Creative and Critical Studies

The diverse programs housed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offer students the opportunity to create art in a variety of media and to reflect critically on the cultural production of others. Our students and professors work to understand our cultural pasts and to pose critical questions of our heritages with a view to building a creative future. Our work combines traditional scholarly and hands-on skills with contemporary technologies, merging individual talents through collaborative enterprise, beginning within the walls of the university, reaching beyond into the living communities around us, and preparing students for local and global opportunities. 

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies has two departments, Creative Studies and Critical Studies

Critical Studies offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies, French, English, and Spanish. Creative Studies offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. The Faculty also offers courses in German, Japanese, Film, Music, World Literatures and the Digital Humanities, as well as courses that are part of the Bachelor of Media Studies, a degree program jointly offered by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the virtual home of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS). We very much appreciate your interest in our Faculty and hope that you will find your visit informative. Before you venture further into the various parts of this site, let me share a few insights with you.

What do we do in FCCS?

Community Advisory Board

The FCCS Community Advisory Board (CAB) has been established to foster relationships with the wider community in the Okanagan. The CAB provides an important bridge between FCCS, the University, and the community.

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Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre

The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is located in a 3.5 hectare nature conservancy. With an agreement with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, FCCS manages a large heritage home with three self-contained apartments. In return for a low rent to cover costs, graduate students or postdoctoral scholars whose research focusses on eco cultures live in two of these apartments during the academic year. The third apartment is used to house visiting artists and scholars. There is a small Studio Cabin on the property that is an ideal place to hold seminars, small retreats, art projects, events, and meetings.

The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is located at 969 Raymer Road, and is in a vital wildland corridor along Bellevue Creek which flows down from Myra Bellevue Provincial Park.

Woodhaven Centre
Woodhaven Eco Centre blog.

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Creative and Critical Studies Building

The Creative and Critical Studies Building (CCS) houses the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, including all faculty offices, many studios and labs, and the FINA Art Gallery. The building is located on the west side of campus between Research Road and Discovery Avenue.

Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building