Visual Arts (BFA)

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Train with the next generation of artists and cultural producers. Learn in cutting-edge facilities designed for traditional and digital-studio arts courses. The Visual Arts program offers a perfect balance of studio work and academic study, immersing you in hands-on critical and contemporary art education.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

Visual Arts offers a critical and contemporary art education. There is an equal emphasis on academic study and studio work. You will acquire the foundational skills, techniques, and theories to work in two and three dimensions in a variety of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, computer applications, and video. Art history courses, visiting artists’ presentations, and participation in art exhibitions also form integral parts of the program.

In addition, electives (12 credits in the third and fourth years) establish a strong critical foundation. NOTE: Bachelor of Fine Arts programs at UBC Okanagan require 126 credits, and may therefore take more than four years to complete.

Experiential learning and research

As part of a senior-level practicum, you are able to work and study in certain off-campus, art-related positions to receive credit toward your degree. In fourth year, you have the opportunity to complete advanced studio work, where you will propose and carry out an independent program of studio work in consultation with course directors and faculty advisors. Self-directed readings, writing projects, individual and group critiques, and participation in a final exhibition are required as part of this course. The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers $2,500 undergraduate research awards that provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creative activities over the summer months.

Campus features

Facilities on UBC’s Okanagan campus include sculpture, photography, and printmaking studios, private studio space for senior-level students, and the CanWest Global Centre for Artists’ Video, which houses state-of-the-art video and digital video editing equipment.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Program Requirements

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