Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.
Students who do not meet these requirements will be considered for the Visual Arts diploma or Qualifying Studies.
Note 1: For the purpose of Admissions, credits earned in the following BFA-related disciplines will be considered: Art History, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media Arts, 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, 208, 211, 212, 213, 215, 302, 303, 311, 313, 315, 317 (discontinued), 373, 377 (discontinued), 378, 381.
Note 2: Applicants who do not meet the requirements for entrance under Option 2 will be considered under Option 1, and will need to submit a portfolio of work to determine eligibility.
Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall and Winter semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
Applicants who meet the Option 2 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. Applicants in Option 1 will be notified of their admission status after the portfolio review process is completed.
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.
All GD courses are offered on the Abbotsford campus in networked Macintosh studios with access to Adobe CC, colour printers, scanners etc. Designated spaces provide additional access to iMacs for homework and project completion. Purchasing a MacBook Pro is optional, and recommended for students pursuing a Minor.
The BFA program can be completed in four years of full-time study, with students taking 10 courses per calendar year.
There are three sets of requirements to note:
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, students must complete the requirements for either one major or two extended minors. Majors are available in Graphic and Digital Design and Visual Arts. Extended minor are available in six BFA-related disciplines:
Students admitted to the degree should seek advice from the BFA Academic Advisor. A formal declaration of program choice should be made in an advising appointment with the BFA Academic Advisor. Students may declare the Graphic and Digital Design major upon admission to the BFA. All other declarations are made after the completion of 30 credits. All declarations must be made before 60 credits are completed (see the Declaration of major, extended minors, and minors section below).
Students in BFA degree programs must complete a minimum of 120 credits:
Students in all BFA degree programs will complete the following general requirements.
Six credits from ENGL 105 (see Note) and any other 100-level English course, or one of CMNS 120 or CMNS 125.
Note: Students who received an A in English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, or equivalent (English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or AP English); ENGL 091; or ENGL 099 may replace the ENGL 105 requirement with any ENGL course numbered 108 or higher.
|PHIL 100||Reasoning: An Introduction to Critical Thinking||3|
|or AH 200||Art History and Its Methods|
|ASTR 103||Astronomy: The Solar System|
|ASTR 104||Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos|
|BIO||BIO 100-level or higher|
|CHEM||CHEM 100-level or higher|
|CIS 145||Web Publishing (see Note 1)|
|CIS 180||Introduction to Visual Programming (discontinued)|
|CIS 185||Introduction to Programming using Media (discontinued)|
|GD 204||Interactive Design II: Web Development for Designers (see Note 1)|
|GEOG 103||The Physical Environment (see Note 2)|
|GEOG 116||Earth Rocks|
|KIN 163||Introduction to Exercise Physiology|
|KIN 170||Basic Human Anatomy|
|PHYS||PHYS 100-level or higher|
|PSYC 202||Research Methods in Psychology|
Note 1: CIS 145 or GD 204 are recommended for Graphic and Digital Design major students.
Note 2: Students with credit for the discontinued GEOG 101 or GEOG 102 cannot take GEOG 103 for further credit.
Elective Note: Theatre Practica
BFA students may use a maximum of six credits from lower-level Theatre practica courses toward elective requirements in the degree program. Lower-level Theatre practica courses include THEA 299, 290, and 295. Since each production represents a unique project, students may repeat THEA 299 once, or THEA 290 or 295 multiple times for further elective credit towards the BFA degree, within the six credit maximum. Additional credit will only be granted when the work undertaken in each practicum represents a different production role.
The Co-operative Education option provides students with the opportunity to acquire paid, career-related work experience in conjunction with their studies in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. See the Co-operative Education section for more details.
UFV offers majors in Graphic and Digital Design and Visual Arts, and extended minors and minors in six disciplines related to fine arts: Art History and Visual Studies, Creative Writing, Graphic and Digital Design, Media and Communication Studies, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Graduation requirements can be met by completing the course of study for the major, or by completing the course of study for two extended minors. Extended minors and/or minors in these subject areas and in Business and Communications may be added at the student's discretion to either the major or a double extended minor program. Minors are not available in the BFA from other Arts areas.
Students who have been admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program may formally declare a major, extended minors, or minors after they have completed at least 30 credits in the program with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 on all credits attempted, provided that they have also met the declaration requirements of the subject discipline where applicable. Students may declare the Graphic and Digital major at the time of admission to the BFA. Formal declaration is completed by appointment with the BFA Academic Advisor.
Students must declare at least one major or two extended minors by the time they have completed 60 university-level credits. Students who have completed 60 credits but have not yet declared at least one major or two extended minors will not be permitted to register. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances by the BFA Academic Advisor.
Students wishing to concentrate on two subject areas can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree by completing two of the following extended minors:
Note: The BFA degree must contain at least one creative practice discipline. Extended minors in Art History and Media and Communications Studies cannot be combined with each other in the BFA degree. Students wishing to combine these two disciplines should pursue a BA degree.
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a double extended minor, students must complete all designated requirements in two discipline areas, plus one course from each of the following two areas:
Students admitted to the degree should seek advice from the BFA Academic Advisor regarding requirements. Declarations should be made with the BFA Academic Advisor when at least 30 credits have been completed.
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 CGPA of 2.00 on all courses.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
The academic standing of all students covered under this policy for courses where letter grades are assigned will be determined at intervals of nine credits at the start of students' academic careers and then at the end of every term after 27 credits have been completed. Students will be assessed after every term enrolled, but Academic Standing will only change at the intervals noted above. Students’ academic standing will be permanently reflected on their student record and will appear on official and unofficial transcripts.
After each semester, students put on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Required to Withdraw status or who are continued on Warning or Probation will be notified by the Registrar.
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Students may not register for a course more than twice. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation.
Students who have been required to withdraw from UFV under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) are subject to readmission and continuance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar. Students are normally only readmitted once to the same program.
Students who are required to withdraw from the BFA program must submit an appeal for readmission to the BFA Academic Advisor if they wish 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 above.
Students must complete at least 60 of the credits required for the BFA at UFV. At least 30 of these credits must be at the upper level. Transfer credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, including course challenge, do not meet this requirement. Students should consult the calendar section for their major or extended minors of choice, as there may be additional residency requirements for specific courses of study.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the BFA Academic Advisor. To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum program and cumulative GPA of 2.00. Degree candidates who qualify to receive a UFV degree must be approved by the BFA Academic Advisor and the Senate.
Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.