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Visual Arts

Visual Arts diploma

Entrance requirements

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years or older before the first day of classes. Students with university-level credit must have a grade point average of 2.0 on all credits attempted. Applicants must also:

a. attend an orientation
b. attend an interview with a portfolio of 10 current works
c. submit a 300- to 400-word essay on visual art as a career with the portfolio

Applicants will be evaluated on the following points:

a. Essay: 15 points
       5 points — depth of research
       5 points — structure
       5 points — presentation

b. Portfolio: 35 points

Total: 50 points

Applicants must score at least 30 points. The portfolio must demonstrate your potential for visual art. Photographs or slides of large works can be included. Works in the portfolio must have been produced in the last year.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Arts Studies program path.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at, or you can apply directly through the internet at See the Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, if not 19 years of age or older
• students who have attended a post-secondary institution must submit an official transcript (sealed envelope) for each institution attended, whether or not they have completed courses there. If transcripts are being sent directly from the institution(s) attended, please indicate they are on order. To retain your original application date, order early so transcripts arrive within two weeks of the date your application is mailed or submitted.

2. In the spring you will be informed of interview and orientation arrangements. You must attend or make special arrangements with the program head to be eligible for admission to the program. You must bring to the interview a portfolio of 10 recently created art works and a 300- to 400-word essay on your experience in visual art.

3. Upon admission to the program you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward your tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

If this program is full, or you are waiting to find out about your admission to the program, you will be given an opportunity to register as an Arts Studies student. It is not necessary to submit a separate application form. If you meet the entrance requirements and a space becomes available later, you will be contacted.

For students under 19 years of age, fall admission is conditional upon proof of B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the beginning of August.

Part-time and non-program students

Students who attend UCFV part-time, or who are enrolled in other programs, may take any available Visual Arts or Art History courses for which they have the prerequisites. Those who later decide to complete the Visual Arts diploma or degree program should consult with the calendar or the department head to ensure that they have the appropriate courses.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course. There are other related costs which must be considered by the Visual Arts students over the two-year program:

• Materials approximately $1,800
• Field trips $50–100
• Photography students will require a 35 mm camera

Program requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a diploma.

Standing required for continuance

Visual Arts diploma students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA).

Course repetitions

Students may not repeat Visual Arts courses without permission of both the department head and the Dean of Arts and Applied Arts.

Academic warning

Students whose grades fall below a 2.0 CGPA will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester. A student on Academic Warning may not register in a course overload. Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 will continue on Academic Warning until the CGPA equals or exceeds 2.0.

Required to withdraw

Students who do not achieve a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 while on Academic Warning will be withdrawn from the Visual Arts program. A student who has been required to withdraw may continue to take courses as an Arts Studies student.

Readmission to the program

To be readmitted to the Visual Arts diploma program, you must complete nine university-level credits (can be duplicate courses), with a minimum 2.0 CGPA. Once these criteria are met, you may apply for readmission at the Admissions and Records office. When readmitted, you will remain on Academic Warning until your overall CGPA is 2.0.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the Visual Arts department head.

Diploma candidates who qualify to receive a UCFV Visual Arts diploma must be approved by the UCFV Arts division and the University College Board.

Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form available at the Admissions and Records office. We recommend this be done in the first month of the graduating semester. The final deadline for submissions is April 1, with all program requirements completed by April 30 for students wishing to attend the June convocation ceremony.

Program outline

Year One

Fall semester

Course Title Credits
AH 101 History of Western Art to 1400 3
VA 113 Introduction to Drawing & Illustration 3
VA 115 Introductory Studio I: Material Practices 3
VA 116 Introductory Studio II: Space, Form, & Time 3
ENGL 104 or higher or CMNS 155 3
Total   15

Winter semester

Course Title Credits
AH 102 History of Western Art: 1400 to the Present 3
Four of:    
 VA 123 Painting/Drawing I 3
 VA 131 Sculpture I 3
 VA 151 Print Media I 3
 VA 171 New Media I 3
 VA 183 Photography I 3
Total   15

Note: Students should be aware that courses beyond the introductory level normally have prerequisites.

Year Two

Fall semester

Course Title Credits
AH/VA 205 Art Practices and Popular Culture I 3
Four of:    
 VA 124 Painting/Drawing II 3
 VA 132 Sculpture II 3
 VA 152 Print Media II 3
 VA 172 New Media II 3
 VA 184 Photography II 3
Total   15

Winter semester

Course Title Credits
AH/VA 210 Art Practices and Popular Culture II 3
One 200-level Art History course 3
Three of:    
 VA 321 Painting/Drawing III 3
 VA 331 Sculpture III 3
 VA 351 Print Media III 3
 VA 371 New Media III 3
 VA 381 Photography III 3
Total   15

Note 1: Students should be aware that courses beyond the first semester normally have prerequisites.

Note 2: Independent Study credit (VA 400-level courses) in one area (painting, sculpture, print media, interdisciplinary media, or photography) cannot be substituted for an upper-level credit (VA 300-level courses) in another area. Diploma students must meet all program requirements.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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