Creative Studies Self Study

The Department of Creative Studies houses programs in Creative Writing and Visual Arts with additional specialized courses in Devised Theatre and Digital Media as well as Art History and Visual Culture. Our programs are designed to offer unique and individualized opportunities for students to develop skills in a variety of media and genre while they engage in cutting edge creative arts research.

The Department of Creative Studies houses five programs: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Media Studies, Performance, and Art History and Visual Culture. Creative Studies is a research and teaching powerhouse, engaging local, national, and international communities in an intimate, interdisciplinary setting to explore emerging technologies alongside embodied and traditional practices. We are committed to innovative pedagogy, community and indigenous engagement, intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding, and ecological sustainability. Similar to the world-renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Creative Studies, located in the beautiful Syilx traditional and unceded territory of the Okanagan Valley, offers leading edge and immersive programming in a retreat-like destination for researchers, artists and creative and critical minds from around the world.

  • Faculty success in research and grants. Many have their work recognized on a national level, with awards and exhibitions and large commissions across the country and abroad.
  • Research in areas of sustainability, digital media/humanities, social practice, strong and important.
  • Indigenous research and curriculum growing and responsive to place-based learning/belonging. Indigenous Summer Intensive leading in this area.
  • Integration of research and teaching.
  • Niche department that maintains strong contact with students and well-established systems for studio practice in a welcoming interdisciplinary environment.
  • Relationship with the community: cultural engine within the Okanagan.
  • Collaborations with other departments and faculties.
  • Good combination of traditional/computational skills and conceptual and embodied learning.
  • Strong support staff in all areas, including a full time faculty wide communications position.
  • Our support staff are exemplary. Two technicians have MFA degrees. One administrative staff member has an MA and the other has a BFA from within our department. They contribute to the department in a way that far exceeds their job descriptions.
  • Decanal understanding of fine arts disciplines within the academic context and innovative and practical support for teaching and research initiatives.
  • 3/2 workload for all continuing faculty in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Media Studies and Performance – a holdover from the “founding” that got baked into budget forecasting
  • Insufficient continuing faculty: some programs are sustained through the use of sessional instructors which can compromise continuity of the program’s curriculum, and reduce service to the program, thereby putting strain on fewer core faculty.
  • Our facilities are expanding. Our current technicians are working well beyond their current job descriptions and we require more hires in this area if we are to maintain our research trajectories, community engagement strategies, and teaching and research spaces.
  • Lack of a live multi-use performance and exhibition venue on appropriate for a campus this size.
  • Insufficient space and facility resources for faculty, classrooms or research.
  • Workday platform and proliferation of administrivia for all faculty, staff and students, creating stress and distracting people from more meaningful engagements and activities.
  • The need to respond meaningfully to increasing student anxiety, isolation and depression in our classrooms and research community.
  • Recruitment at all levels and working with Enrolment Services for effectual timelines.
  • Maintaining momentum on de-colonizing curriculum and hiring.
  • MFA program financial support. Studio embodied and practice-based courses are being eroded by pressure to increase class size and streamline learning. We must defend our practice-based disciplines and develop pedagogically sound strategies to help mitigate financial pressures.

New and emerging technologies in all areas

Digital media, computational arts and emerging technologies are currently Creative Studies’ most under- resourced teaching area. The recent relaunch of the Bachelor of Media Studies, the burgeoning Digital Arts and Humanities graduate theme, increase in interest in digital media across all Creative Studies programs and the forthcoming Masters in Design, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (MDes) exacerbate this weakness. We must hire into this area.

Embodied, practice-based learning studio practice and skill-building

In recent years we have noticed student interest return to older tactile practices of filmmaking, photography, sculpture, printmaking, painting and the like, while at the same time demanding new creative technologies and virtual realities. Both are important. New creative technologies can’t replace embodied traditional practices. This would be a mistake in terms of student health and wellbeing as well as contemporary art trends. When digital photography became popular, many educational institutions dismantled their photo darkrooms, only to find themselves a few years later unable to support students’ burgeoning interests in DIY and retro- technologies and aesthetics. We didn’t make that mistake, nor do we intend to change our commitment to remaining one of the few academic departments dedicated to exploring innovative practice-based, embodied and sensorial ways of learning and understanding. This requires continued infrastructure support. Hiring Education Leadership faculty along with our Professoriate Stream hires reinforces this commitment.

