Undergraduate Studies Admissions

Program Options

Bachelor of Arts - Honours in English and Majors in Art History, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English, French, French and Spanish, and Spanish

In association with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, FCCS offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in English and with majors in each of the following: Art History, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English, French, French and Spanish, and Spanish. These programs offer students an in-depth study of language, literature, critical theory and culture. Students will develop skills that will allow them to respond critically to cultural artifacts, to understand different theoretical theories of literature and other arts, to develop linguistic skills that will give them the ability to learn a language, and to understand the relationship between language, art and culture.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Arts

UBC Okanagan offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in visual arts. The program offers a perfect balance of academic study and studio work, immersing students in a critical and contemporary art education. Students acquire the foundation skills, techniques and theories to work in two and three dimensions in a variety of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, computer applications and video. Art history courses, visiting artists' presentations, and participation in art exhibitions form integral parts of the curriculum.

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Degree Planning

Bachelor of Arts

A UBC Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Okanagan Campus is very flexible and allows you to study a wide variety of topics and issues. You are encouraged to explore new subjects and push your learning into areas you have not previously explored.
Information on general degree requirements can be found on the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences website and specific program requirements can be found on our program options page.

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Arts

Overview

Students may choose from any studio and academic electives according to their personal interests, providing they have the appropriate prerequisites. Students must take six credits of upper level electives to graduate. After students have completed the first year of the program, they must have their program of study approved by the Fine Arts department. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the degree are satisfied.

Faculty Requirements

Degree requirements (Okanagan Academic Calendar)

Students may choose from any studio and academic electives according to their personal interests, providing they have the appropriate prerequisites. Students must take six credits of upper level electives to graduate. After students have completed the first year of the program, they must have their program of studies approved by the Fine Arts department. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the degree are satisfied. Information on degree requirements for the Visual Art program can be found on the program options page.

Honours, Majors and Minors

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts are encouraged to explore their own program focus. To allow for greatest flexibility in your degree, the BFA program does not offer specific majors and minors.

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FCCS Your First Year

Almost all first year students at the Okanagan Campus of UBC take courses in English, and many take language courses. Since these subjects are taught by FCCS, you will become involved in FCCS as soon as you register—even if you think of yourself as a student in a different faculty, like Arts and Sciences! In fact, if you are entering the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program, you will discover that first year is a time to try out different courses that interest you and a time to get to know just what you would like to study.

FCCS offers all sorts of courses designed to interest first year students. If you are interested in languages or literature, take courses in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. If you are interested in popular culture’s impact on the way we think and act, check out Cultural Studies or creative and critical studies (CCS) courses. Got a passion for painting or music or film? Then consider our courses in Art History, Music History and Film Studies. Maybe you’re a natural writer, performer or visual artist. If so, our creative writing, performance and visual arts courses might be just the thing!

Here are some examples of the amazingly wide range of courses a typical first year BA student might take:

Example 1
Term 1 (September to December)
Anthropology 100
Biology 117
Creative and Critical Studies 100
English 151
Japanese 100
Term 2 (January to April)
Biology 122
Creative and Critical Studies 101
English 150
Japanese 101
Psychology 111
Example 2
Term 1
Cultural Studies 100
English 112
Film 100
Geography 108
Theatre 120
Term 2
Creative Writing 116
Cultural Studies 101
English 153
Geography 109
Theatre 130

Remember that these are just examples. You should always check with a program advisor to make sure you have the right courses for your degree program.

For more information about course offerings, please consult the online Academic Calendar.

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First-Year BA & BFA

Bachelor of Arts

Welcome to the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science’s Bachelor of Arts Program. As a first-year student, we encourage you to explore your options as you establish yourself as a student at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Our Bachelor of Arts program offers a unique learning environment and we encourage you to take advantage of social and academic opportunities offered both in the classroom and beyond.

This first-year advising sheet will assist you in course planning for the Bachelor of Arts programs for programs in the FCCS and the Irving K Barber School.

For first-year planning information, we encourage you to explore the first-year planning section of Academic Planning.

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Arts

Choosing Your Classes

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts provides a solid foundation in visual art in the first year. The course requirements are designed to give students a diversity of courses and a common understanding of the variety offered by the program and a balance of academic and studio courses.

Please see the sample timetables for your first year course requirements.

Sample Timetables

First Year Requirements:

Term 1
  • Three credits from ENGL 112, 113, 114, 150, 151, or 153
  • ARTH 101 Art and Visual Cultures of the World I
  • CCS 100 Creative and Critical Forum I
  • VISA 090 Safety Training
  • VISA 102 Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices I
  • VISA 104 Three-Dimensional Art Practices I
Term 2
  • Three credits from ENGL 112, 113, 114, 150, 151, or 153
  • ARTH 102 Art and Visual Cultures of the World II
  • VISA 103 Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices II
  • VISA 105 Three-Dimensionless Art Practices II
  • VISA 106 Introduction to New Media

Additional Program Costs

Students should anticipate additional expenses ($1,000 to $1,500) for materials not normally supplied in studio courses. Students should budget approximately $300 for textbooks. A laboratory fee for second-year students may be assessed.

Tips for Success

Field Trips: Students will be given an opportunity to participate in field trips and seminars at a variety of locations. Participation in these activities is not mandatory but is an extremely valuable experience. Expenses for field trips and seminars are not part of the normal tuition fees and are the students' responsibility.

Visiting Artists: The Visiting Artist program offers students exposure to professional artists through lectures and studio sessions.

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English Requirements (Critical Studies)

First-Year English Requirements (registration)

Writing 009 (prepares for first-year English requirements)

To enrol in any first-year English course, you must have satisfied one of the following prerequisites:

  • 70% in Grade 12 English (conditions 1 & 2 apply; see below)
  • a score of 5 on the LPI
  • a passing grade in the Okanagan campus' Writing 009

You can also satisfy the prerequisite through one of the following options:

  • 70% in Grade 12 English literature (condition 1 applies; see below)
  • a score of 3 or higher in IB English (A1 or A2; Standard or Higher Level)
  • a score of 2 or higher in AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition
  • a grade of C or better in A- or O-Level English (British-patterned education)
  • 70% in Grade 12 or senior English (non-ESL) in an English curriculum school in a country where English is the primary language (as recognized by UBC)
  • a minimum score of 550 on the writing section of the SAT
  • a minimum score of 24 on the English section of the ACT

Conditions:

  1. Language of instruction must be English.
  2. Either your final course grade or your final blended grade (a combination of your course grade and your final exam result) must meet or exceed 70%.

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Applying for Admission (Creative Studies)

BFA in Visual Arts
A program where students acquire skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, computer applications and video.

BA in Creative Writing
A program where students write poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and scripts and also study literature.

MFA Program
Students in the FCCS/IGS MFA can focus on the Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Performance (Theatre), or combine those disciplines in an individualized program of study.

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