Program Information

Undergraduate Programs

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, French, English, and Spanish, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts , as well as a Bachelor of Media Studies.

See below for information for current students including how to declare your major in one of these areas as well as contact information for the Program Coordinators.

Art History and Visual Culture

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History and Visual Culture is a four-year UBC degree with courses on the arts of South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Students are encouraged to declare their major in second year. Consult with both Academic Advising and the Art History and Visual Culture program coordinator when planning your studies. They can help you become informed about the variety of courses offered that fit your interests and future directions and how to complete your degree on time.

We recommend that students consult with an academic advisor to initiate the process of becoming a Art History and Visual culture Major or Minor or Combined Major.

Learn more about Art History and Visual Culture. 

Instructional Resources

Creative Writing

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing is a four-year UBC degree with courses in poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novel, playwriting, screenplay, writing with media, editing and publishing, and writing and community learning. It is designed to build students’ range and confidence to the professional level, while familiarizing them with practical aspects of the writing life.

Learn more about Creative Writing.

Declaring a Major and Minor in Creative Writing

Prospective Majors in Creative Writing can now declare a major at the end of first year. Students must meet with an Academic Advisor to ensure they have the correct pre-requisites and average. 

All prospective CRWR Majors must have a combined average of 70% (B-) in 6 credits of 100-level Creative Writing and 3 credits of 100-level English. Once admitted into the Creative Writing Major program, students must maintain an average of 70% in all Creative Writing and English courses.
 
Creative Writing majors are encouraged to enroll in two of the following first-year literature courses:

  • ENGL 150 (Readings in Poetry and Drama)
  • ENGL 151 (Readings in Short Fiction and the Novel)
  • ENGL 153 (Readings in Narrative)
    **Seats in Creative Writing courses are NOT reserved for majors or minors. Students must still register on the assigned registration day. Spaces will be limited.

Non-majors Applying for Upper Year Courses

Non-majors who wish to take upper year courses in short story (CRWR 380), poetry (CRWR 381), special topics (CRWR 382), upper year portfolio (CRWR 470), and novel (CRWR 471), must have the pre-requisites for these courses. See the Academic Calendar  for information. 

Cultural Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Cultural Studies is a four-year UBC degree program that draws together core courses with others from a variety of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. They are organized within three themes: Media and Popular Cultures; Global Cultural Studies; Critical and Cultural Theory. 

Learn more about the Cultural Studies Program.

Declaring a Major, Combined Major, and Minor in Cultural Studies

Prospective Majors in Cultural Studies can declare a major at the end of first year. Students can do this themselves on Degree Navigator or they may meet meet with an Academic Advisor or Cultural Studies Program Advisor. Students are advised to declare their major, combined major or minor as soon as possible, so that the student records will accurately show their requirements. 

Students must achieve an average of 70% in their first 12 credits of CULT to remain in the program. 

In third or fourth year students have the option of taking a Community Engaged Research courses (CULT 499) giving them the opportunity to engage with various communities groups in a team-based setting where experiential learning is linked with their strong writing and analytical skills. Click here to view some previous student projects. 

Cultural Studies Majors: View the upper level CULT courses offered in the 2017 academic year. 

English

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English is a four-year UBC degree that enables students to take a broad range of English courses which focus on the study of literary texts from multiple genres, produced in various historical periods and geographical contexts. Graduates of the program will gain background in critical theory, textual analysis, and, if they choose, the burgeoning field of Digital Humanities. To declare themselves as English Majors, students must have achieved a minimum average of 70% in 12 credits of their English coursework, six credits of which can include 100-level English courses.

Students have the option of doing a minor in English, giving them the option of taking English courses which focus on texts from a wide range of genres, historical periods, and geographical contexts. Students who declare English as their Minor are required to take at least 30, but no more than 42, credits in English, 18 of which must be at or above the 300-level.

Students have the option of combining the English Major with one other Major (current options include Art History and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies, or Creative Writing). The Combined Major program is ideal for students whose research interests are focused at the intersections of English and Art History and Visual Culture, Cultural studies, or Creative Writing.

We recommend that students consult with an academic advisor to initiate the process of becoming an English Major or Minor or Combined Major.

Learn more about English.

French

Pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA)—with a major, combined major, or minor—in our French language and literature program at UBC Okanagan. The BA program includes language studies at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as courses in literature, culture and translation. 

Students have the option of pursuing a Major, Minor or Combined Major in French and Spanish. We recommend that students consult with an academic advisor to initiate the process of becoming an French Major, Minor or Combined Major.

Learn more about French.