Interdisciplinary research, learning, and practice

Students’ interests are interdisciplinary; the siloed disciplinary boundaries that may have existed in the past are cracking. Creative Studies embraces this trend. It is our strength, our opportunity for growth and our leading edge. Resource and facility planning and hires in both Professoriate Stream and Educational Leadership Stream will take into consideration this focus on interdisciplinarity.

Graduate programming and research

The new MFA studios at Innovation Precinct 1 have improved our facilities substantially, but not increased capacity. Recent and pending facility upgrades in the CCS building and the forthcoming CFI-supported research facilities at Innovation Precinct and the Indigenous Research/Creation studio will offer more research and graduate studies opportunity as will the facilities being designed for the downtown building. Despite all these exciting developments, we currently have more impressive graduate student applicants than our faculty supervisory capacity can accommodate and staff resources haven’t changed since 2005. Strategic hires in the Professoriate Stream will help to extend this capacity as well as the promotion (and backfill) of existing technicians. With these additions, we hope to launch low residency graduate degree options, including Creative Writing and Visual Arts MFA’s, an unprecedented Indigenous Arts MFA (in association with the Indigenous Arts Intensive) and a Performance and Pedagogy MA for teachers.

Indigenous engagement, Equity/Diversity

In accordance with UBC’s equity plan, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the department is highly interested in equity-deserving candidates who will bring to their research and teaching the perspective that comes from the experiences of those underrepresented in higher education, particularly Indigenous, Black and racialized communities. Creative Studies’ Summer Indigenous Arts Intensive leads the way with regard to Indigenous engagement in Creative Studies, but we need to hire Indigenous faculty and underrepresented faculty to contribute in a more integrated way across all our programs.


We want to bolster research and teaching in Sustainability in response to growing interest/necessity as is evidenced by the forthcoming BA in Sustainability. This aligns with many Creative Studies faculty research interests/successes. Future hires will take this into consideration.

Community Engagement

Larger institutions may have more robust infrastructures, but Creative Studies’ strength is its relationship to the community. The community itself and events and organizations already in existence within that community (regionally, nationally, and internationally) provide the infrastructure for the work. The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is a cultural engine and hub for UBCO and for the community and region.  We host poetry slams, readings, discussion groups, performances and performance art happenings, resident artists and guest speakers, film and multi media events, art installations and art exhibitions. We recently hired a .7 Lecturer whose service expectations are to oversee and expand community engagement activities. In addition to this, the current Performance Lecturer has extensive expertise in this area and should be deployed more into community engagement.

  • Reduce current inequitable 3/2 workload for Professoriate to a 2/2 workload in alignment with all other departments and faculties and hire additional faculty to accommodate this change.
  • Replacement and strategic hires of Professoriate and Educational Leadership Stream Faculty to further research and graduate studies goals as well as create a strong and innovative foundation for our ever-expanding undergraduate programs.
  • Finish collaborative research facilities in new build Innovation Precinct 2 building. This space will facilitate four CFI recipients/projects: Sonic Production Intelligence Research and Applications Lab (SPIRAL); The Critical Future Studio/Lab; The Research Studio for Spaces; (Re)Media Research Infrastructure.
  • Repurposing Research/Creation Studio: Indigenous Contemporary Art as Resurgent Cultural Practice.
  • Downtown building.
  • Low residency MFA for Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Indigenous Arts and Performance Pedagogy.
  • Creation of a Narrative Media stream within the BMS.
  • Strengthen computational arts and digital media offerings in all programs.
  • Building upgrade (conduit) for computational capacity.
  • Equipment upgrades (CNC, physical computing, photographic equipment, etc.).
  • Mental Health strategy to address the health and wellbeing of our students in an atmosphere of increasing anxiety, isolation and depression. This includes in-class supports as well as resources for professors.
  • Promotion of existing technicians and hiring of two additional technicians.
  • Integration of Indigenous methodologies and content across all Creative Studies programs.
  • Greater integration of programs within Creative Studies both in terms of curriculum and research. Creative scheduling, incentives for faculty team teaching and developing micro-credit opportunities would help with this.
  • Slade exchange, Go Global, Exeter agreements. Many of these opportunities are dependent on a return to a “new normal.”
  • Maintain a strong identity or brand for the department and for teaching and research on campus, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Research and curriculum development in response to new Bachelor of Sustainability.
  • Community Engagement award for the collaboration of an Engineering and Creative Studies student to create public art that addresses Climate Change (currently being created).


