BFA Major in Visual Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in visual art offers students a focused program of visual art practice, critical theory, and art history.

The BFA major in visual art is designed for students seeking a specialized program in the practice of art, based within a dynamic university setting and built upon a platform of liberal education. The BFA provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to study or work in a variety of fields involving the making and understanding of visual art and contemporary aesthetics.

Courses become more interdisciplinary as students progress through the program. To inform students’ own art production and facilitate critical thinking and discussion, BFA students are required to take a studio theory seminar each term, concentrating on issues related to contemporary art practice, critical writing and theory.

See Admissions for entry information and requirements.

As of 2017W, the BFA degree and visual art major have new requirements as of 2017W.* See the new degree requirements.

* Students who began the visual art program before 2017W can choose to meet either the old or the revised requirements.

BFA Major in Visual Art Program Requirements

Lower Level

  •  9 credits of VISA 180, VISA 183, and VISA 110 with a cumulative average of at least 72%.
  • VISA 101 BFA Studio Practice*
  • 6 credits of 100- and/or 200-level ARTH, 3 of which must be ARTH 227. These credits are normally completed across years 1 and 2
  • VISA 280 Contemporary Art: Ideas as Practice II*
  • 12 credits of 200-level VISA studios with a cumulative average of at least 72%. (Note that only one of VISA 240 or 241 can be applied toward the VISA major)

* Note: VISA 101 and VISA 280 are currently only available to students entering the BFA in visual art for 1st year. Students joining at the 2nd or 3rd year level can take alternative courses to meet these requirements.

Upper Level

  • VISA 380 Studio Theory
  • 15 credits 300-level VISA
  • 6 credits of upper level (300- or 400-level) ARTH
  • VISA 480 and 481 Advanced Seminars, must be taken sequentially
  • 12 credits of 400-level VISA studios
  • 3 credits of 400-level VISA, may be studio or Special Topics

For additional information please email the Undergraduate Advisor at deana.holmes@ubc.ca