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Visual Arts

Indigenous Arts certificate: Honouring Our Gifts

Note: This program is not available in 2014/15.

This certificate is designed to provide learning about indigenous art that is anchored in and built upon life experiences and collective wisdom of the participants. Its purpose is to teach and develop traditional and contemporary artistic skills to students of self-identified indigenous ancestry, or persons with substantial ties to the Aboriginal community. It is also expected that successful completion of this certificate will provide existing artisans with the opportunity to honour their artistic gifts while learning the skills and knowledge necessary to further their professional practices. The courses are designed to introduce and develop specific indigenous related techniques and design so that learners create works inspired by traditional and contemporary approaches with regard to customary protocols and applicable to their own cultural contexts. Knowledge of and skills in professional practices will be taught for the promotion of the indigenous artist's work, through exhibitions and sales, thus enabling the artist to contribute to the promotion of his or her respective cultures.

The practical component of the certificate entails working with mentors who will be introduced through the visiting artist program running alongside the course work. Learners will be required to develop a professional portfolio and present their final project within a ceremonial/performative context in the community. This program is focused on a particular art practice (e.g. carving or textiles) that may change from year to year. Students will learn skills transferable to professional practice, including the roles of professional artist/designer, entrepreneur, and facilitator of cultural tourism. 

Entrance requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older before the first day of class.

2. Attendance at an information session.

3. Students will be required to attend an interview.

4. Students will need to submit a portfolio at the interview, consisting of at least five current works.

5. Submission of letter of intent and letter of community support.

6. Preparedness and commitment to undertake the program of studies.

7. Personal suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point-rating system. Points are awarded on portfolio, letters of support, letter of intent, and interview. This information will be covered at the information session.

8. Ability to substantiate strong ties to an aboriginal community.

9. Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.  

How to apply

Submit the application fee, along with your UFV application for admission form, to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OReg or Student Services office.

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Length and location

The program is one year in length. It will be offered on the Abbotsford campus until facilities allow delivery in Chilliwack or Mission.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

In addition to tuition, your costs include books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, and personal expenses. On average, students will pay $2,500 tuition for the academic year. Books and supplies average $600 per year. Prospective students are encouraged to make an appointment with Aboriginal Access Services staff to discuss funding options.

The UFV Financial Aid and Awards office facilitates the disbursement each year of approximately $7 million in federal and provincial student loans, B.C. grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students.

Program outline

Course Title Credits
VA 140 Indigenous Design and Technology: Special Topics I 3
VA 141 Indigenous Design and Technology: Special Topics II 3
VA 142 Indigenous Art and Design in Context 3
VA 143 Indigenous Arts and Professional Practices 3
IPK 277 Indigenous Art: Stories and Protocols 3
Elective Recommended elective from Indigenous Peoples Knowledge courses or Visual Arts courses 3
Total   18

Program regulations

Standing required for continuance

A program grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average) is required for continuation. Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be placed on academic warning for the next semester. Unsatisfactory progress can include:

  • being placed on academic warning for inappropriate classroom conduct
  • failing two courses in one semester
  • failing a required course twice
  • failing to maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • students who do not complete a prerequisite course may be allowed to register for a subsequent course at the discretion of the department head. UFV reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient registration
  • continuance depends on completion of VA 140 Indigenous Design and Technology: Special Topics I (specific to the certificate in which the student has registered (e.g. carving or textiles).

    Maximum length of time to complete program

    Four years is the maximum length of time in which the program may be completed. In the event that VA 141 and VA 142 special topics are not available in years subsequent to when the certificate was offered, these special topic courses may be completed as independent studies. The student must have already completed VA 140 in the first year of study. Although the program may be taken on a part-time basis, it requires a student's full commitment. While in class, students are expected to participate in group discussions, preparatory research, field trips, end of certificate exhibition, and to meet project deadlines.

    Course listings

    For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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