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Welcome to the Visual Arts Department!

Study in the creative arts yields not only innovative thinking but also cultural and economic benefits to society. Thoughtful visual expression enriches our shared experience—revealing beauty, encouraging inclusion and diversity, and sharpening critical insight. In the Visual Arts Department at UFV, we encourage each student to develop their own expressive and analytical abilities, as they prepare for future careers as professional artists, designers, curators, educators, and more.

Our highly-qualified faculty of academics, artists, and designers work collaboratively to offer students a dynamic learning environment in which to study traditional studio arts, new media art, Film Studies, and Art History & Visual Studies. We are proud to be part of a regional university that serves the educational needs of domestic and international students, connecting local communities to global creative cultures.

UFV School of Creative Arts Announcement

March 24, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation in the province, and the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations regarding preventive personal hygiene measures, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and travel recommendations, the UFV School of Creative Arts has decided to cancel the following events and trips, in consideration of the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

We would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff for all of the hard work, energy and time that has been put into planning these events. We understand that these cancellations are a disappointment to the UFV community and beyond, and we sincerely apologise.

Please see below for a list of events that have been cancelled: 

  • Richard III by William Shakespeare, Adapted and Directed by Anna Griffith
  • VA Field Trip to Whistler
  • All THEA 101 Field Trips 
  • VA Diploma Show 
  • Art on Campus
  • Auditions for Antigone (postponed until September)
  • Faculty and Guest Critique with Adrienne Fast
  • Interpret Festival and BFA Graduation Show
  • Emerging Directors' Showcase 

Studio and Lab Access

The School of Creative Arts will be closing all its studios and labs as of 5 pm on March 24. We are sad that we have to make this difficult decision, but we need to be extremely mindful of the risks to our students and staff in keeping these spaces open longer. Students are asked to retrieve any personal belongings from studios or lockers by 5 pm tomorrow. If belongings remain in lockers or in studios, they will be stored safely until the studios and labs reopen to student access. Anyone requiring access to spaces in D building (D105 or D115) should contact UFV Production Coordinator Leigh Kerr, at for information about booking space. 

Please contact UFV School of Creative Arts Director Heather Davis-Fisch with questions or concerns:

Summer Classes 2020

Updated March 30, 2020. We are currently confirming which courses will run online this summer and updating the timetable to include any additional information students need to know when registering. Please note that all courses in Art History and Theatre and almost all courses in Media Arts and Visual Arts will be offered online this summer. We hope to also offer additional sections of courses that currently have high waitlists. We will provide a follow-up post to alert students when the timetable online is updated. In the meantime, please contact the School Director, Heather Davis-Fisch ( with questions about specific courses.



"My time spent in the in the Visual Arts Dept. at UFV was the most exciting and rewarding educational experience of my life. The program was engaging, challenging, and most importantly inspiring".

  • – Eduardo Dioses
  •    BFA Alumni
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