Visual Art (BA)

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This program is similar to a general liberal arts degree with an emphasis on the practice of visual art. Held in studio environments, visual art classes foster individual creative production and visual literacy in a lively atmosphere of instructor-led debate, discussion, and critique.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Visual Art program leading to a Bachelor of Art in Visual Arts allows you to select a Major or Minor option. Both BFA and BA develop the creative and intellectual potential of each individual student through the practice and study of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, multimedia, and digital media. The BA combines a focus on visual art practice with a broad range of complementary elective courses, leading to a variety of careers involving the making and understanding of art and visual culture, as well as to post-graduate studies in Art Education.

Campus features

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is the home of the UBC Fine Arts Gallery, and houses the university art collection & archive.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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