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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the perfect goal for creative individuals who want to explore the possibilities of art-making, both technically and conceptually. In this four-year program, you will receive a sound educational foundation, and gain an understanding of how studio practices and academic theory complement each other in today's artistic landscape. A BFA will prepare you not only to make art, but also to understand the complex relationship between art and contemporary culture.
UFV is proud to offer the Fraser Valley's first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This four-year Visual Arts major is a dynamic and interdisciplinary program incorporating art history, studio art, and critical theory. Students are given the tools for contemporary art practice through a curriculum that is sensitive to the social and political issues that affect art practices today. Interactive experiences such as gallery tours, visiting artists, lectures, and exhibition opportunities enhance classroom and studio education.
The design of this program matches the needs and desires of our students as emerging artists. You will be able to fine-tune this degree so it best suits you and your educational and career goals. The UFV Visual Arts faculty members are committed to high standards of achievement for students, and enhance their teaching with their own experiences in professional art practice. Well-designed studios and a dynamic professional teaching faculty make our department a highly informative and encouraging place to study visual art.
Option One: High School Graduation Only
You will need your B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent and a B in English 12. An orientation and portfolio review is also required, and is held in the spring for the following fall intake. For specific portfolio requirements, check the Visual Arts website at www.ufv.ca/visualarts, or contact the program advisor at 1-800-504-7441, ext. 4406.
Option Two: University Entrance
You must have completed a minimum of 15 Visual Arts/Art History universitylevel credits (including three credits of Art History) with a minimum 2.33 GPA, and an overall cumulative GPA 2.0 on all courses attempted.
You must have completed of a minimum of nine Visual Arts/Art History university-level credits (including three credits of Art History) with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and an overall cumulative GPA
of 2.33 on all courses attempted.
You must have a UFV Visual Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design or
Theatre Arts diploma. Students without the necessary credits in Visual Arts and/or Art History must complete an interview and portfolio review as in Option One.
Go to our website at www.ufv.ca/visualarts and follow the links to the BFA section. From our site, you can download an application form and then submit the application fee along with the completed admission form to the Admissions and Records office. You can also apply directly through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca. Applications are accepted beginning October 1 for the following fall intake. Call our BFA program advisor anytime for more information at 1-888-504-7441 ext. 4406.
This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:
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You should also visit the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about 12 million dollars in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget planning worksheet is available online at www.ufv.ca/fineaid/budget.
University of the Fraser Valley
The University of the Fraser Valley is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls over 11,000 students per year, and lies nestled in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The University has campuses in Abbotsford,...
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Residence at UFV means students living, working, studying, and socializing together. It’s an exciting way to get involved at the university as you help shape your community. Feel supported as you develop skills, gain information, and access many of the resources on the UFV campus. With a timely application, a private bedroom within a two-bedroom suite on campus at Baker House can be yours for...