Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree can currently only be completed by
meeting the requirements of both the BFA and a major in Visual Arts. The
information below combines the requirements for the BFA and the major.
High school (for students with high
school graduation only)
1. B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent and,
2. B in English 12, and interview and portfolio required.
Option 2: University
students who have attended some post-secondary school)
Completion of a minimum of 15 university-level credits in BFA-related disciplines (see Note) with a minimum of 2.33 GPA, and an overall
cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all courses attempted.
Completion of a minimum of nine university-level credits in BFA-related disciplines (see Note) with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and an overall
cumulative GPA of 2.33 on all courses attempted.
A UFV diploma in Visual Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic and Digital Design, or Theatre Arts.
A UFV Associate of Arts degree with an option in Theatre or MACS.
Note: For the purpose of Admissions, credits earned in the following BFA-related disciplines will be considered: Art History, Fashion Design, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media and Communication Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Credits earned in Creative Writing courses offered by the English department will also be considered: ENGL 104, 111, 165, 211, 212, 213, 215, 302, 303, 311, 313, 315, 317, 373, 377, 381, 386.
Applicants must also satisfy English language policy. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language policy 340.29.
When to apply
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see
Specific intake application
How to apply
1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV 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 www.ufv.ca/ar, or you
can apply directly through the internet at
Additional documents required for a
official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all
post-secondary institutions you have attended showing grade/course achievement
as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. To retain your
original application date, order early so transcripts arrive within two weeks of
the date your application is mailed or submitted.
2. When your application has been processed by the Admissions and Records
office, you will receive information on program orientation and portfolio
submission dates, and a copy of the portfolio guidelines. Applicants under Option 1 must submit a portfolio of
recently created art works and accompanying documentation, as directed in the portfolio guidelines. The portfolio is not due at the time of application, but will be submitted and reviewed in April for the fall intake. All applicants must attend
a program orientation, also held in April. Applicants who reside
outside the Lower Mainland area should contact the Program Advisor for alternate
3. You will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, 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 second week of classes.
4. In cases where course work is in progress, an admission decision may be
made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion
of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August for the
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.
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 over the four-year program:Materials: approximately $3,600
Field trips: $200-$400
Photography students will require a 35mm film camera
Standing Required for Continuance
All students accepted into the BFA program at UFV are expected to maintain
acceptable standards of scholarship. Specifically, they are expected to maintain
a minimum 2.0 CGPA on all courses. Six credits in Art History with a
minimum cumulative grade of 2.0 must be attained by the end of 60 credits in the BFA (Visual Arts major).
A student who has a CGPA lower than 2.0 or who has not completed six credits in Art History with a minimum cumulative
grade of 2.0 by the end of 60 credit will be placed on Academic Warning
for the next semester. A student on Academic Warning may not register in a
course overload. A student on Academic Warning who achieves a single semester
GPA for of at least 2.0 will
continue on Academic Warning until the CGPA equals or exceeds 2.0. Warning will take place in
accordance with UFV policy 340.03 on Academic Warning.
Requirement to Withdraw
Students who do not achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.0 while they are on Academic Warning will be
required to withdraw from the program. Students who have been required to
withdraw from the BFA program may continue to take courses as Arts Studies
students; however, they may not register for any upper-level courses.
Students may not register for a course more than twice. No more than five
course duplications will be permitted. Where a course has been repeated, only
the higher grade will be counted in the GPA calculation.
A student who is required to withdraw from the BFA program must submit an
appeal for readmission to the BFA program head if he/she wishes to
resume studies in the degree program. Students who have been required to
withdraw will be advised to complete a further nine credits of academic work or
to repeat a similar amount of academic work taken previously in order to
demonstrate their academic abilities. Appeals must be received at least three
months before the start of the semester for which a student has applied.
