‌‌Welcome to the Visual Arts Department


Studying the creative arts yields not only innovative thinking but also cultural and economic benefits to society. Thoughtful visual expression enriches our shared experience - revealing beauty, encouraging tolerance and diversity, and sharpening critical insight.

In the Visual Arts Department at UFV, we encourage each student to develop their own expressive and analytical abilities, as they prepare for future careers as professional artists, designers, curators, educators, and more. 

Our highly-qualified faculty of academics, artists, and designers work collaboratively to offer students a dynamic learning environment in which to study traditional studio arts, new media art, Graphic and Digital Design, Film Studies, and Art History & Visual Studies. We are proud to be part of a regional university that serves the educational needs of domestic and international students, connecting local communities to global creative cultures.


Visual Art News

NEW FOR 2016! Applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Visual Arts Diploma? Portfolio submission can now be done on line. 



May 7-21, 2016

For More Information Visit VISUAL ARTS TRIPS AND TOURS


Travel to the heart of Sichuan, China, home of the world’s Giant Pandas. Enjoy 2 weeks immersed in the capital city of Chengdu, China, with Visual Arts Professor Shelley Stefan.

Students gain academic credit in Drawing while exploring the Giant Panda Research Base,  Sichuan teahouses, Buddhist temples, lotus ponds, ancient sites, art museums, and more!

Students stay with faculty at the host campus of Sichuan Normal University, UFV’s recent exchange partner. SNU campus is located right in the hub of Chengdu, a thriving and cultural city, home to the world-famous, spicy Sichuan cuisine. 

Learn traditional Chinese Ink Drawing at SNU College of Fine Arts, do Tai Chi sketching at sunrise, draw pandas in their natural habitat – have an experience of a lifetime while enjoying the art, culture, and cuisine of Chengdu, China.

Study Tour Requirement*:

Students must register in one or more of the following:

     a. VA 113 - Introduction to Drawing - 3 credits  (No pre-req’s needed)

     b. VA 421 – Independent Study: Painting/Drawing – 3 credits

     c. VA 422 – Independent Study: Painting/Drawing – 3 credits

 Study Tour Cost: $2400

-Price covers 3 credits Tuition, Flights, Hotel, Bus, Visa, and Events

-Students pay for their own food, which is extremely affordable and delicious!

 Study Tour Option:

-Add additional Drawing courses or MAND 210 at extra cost


Contact Shelley Stefan: shelley.stefan@ufv.ca, 604-504-7441x4424, Office C1402c

Or Vicki Bolan: Vicki.Bolan@ufv.ca, 604-854-4543, Office C1402h

*Some restrictions may apply

Download PDF Version: Sichuan Study Tour PDF

Map of Chengdu, China:







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