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: 1) submit an online UBC undergraduate admissions application; 2) submit a supplementary application to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; submit required documents to UBC Admissions.

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 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 March 15, 2019 for program entry in September 2019.
  3. Submit your required documents (e.g., transcripts, proof of English proficiency, etc.) to UBC Admissions. More information on submitting documents can be found here: https://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/how-to-apply/how-to-submit-documents/.

 

What is the difference between the BA and the BFA?

We offer two distinct Visual Art program streams at UBC Vancouver: a BFA (offering either a major or honours) and a BA (offering either 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. Detailed information on the BFA program can be found here. 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 110, VISA 180, and VISA 183 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 110, VISA 180, and VISA 183 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 the BA in Visual Art can be found here.

Supplemental Application Guidelines

The admissions jury in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is interested to learn more about you and your artwork. The supplemental application thus includes three components: 1) copies of your unofficial transcripts; 2) a portfolio of artwork; 3) a written statement.

The admissions jury, consisting of visual art faculty, views the transcripts, portfolio, and written statement of each transfer student to determine their best entry point into the visual art program. The jury’s goal is to ensure that students have the greatest opportunity for success in our program. Note that the jury has final authority in determining each student’s placement within the visual art program.

The supplementary application is due March 15, 2019 for program entry in September 2019.

Unofficial Transcripts

Once inside the supplemental application portal, you will be required to upload a copy of transcript(s) so that we can learn more about the visual art courses you have taken before. Note, however, that your official transcript(s) will be submitted to UBC Enrolment Services as part of your application for admission to the university.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should showcase up to twenty pieces of finished artwork, in a broad range of 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.

You are advised to present a well-rounded, well-organized portfolio that demonstrates not only your skill level / technical abilities, but also your creative approach. We are especially interested in viewing works that show your engagement with the visual development of thoughts or concepts.

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 Visual Art program in particular?

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Questions? Contact:

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