First-Year (Direct-Entry) BFA

As an applicant to the BFA Visual Art program at UBC, you are entering an exciting time in your pursuit of creative knowledge.

To apply to the BFA Visual Art program for direct entry:

  1. Apply for admission to UBC via youbc Vancouver. Be sure to review all the links under “Applying to UBC” in the top menu first. When you are ready to apply, click “Apply to UBC” and indicate the BFA degree program as your first or second choice. (Note that in order to be considered for the BFA Visual Art program, you must meet the admission requirements of the University and submit a supplemental application to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory—see step 2 below). Your application for admission to UBC is due January 15, 2019.
  2. Submit your supplemental application to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory via the APPLY NOW button below. Please follow the guidelines and upload files as stated in the requirements. The supplementary application is due February 15, 2019 for program entry in September 2019.
  3. Submit your required documents (e.g., transcripts, proof of English proficiency, etc.) to UBC Admissions, not to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. More information on deadlines and how to submit documents can be found here:

The supplementary application for the BFA Visual Art program is an opportunity for you to show us some of your artwork and tell us why you think our program is the best choice for you. Two components make up the full supplementary application: a portfolio and a written statement. These are intended to support your primary application to UBC Admissions (online). If any component of the supplementary application is missing, your application will be incomplete and cannot be considered.

This supplementary application was due February 15, 2019 for program entry in September 2019. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. We intend to may all offers of admission to the BFA in Visual Art by May 2019.

The guidelines listed below are also included in the online form.


Your portfolio will showcase up to five pieces of finished artwork, in at least two different media, displayed as an image, as a moving image, or as audio. Media can include anything from painting and drawing, to photography, moving image, book works, printmaking, performance, sound, sculpture, installation, or other experimental media. Sculptural, performance, book, and installation works should be shown from two or three viewpoints.

Combine all works into a single PDF that is no larger than 10 MB. For video and sound works, provide a tested link to a publicly accessible platform on which the admissions jury can view the works (e.g., YouTube, your own website, etc.). Works uploaded to a site that requires a password to view will not be reviewed or considered, and the application will be automatically rejected.

In a separate paragraph below each work, provide: title, year completed, dimensions, medium, an indication of whether it is an assignment or your own invention, and a 30-word description of the work.

Written Statement

The written statement (250–300 words) should summarize your portfolio and your conceptual ideas behind the works you have included. Use this statement as an opportunity to frame your portfolio for the admissions jury and also to introduce yourself. When preparing your statement, you may wish to address some of the following questions:

  • Why do you make the kind of artwork that you do?
  • What interests you and how does this interest show up in your work?
  • What motivates you?
  • Who and/or what are your influences?
  • What do you see as the role of the artist?
  • What are your goals for study at UBC, and the BFA program in particular?

Questions? Contact:

Greg Gibson
Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
403 – 6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 | 604-822-1282