Undergraduate Academic Planning

Declaring your Major

Students can complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major, Combined Major, Major and Minor, or General Studies BA with a concentration in the subject of their choice. BA students interested in Majors offered through the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are encouraged to declare their major once they are promoted to year 2, generally around June of each year.

Most Majors within FCCS can be self-declared through the Student Service Centre during the summer, but there are a couple that have grade requirements and have to be declared by an Academic Advisor. For instance, if you are interested in the Major in English or the Major in Creative Writing please contact Academic Advising.

Course Planning

Our Program Coordinators and Academic Advisors are here to assist you with course planning for each of the programs in FCCS, and can help with course selections to ensure that you have the information to take the appropriate credits for your major.

In order to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree at UBC Okanagan, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits.  Within the 120 credits, students will be required to complete first-year ENGL courses, science courses, coursework from Social Science as well as Humanities and courses required for their chosen specialization (major and minor).

Students in the BA must also complete the BA Language Requirement. This requirement can be satisfied using a grade 12 language outside of English (e.g. French 12) or up to 12 credits of university-level coursework from one of the languages offered at UBC Okanagan. The languages offered are French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

First-Year English: All students completing a BA degree must complete 6 credits of first-year English courses. We have provided information to help you choose the First-Year English courses that are right for you.

BA Your First Year

Almost all first year students at the Okanagan Campus of UBC take courses in English, and many take language courses. Since these subjects are taught by FCCS, you will become involved in FCCS as soon as you register—even if you think of yourself as a student in a different faculty, like Arts and Sciences! In fact, if you are entering the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program, you will discover that first year is a time to try out different courses that interest you and a time to get to know just what you would like to study.

FCCS offers all sorts of courses designed to interest first year students. If you are interested in languages or literature, take courses in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. If you are interested in popular culture’s impact on the way we think and act, check out Cultural Studies or Creative and Critical Studies (CCS) courses. Got a passion for painting or music or film? Then consider our courses in Art History, Music History and Film Studies. Maybe you’re a natural writer, performer or visual artist. If so, our Creative Writing, Theatre and Visual Arts courses might be just the thing!

Here are some examples of the amazingly wide range of courses a typical first year BA student might take:

EXAMPLE 1:

Term 1
Anthropology 100
Biology 117
Visual Arts 106
English 151
French 102

Term 2
Biology 122
Film 100
English 153
French 103
Psychology 111

EXAMPLE 2: 

Term 1
Cultural Studies 100
English 112
Film 100
Geography 108
Theatre 103

Term 2
Creative Writing 116
Cultural Studies 101
English 153
Geography 109
Theatre 111

Remember that these are just examples. You should always check with a program advisor to make sure you have the right courses for your degree program.

View the Academic Calendar for further information.

In order to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at UBC Okanagan, students must complete a minimum of 126 credits. The first year of the program is a ‘foundation’ year where all students end up with the same basic experience. Students take core courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and digital media.

BFA Your First Year

There is a Standard Timetable (STT) for incoming BFA students, which means that we have packaged all of the required courses for first year (with the exception of the English courses you would need to register for separately) and with one click of a button you will be registered in all of them.

BFA Year 1: 

Term 1
English 112
Visual Arts 102
Visual Arts 104
Visual Arts 106
Art History 101
Visual Arts 009 (mandatory day long safety training)

Term 2
English 153
Visual Arts 103
Visual Arts 105
Visual Arts 108
Art History 102
CCS 150

Login to the Student Service Centre (SSC):

  • Go to your course schedule
  • Click on Browse
  • Select Standard Timetables (STTs)
  • Choose BFA
  • Choose STT’s year one
  • Choose between the timetables for Group A and Group B

View the Academic Calendar for further information.

Bachelor of Media Studies is a computational arts program that combines digital arts, visual arts, computer science, social science and humanities. In order to receive a Bachelor of Media Studies Degree at UBC Okanagan, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits. The core curriculum consists of 84 mandatory credits; students choose the remaining 36 credits from any Arts and Sciences elective courses.

Bachelor of Media Studies is a computational arts program that combines digital arts, visual arts, computer science, social science and humanities. In order to receive a Bachelor of Media Studies Degree at UBC Okanagan, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits. The core curriculum consists of 84 mandatory credits; students choose the remaining 36 credits from any Arts and Sciences elective courses.

BMS Your First Year

BMS students should register in the proper courses each year to ensure they meet the full program requirements in preparation for graduation.

BMS Year 1 

Term 1
Media Studies 101
Computer Science 122
Computer Science 150
Visual Arts 106
Film 100 (elective)

Term 2
English 112
Computer Science 114
Computer Science 123
Visual Arts 108
Spanish 102 (elective)

Note: The English course and electives above are just examples. You do not have to take the Computer Science courses in the order listed, but they all must be completed at some time during your program.

View the Academic Calendar for further information.

Academic Concession Forms

Explore our database for a list of forms that you may need to use while you are completing your program for the next few years.  We understand life happens and things do not always go as planned.

Forms

Advising and Degree Planning

We are here to help. Our knowledgeable faculty members also work as program coordinators, advising and mentoring for prospective and current undergraduate students. Academic advisors and program coordinators can explain the academic requirements for our undergraduate programs, and give practical advise on your degree progression.

We suggest you meet with a Program Coordinator or Academic Advisor to choose the courses you should be taking each year for your major. There is also an interactive tool you can access through your Student Service Centre called Degree Navigator. Check out this online tutorial on how to access and use Degree Navigator.

Academic Advisor

In FCCS, we have a dedicated advisor for the programs and degrees that we offer.

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

The Academic Advising office also has a number of knowledgeable and helpful staff to assist you with all of your questions about your degree.

Program Coordinators

Program Coordinator   Contact information
Art History and Visual Culture Hussein Keshani hussein.keshani@ubc.ca
Creative Writing Matt Rader matt.rader@ubc.ca
Cultural Studies Kyong Yoon kyong.yoon@ubc.ca
English Marie Loughlin marie.loughlin@ubc.ca
Languages (French, German, Japanese, Spanish) Ramine Adl ramine.adl@ubc.ca
Interdisciplinary Performance/Theatre Denise Kenney denise.kenney@ubc.ca
Media Studies Stephen Foster bms.ok@ubc.ca
Visual Arts Briar Craig briar.craig@ubc.ca

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

Writing and Research Centre

The WRC offers writing support for all undergraduate students working on any kind of writing assignment for a class. They assist writers with various stages of the writing process: developing a draft, clarifying an argument, organizing written materials, understanding editing techniques, etc.

Writing and Research Centre

Disability Resource Centre

The purpose of an accommodation is to allow students to overcome disability-related challenges that impede their academic success. The DRC assists students by offering programs and services to foster an accessible and welcoming campus.

Disability Resource Centre

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

UBC Okanagan is committed to supporting and encouraging our students to reach their full potential during their studies. Both FCCS and UBC offer a number of merit based scholarships and awards to support our students during their studies.

Funding & Awards