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College of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Major, minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus, Mission campus

Fees and costs


  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Course work emphasizes professional standards of practice through project-based learning, special events, and workshops.
  • Well-equipped labs and studios, a diverse range of opportunities, and committed faculty and staff, create a supportive environment to grow as an artist.
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Develop your artistic skill, become a creative problem solver, and learn how to flourish in the creative arts industry by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

In your first year, you can explore a range of Fine Arts discipline while you complete the BFA general requirements in writing, logical reasoning, and science.

Before the end of your second year, you focus your degree, based on your career goals and personal interests, by choosing a major or two extended minors from the list below:


Extended Minors


In your third and fourth years of study you deepen your knowledge by completing the requirements for your major, minor, or extended minors, and by selecting your choice of electives to meet the credential requirements of your degree.

View program requirements


Global spending on entertainment and media is expected to rise to $2.6 trillion by 2023. In fact, the United Nations reports that the creative economy is one of the world's fastest growing sectors for income generation, job creation, and export earnings.

According to British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook, the motion picture and video industries lead employment growth in southwestern British Columbia. Annual revenues for film, TV, and digital media combined add up to $3 billion. Consequently, opportunities abound for artists in occupations that support digital media, motion pictures, broadcasting, photography, and the performing arts.

Other opportunities exist to pursue a career in the field of commercial art and work for design agencies, marketing agencies, photography studios, and publishers. You may also find employment as a gallery curator, art director, or teacher. Or you may opt to be self-employed as a professional artist in your discipline of choice. Alternatively, you may go on to pursue further education, or seek employment in other related industries such as business, tourism, entertainment, broadcasting, and more.


View the Bachelor of Fine Arts entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open to international students


If you do not currently meet the BFA entry requirements, you still may be considered for the Visual Arts diploma. Apply to Qualifying Studies in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions. 

Upgrading English courses

There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies or International advisor to learn more about additional options.


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