Our faculty research successes, level of student/community engagement and burgeoning programs continue to be under-supported in terms of UBCO funded teaching infrastructure. Including, as mentioned above, the lack of a bespoke—or even minimally acceptable—live multi-use performance and exhibition venue on campus. In the past five years we have “improvised” to accommodate the new Bachelor of Media Studies program and maintain Visual, Digital and Performance Arts by:

  • Creating a Maker Space Computational Arts Classroom CCS 122.
  • Refurbishing a Photographic and Motion Capture studio CCS 227.
  • Refurbishing common areas in Creative in Critical studies building to encourage gatherings and mingling of discrete programs.
  • Maintaining and improving sculpture studio, photography darkroom facilities and equipment, wood shop, metal shop, print studio, painting and drawing studios. (view studio spaces)

New MFA studio facilities were created in Innovation Precinct 1, which have improved our graduate student studios substantially, but not increased capacity.  

 Many of our facilities have been made possible through CFI grants. However, it is important to note that these centres can’t be used for teaching.

Research/Creation Studio Indigenous Contemporary Art as Resurgent Cultural Practice. Willard, 2022. A Site/ation studio that locates Indigenous specific models of contemporary art that question the dominance of Western aesthetics in Canadian contemporary art through a focus on land-based art practice.

Sonic Production Intelligence Research and Applications Lab (SPIRAL). Thorogood, 2022. A lab that develops basic and applied Creative AI research for advancing the field of sound design in the entertainment and cultural sectors for contributing innovative solutions to Canada’s New Digital Economy.

The Critical Future Studio/Lab. Smith, 2022. A bespoke creative studio at the University of British Columbia that produces innovative and original environmental experiences applied within digitally augmented spaces.

Centre for Culture and Technology. Dulic, 2011. An interdisciplinary institute that engages multiple forms of art, media and information technologies as vehicles for the exploration and expression of community, culture, and identity.

The Research Studio for Spaces and Things (RSST). Roy-Bois. 2014. A transdisciplinary environment dedicated to the production and the presentation in 2D arts (drawing, painting, photography), 3D arts (installation, sculpture, design, architecture) and timebase practices (audio, video, performance).


Over the last five years, work has been done to improve our degrees, programs and course offering.

  • Curriculum development to enhance interdisciplinary learning across department programs.
  • New BA degree course offerings to fulfill core and breadth requirements.
  • New courses focusing on Sustainability in anticipation of the forthcoming Bachelor of Sustainability.
  • Inclusion of Art History and Visual Culture program in Dept. of Creative Studies.
  • Name change from Visual Arts to Visual, Digital and Performance Arts.

The revised Bachelor of Media Studies degree is designed for students who want to go into creative and cultural industries; and or who hope to continue their educations in design, art, and academics as postgraduates; and who want sufficient flexibility within the degree to curate what they study in relation to their intellectual and creative passions.  The new degree eliminates COSC course requirements. It also locates the core of the new degree within the MDST course code. MDST designates courses in creative computing, human-computer interface design, visualization, sonification, and built-and-immersive environments and is not limited to a more formal or traditional computer science approach.

Media Studies

A Curation Option was added to the current M.F.A. Specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as introducing graduate and undergraduate curation courses. This initiative included a SSHRC grant for Inclusive Curation for Public Art Galleries in Small Cities.

Masters of Fine Arts

As a university gallery, managed and located within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, the UBC Okanagan Art Gallery is committed to a research mandate realized through: research-creation, exhibitions, performance, publications, permanent collection and acquisitions, curatorial studies and community-engaged programs, in the field of creative and critical studies. While this is a faculty-wide initiative, it involves predominantly Creative Studies staff and faculty.

UBC Okanagan Art Gallery

The FINA Gallery, in the foyer of the Creative and Critical Studies Building, hosts exhibitions throughout the year—some by visiting arts, some by faculty members, and many by BFA and MFA students. Explore works and creations within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies’ virtual gallery.

Virtual Gallery

The Theatre Minor is designed to complement other programs with a creative, practice-based, collaborative and cross-cultural education. Students are given the opportunity to combine their academic studies with creative and practice-based contemporary performance theory and practice. Small studio classes provide an intimate, collaborative and transformative learning environment through experiential, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural curriculum.


