Queen's School of Computing

This degree plan is intended for students with interests and abilities in both Computing and at least one of the creative-arts disciplines at Queen's: Art, Drama, Film and Media, and Music. The plan aims to allow you to use your creativity and scientific knowledge to make full use of state-of-the-art new-media software development/production technologies and to develop the technologies and computing applications of the future.


You start by applying at the Ontario Universities Application Centre using the program code QA (Queen's University, Arts) and getting admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at Queen's.

In your first year, you will take introductory courses in the Arts disciplines in which you might be interested:

Note that course codes with /6.0 denote two-term courses.

If you have no background in Computing, you should also take either Elementary Computer Animation (CISC-110) or Elements of Computing Science (CISC-101) in the fall and Introduction to Computing Science I (CISC-121) in the winter; otherwise you can take CISC-121 in the fall and Introduction to Computing Science II (CISC-124) in the winter.

At the end of the first year, you select the Computing and the Creative Arts (COCA) Specialization as your Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree plan, and you will also apply for one of the four Arts subjects as your Arts subplan.

In your second year, you will take the Introduction to Computing and the Creative Arts course (COCA-201) to get an overview of how Computing applications are currently impacting various arts-related fields, including new-media art, electronic music, applications in art preservation and analysis, computer animation, computer applications in theatre and dance, industrial and architectural design, and computer games. You'll also begin taking core courses in Computing and in your Arts option.

The core Computing subjects you'll study will include programming at various levels (CISC-121 / 124 / 220 / 223 / 260), Data Structures (CISC-235), Algorithms (CISC-365), Human-Computer Interaction (CISC-325), and Artificial Intelligence (CISC-352), and you'll also study necessary mathematics: Linear Algebra (MATH-111/6.0) or Calculus (MATH-126/6.0), Discrete Mathematics (CISC-203), and Mathematical Logic (CISC-204).

In the Art subplan, the core courses are

It is strongly recommended that students select ARTF 260 and ARTH 210 when they are offered.

In the Drama subplan, the core courses are Theatre History (DRAM-200/6.0), Introduction to Dramaturgy (DRAM-220), Theatre Space (DRAM-240) and either Design and the Theatre (DRAM-241) or Theatre Production (DRAM-242).

In the Film and Media subplan, the core course is Production (FILM-250/6.0), and your choice of three of Media and Popular Culture (FILM-240), Research, Writing and Presentation Methods (FILM-206), Critical Inquiry (FILM-226), Historical Inquiry (FILM-216), Media Studies (FILM-236), and Digital Media (FILM-260).

In the Music subplan, choose at least one of three half-courses surveying different musical periods: Medieval and Renaissance Music (MUSC-205), Baroque and Classical Music (MUSC-204), and Romantic and 20th-Century Music (MUSC-203).

After satisfying the core-course requirements in Computing and in your Arts subplan, you will complete the core degree requirements by choosing from a variety of available advanced courses in those subjects. For example, in Computing, you can select from Fundamentals of Web Applications (CISC-P82), or any CISC courses at the 300 level or above, including at least 3.0 units at the 400 level.

For information on requirements and descriptions of advanced courses available in the four Arts subjects, consult the Arts and Science Calendar.

Finally, you will complete the degree requirements with 30.0 elective units; these may be courses in other Arts subjects, additional Computing courses, or any courses in Arts and Science for which you have the prerequisites. Here are some of the courses that you could choose to take as electives:

Follow the links for details on these courses or, if there is no link, check out the Arts and Science Calendar.