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Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2020

January 2021

September 2021

January 2022
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Visual Arts (BFA)

Develop the practical skills, critical understanding, and industry-related knowledge necessary to succeed as a professional artist with UFV's Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Fine-tune your BFA to best match your educational and career goals as an emerging artist, designer, performer, writer, or critic. Earn a BFA by choosing a Visual Arts major, or by selecting a Visual Arts extended minor and an additional extended minor in Art History, Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Media & Communications Studies, or Theatre.

Admission requirements

There are two options for admission to this program:

  • Option 1: Secondary school (for students with secondary school graduation only)
  • Option 2: University entrance (for students who have post-secondary credit in BFA-related courses)

For information about requirements for each option, please visit the program webpage. 

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Program content

In your first year of a Visual Arts major, you lay the groundwork for mastering artistic skills in Foundation studio courses. Through study in drawing, material process, video production, photography, and space, form and time, you build a repertoire of technique and experience that prepares you for more advanced course work. 

After mastering the basics, you specialize in three studio disciplines chosen from painting and drawing, sculpture, print media, new media, and photography.

You grow your command of art history through the critical study of modern and contemporary pieces, ranging from Indigenous art to Renaissance classics. Near the end of your studies, senior seminar courses challenge you to develop a comprehensive understanding, while senior studio courses allow you to flex your newly minted artistic skill on self-directed projects. Your work is showcased to UFV alumni and the general public with a BFA graduation exhibition. 

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree

Career opportunities

For creative individuals, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the perfect way to explore the possibilities of careers in the fine arts. In this four-year program, you gain an understanding of how creative practice and academic theory complement each other in today's artistic landscape. A BFA will prepare you to not only produce cultural commodities, but also to understand the complex and critical relationships between creative practice, the creative economy, and contemporary culture.

Depending on how you structure your UFV BFA, you can find employment with a range of employers, including:

  • Design agencies
  • K-12 schools
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Galleries and museums
  • Para-arts organizations
  • Marketing agencies
  • Photography studios
  • Copywriting firms
  • Community organizations
  • Print or online publications
  • Production companies

Alternatively, you may go on to pursue further education, or seek employment in other related industries such as business, entertainment, tourism, broadcasting, and more.

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...

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33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia

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