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 from high school:

  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, 2021.
  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 by 11:59 PM (PST) February 15, 2021 for program entry in September 2021. APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED
  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 set of three questions. 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.

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


Your portfolio should 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” means the materials and tools used to create the artwork, and 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.

A strong portfolio will present work in the media taught by the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (listed above). Our program does not include courses in graphic design, fashion design, gaming, cartoons, commercial illustration, anime, manga, architecture, or ceramics. Portfolios that present work in these areas will be ranked lower.

View the 2018, 2019, and 2020 graduating exhibition catalogues to see examples of senior-student work and to learn more about the kinds of course projects assigned in our program.

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 artwork, 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.


Answer the following three questions in the spaces provided in the online form (200 words maximum per question):

    • Who and/or what are your artistic influences, and why?
    • What do you see as the role of the artist?
    • What are your goals for study in the BFA in Visual Art, and for UBC in general?

Note that once you have submitted your supplementary application, you will receive an auto-confirmation acknowledging receipt. The “Supplementary Applications” section of the SSC (Student Service Centre) will not update until several weeks after the February 15 submission deadline.

Have questions about the BFA Visual Art supplemental application? Contact:

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