Queen's School of Computing

This innovative degree is aimed at students with interests and abilities in both Computing and the Fine Arts. You can participate in advanced courses in Art, Drama, Film, or Music, while maintaining a solid concentration in Computer Science and Mathematics. Fill out your degree with electives in other Arts areas and interdisciplinary courses of all kinds. Graduates can expect to work in the entertainment industry, in art galleries and museums, in multimedia design and production, and in developing the next generation of software for the Arts.

Program Outline

What follows is a list of the required unit credits for the Computing and the Creative Arts program. This information is meant as a guide and is subject to change. The precise and up-to-date requirements for Computing degree plans can be found online in the Arts and Science Calendar. In case of discrepancies, the calendar should be considered as the official definition.

Typical 4-years honours programs consist of 120 unit credits. A one-term course is worth 3 units, while a full year (two-term) course is worth 6 units. All courses listed below are 3 units unless specified with a /6.0 after the course code.

Computing Prerequisite Chart
Prerequisite Chart
  • CISC 121Introduction to Computing Science I
  • CISC 124Introduction to Computing Science II
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 102Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    • MATH 110Linear Algebra
  • COCA 201Introduction to Computing and the Creative Arts
  • CISC 203Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science II
  • CISC 204Logic for Computing Science
  • CISC 220System-Level Programming
  • CISC 223Software Specifications
  • CISC 235Information Structures
  • CISC 325Human-Computer Interaction
  • CISC 352Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 360Programming Paradigms
  • CISC 365Algorithms I
  • 6.0 option units in CISC/SOFT at the 200-level or above (or CISC P82), including at least 3.0 units at the 400-level.
  • One of 4 sub-plans:
    Plan i - Computing and Art
    • One of the following options:
      • ARTH 120/6.0Art in the West from Antiquity to Modernity
      • BOTH of the following courses:
        • ARTH 116Art and Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period to c.1700
        • ARTH 117Art and Architecture in Britain from c.1700 to the Present
    • 3.0 units in ARTH at the 400-level
    • 12.0 units in ARTH at 300-level or above
    • 18.0 units in ARTH at the 100- or 200-level
    Plan ii - Computing and Drama
    • 6.0 units from:
      • DRAM 100/6.0Introduction to the Theatre
      • DRAM 181/6.0Introduction to Current Theatre
      • BISC 100Thinking Locally
      • BISC 101Acting Globally
    • DRAM 200/6.0Theatre History and Literature I
    • DRAM 220Introduction to Dramaturgy
    • Two of the following courses:
      • DRAM 240Introduction to Theatre Space
      • DRAM 241Design and Theatre
      • DRAM 242Introduction to Theatre Production
    • 12.0 units in DRAM at 300-level or above
    • 6.0 units in DRAM and/or the following courses
      • CLST 312Greek and Roman Drama
      • DEVS 321Development Dramas
      • ENGL 256/6.0Shakespeare
      • ENGL 257Elizabethan Shakespeare
      • ENGL 258Jacobean Shakespeare
      • ENGL 259Global Shakespeare
      • ENGL 326/6.0Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama
      • ENGL 335/6.0English Drama to 1700
      • FREN 266Le théâtre canadien-français
      • FREN 305Le théâtre depuis 1945
      • FREN 306Le théâtre classique
      • GRMN 561Goethe I
      • IDIS 200/6.0Introduction to Semiotics and Communication
      • IDIS 210Arts in Society
      • IDIS 311Sound Production
      • IDIS 410/6.0Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice
      • ITLN 257Pirandello's Theatre
      • ITLN 357Pirandello's Theatre
      • LLCU 200/6.0Semiotics: Interpreting the World
      • LLCU 257Pirandello's Theatre
      • LLCU 301Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission
      • LLCU 332Spanish Baroque Short Theatre
      • LLCU 339XX-Century Italian Playwrights: In Search of the Theatre
      • MUSC 287Opera
      • MUSC 373Music Theatre Practicum
      • MUTH 232Opera
      • MUTH 331Music Theatre Practicum
      • STSC 300Stage and Screen
      • STSC 309Special Topics in Stage and Screen
      • STSC 339Media and Performance
      • STSC 381Understanding Audiences: Spectatorship across the Arts
    Plan iii - Computing and Film
    • One of the following options:
      • FILM 110/6.0Film, Culture and Communication
      • BOTH of the following courses:
        • FILM 104Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970
        • FILM 106Film Form and Modern Culture from 1970
      • BOTH of the following courses:
        • FILM 104Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970
        • BISC 100Thinking Locally
    • Three of the following courses:
      • FILM 206Research, Writing, and Presentation Methods
      • FILM 216Historical Inquiry
      • FILM 226Critical Inquiry
      • FILM 236Media and Cultural Studies
      • FILM 240Media and Popular Culture
      • FILM 260Digital Media Theory and Practice
    • FILM 250Fundamentals of Media Production
    • 6.0 units in FILM at the 400-level
    • 12.0 units in FILM at 300-level or above
    Plan iv - Computing and Music
    • MUSC 103Music and Society
    • MUSC 191/6.0Theory and Analysis I
    • One of the following courses:
      • MUSC 203Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music
      • MUSC 204Baroque and Classical Music
      • MUSC 205Mediaeval and Renaissance Music
    • 27.0 units in MUSC with at least 9.0 at 300-level or above and 9.0 at 200-level or above

  • 30.0 units of electives

Admission Requirements

Admission to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science from an Ontario Secondary School is based on the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Please see Admissions for details.

How to Apply

Apply at the Ontario Universities Application Centre using the program code QA (Queen's University, Arts).

More Info

More information may be obtained by sending mail to undergrad@cs.queensu.ca.