Indigenous Arts certificate: Honouring
This certificate is designed to provide learning about indigenous art that is
anchored in and built upon life experiences and collective wisdom of the
participants. Its purpose is to teach and develop traditional and contemporary
artistic skills to students of self-identified indigenous ancestry, or persons
with substantial ties to the Aboriginal community. It is also expected that
successful completion of this certificate will provide existing artisans with the
opportunity to honour their artistic gifts while learning the skills and
knowledge necessary to further their professional practices. The courses are
designed to introduce and develop specific indigenous related techniques and
design so that learners create works inspired by traditional and contemporary
approaches with regard to customary protocols and applicable to their own
cultural contexts. Knowledge of and skills in professional practices will be
taught for the promotion of the indigenous artist's work, through exhibitions and sales, thus enabling
the artist to contribute to the promotion of his
or her respective cultures.
The practical component of the certificate entails
working with mentors who will be introduced through the visiting artist program
running alongside the course work. Learners will be required to develop a
professional portfolio and present their final project within a ceremonial/performative
context in the community. This program is focused on a particular art practice
(e.g. carving or textiles) that may change from year to year. Students will
learn skills transferable to professional practice, including the roles of
professional artist/designer, entrepreneur, and facilitator of cultural tourism.
1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age or
older before the first day of class.
2. Attendance at an information session.
3. Students will be required to attend an interview.
4. Students will need to submit a portfolio at the interview, consisting of
at least five current works.
5. Submission of letter of intent and letter of community support.
6. Preparedness and commitment to undertake the program of studies.
7. Personal suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point-rating
system. Points are awarded on portfolio, letters of support, letter of
intent, and interview. This information will be covered at the information
8. Ability to substantiate strong ties to an aboriginal community.
9. Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.
When to apply
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application
How to apply
Submit the application fee, along with your UFV application for admission
form, to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/ar/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any A&R or Student Services office.
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.
Length and location
The program is one year in length. It will be offered on the
Abbotsford campus until facilities allow delivery in Chilliwack or Mission.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
In addition to tuition, your costs include books, supplies, housing,
meals, transportation, and personal expenses. On average, students will pay
$2,500 tuition for the academic year. Books and supplies average $600 per year.
Prospective students are encouraged to make an appointment with Aboriginal
Access Services staff to discuss funding options.
The UFV Financial Aid and Awards office
facilitates the disbursement each year of approximately $7 million in federal
and provincial student loans, B.C. grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to
and Technology: Special Topics I
and Technology: Special Topics II
||Indigenous Art and
Design in Context
and Professional Practices
||Indigenous Art: Stories and Protocols
||Recommended elective from Indigenous Peoples Knowledge courses or
Visual Arts courses
Standing required for continuance
A program grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average) is required for continuation. Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be placed on academic warning for the next semester. Unsatisfactory progress can include:
being placed on academic warning for inappropriate classroom conduct
failing two courses in one semester
failing a required course twice
failing to maintain a 2.0 GPA
students who do not complete a prerequisite course may be allowed to register for a subsequent course at the discretion of the department head. UFV reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient registration
continuance depends on completion of VA 140 Indigenous Design and Technology: Special Topics I (specific to the certificate in which the student has registered (e.g. carving or textiles).
Maximum length of time to complete program
Four years is the maximum length of time in which the program may be
completed. In the event that VA 141 and VA 142 special topics are not available
in years subsequent to when the certificate was offered, these special topic
courses may be completed as independent studies. The student must have already
completed VA 140 in the first year of study. Although the program may be taken
on a part-time basis, it requires a student's full commitment. While in class,
students are expected to participate in group discussions, preparatory research,
field trips, end of certificate exhibition, and to meet project
For complete details on courses see the
course descriptions section.
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