UFV Visual Arts provides an interdisciplinary approach to education. Courses merge technical education, conceptual knowledge, creative problem solving skills, and critical understanding of the arts within an intimate learning environment.
Upon graduation, I exhibited my artwork at multiple galleries and worked in a professional arts studio for a year and a half, after which I decided to pursue a teaching career. I am now a fully certified Secondary Visual Arts and Support teacher. My journey as a educator has made me appreciate the inquiry-based and student-centred approach I received at UFV.
The BFA at UFV prepared me for graduate studies in ways I could not have imagined. The diverse range of resources, opportunities, as well as faculty and support staff who were there to push me to realize my potential, have helped develop me into the artist that I’ve become today.
During my time at UFV I was on the path to become an art teacher... or so I thought. I was determined to achieve this goal but unaware of the great gifts I would receive while attending university. Moreover, I couldn’t know how it would alter my perspective and intended outcome. Deep down I always knew I was an artist, but I honestly had no idea what this really meant—in lifestyle or in practice.
At UFV Visual Arts, I was introduced to the broad spectrum of what contemporary art could be, and to this day I am inspired to continually create new works. Directed studies done with Chris Friesen helped hone my skills in airbrush and put me on the path to the discovery of my current style.
I still feel the support and care of UFV faculty and staff each time I show works in the Fraser Valley and see familiar faces at the show. At a recent show at Surrey Art Gallery, I even had the surprise of being in the show with two UFV faculty members. I enjoyed each course I studied while at UFV, and I suppose my only regret is not taking every art course that was available!
UFV's environment enabled me to have confidence in my artistic skills. Without inhibitions, my potential felt unbounded. UFV was the launching pad for my career as a visual effects artist in film.
UFV gave me the inspiration to compete for jobs I would never have dreamed of. Only 10 months after graduation, I started working as a Music and Art instructor at a private school. I honestly don’t think I would have kept making art this long if it wasn't for the amazing instructors and staff in the Visual Arts Department.
UFV’s Visual Arts program has trained me to pay attention to details, understand desirable aesthetic values, advise others on style and technique, and to receive constructive criticism. I was exposed to so many different artistic mediums in the Visual Arts program and was continually challenged as I endeavored to develop my skills in each one. Even post-grad, I am still learning new mediums and techniques and enjoy the challenge of mastering them.
The dedication and support of my UFV Visual Arts instructors, along with contemporary and culturally relevant assignments, allowed me to engage meaningfully with topics that I am passionate about.
UFV Visual Arts Department emphasizes the conceptual side of art making. I have come to value this emphasis as I feel it prepared me well for work in the field of contemporary art.
The Visual Arts department at UFV has proved to be a remarkable springboard for me. Since graduation, I was invited to a Canadian Wilderness Residency in the Yukon and am employed as an Education Programmer at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford. I strongly feel that the critically challenging, learning environment of the Visual Arts Department at UFV — as well as the dedicated, creative faculty and staff — has helped to prepare me to work as an art professional.