Department of Creative Studies

Comprised of five distinct but interrelated bachelor program areas as well as graduate programming, this is one of the most vibrant and dynamic art departments in the country.

Message Regarding Fall 2020

The Department of Creative Studies welcomes students who want to begin or continue their studies with us in September of 2020. As we continue to navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19, our award-winning faculty will deliver a full slate of online course offerings. In addition to this our well-equipped on-campus facilities will be available for student use as circumstances permit. We have studio facilities for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, metalwork, woodwork, darkroom photography, media studies and performance. These studios will be managed in accordance with provincial health guidelines and protocols. Whether remotely, on campus, or a blend of virtual and live environments, you can be sure that you will receive dynamic, innovative, and meaningful instruction in Visual, Digital and Performance Arts, Media Studies, Creative Writing and Art History and Visual Culture. Your education and wellbeing are our priorities.

What we do

The Department houses programs in Creative Writing and Visual Arts with additional specialized courses in Devised Theatre and Digital Media as well as Art History and Visual Culture. Our programs are designed to offer unique and individualized opportunities for students to develop skills in a variety of media and genre while they engage in cutting edge creative arts research.

We offer a hands-on experiential learning environment where students get to develop their own individualize artistic voice. If you are interested in being at the forefront of the next generation of cultural produces nationally or internationally we encourage you to learn more about our programs and what they might offer you.

We encourage students to cross disciplines while refining their specialized practices in art history, creative writing, performance, visual art and digital media.

Programs & Study Options

Art History & Visual Culture (BA)

Explore human creativity, imagination and beauty through the arts and visual cultures of the world, past and present.

Creative Writing (BA)

Draw on the imagination to convey meaning through the use of imagery, narrative, and drama in a variety of literary forms including poetry, fiction, plays, new media, screenwriting, and non-fiction.

Media Studies (BMS)

Explore new media and internet technology, blending artistic, technical and critical-thinking skills.

Visual Arts (BFA)

Train with the next generation of artists and cultural producers. Learn in cutting-edge facilities designed for traditional and digital-studio arts courses.

Theatre (BA)

A flexible and innovative approach to theatre education and creative and practice-based contemporary performance studies.


Immerse in a dynamic, studio-based environment alongside accomplished artists and scholars guiding your focus in Creative Writing, Visual Arts or Interdisciplinary Studies.


Masters and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies using digital technologies to explore questions central to the arts and humanities; applying arts and humanities frameworks to digital tools and technologies.

Film (BA)

Examine film and cinema from esthetic, historical, economical, sociological and technical perspectives.


Masters and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, work closely with faculty across a diverse set of disciplines.



Robert Belton | Art theory, criticism, and historiography, popular music

Chanda Carey | Global Contemporary Art; Performance Art in History, Theory and Practice; Eco-Art

Suzanne Gott | Global arts and visual cultures, African art and visual culture

Hussein Keshani | World Art History, Art Histories of the Islamic World & South Asia, Digital Humanities, World Literatures

Term Faculty

Antonella De Michelis | Seventeenth-Century European Art in a Global Context

Nathalie Hager | Canadian Art History

Stacey Koosel | Contemporary Art;  Performance Art


Anne Fleming | Fiction, poetry, children’s books, stage play and screen writing

Nancy Holmes | Fiction, Canadian Literature, eco-poetry, community based-art

Matt Rader | Poetry, short story, non-fiction, writing and community learning

Michael V. Smith | Concrete poetry, experimental film, Canadian literature, fiction and drama, poetry, screenwriting

Term Faculty

Natalie Funk | Video-game Writing


Neil Cadger | Object theatre, puppetry, theatrical masks, live installations, dance/theatre

Denise Kenney | Devised Theatre, Art and Social Practice, Performance Art, Community Engagement, Improvisation, Spoken Word, Live Art and Digital Media, Film, Documentary Production

Virginie Magnat | Performance Studies, Qualitative Research, World Performance Traditions, Experimental and Intercultural Theatre, Physically-Based Performance Practice, Body-Voice Integration, Traditional Singing.

Term Faculty

Tracy Ross | Performance


Myron Campbell | Digital Media, Drawing

Briar Craig | Printmaking, Drawing

Aleksandra Dulic | New media, video, drawing 2D

Renay Egami | Sculpture, installation

Samuel Roy-Bois | Sculpture, installation

Miles Thorogood | Digital Media

Tania Willard | Visual Strategies and Research, Indigenous Land Art, Contemporary Indigenous Art

Term Faculty

Connor Charlesworth | Drawing, 2D, Painting

David Doody | Drawing, Sculpture

Patrick Lundeen | Drawing, Painting, Sculpture

Ramey Newell | Video production

Katherine Pickering | Painting, drawing

Morgan Rauscher | Digital Media

Andreas Rutkauskas | Photography

Alison Trim | Drawing

Administrative Office

Denise Kenney

Denise Kenney
Department Head, Creative Studies
Professor, Theatre, Film
Tel: 250.807.9632
Office: CCS 153

Cassandra Northrup

Cassandra Northrup
Department Assistant
Tel: 250.807.9648
Office: CCS 161

Joanne Gervais
Media Technician
Tel: 250.807.8737
Office: CCS 228

Frances Brouse

Frances Brouse
Assistant to the Department Head
Tel: 250.807.9761
Office: CCS 153

Kaila Kalinocka
Studio Technician
Tel: 250.807.9780
Office: CCS 128

Philip Wyness

Philip Wyness
Studio Technician
Tel: 250.807.9783
Office: CCS 121

Creative Practice Ethics Statement

The Creative Studies department is committed to ethical creative practice. Faculty and students engaged in creative practice are expected to be prepared to articulate how their work aligns with the ethical standards of the disciplines and sectors they are a part of.

If creative practices are employed as part of research projects in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, then they may be subject to REB review and approval.

Ethics Statement