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VST410: Internship in Visual Studies

This guide offers information about the UTM Department of Visual Studies internship course.

Course Description & Eligibility

This internship course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience at an institution or business closely related to the arts and to visual studies. This is especially tailored for mature and self-disciplined students in their final year of study, who are ready to apply knowledge acquired in previous courses and are planning a career in the arts and cultural sector. Students registered in any DVS program are eligible to apply. Students work closely with the DVS internship coordinator to establish suitability. Regular updates and a final report and presentation will be required. The final grade for the course will be based on these, along with the assessment of the employer.

For the VST410 course in the winter term 2021, students are encouraged to secure online internships. Online internships offer national and global experiences not feasible when working on-site.
Prerequisite: Minimum completion of 5.5 credits in DVS Programs and 8.0 additional credits; minimum CGPA 2.5; and permission of internship coordinator.

Course Requirements and Grade

January to April (winter term)

  • A fixed number of hours of work at an arts related institution as determined by the Department of Visual Studies (in 2020-2021 it was 100 hours).
  • Grade is based on the following:
    • Two-hour weekly class - participation and attendance graded.
    • Completion of Assignments. Assignments are designed to prepare you for your job search post graduation.
    • Employer's 20% Grade submitted at the end of your internship.