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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,260

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Explore the dimensions of your creativity through a broad range of studio and theoretical courses in a variety of media. Benefit from 26,000 square feet of workshops and studio space and an art gallery for your work alongside other student and faculty exhibitions. Shaped around a core curriculum of studio, art history and theory courses, this degree encourages an interdisciplinary approach to learning which takes advantage of the many facets of the university community.
  • Our programs offer exciting courses that allow you to explore your creative potential within a positive and encouraging environment. Students benefit from small classes, direct contact with professionally active faculty, one-on-one consultation, exceptional facilities, options for professional practice, funded research projects and strong community connections. You are encouraged to take part in Gallery activities through submission of your work for scheduled exhibitions and are invited to propose exhibitions for the Gallery as well. The Gallery is also used as a venue for presenting the work of artists from across Canada who come to TRU as part of our Visiting Artist program
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses) 

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024

Open admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • High school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing your BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Students who do not qualify for mature student status can apply for the TRU University Preparation program to complete your BC High School Graduation Diploma.
  • The BFA degree requires completion of 120 credits (the equivalent of four years of full-time study).

General Educational Requirements: 24 credits

  • 6 credits first year English: (ENGL 1100 and one of ENGL 1110, 1120, 1140 or 1210)
  • 9 credits Humanities and Social Sciences (Minimum of 3 credits in each)
  • 9 credits Humanities and Social Sciences (Minimum of 3 credits in each) Humanities: Film Studies, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Social Sciences: Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • 3 credits Math or Science Recommended course: MATH 1420: Mathematics for Visual Artists Math/Science: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics. This requirement may also be met by courses with a lab component, such as Computing Science, Physical Geography, Statistics
  • 6 credits of academic elective: Students must take 6 credits at any level in any approved academic discipline. Students may take up to three of these credits from Visual Arts courses in

Art History or Art Theory.

History and Theory of Art (HTA) Requirements: 18 credits

  • 18 credits in HTA; a minimum of 9 credits must be selected from 3000/4000 level
    Studio Requirements: 78 credits To complete a BFA degree, students must have 78 credits of Studio, 39 of which must be at the third and fourth year (3000 and 4000 level). Students intending to complete the BFA must take VISA 4910 (12 credits). Students intending to complete your program of studies in Gallery Studies should take VISA 4920 (12 credits). Gallery Studies require six less credits in third year studio courses but six more credits in third year HTA courses to make up the 39 upper level credit requirements.
  • 15 credits of first-year studio courses, 24 credits of second-year studio courses, 27 credits of third-year studio courses and 12 credits of fourth-year studio course
  • Tuition $448.65 
  • Fees $191.91 
  • Books and supplies Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $790.75

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