Transfer or Second-Degree BFA/BA

UBC Vancouver transfer and second-degree applicants who wish to enter the visual art program of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in either the second- or third-year level are required to submit an online portfolio to the department.

To apply:

  1. Visit youbc Vancouver, select “Apply to UBC”, and indicate the BFA or BA degree program as your first or second choice. (You must meet the admission requirements of the University and submit a portfolio in order to be considered.)
  2. Submit your portfolio application to the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory. The portfolio guidelines listed here are also included in the online form. Please follow those guidelines, and attach media files as stated in the requirements below.

This portfolio application is due March 10, 2017.

What is the difference between the BA and the BFA?

We offer two distinct Visual Art program streams at UBC Vancouver – a BFA (offering a major or honours) and a BA (offering a major or minor).

BFA in Visual Art

The BFA VISA program at UBC Vancouver is a studio-intensive program open to both second- and third-year transfer applicants. What program level you are eligible to enter will depend upon the strength of your portfolio and whether you have completed the equivalent of our 100- and/or 200-level requirements:

  • 9 credits of VISA 180, VISA 183, and VISA 110 with an average of at least 72%
  • 6 credits of 100- or 200-level ARTH, 3 of which must be equivalent to ARTH 227.
  • 12 credits of 200-level VISA courses with an average of at least 72%

What if I don’t meet the requirements for the BFA?

All applicants who can’t be admitted directly into the BFA VISA program will be re-directed to the BA program. Providing that UBC can admit you into the BA program, you will then have the opportunity to complete the BFA requirements and enter the BFA in visual art at a later date.

BA in Visual Art

The BA program at UBC Vancouver is open to both second- and third-year transfer applicants. However, only those applicants eligible to enter 300-level VISA courses (and who have enough credits to be granted third-year standing by UBC) will be able to declare their major in visual art. What program level you are eligible to enter will depend upon whether you have completed the equivalent of our 100- and/or 200-level requirements:

  • 9 credits of VISA 180, VISA 183, and VISA 110 with an average of at least 72%
  • 6 credits of 100- or 200-level ARTH. 3 credits must be equivalent to ARTH 227.
  • 12 credits of 200-level VISA courses with an average of at least 72%

Detailed information on each program is available on the drop-down menu of this webpage.

Portfolio guidelines

The Portfolio Review Committee, consisting of visual art faculty, views the artwork of each transfer student to determine their best entry point into the visual art program. The committee’s goal is to ensure that students have the greatest opportunity for success in our program. Note that the committee has final authority in determining each student’s placement within the visual art program.

Content

The portfolio should include no more than 20 works. You are advised to present a well-rounded portfolio that displays an extension of visual perception in the experience of two- and three- dimensional art in a broad a range of media, including drawing, installation works, painting, photography, print, sculpture, mixed media, and multimedia. We are especially interested in viewing works that show your engagement with the visual development of concepts. Please note the program does not teach commercial graphic art, ceramics, or industrial design.

Your selected works must be catalogued in a well-organized PDF portfolio featuring a wide variety of works that illustrate not only your skill level, but also your creative approach. A list of works should be included, indicating the size, medium, and title of each work, as well as which pieces were completed as specific course assignments and which were independent explorations.

Your portfolio should comprise no more than 20 works. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes each.

Interviews

We offer transfer and second-degree applicants the opportunity to attend an in-person interview and portfolio review at the UBC Vancouver campus. If you wish to attend an interview, you need bring only original works that you can transport easily and wish the committee to consider in addition to your online materials.

Do not be concerned if you are unable to travel to UBC for an interview. The Committee will consider the portfolio you have submitted online.

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Need clarification or advising?

The guidelines above are specific to entering the visual art program – not UBC as a whole. We understand that not all transfer students, nor the programs from which they are transferring, will be exact matches. We are happy to work with students to make sure their transfer is as effective as possible and to set them on the best path for their desired program.

Contact:

Deana Holmes
Undergraduate Advisor
403 – 6333 Memorial Road
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
deana.holmes@ubc.ca | 604-822-1282