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Visual Arts

Certificate in Extended Studies in Visual Arts

The Extended Studies in Visual Arts certificates will allow graduates with a bachelor's degree from a recognized university to obtain an extended minor or minor in Visual Arts. This opportunity to extend the degree is especially useful in cases where an additional credential will enhance a graduate’s employability for a particular career outcome. For further details, please see the Visual Arts extended minor or minor requirements or contact the department.

Entrance requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

2. For a minor, 12 credits in lower level VA or AH, with a CGPA of 2.33. For an extended minor, 18 credits in lower level VA or AH, with a CGPA of 2.33.

3. A letter of intent stating the option for which you are seeking admission (extended minor or minor), your professional and personal reasons for applying to the program, whether attendance will be on a full-time or part-time basis, and, if known, the specific courses you anticipate taking. If necessary, the department will call applicants for an interview to assess their particular needs.

How to apply

Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, if not 19 years of age or older.
• Official transcripts showing completion of the admission 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 on which your application is mailed or submitted.

Program requirements

1. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses/credits attempted, a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses/credits offered by the Visual Arts department, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all upper-level courses/credits.

2. Students must complete the lower-level and upper-level requirements for the credential of their choice, as outlined in the calendar. They are not required to complete the additional requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

3. Credits for some of these courses may be obtained through transfer from previous post-secondary institutions or prior learning assessment. However, at least 50% of the total number of credits and 50% of the upper-level credits required for the minor or extended minor must be taken at UFV.

4. The certificate will require at least an additional five credits of course work after application.

5. The following policies in the Bachelor of Fine Arts section of the calendar also apply to the Extended Studies certificates: Standing required for continuance, Probation/Academic Warning, Requirement to withdraw, Course repetition, and Re-admission.

A program plan will be created for each student, outlining the required courses to complete the program approved at the time of admission. Once admitted to the program, the student will be advised and approved for graduation by the BFA educational advisor. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the BFA educational advisor.

Registration order

Students admitted to an Extended Studies certificate will be given a registration time along with degree students, according to UFV's Order of Registration policy (95).

Reserved seats

Students admitted to an Extended Studies certificate have the same seat priority as students enrolled in equivalent degree programs (seats are not reserved for minors).

Graduation requirement

The certificate will be recognized at convocation and recorded on the student's transcript with the appropriate option. Graduation requests must be approved by Senate. Students must submit a request for graduation form to the Office of the Registrar on or before April 1, with program requirements met by April 30.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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