hey I’m entering the program for UTM’s art and art history program and I was just wondering what would be the recommended number of courses I should take? Should I take the full work of 5 in one semester or should I take a few because of the studio workloads?
this is kind of something you have to figure out for yourself, so keep that in mind before you take anything i’m about to say as gospel. also, first year is the time to figure these things out, so if you don’t get it right this year, don’t worry: you’ve got three more tries left.
if you decide to enrol in fewer than 5.0 courses for Fall/Winter, you will probably end up taking summer courses. for someone like me who’s allergic to working on nice, summer days, that’s not the best idea. on the other hand, if you want to spread out your course load over a full year, taking a couple credits every summer, then maybe it is.
that said, UTM didn’t design the program to be impossible with a full course-load. according to this PDF, the studio courses are restricted to tuesdays and thursdays, leaving mondays, wednesdays and fridays for art history and other UTM courses. also, keep in mind that it costs more to take 4.0 courses during the year and 1.0 in the summer than it does to take 5.0 all in one go.
if you’re really uncertain, plan out a hypothetical weekly schedule with 5.0 FCEs (include professional hula-hooping or whatever other commitments you may have) and see if it looks manageable for you. if not, start cutting things out of your schedule (ideally NOT sleep or eating).
and remember that no matter how many courses you enrol in, if it turns out to be too much when school starts, you can always drop a few classes – just make sure to do it before september 21st.