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Bachelor of Fine Arts

University of the Fraser Valley
Length: 4 years
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Location: Abbotsford
Language: English

Program Description

Bachelor of Fine ArtsThe 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.

Admission requirements

There are two options for admission. If you are applying straight from high school, follow Option One. If you have attended some post-secondary school, follow Option Two. Students who do not meet the following requirements might consider the Visual Arts diploma path into the BFA.Option One: High School Graduation OnlyYou 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, or contact the program advisor at 1-800-504-7441, ext. 4406.Option Two: University EntranceYou 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. orYou 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 GPAof 2.33 on all courses attempted.orYou must have a UFV Visual Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design orTheatre 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 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 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.

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Degree & diploma

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Fine Arts careers

Your fine arts degree can lead to many options in the creative marketplace. In addition to establishing a professional art practice, you might work in one of the many related arts fields, such as teaching art, owning an art gallery, or working as a curator or art critic. You might also choose a career in a commercial art field such as illustration, animation, art direction, photojournalism, or commercial photography. A BFA is also the first step to a Master of Fine Arts degree, which would prepare you to pursue advanced artistic research, or teach art at the college level.

Tuition & fees

It's best to consult the fees and other costs section in the UFV calendar to get a specific break down on tuition costs. Keep in mind that there will be additional expenses for textbooks, studio materials, and other materials you might need.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

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University of the Fraser Valley

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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Abbotsford, Canada

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...

Contact information for University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford BC