Media Studies

The BMS is a four-year, direct-entry program, which combines digital media arts, visual art, computer science, social science and humanities to help students become creative, articulate, culturally informed, critically reflective and socially engaged citizens. Students take “core” courses from Computer Science, Creative Writing, Digital humanities, English, history, Media Studies and Visual Arts.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Media Studies.

The Bachelor of Media Studies is offered jointly by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan Campus.

Spanish

The core of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program with a Spanish Major consists of courses in Spanish covering language, literature and culture. The language-learning aspect of the program covers practical skills and daily application of Spanish, as well as skills that are transferable to a work environment and an academic setting.

Students have the option of pursuing a Major, Minor or Combined Major in French and Spanish. We recommend that students consult with an academic advisor to initiate the process of becoming an French Major, Minor or Combined Major.

Learn more about Spanish.

Find out more about DELE - Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language

Visual Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts is a four-year direct entry BFA degree program that offers a perfect balance of studio work and academic study, immersing students in a critical, studio-based contemporary art education. In first year students acquire the foundation skills, techniques and theories to work in two and three dimensions in a variety of media.   In years two, three and four of the program students begin to select the specific media areas in which they would like to work.  The primary areas of study are:  drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking (screen printing, etching, lithography, relief printing and letterpress printing), photography (analogue and digital), animation, computer applications and video..  Students work closely with professors and are given ample studio space and time to develop their own individual creative practices. Art history courses, visiting artists' presentations, and participation in art exhibitions also form integral parts of the curriculum and provide students with the necessary historical and conceptual foundations to sustain a life-long creative practice.

For current UBC students or students from other universities wishing to transfer into the Visual Arts BFA Program or to declare a Minor in Visual Arts we highly recommend that they consult with the Visual Arts program coordinator or an academic advisor to initiate the transfer process and to create a detailed plan of study.

Digital Printing and other art materials

The Department of Creative Studies offers digital printing services (see Spark Lab) and other art materials for specific courses. Payment for these items can be made online, or by cash to Linda Falkingham in CCS 167 (invoice must be presented)

Visit our FCCS Art blog showcasing some of our current student works.

Learn more about applying to the Visual Arts program.

 

Undergraduate Program Coordinators

For Academic Advising, contact:

Christine Squire
Academic Advising, UNC 207I
250.807.9469 or 1.866.596.0767
christine.squire@ubc.ca

Program Name of Coordinator Title Phone Email
Art History and Visual Culture
Suzanne Gott
Art History and Visual Culture Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Critical Studies
250.807.9671 suzanne.gott@ubc.ca
Creative Writing Michael V. Smith
Creative Writing Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Creative Studies
250.807.9706
michael.v.smith@ubc.ca
Cultural Studies Dr. Daniel Keyes
Cultural Studies Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Critical Studies
250.807.9320 daniel.keyes@ubc.ca
English Paul Milton
English Program Coordinator
English Honours Coorinator
Senior Instructor, Department of Critical Studies
250.807.9418 paul.milton@ubc.ca
French Chris Gordon
French Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Critical Studies
250.807.9389 chris.gordon@ubc.ca
French and Spanish


fccs.ubco@ubc.ca
Theatre Neil Cadger
Theatre Coordinator
Associate Professor, Department of Creative Studies
250.807.8441 neil.cadger@ubc.ca
Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies Sean Lawrence
Associate Professor, Department of Critical Studies 250.807.9415 sean.lawrence@ubc.ca
Media Studies  Yves Lucet Media Studies Coordinator
Associate Professor, Computer Science
250.807.9505 bms.ok@ubc.ca
Spanish Diana Carter
Spanish Program Coordinator
Instructor I, Department of Critical Studies
250.807.9844 diana.carter@ubc.ca
Visual Arts Briar Craig
Visual Arts Coordinator, Department of Creative Studies 250.807.9765 briar.craig@ubc.ca

Graduate Programs

FCCS offers students opportunities to pursue graduate studies across disciplinary boundaries and to work with faculty members whose research achievements are reflected in their diverse approaches to creative writing, performance, and visual arts, art history and visual culture, cultural and film studies, English, French, Japanese, and Spanish.

Visit the Graduate Programs page for information for current students including important deadlines, forms and upcoming courses. 

Graduate Program Coordinators

Masters of Fine Arts Samuel Roy-Bois
MFA Graduate Coordinator, Department of Creative Studies 250.807.9764 samuel.roy-bois@ubc.ca
Masters in English George Grinnell
MA in English Graduate Coordinator, Department of Critical Studies 250.807.9638 george.grinnell@ubc.ca
Masters or PhD in IGS Lisa Grekul
IGS Graduate Coordinator, Department of Critical Studies 250.807.9282 lisa.grekul@ubc.ca

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