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This information is for the BFA program at the UBC Okanagan campus.
You need to apply online for admission to UBC specifying the BFA program at the Okanagan campus, with “Major Visual Arts” as your specialization. Information about entry requirements for UBC can be found at: you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc
Program specific requirements for BC high school applications to Visual Arts are:
There is one online application for both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee. You can only submit one application, but you can specify a first and second choice.
If you plan to live in residence at the Okanagan campus of UBC, apply for housing at the same time you apply for admission. Many first-year students are guaranteed a place in residence provided they meet the requirements.
Once you submit your application for admission declaring your interest in the BFA, you will receive an email that lists any documents that may be required.
Applicants to the UBC Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts at the Okanagan campus must submit a portfolio and a letter of intent. You don’t have to come to the program with an advanced skill level – that is what our instructors will help you develop. We are interested to see your work in progress, what kinds of things you are doing in your sketchbook as well as finished pieces if you have them.
Note: The deadline for portfolio submission is January 31
What to include:
You also MUST include an image description page with the titles and medium used in your work, which correspond to your numbered images and/or videos. You may include a link to your personal website if available.
It is best to send all material in one document either as a .doc or .docx, or merge all documents into one .pdf file. DO NOT send PowerPoint or other presentations.
The name of your file MUST include your name. Example:
The letter of intent, (maximum of 300 words), should describe the applicant’s reasons for wanting to study in the visual arts. Artist statements are welcome but not mandatory.
See these examples to help you put your portfolio together.
Submitting your Portfolio ad Letter of Intent:
The portfolio and letter of intent must be sent together, either online or by mail.
Mail your portfolio to:
Portfolio Review Committee
Department of Creative Studies
The University of British Columbia
CCS building – 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
If you wish to have your mailed submission returned, you must use a reusable mailer and include sufficient return postage or enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope in your portfolio.
For inquiries regarding portfolio requirements, please contact the UBC Department of Creative Studies at 250.807.9281.
Entry into this program is very competitive. The number of places within the B.F.A. (Visual Arts) program is limited, and admission is based on a review of the portfolio, letter of intent, and grade average.