Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall and Winter semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
If this program is full, or you are waiting to find out about your admission to the program, you will be given an opportunity to register as a Qualifying Studies student. It is not necessary to submit a separate application form. If you meet the entrance requirements and a space becomes available later, you will be contacted.
For students under 19 years of age, fall admission is conditional upon proof of B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the beginning of August.
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 (including portfolio submission), and the application fee have been submitted.
Students who attend UFV part-time, or who are enrolled in other programs, may take any available Visual Arts or Art History courses for which they have the prerequisites. Those who later decide to complete the Visual Arts diploma program should consult with the calendar or the BFA Academic Advisor to ensure that they have the appropriate courses.
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 by the Visual Arts students over the two-year program:
A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a diploma.
Students must maintain a 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 the University. 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).
Students may not register for a course more than twice. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade will be counted in the GPA calculation.
Academic standing will be governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92). Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) 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.
The academic standing of all students covered under this policy for courses where letter grades are assigned will be determined at intervals of 9 credits at the start of a student’s academic career 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.
Students who have been Required to Withdraw from UFV under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) are subject to re-admission and continuance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar. Students are normally only readmitted once to the same program.
To be readmitted to the Visual Arts diploma program, you must complete nine university-level credits (can be duplicate courses), with a minimum 2.0 CGPA. Once these criteria are met, you may apply for re-admission at the Office of the Registrar. When readmitted, you will remain on Academic Warning until your overall CGPA is 2.0.
A student must complete at least 30 of the credits required for the Visual Arts diploma at UFV. Transfer credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, which includes course challenge, may only be applied for up to 30 credits of the 60-credit diploma.
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.
Diploma candidates who qualify to receive a UFV Visual Arts diploma must be approved by the UFV Arts division and the Senate.
Students must apply for graduation by completing a Request to Graduate form available at the Office of the Registrar. We recommend this be done in the first month of the graduating semester. The final deadline for submissions is April 1, with all program requirements completed by April 30 for students wishing to attend the June convocation ceremony.
|VA 115||Introductory Studio I: Material Processes||3|
|VA 116||Introductory Studio II: Space, Form, and Time||3|
|Choose one of:||3|
|VA 101||Figure Drawing|
|or VA 113||Introduction to Drawing|
|Choose one of:||3|
|VA 160||Introduction to Video Production
|or VA 180||Digital Photography (see Note)
|Choose three of:||9|
|VA 221||Drawing II
|or VA 223||Painting I
|VA 231||Sculpture and Extended Media I
|VA 251||Print Media I
|VA 271||New Media I – Introduction to Electronic Media
|VA 283||Introduction to Photography
|Choose three of:||9|
|VA 222||Figure Painting (see Note 1)|
|or VA 224||Painting II
|VA 232||Sculpture and Extended Media II
|VA 252||Print Media II
|VA 272||New Media II – Computational Media Art
|VA 284||Darkroom Photography (see Note 2)
Note 1: Students should ensure they have the necessary prerequisites. Please see the BFA Academic Advisor if in doubt.
Note 2: Students with credit for VA 180 may omit VA 284 and complete an extra elective course as described below.
|AH 102||History of Western Art: 1400 to the Present||3|
|100-level Art History course||3|
|AH 200||Critical Approaches to Thinking and Writing about Art
|200-level Art History course||3|
|Art History course, 100-level or higher||3|
|ENGL 105 (see Note 1)||Academic Writing||3|
Note 1: Students who received an A in English 12 or equivalent (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.
Note 2: UFV’s policy is that when a provincial exam is written for English 12, the higher of the school grade or the blended final grade is used.
12 credits chosen from:
Note: CMNS 125 must have been taken in September 2017 or later. CMNS 155 (formerly offered) may also be used to meet this requirement.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.