This month-long Indigenous Art Intensive gathers students, artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse rooted in Indigenous art-making. It offers an educational series of courses, lectures, art shows, and opportunities to create art and features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who work to create a new body of work.

Indigenous Art Intensive

ASPIRE Teaching and Learning Award. Campbell/Thorogood

Digital Media Flexible Learning Modules. Video tutorials that address novice and intermediate competency levels using state of the art practices in coding, animation, sound art. A survey revealed that such videos are not available elsewhere.

ALT-2040 Fund Program Enhancement Project. Dulic

Active Computational Media composition Toolkit: Supporting Learners and Instructors in Media Art, performance, and Creative Studies.


A $1,650,000 grant shared with Engineering, Computer Science, FCCs and Nursing to train graduate students in Immersive technologies.

Leveraging the currently offered “post-experience” Master of Management (MM) program, we created an option whereby any student entering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program could earn their BFA and an MM degree in an accelerated time frame.

While this “design thinking and user-centered design degree bridges the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the School of Engineering, it primarily leverages Creative Studies resources.

Dr. Hussein Keshani recipient of funding through the Anti- Racism Initiatives Fund. While this project engages the local and broader community in a conversation about Islamophobia (using nuanced, accessible and sophisticated engagements), it also exemplifies how undergraduate and graduate emerging artists can leverage their resources to “enter the fray” in a meaningful way. From a pedagogical perspective, this project is both timely and vital.

Kevin Chong recipient of funding through the Anti- Racism Initiatives Fund. Racism and cultural gatekeeping are at the forefront of discussions of updating the pedagogy of creative writing, and the writers that Kevin Chong hopes to bring in have been instrumental in calling attention to inequity within the academy and publishing. Kevin’s online series draws in a wide collection of readers and writers, on both campuses, and dovetails nicely with UBC’s strategic goals of building community and offering transformative learning experiences.

Anti-Racism Book Club Series

  • Art History 110 Visual Cultures of the Tarot
  • Art History/Digital Arts & Humanities 411 Digital Media for Interpretive Centres
  • Art History 420 Curating Contemporary Art
  • Art History 451 Politics of Exhibition and Representation
  • CCS 150 Creative and Critical Art Theory I
  • CCS 250 Creative and Critical Art Theory II
  • CCS 510 Curation as Creative Practice
  • CCS 511 Digital Media for Interpretive Centres
  • CCS 512 Politics of Exhibition and Representation
  • Media Studies 101 Digital Media Theory
  • Media Studies 110 Introduction to Computational Art and Design 1
  • Media Studies 120 Introduction to Computational Art and Design 11
  • Media Studies 210 Creative Coding
  • Media Studies 220 Computational Creativity
  • Media Studies 310 Mobile Application Design
  • Media Studies 330 Immersive Environments
  • Media Studies 499 Capstone Media Project
  • Theatre 104 The Art of Public Speaking
  • Theatre 180 Theatre Appreciation
  • Theatre/SUST 204 Creative Communication and Engagement (Sustainability)
  • Theatre 212 Creativity as Source and Resource
  • Theatre 302 Indigenous Performance Practices
  • Theatre 303/Film 303 Narrative Film Production
  • Theatre 304 World Theatre and Cultural Performance
  • Theatre 309 Performance Art: Global Perspectives
  • Theatre 313 Dramatic Literature in Performance
  • Theatre/Creative Writing 384 Spoken Word
  • Theatre 403 Art and Social Practice
  • Theatre 412 Culture, Creativity and Health & Well-Being
  • Visual Arts 268 Strategies in Digital Art: Visual Communication
  • Visual Art 269 Strategies in Digital Art: Virtual Worlds
  • Visual Arts 436 Printmaking
  • Visual Arts 206 Sound Art


  • Creative Writing 320 Interdisciplinary Ecological Art
  • Creative Writing 360 Creative Writing and the Racialized Writer
  • Creative Writing 475 Preparing for a Career as a Writer


Below are selected examples of events and the work we do in our programs related the community.

SPRING! offers the UBCO campus and the larger community two months of artistic adventures by students, faculty and guest artists, including performances, art exhibitions, spoken word, guest lectures, film screenings and workshops.

These evets are funded by TD.

Spring Festival

The FCCS Woodhaven Artist in Residence Program provides a paid residency opportunity for a diverse variety of visiting artists including writers, visual artists, digital media artists and performance artists.

