‌‌‌Welcome to the Visual Arts Department

‌‌‌Maurice Motut, "Various Artists", UFV BFA Grad, 2014-2015, 2014.011.001.

Studying the creative arts yields not only innovative thinking but also cultural and economic benefits to society. Thoughtful visual expression enriches our shared experience - revealing beauty, encouraging tolerance and diversity, and sharpening critical insight.

In the Visual Arts Department at UFV, we encourage each student to develop their own expressive and analytical abilities, as they prepare for future careers as professional artists, designers, curators, educators, and more. 

Our highly-qualified faculty of academics, artists, and designers work collaboratively to offer students a dynamic learning environment in which to study traditional studio arts, new media art, Graphic and Digital Design, Film Studies, and Art History & Visual Studies. We are proud to be part of a regional university that serves the educational needs of domestic and international students, connecting local communities to global creative cultures.


Visual Art News

Applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Visual Arts Diploma? Portfolio submission can now be done on line.


 Venice Study Tour

6 Seats Left! Come to the Venice Study Tour Information Session on Tuesday, January 31, 1:30 PM. Room C1031. Contact vicki.bolan@ufv.ca for further details. Art history/Visual Arts

Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

Out of the Office

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 10th, 4 – 6pm

S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery (B136), Abbotsford Campus

The 2017 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Out of the Office, showcases the diverse approaches and research going into art production here at UFV. 

Each participating faculty member has spent years developing their artistic practice and their engagement within their chosen mediums are reflected through the works presented. Unlike most disciplines, visual arts is a slippery subject, which can draw inspiration from any number of varied sources, weaving together complex and layered narratives. From a pre-occupation with materiality, to a close examination of body politics, or an engagement with historical legacies, the artistic practices of the faculty at UFV are as engaging as they are diverse.

Although this is a small glimpse into work made by the faculty members, Out of the Office allows the viewers to see the projects pursued by these artists outside of the school and in their studios.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Tuesday, January 10th from 4 – 6pm in the S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery (B136).

Art Student In Poland

 Follow UFV Visual Arts student Jesse Klassen on his study abroad experience in Poland this semester  on Facebook @UFV Visual Arts.

Venice Study Tour 2017

May 20-31 With Art History & Visual Arts

Limited seating, first come first served. Contact vicki.bolan@ufv.ca for further details.

Download Venice Poster


 Art and the Holocaust

Winter 2017
AH320g, 4 Credits,
Art History and Visual Studies. Instructor: Aleksandra Idzior
Wedneday 12:00-3:50, Abbotsford Campus C1420

This course examines how the Holocaust and art have been linked together. We will closely investigate Holocaust and post Holocaust art and visual culture across media and genres, points of view, and geographies focusing in particular on questions of aesthetics, politics, and ethics.




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