48 months
39573 CAD/year
5506 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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This Visual Art program from University of British Columbia is similar to a general liberal arts degree with an emphasis on the practice of visual art. Held in studio environments, visual art classes foster individual creative production and visual literacy in a lively atmosphere of instructor-led debate, discussion, and critique.


Visual Art involves the exploration and practice of different artistic media, in combination with developing an understanding of visual culture. In this program you will enjoy a combination of visual art practice, academics, and a broad range of elective courses, while having ample room for study in other areas of interest (including a minor or second major). 

You will explore art-making in at least four different media areas – including digital art, photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and print media – and will develop your writing and research skills in art history and electives. Progressing in the visual art program, you will focus on your chosen media areas and combine those areas with research-based writing or a second area of study. Awareness of art’s history and visual culture will empower you to create and discuss visual objects – approaching everything from traditional painting to online media with a developed and critical eye.

Your future

The flexibility of the Visual Art program from University of British Columbia allows you to creatively pair art-making with other areas of study, which empowers you to be a flexible and dynamic employee in a broad range of career paths. People who are equipped to create and respond critically to visual objects are increasingly valuable.

The Visual Art program equips you with the tools and skills necessary to work professionally in visual fields, as well as to pursue further studies in related fields such as architecture or urban design. You will also have the foundation to pursue other careers and fields of studies that require an arts degree – for example education, MBA, law, and library and archival studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Approaches to Media
  •  Ideas as Practice 
  • Digital Media
  • Ways of Seeing: Visual Studies
  • Crisis and Contradiction in Art and the Built Environment
  • Art and the Visual Environment in the Modern and Post-modern Periods
  • Art in an Era of Global Expansion
  • Digital Arts
  • Photography
  • Print Media

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be admitted to UBC, you must successfully meet the general admission requirements that apply to all applicants, as well as the degree-specific requirements that depend on which country you’re applying from and what degree(s) you’re applying to.
    • English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are nine different ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.
    • Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior secondary school

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39573 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39573 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5506 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5506 CAD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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