Funded by the Moss Rock Park Foundation.

Woodhaven Artist In Residence Program

Creative Studies is developing a community-engaged public art program starting with a summer mural painting course. Students combine practical painting techniques with learning about strategic planning, budgeting, and design. This exposes students to some of the realities of a working artist hired to create and partner with other organizations and encourages understanding of the relationship between their art and their community.

The first two years of this course were funded by CTQ Consultants.

Mural Course 2020




This month-long Indigenous Art Intensive gathers students, artists, curators, writers and scholars to engage in contemporary ideas and discourse rooted in Indigenous art-making.

Indigenous Art Intensive Program

Indigenous Art Intensive Blog

A Lecturer has been hired with the mandate to develop community engagement opportunities in existing Visual Arts courses and create new curriculum.

The Kelowna Public Art Gallery collaborates with Creative Studies to bring guest artists, curators and scholars to the Kelowna and UBCO community.

The 2021/22 program is in development.

Founded in 2017 by Neil Cadger, Living Things is a carefully curated international arts festival that brings celebrated contemporary performances and workshops to Kelowna.

Living Things Festival

Draw By Night is an ongoing bi-monthly “public drawing party” that promotes creativity, imagination and collaboration through the process of drawing.

Participants draw under one theme, often related to the current exhibition, in an informal setting that promotes networking and inspiration. The aim is to engage creative people from various disciplines throughout the community including students, industry professionals, visual artists, hobbyists and the general public and get them all drawing!

Draw by Night

The annual Student Okanagan Film Festival continues a tradition of celebrating emerging student filmmakers of the Okanagan Valley. The festival showcases short films from a wide range of genres including mini-documentary, experimental, music videos, animation, short narrative.

Student Okanagan Film Festival

SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant with Inspired Word Café. Matt Rader and Denise Kenney. Negotiating competing and often incongruent forms of access within Inspired Word Cafe community.

Inspired Word Café Open Works

This annual event brings together the local arts community to celebrate the work of our students, faculty, alumni, as well as artists practicing in the community in the spirit of raising funds. Over 100 works of art are collected from local artists, faculty, and students. One ticket admits two people to the event, and guarantees winning one work of art from the collection.

Art on the Line

The Okanagan Short Story Contest awards the best new short stories by writers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia: east of Hope, west of the Alberta border, north of the US border and south of Williams Lake. Past winners have gone on to publish with Penguin Random House, Arsenal Pulp Press, and NeWest Press, as well as numerous magazines and journals nationally and internationally. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three stories and a one-week retreat at The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna.

Okanagan Short Story Contest

Light up Kelowna is an annual event of digital installations that are projected onto the outside of the Rotary Centre for the Arts that showcase images and sounds crated by FCCS faculty and students. This community project is a partnership with the Rotary Centre for the Arts and the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

Light Up Kelowna


A list of research and publication successes within the department would be too long for this document. They are, however, substantial. Details can be found in members’ Curricula Vitae.

Below is a rough estimate grants received by Creative Studies faculty based on information readily available at the time of this report. It is not an exhaustive list nor is the information about the work resulting from these grants listed here. Internal grants are not listed unless they are more substantial, nor have I listed very large shared grants for which Creative Studies faculty were Co-Investigators (Example: NSERC CREATE in Immersive Technologies $1,650,000 for which Dr Dulic was one of ten). Creative Studies researchers receive substantial funding from Arts Councils whose jury processes are extremely rigorous and who are at the vanguard of creative practice/research in Canada. All faculty and all disciplines share in this success- not just a few “rock stars.” While the focus is grants received since 2016, larger grants received prior to 2016 are listed if they continue to influence research and teaching. All grants help to support undergraduate and graduate student learning and research, improve research and teaching facilities and provide opportunity for travel, residencies, collaborations and dissemination of research.

