Performance and Protest
  • CUST 2581H: Introduction to Film I: What Is Cinema?
  • CUST 2582H: Introduction to Film II: Film Movements, Film History
  • CUST 3087Y: Community-Based Research Project
  • CUST 3111Y: Workshop: Visual Arts Studio
  • CUST 3142H: Workshop: Experimental Music
  • CUST 3143H: Workshop: Electronic Music
  • CUST 3175Y: Workshop: Staging Ideas
  • CUST 3184H: Workshop: Documentary Film
  • CUST 3186H: Workshop: Experimental Film
  • CUST 3515H: Modernism and the Avant-Garde
  • CUST 3542H: Music Studies: The Black Atlantic
  • CUST 3543H: Music Studies: Local Roots and Global Routes
  • CUST 3545H: Music and Media – An Archaeology
  • CUST 3556H/3056Y: Place Matters – Art, Letters, and Landscape
  • CUST 3572H: Workshop: Epic Theatre
  • CUST 3573H: Workshop: Theatre of the Absurd
  • CUST 3580H/3080Y: Text and Image
  • CUST 3581H: World Cinema I: Experiment and Innovation
  • CUST 3582H: World Cinema II: Images of Globalization
  • CUST 3900Y/3901H/3902H: Reading Course
  • CUST 4010Y/4020D: Honours Thesis
  • CUST 4041Y/4541H: Internship in Media and Cultural Studies
  • CUST 4070Y: Advanced Studies in Theatre and the Performing Arts
  • CUST 4173H: Workshop: Adaptation and Performance
  • CUST 4515H/4015Y: Art Culture Theory
  • CUST-POST 4538H: Media Ecologies
  • CUST 4580H/4080Y: Text and Image
  • CUST 4586H: Cinema in the Digital Age
  • CUST 4900Y/4901H/4902H: Reading Course

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • Small and intensive art, theatre, film, video, photograph, and music workshop courses taught by practicing artists.
  • Combine your interest in music with technology to create original electronic music.
  • Use Super-8 and 16mm film to create your own experimental films.
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • TV and Radio Producer
  • Advertising and Marketing Executive
  • Author
  • Web Content Manager
  • Events Planner
  • Game Creator
  • Videographer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Cultural Critic

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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