Queen’s Journal: Fine Art to suspend admissions (9 November 2011)

By Meaghan Wray and Katherine Fernandez-Blance, Queen’s Journal, 9 November 2011.  For related stories, see:  

BFA program won’t accept incoming students next year

The department of Fine Arts announced Wednesday that it won’t accept admissions next year.

Gordon Smith, associate dean of Arts and Science, sent an email to students at around 4 p.m.

“A review of the resources available to the BFA Programme in the immediately foreseeable future indicates that they are not sufficient to sustain the current programme,” he wrote. “Given this assessment the Faculty does not feel it would be responsible to continue to admit students at this time.”

Smith wrote that Fine Art students currently enrolled in the program will be able to complete their degrees without disruption.

“The Dean [of Arts and Science Alistair MacLean] and Associate Dean plan to meet with BFA students in the near future to discuss any concerns or questions that may arise,” he wrote. A current date for this meeting hasn’t been released.

Smith added that there are plans to continue to evaluate the status of the program.

University officials couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday night.

Sarah Tompkins, BFA ’13, said she thinks the program has been viewed as expendable, referencing a displacement of students from Ontario Hall to MacGillivray-Brown Hall last year.

“I want to make sure the students who are still here are going to have everything that’s been promised,” she said of the announcement.

See Friday’s issue of the Journal for full story.

Full text of email from Gordon Smith to BFA students:

“A review of the resources available to the BFA Programme in the immediately foreseeable future indicates that they are not sufficient to sustain the current programme. Given this assessment the Faculty does not feel it would be responsible to continue to admit students at this time. Consequently, following consultation with the Provost, the Faculty has decided to suspend admissions to the Programme for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Faculty is committed to ensuring that students currently enrolled in the BFA Programme will be able to complete their degree with no interruption to their studies. The Dean and Associate Dean plan to meet with BFA students in the near future to discuss any concerns or questions that may arise.

The Faculty will continue to assess the status of the Programme.

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Gordon E. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Music
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Queen’s University
(613) 533-2448”

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