Readmission is not automatic. If readmitted, students will be placed on Academic
Warning again, subject to the conditions for Academic Warning as described
A student must complete at least 60 credits of the credits required for the
BFA at UFV. At least 15 of these credits must be at the upper-level. Transfer
credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, which includes
course challenge, do not meet this requirement.
It is the students responsibility to ensure that all program requirements
are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the BFA Program
- GPA of at
least 2.0 GPA on all program courses.
- Student participation
in a graduation exhibition. Intention to participate should be registered
with the BFA advisor during the semester prior to program completion.
- Students who wish to attend the graduation ceremony
in June must apply by April 1, and complete program requirements by April
The 120 credits required consist of:
60 studio credits with 30 at the upper-level
33 arts and lab science credits with 12 of these being upper-level credits
(This includes a writing requirement (6 credits), a lab science requirement (3
credits), a reasoning requirement (3 credits), and 21 credits in Art History.)
27 elective credits of university-level coursework at a 100-level or
higher, with a minimum of three of these credits being upper-level. A maximum of
six credits may be from visual arts/art history. At least six credits must come from BFA programs or BFA
related courses. Students with a UFV diploma in Fashion Design, Graphic Design
or Theatre will typically have 30 credits that apply to the degree. They must
meet all program requirements.
Core program requirements
||Introduction to Drawing
||Intro Studio I: Material Processes
||Intro Studio II: Space, Form and Time
|Studio I through IV of three complete studio disciplines:
|VA 123, 124, 321, and 322
||Painting/Drawing I, II, III, and IV
|VA 131, 132, 331, and 332
||Sculpture I, II, III, and IV
|VA 151, 152, 351, and 352
||Print Media I, II, III, and IV
|VA 171, 172, 371, and 372
||New Media I, II, III, and IV
|VA 183, 184, 383, and 384
||Photography I, II, III, and IV
Note: Theatre minor students may substitute THEA 370 for one
studio IV course.
Art History core
||History of Western Art, 1400 to the Present
||Critical Approaches to Thinking and Writing about Art
| or AH 205
||Art Practices and Popular Culture I
||Arts in Context: Modernism
| or AH 315
||Arts in Context: Contemporary
|One additional 100-level Art History course
|One additional 200-level Art History course
|One additional 300-level Art History course
|VA 401/AH 401
||Senior Seminar I
|VA 402/AH 402
||Senior Studio I
|VA 403/AH 403
||Senior Seminar II
|VA 404/AH 404
||Senior Seminar II
||Professional Development and Practices
Note: Theatre minor students may substitute THEA 370 for either VA 402/AH 402 or VA 404/AH 404.
Six credits from:
Three additional credits from ENGL 100- to 400-level courses, or CMNS 155
PHIL 100 or at least three credits from each of the following lists:
| AH 205, 316
| CMNS 251, 360
| ENGL 150, 364
GEOG 241, 452
| HIST 300
| MATH 265
PSYC 202*, 408
| THEA 201, 453
* This requirement may be met by PSYC 210 if previously completed.
Lab Science requirement
Four credits from:
ASTR 103 or 104
BIO, 100-level or higher
CHEM, 100-level or higher
CIS 145, CIS 146, CIS 180, CIS 185, CIS 245
GEOG 101 or 102
KPE 163 or 170
PHYS 100-level or higher
* This requirement may be met by PSYC 210 or PSYC 220 if previously
27 credits of university-level coursework at a 100-level or
higher. A maximum of six credits may be from visual arts/art history. A maximum
of 24 credits may be from applied arts. Three of the 27 credits must be
upper-level. At least six credits must come from BFA programs or BFA related
LAS 100, LAS 201
ENGL 211, 212, 213, 215
CIS 145, CIS 146, CIS 180, CIS 185, CIS 245
Note: Students with a UFV Fashion Design diploma will typically
be able to apply 30 credits to the BFA, those with a Graphic Design diploma
about 33 credits, and those with a Theatre diploma about 33 credits. All core
courses and breadth courses have to be completed for the BFA.
For complete details on courses see the
course descriptions section.