These grants alone (not taking into consideration unavailable data, internal smaller grants and larger shared grants) add up to:



UBCO Excellence Fund UBCO Gallery 330,000 Keshani/Koosel 2022
Canada Council Living Things 23,000 Cadger 2022
Heritage Canada Living Things 12,000 Cadger 2022
SSHRC Partnership Engage Syilx Siwlkw (water) Story: Rail 25,000 Dulic 2021
CFI Spiral Infrastructure 265,555 Thorogood 2021
CFI Critical Future Studio/Lab 245,500 Smith 2021
CFI Indigenous Art/Culture Studio 125,000 Willard 2021
NSERC Echo: High level audio features 132,500 Thorogood 2021
Excellence Fund Indigenous Art Intensive 80,000 Willard 2021
Canada Council Feature Film: The Silver Peanut 60,000 Smith 2021
Anti Racism Initiatives Racitalized Writer 10,000 Chong 2021
Access Copyright: Marion Hebb Can Lit Diversity 10,000 Chong 2021
SSHRC A Sound Design Vocabulary 2, 500 Thorogood 2021
Conseil des Arts du Quebec Photography 20,000 Rutkauskas 2021
SSHRC Waterways Museum Exhibit 50,000 Dulic 2021
UBC Medical Program Flex Project 5,000 Craig 2021
Vancouver Foundation The Collective Body 1500 Cadger 2021
City of Kelowna Inner Fish Performance Co 7,500 Cadger 2021
Okanagan Basin Water Board Okanagan Water Ways Exhibit 25,000 Dulic 2020
SSHRC Insight Kelownafornia Cultures of Nature 276,000 Dulic 2020
Central Okanagan Foundation Metamorphosis 7,000 Rader 2020
Canada Council Create Book/Climate Crisis 20,000 Rader 2020/21
Heritage Canada Living Things 14,000 Cadger 2020
Canada Council Living Things 2,800 Cadger 2020
City of Kelowna Inner Fish Performance Co 3,600 Cadger 2020
Alt Fund Computational Media Toolkit 25,000 Dulic/Thorogood 2020
SSHRC Insight 25,000 Willard/Multiple 2020
SSHRC Partnership 25,000 Willard/Multiple 2020
Eminence Fund Art and Health 5,000 Willard/Multiple 2020
BC Arts Council Professonal Writers-Fiction 15,000 Chong 2020
SSHRC Disrupt/ability 204,304 Smith 2020
Exeter Collaboration Fellowship 4704,71 Kenney 2020
SSHRC Partner Engage Inclusive Curation Galleries 25,000 Keshani/Willard 2019
National Gallery of Canada Fellow Photography 8,000 Rutkauskas 2019
Canada Council Professional Writers-Fiction 25,000 Chong 2019
Heritage Canada Living Things 12,000 Cadger 2019
Canada Council Back to Bite You 13,500 Cadger 2019
City of Kelowna Living Things 5,000 Cadger 2019
Canada Council First Peoples Land based comm art 20,000 Willard 2018
BC Arts Council Short Fiction 6,000 Smith 2018
SSHRC Connections Border Free Bees Symposium 25,000 Holmes 2018
World Wildlife Federation Kelowna Bee Ambassador Project 6,900 Holmes 2018
Alberta Found for the Arts Photography 15,000 Rutkauskas 2018
SSHRC Decolonizing the night sky 44, 920 Dulic/Thorogood 2018
UBC Locative Media 12,500 Thorogood 2018
BC Arts Council Professional Writers-Fiction 12,000 Chong 2018
SSHRC Partnership Engage Open Access Inspired Word Café 25,000 Rader/Kenney 2018
Equity Enhancement Fund Queer Culture Creation 6,000 Smith/Kenney 2018
City of Kelowna Living Things 7,000 Cadger 2018
SSRHC Connections Interactive Art, Science, Tech 44,920 Dulic 2018
Canada Council Indigenous Intensive 300,000 Foster 2017
OCCP Commission Kokanee Ways 7,000 Dulic 2017
SSHRC Insight Water Ways, Past, Present &Future 297,000 Dulic 2017
City of Kelowna Living Things 8,000 Cadger 2017
Canada Council Artist Project 20,000 Willard 2017
Canada Council Short Fiction 24,000 Smith 2017
World Wildlife Foundation Kelowna Nectar Trail 6,900 Holmes 2017
UBC Aspire Digital Media Flexible Learn Mod 50,000 Campbell/Thorogood 2017
Canada Council This Kind of Wilderness 20,000 Serfas 2017
Canada Council Professional Writers-Fiction 24,000 Chong 2017
BC Arts Council Scholarship Award 6,000 Willard 2017
SSHRC Partnership Botanical Garden: Digital Interp 76,295 Keshani/Muliple 2016
SSHRC Insight Botanic Gardens Poitics 203,417 Multiple 16/21
Okanagan Foundation Music of Heaven 12,000 Dulic 16/17
Telus Right of Way- Wildlife Corridors 18,000 Dulic 2016
Mitacs Social Life of Water 15,000 Dulic 2016
OBWB Social Life of Water 13,300 Dulic 2016
SSHRC Connection Social Life of Water 33,040 Wagner/Dulic 2016
BC Arts Council Professional Wrtiers-Fiction 12,000 Chong 2016
Canada Council Photography 13,800 Rutkauskas 2016
SSRHC Durational Perf Google Streetview 42,944 Smith 2016
SSHRC Public Art Pollinator Project 197,000 Holmes/Cameraon 15-17
Hampton Visual Inspection 9,000 Rader/Multiple 15-17
Canada Council Institutional Grant 3,800 Roy-Bois 2016
SSHRC Connections Culture Mapping 26,000 Rader 2016
BC Arts Council Wolves (book of poems) 6,000 Rader 2015
CFI Studio for Spaces and Things 28,000 Roy-Bois 2015
CFI Studio for Spaces and Things 95,000 Roy-Bois 2015
BC Knowledge Development Fund Studio for Spaces and Things 95,000 Roy-Bois 2015
SSHRC Eco Art Incubator 198,000 Holmes/Kenney 2011
CFI Centre for culture and Technology 320,000 Dulic 2011

