Why earn a BFA?
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the program of choice for creative individuals who want to explore the possibilities of careers in the fine arts. In this four-year program, you will gain an understanding of how creative practice and academic theory complement each other in today’s artistic landscape.
A BFA will prepare you not only to produce cultural commodities, but also to understand the complex and critical relationships between creative practice, the creative economy, and contemporary culture.
Why study fine arts at UFV?
UFV is proud to offer the Fraser Valley’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This four-year program is dynamic and interdisciplinary, offering a Visual Arts major, as well as minors and extended minors in Art History, Creative Writing, Fashion, Graphic Design, Media & Communications Studies, and Theatre.
Students are given the tools for various modes of artistic production through a curriculum that is sensitive to the social and political issues that affect today’s creative marketplace. Interactive experiences such as gallery and performance arts tours, lectures by visiting artists and industry professionals, and exhibition and performance opportunities enhance classroom and studio education.
Well-designed studios, a dynamic faculty, and a dedicated community network of support make all of our Fine Arts departments a highly encouraging place for studying the creative arts.
What type of a career can I expect from the arts?
Your fine arts education can lead to many options in the creative marketplace. In addition to establishing a professional art practice, you might work in one of many related arts fields, such as owning an art gallery, or working as a curator or art critic, or teaching art. You might also choose a career in a commercial art field such as illustration, animation, art direction, photojournalism, or commercial photography.
A BFA is the first step to a Master of Fine Arts degree, which would prepare you to pursue advanced artistic research, or teach art at the post-secondary level.
How much will it cost?
You can check our online calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar for up-to-date information but a general guideline is that fees for a full-time student who is taking five courses would be just over $2,000 per semester. Books and additional supplies will cost you $100 to $200 per course.
You should also visit the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million 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.
What kind of support will I have?
Plenty. The Visual Arts programs has a dedicated advisor who can help with your program inquiries; drop by and visit us in 1402 A and C building on the Abbotsford campus, or call 1-888-504-7441, local 4406.