ucfvonly.gif (3409 bytes) Arts & Applied Arts

Website: www.ufv.ca/arts/
Dean: Virginia Cooke, BA (Hons), MA (SFU), PhD (Queen’s)
Dean’s Office: B315, Abbotsford campus
Telephone: (604) 854-4516
Fax: (604) 855-7558
Administrative Assistant: Dale Demeules
Telephone: (604) 854-4539

The Arts division at UCFV provides the community with a broad range of educational opportunities that prepare students to be active, successful citizens of the 21st century. Our goal is to help students realize their potential as members of local and global communities, as inheritors of traditions, and as creators of possible futures. Maintaining the highest academic standards, we offer innovative disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and applied degrees which prepare students for both continued scholarship and employment. The division meets the intellectual, artistic, and vocational needs of students through an emphasis on pedagogical excellence, flexible programming, and respect for diversity.

The Arts division within the Faculty of Arts and Applied Arts offers the following programs:

Bachelor of Arts degree


Sociology / Anthropology

Extended minors/minors

Anthropology (minor only)
Applied Ethical and Political Philosophy (minor only)
Biology (extended minor only)
Business Administration
Criminal Justice
Latin American Studies

Psychology (extended minor only)
Sociology (minor only)
Visual Arts

Associate of Arts degrees

International Studies
Media and Communication Studies


General Studies
Liberal Arts

Visual Arts


Proficiency certificates in modern languages
Theatre Wardrobe Technician (subject to funding)

Arts Disciplines
(Areas not already included under previous headings)

Included in this section are disciplines not previously listed in which you can apply courses toward the Bachelor of Arts and/or Associate of Arts degree, the General Studies diploma, the Liberal Arts diploma, or the Visual Arts and Theatre diplomas. Courses from these disciplines also transfer to many other post-secondary institutions. Please check with Arts Advisors about which courses can be applied to a degree/associate degree/diploma.

Art History
International Studies
Literature in Translation
Media and Communication Studies
Modern Languages
Political Science

Religious Studies
Social, Cultural, and Media Studies (SCMS)

The Applied Arts division within the Faculty of Arts and Applied Arts offers the following programs:

Adult Education (Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education)
Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, Criminal Justice diploma)
English as a Second Language
Fashion Design
Fashion Design diploma, Theatre Wardrobe Technician certificate - subject to funding )
Graphic Design (diploma)

Arts Advisors

Arts Advice Centre coordinator/Bachelor of Arts advisor: Joanne Bishop, BGS (SFU)
Room D3059, Abbotsford campus
Telephone: (604) 854-4577

Liberal Arts diploma/Associate of Arts degree advisor: Pam Mercer, BA (SFU)
Room D3057, Abbotsford campus
Telephone: (604) 853-7441, local 4283

Priority admission

Applications for priority admission are accepted for all Arts division programs. See the Priority Admission information in the Admissions and Registration section for information.

General Studies in the Arts division

The General Studies category is designed for students wishing to take courses for their own interest or to help them in choosing a direction of study. As a General Studies student, you may take arts, science, and/or applied courses. General Studies is not a true “program”; it has no structured group of courses. Students can apply later for any of the associate, diploma, or degree options at UCFV. Credit is given for courses recognized by your chosen option (see the General Studies section). University-level courses can be transferred to another institution. For more details see the Guidelines for Transfer to Other Universities information in the Transfer of Credit section.

Additional Bachelor of Arts degrees

UCFV also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education , a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Workload and classroom expectations

You may register for a single course, or up to six courses, depending on the Arts option you choose. Five courses per semester is the normal load for a student wishing to complete a “year” of Arts courses in one school year (two semesters). A single course will require attendance in class for three to seven hours per week, and an additional five to 10 hours per week of homework. Out-of-class homework is extremely important, and you should guard against taking too many courses if you have other time commitments.

Fees and other costs

See Fees and Other Costs in the General Information section.

Dates and locations

Days and times for courses are listed in the timetable, which is available at all UCFV centres about one month prior to the beginning of each registration period. Most courses are taught at the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses, many in Mission, with occasional course offerings in Hope. Both day and evening times are shown in the timetable.

Course selection and transferability

You may register for courses for which you meet the prerequisites. These are listed for each course in the Course Descriptions section. Be sure to consult an educational advisor in Student Services if you are planning to transfer courses to another university. Some courses carry transfer credit only to certain universities, and careful planning is important. Courses numbered 300 and 400 that are part of the UCFV Bachelor of Arts program may be considered for transfer at the time of application on a course-by-course basis by the university to which you are transferring. Provincial Transfer Guides are available in Student Services, at the Library, and online at www.bccat.bc.ca.

Co-operative Education option

The Co-operative Education option provides Arts students with the opportunity to acquire paid, career-related work experience in conjunction with their studies in the Bachelor of Arts degree, associate degree, and diploma programs.

Bachelor of Arts degree students should successfully complete a minimum of four work terms in order to receive a Co-operative Education designation. To be eligible for Co-op, you must select a program of studies in the Arts division that ensures that you are:

Applications are accepted in the Fall semester (deadline October 31).

A typical study and work schedule is:






Study term 1

Study term 2

Work term 1


Work term 2

Study term 3

Work term 3


 Study term 4
Associate degree graduation

Study term 5

Work term 4


Study term 6

Work term 5

Study term 7


Work term 6

Study term 8

 Degree graduation

*These study and work-term sequences will vary for students entering into a UCFV Co-op Ed option at the third-year level. See Co-operative Education section for more details.

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