Why Study or Create Art?
Well, the best answer is: for its own sake. But some—maybe your parents, or your friends, or even just yourself—may need some convincing.
Studying the humanities and fine arts deliver the skills you will need to begin and build careers. Effective and persuasive communication. Qualitative and analytical skills. Project management. Adaptability, individual initiative. Honing creativity and trusting curiosity. Sometimes these are called the soft skills.
There is nothing soft about them. They have always been and still are highly valued assets for employers and employees alike. True, you won’t learn how to design a bridge in our programs, but you may find curious links between the humanities and engineering. Maybe you’re an engineer who has stumbled onto this page – there are courses for you in our faculty, too.
In short, increasing numbers of business leaders around the world are saying that a degree in the humanities or fine arts is a valuable and worthy personal and financial investment.
What are you good at? What are you passionate about? This is your chance to answer those questions, and have some fun along the way.
Our alumni help us tell the story of the importance of studying in the humanities and fine arts. With the connections they make while at university, the skills they learn and experiences they have while studying, there are so many possibilities out there for them in the job market and in their lives.
Lindsay Balfour, BA, MA and PhD alumna
Lindsay Balfour landed a life-changing fellowship at 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York after graduating with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in 2015. During her time there, she worked on examining the museum pieces and their relationship to a philosophy of hospitality in a time of terror. It was intense but hopeful work that she began as a PhD student with a concentration in Cultural Studies at UBC Okanagan. Lindsay is now teaching at Concordia University.
Shimshon Obadia, BFA Alumni
Since graduating with a BFA in 2015, Shimshon has been busy in the Okanagan Valley as an art educator at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, The Vernon Community School, Education and Programming Assistant at the Kelowna Museums, and now as the Artistic Director for Cool Arts Society.Shimshon has also started his own business, with his wife, Emily McMillan, also a graduate of the BFA program, Not Dead Darkroom the only black and white film developing lab in Kelowna.
Laura Wyllie, BA and MEd alumna
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Art History and Visual Culture in 2012. Laura continued her studies at Carleton University, completing a Masters in Art History. She moved back to the Okanagan in 2015 and began working at the Kelowna Art Gallery in the Educational Programs department while working towards her Masters in Education at UBCO. Laura continues to be an advocate for the role of art in lifelong learning for all members of the community.