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School of Creative Arts

Meet UFV Creative Arts

The School of Creative Arts (SoCA) at UFV encompasses the Media Arts, Theatre, and Visual Arts & Art History areas. By combining digital technologies and media with traditional arts practice and performance, SoCA aims to serve as a cultural hub and centre of creative innovation in the Fraser Valley.

We create, teach, and learn in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō people. We believe that creative practice and critical analysis can transform individuals and society.


The School of Creative Arts is a centre for creative practice and interdisciplinary study. Our community embraces diverse perspectives while nurturing critical, artistic, and personal expression. We engage students through an integration of theoretical and practical training—cultivating a breadth of learning, from historical contextualization to technical competencies.


The School of Creative Arts is a dynamic, innovative, and socially engaged community. All members of the School are respected and valued. We work professionally and ethically, autonomously and collaboratively, courageously and creatively. Our practices are socially and environmentally sustainable. We act with empathy, presence, and optimism. We promote the value of the arts in society, and use critical and creative practices to advocate for a more just society.

Core values



We create opportunities for innovation, risk-taking, and embracing the unknown.



We create spaces conducive to mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness and resilience.



We create inclusive environments, valuing empathy, equity, and diversity.



We create in collaboration with others, based on mutual respect, recognizing the value of trust and cooperation.



We create in order to advocate, to promote sustainability, and to build leadership capacity.

Heather Davis-Fisch, PhD

School Director, Associate Professor, Theatre

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402A

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 6367

email Heather

Tetsuomi Anzai

Associate Dean of Faculty

Abbotsford campus, B315e

email Tetsuomi

Jill Bain

Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Studies

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1020

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4738

email Jill

Aimee Brown, BFA, MFA

Assistant Professor, Foundations, 3D and Extended Media

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402j

email Aimee

Geoffrey  Carr

Associate Professor, Art History

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402e

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4384

email Geoffrey

Dr. Candace  Couse , MFA, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Foundations, Drawing and Painting

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402b

email Candace

Mique'l  Dangeli

Assistant Professor

email Mique'l

Chris  Friesen

Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing , on sabbatical

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402f

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4433

email Chris

Anna Griffith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Theatre


Abbotsford campus, D118c

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4849

email Anna

Aleksandra Idzior

Associate Professor, Art History

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402g

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4494

email Aleksandra

Melanie Jones

Assistant Professor, Sculpture & Film Production , on sabbatical

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1047

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4486

email Melanie

Davida Kidd

Associate Professor, Print Media

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1041

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4447

email Davida

Shelley Liebembuk

Assistant Professor, Theatre


Abbotsford campus, D118b

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4406

email Shelley

William Maher

Assistant Professor, Media Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402f

email William

Parjad Sharifi, MFA, PhD Candidate

Associate Professor, Theatre


Abbotsford campus, D118a

Phone: 1-604-792-0025 Ext. 4842

email Parjad

Shel Stefan

Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1018

Phone: 604-504-7441, Ext. 4441

email Shel

Grace  Tsurumaru

Associate Professor, Photography

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1062

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4405

email Grace

Alejandro  Yoshizawa

Assistant Professor, Film, Video Production and Media Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402G

email Alejandro


Limited Term Appointment

Marcel  Casarini, Master

LTA Instructor, Media Arts

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus

email Marcel

Deborah  Silver

LTA Instructor

Creative Arts

email Deborah

Randall Steeves

LTA Instructor, Visual Arts

Creative Arts

email Randall

Toni  Latour

LTA Instructor, Drawing, 2-D Foundations, Digital Photography, Image, Sound and Performance Art, and Community Arts Practices

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4289

email Toni

Qahraman  Yousif

LTA Instructor, Painting

Creative Arts

email Qahraman


Sessional Faculty

Trevor Embury

Sessional Instructor

Graphic Design

Mission campus, D236a

email Trevor

Alexander Lazaridis Ferguson, PhD

Sessional Instructor


Abbotsford campus, D100

email Alexander Lazaridis

Ivana Horacek

Sessional Instructor

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1014

email Ivana

Eric Lee

Sessional Instructor

Graphic Design

Abbotsford campus, D100

email Eric

Barry Magrill

Sessional Instructor

Creative Arts

email Barry

Matthew Piton

Sessional Faculty

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, D102

email Matthew

Clement Yeh

Sessional Instructor

Creative Arts

email Clement

Graeme  Wahn

Sessional Instructor

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus,  C1104

email Graeme



Ian Fenwick, MFA

Emeritus Faculty


email Ian

Brenda  Fredrick

Associate Professor, Honorary

Visual Arts

email Brenda



Jordan Zimmermann

School Coordinator, School of Creative Arts

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402c

Phone: 604-792-0025 ext. 4857

email Jordan

Michael Barker

Mac Lab Technician

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1104

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4323

email Michael

Jennifer Chew

Visual Resources and Communications Specialist

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402C

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4793

email Jennifer

Guiseppe  Condello

Theatre Production Manager

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, D100

email Guiseppe

Alex  Duff

Coordinator, IT & Media

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1060

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4232

email Alex

Paula Funk

Academic Advisor

Academic Advising Centre

Abbotsford campus, 3rd Floor, Building S (SUB)

email Paula

Robin Pittman

Digital Media Technician

Abbotsford campus, C1055

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4424

email Robin

Heather Robertson, MA

Wardrobe Manager


Abbotsford campus, D113

Phone: 604 504 7441 ext.4418

email Heather

Pat  Taddy

Studio Technician

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1052

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4385

email Pat

Jocelyn Thiessen

Events & Committee Assistant

Creative Arts

email Jocelyn

Andrea  Van Schubert

Print Media/3D Technician

Visual Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1130

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 4438

email Andrea

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