Hiring Plan

The following hiring and investment strategies are in service of the above-mentioned priorities for our future growth.

Institute a 2 & 2 workload

For Creative Studies for all continuing faculty in the Professoriate stream and continue a 3 & 2 workload for all continuing faculty in the Educational Leadership stream so that Creative Studies’ teaching load aligns with other departments in FCCS. 15 professoriate stream faculty in CS currently teach a 2 & 3 workload. A change to a 2 & 2 workload would add 15 courses to the Lecturer/Sessional pool. The 2022 lectureship hiring decisions (below) are designed to immediately shore up undergraduate and graduate teaching in 3 of the programs most impacted by this change.

Replacement hire for Stephen Foster: indigenous video/digital media artist

Stephen’s replacement process should privilege (or seek out) indigenous applicants at any rank. Stephen formally retired (to OCAD) in 2021.

Promote technicians to managerial positions in preparation for additional hires in 2023

Two of our technicians currently work well beyond their job descriptions, overseeing research, events and exhibition activity within FCCS and across multiple Okanagan campus locations and programs; consulting on research projects; and managing CCS building and FINA gallery, Innovation Precinct 1, Innovation Annex and Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre.  Programs related to these positions include: MFA, IGS DAHU, MDes, BFA, BMS, and Indigenous Intensive. Investing in support in this area will benefit undergraduate, graduate and faculty research and learning in all areas.

  • Philip Wyness from Technician 5 to M & P “Research and Facilitation.”
    In his new role, Philip would oversee research, events, and exhibition activity within FCCS and across multiple Okanagan campus locations and programs. He would consult on research projects, manage studios, spaces and galleries, and provide technical support for FCCS and MDes research faculty, students and PI’s. He would liaise with galleries, arts facilities and community partners in the Okanagan as well as other programs on the UBC O campus. Locations include: CCS building and FINA gallery, new downtown building/gallery, Innovation Precinct 1, Innovation Annex and Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre.  Programs related to this position include: MFA, IGS DAHU, MDes, BFA, BMS, and Indigenous Intensive.
  • Joanne Gervais from Technician 5 to M & P “Media Services B.”
    In her new role, Joanne would oversee research, events and exhibition activity and service a broad range of audio-visual, digital and emerging media and other computational needs across multiple Okanagan campus locations and programs. She would consult on research projects, provide technical support for FCCS and MDes research faculty, students and PI’s. She would liaise with galleries, arts facilities and community partners in the Okanagan as well as other programs on the UBC O campus and manage media production within the faculty including publicity, and for the hiring, onboarding, and supervision of staff in the digital printing lab and the lending library (gearspace). Locations include: CCS building and FINA gallery, SPARK Lab, Media Makerspace, new downtown building/gallery, Innovation Precinct 1, Innovation Annex and Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre.  Programs related to this position include: MFA, IGS DAHU, MDes, BFA, BMS, and Indigenous Intensive.

