Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2018

Visual Arts

Visual Arts major

This section specifies the Visual Arts major requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts section for information on additional requirements.

Foundation studio: 12 credits

Course Title Credits
VA 113 Introduction to Drawing 3
VA 115 Introductory Studio I: Material Processes 3
VA 116 Introductory Studio II: Space, Form, and Time 3
VA 160 Introduction to Video Production
or VA 180 Digital Photography

Core studio: 36 credits

Course Title Credits
Studio I through IV of three complete studio disciplines: 36
VA 223, 224, 321, and 322 Painting/Drawing I, II, III, and IV
VA 231, 232, 331, and 332 Sculpture I, II, III, and IV
VA 251, 252, 351, and 352 Print Media I, II, III, and IV
VA 271, 272, 371, and 372 New Media I, II, III, and IV
VA 283, 284, 383, and 384 Photography I, II, III, and IV (see Note 1)

Note 1: Students with credit for VA 180 may omit VA 284.

Note 2: Theatre minor or extended minor students may substitute THEA 370 for one studio IV course.

Art History: 20 credits

Course Title Credits
AH 102 History of Western Art: 1400 to the Present 3
AH 200 Critical Approaches to Thinking and Writing about Art 3
AH 314 Arts in Context: Modernism
or AH 315 Arts in Context: Contemporary 4
One additional 100-level Art History course (see Note 1) 3
One additional 200-level Art History course 3
One additional 300-level Art History course 4

Note 1: Fashion minor or extended minor students may substitute FD 193 for the 100-level Art History course.

Note 2: The completion of all required 300-level AH credits is a prerequisite for VA/AH 401.

Capstone courses: 16 credits

Course Title Credits
VA 360 Professional Development and Practices 3
VA 401/AH 401 Senior Seminar I 4
VA 402 Senior Studio I 3
VA 403/AH 403 Senior Seminar II 3
VA 404 Senior Studio II 3

Additional requirements for BFA with a Visual Arts major

Additional program requirements will be met in part by fulfilling the requirements noted above. The following must also be included in the 120 credits required for the BFA:

  • At least 15 upper-level credits that count towards the major must be completed as UFV.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts general requirements must be satisfied.
  • The following courses must be completed at UFV, and may not be aquired through transfer or PLAR: AH 401/VA 401, VA 402, AH 403/VA 403, and VA 404.


Students declaring the Visual Arts major must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of the foundation studio courses (VA 113, VA 115, VA 116, and one of either VA 160 or VA 180) and six credits of Art History with a minimum CGPA of 2.33 on all six courses.

For further information on the declaration process, please see the BFA section of the calendar.

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For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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