Art transcends boundaries. It brings people together and allows for diverse perspectives and voices to be heard. Art appeals to our psyche and gives us a sense of belonging, understanding, and unity. That’s why York University has spent the last several decades advocating for the importance of art in our communities. By funding research and initiatives, York University has been able to pave new paths in the arts and create platforms for artists and creatives to express their individual experiences.
For over fifty years the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) has defined opportunities for the arts. AMPD was the first in Canada to offer integrated studies in jazz, contemporary improvisation, gospel, world music and ethnomusicology. We were also the first to offer a Bachelor of Design degree, the first to offer a graduate program in Film, and the only university to offer an undergraduate Screenwriting degree. From these beginnings, AMPD alumni have gone on to shape the landscape of contemporary arts and culture across Canada and around the world.
Today, AMPD is Canada’s leading school for socially engaged artists, designers, performers, and thinkers committed to connecting globally recognized work with sustained local impact. We are an artistic and intellectual community that connects individuals and communities, arts and technology, imagination and industry. Ranked #2 in Ontario for arts, performing arts, and design by Times Higher Education, AMPD maintains a conviction that creativity is a communal activity, achieved by providing access to diverse students, as well as the resources to ensure both their success and their sense of belonging. York University and AMPD have been making waves in the arts for years and will continue to create a space of inclusivity, representation, and accessibility for years to come.