Eliminate two Lectureships (Drawing/Painting and Photography) and hire two Education Leadership Stream faculty

The transition to a 2 & 2 workload for all Professoriate Stream faculty necessitates a shoring up of undergraduate teaching across all programs in the department. Currently we have only one Education Leadership stream faculty member in Creative Studies. In tandem with our commitment to leading edge researchers, we also need to strengthen the “base of our pyramid” by focusing on the quality and continuity of the work being done in our studios and classes. We need Educational Leadership Stream faculty to lead discussions regarding curriculum development, interdisciplinary collaborations, integration of indigenous pedagogies, studio learning in the 21st Century, recruitment, and remote and hybrid learning for studio classes (including the role of low residency MFA studies).

  • Drawing, Painting, 2D Ed Leadership hire. This position would include a service commitment to administrative oversight and scheduling for the Department.
  • Photography/Sustainability Ed Leadership hire. Professor Helfand retired in 2018 and has never been replaced. This position would include a service commitment to facilitate research and teaching initiatives concerning Sustainability.

Augment the current .7 Lectureship in 2D, 3D and community engagement to a full-time position

Two technician hires

To date we have been hiring GAA’s, UAA’s and Workstudy students to help manage the operations of our facilities and student training. While we hope to continue this practice, these strategic hires will afford the technicians more time to supervise these students and the metalwork studio, woodshop, SPARK lab, darkroom, greenroom and the new Media Makerspace so that we aren’t struggling to provide reasonable access for students and maintain training and continuity from one year to the next.

  • Technician V Hire: 3D printing, welding, CNC, physical computing, classroom support for 3D
    Responsibilities include: maintaining the metal workshop and art studios; training and supervising students/faculty; purchasing supplies; supporting teaching and research. Complex manufacturing tasks required (but not limited to): production of CAD drawings; operating welding/metal working equipment, CNC equipment and laser and plasma cutters.
  • Technician V Hire:  Media Technician
    This position provides technical, teaching, and research support to FCCS in the areas of video production, photography, film development, digital and emerging media. It includes: assisting students with equipment and software both in classrooms and studios; assisting with technical and support services involving large scale digital printing and print production operations; maintaining the equipment and facilities.

Replacement hires

  • Neil Cadger: Performance. Replacement focus: Assistant Professor, live performance and narrative and performative media. IBPOC emphasis. Neil is scheduled to retire in 2024.
  •  Nancy Holmes: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, sustainability and community engagement. Replacement focus: Assistant Professor, writing with/for narrative media; game writing, screen writing, sustainability and community engagement. IBPOC emphasis.

New Hire

  • Indigenous Creative Writing Professor (any rank) hire: Narrative, non-fiction, sustainability, community engagement. This should be a targeted hire.

IBPOC Interdisciplinary Artist Professor (any rank) targeted hire: curation, visual arts, community engagement, sustainability. In addition to the Stephen Foster retirement replacement (2022), another targeted indigenous hire would help to support the Summer Indigenous Intensive, the new BA Sustainability, the new Curation stream in AHVC and MFA, and Interdisciplinary initiatives within the Department.

Printmaker Professor (Assistant): Interdisciplinary practice focus. IBPOC emphasis.

Similar to the dismantling of photographic darkrooms, print studios have also become scarce and well-equipped printmaking facilities are somewhat of a novelty in post-secondary institutions. This is good for us. While we have some faculty who sometimes work with printmaking, Briar Craig is the only Professor/artist within Creative Studies who substantially researches and teaches in this area (see Appendix Faculty Capacity document). It is currently difficult to deploy faculty to support this discipline (they are needed elsewhere).

Art History & Visual Culture Education Leadership hire. Retirements in ARTH haven’t been fully replaced due to long-term medical leaves. This position would include maintaining foundational courses that serve the BFA and BMS programs and program Coordination.


While not solely under our purview, Creative Studies will do everything they can to further the goal for a bespoke live multi-use performance venue on campus.

Upgrades to the CCS building are underway and the proposed building addition would further our strategic goals substantially.


Air media box for CCS 122 $1,000
Ipads or Wacom tablets $20,000
Sound system $9,000
CNC Router $30,000
CNC Plasma Cutter or Water Jet Cutter $30,000
CNC Embroidery machine $2,500
FINA Gallery upgrades $20,000
3D printing upgrades $30,000
5K projector $20,000
Motion Capture $15,000
Electronic packages (physical computing) $1,500
Arduino kits $2,500
30 computers for Media Makerspace $60,000
Painting Studio facility upgrades (new hire requests) $30,000
Photographic upgrades/equipment $30,000