Academic Calendar 2023/24

Visual Arts

Visual Arts major

This section specifies the Visual Arts major requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts section for information on additional requirements.

Foundation studio: 12 credits

Course Title Credits
VA 101 Figure Drawing 3
or VA 113 Introduction to Drawing  
VA 115 Introductory Studio I: Material Practices 3
VA 116 Intro Studio II: Space, Form, and Time 3
VA 119 Introductory Studio III: Digital Multi-Tool 3
or VA 180 Digital Photography I  

Core studio: 36 credits

Lower-level core studio requirements

Course Title Credits
  18 credits of 200-level VA (see Notes 1 and 2) 18

Note 1: Students may use FILM 260 and FILM 261 to meet 200-level VA requirements.

Note 2: In order to be eligible to take the required upper-level courses, students must ensure they complete the appropriate lower-level prerequisites.

Upper-level core studio requirements

Course Title Credits
Three of: 9
FILM 360 Video Production III: Storytelling and the Director  
VA 321 Painting/Drawing III  
VA 331 Sculpture & Extended Media III  
VA 351 Print Media III: Mixed Media  
VA 383 Intermediate Photography  
Three of: (see Note) 9
FILM 361 Video Production IV: Short Film Project  
VA 322 Painting/Drawing IV  
VA 332 Sculpture & Extended Media IV  
VA 352 Print Media IV: Advanced Mixed Media  
VA 384 Large-Format Photography  

Note: Theatre minor or extended minor students may substitute THEA 370 for one Studio IV course.

Art History: 20 credits

Course Title Credits
AH 100 History of Art and Culture in a Global Context 3
Plus: One additional 100-level AH course 3
AH 200 Art History and Its Methods 3
Plus: One additional 200-level AH course (see Note) 3
One of: 4
AH 315 Arts in Context: Contemporary  
AH 321 Canada: Contact Zone (see Note)  
AH 324 Arts in Context: Avant-Garde Art, 1900-1945  
Plus: One additional 300-level AH course 4

Note: Students must complete one of AH 204 or AH 321.

Capstone courses: 15 credits

Course Title Credits
SOCA 401 Critical Theory for Creative Arts 3
VA 360 Professional Development and Practices 3
VA 402 Senior Studio I 3
VA 403/AH 403 Senior Seminar II 3
VA 404 Senior Studio II 3

Additional requirements for BFA with a Visual Arts major

Additional program requirements will be met in part by fulfilling the requirements noted above. The following must also be included in the 120 credits required for the BFA:

  • At least 15 upper-level credits that count towards the major must be completed at UFV.
  • The following courses must be completed at UFV, and may not be aquired through transfer or PLAR: AH 401/VA 401, VA 402, AH 403/VA 403, and VA 404.
  • Within the 20 Art History credits required for the major, students must take one of AH 204 or AH 321.

Declaration requirements

Students declaring the Visual Arts major must complete the following six courses with a CGPA of 2.33:

  • VA 101 or VA 113
  • VA 115
  • VA 116
  • VA 119 or VA 180
  • Two Art History courses

See the BFA section for more information on the declaration process.

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