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FSL 364H1F/S
French for the Arts


Students taking this course will develop a deeper understanding of French language and culture through the study of the arts. France is the birthplace of many internationally renowned artists and the cradle of numerous important artistic and intellectual movements within European and global contexts. This course is an introduction to the study of central themes in French artistic expression, and is designed to familiarize students with key concepts and vocabularies that are relevant to the subject. Different modes of artistic representation, such as the visual and performing arts are studied to explore how different art forms have contributed to the rich heritage and identity of French culture. Students will develop specific written and verbal skills for observing, describing, and analyzing various artistic mediums including poetry, painting, music, film, and other sources of creative and visual expression.

Required Texts: a course reader

Assignments and Evaluation: (Oral presentation (15%), Critical analysis (written and oral) (2 x 15%), Short essay (20%), In-class test (25%), Overall assessment (10%)

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisite: FSL 221Y1 (63%) or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.

Exclusion: FSL 321Y1 and higher

Please note: You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you must withdraw from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites or for not following the placement test recommendation. This decision may not be appealed.

This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit