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Fine Arts and Creative Writing, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Why to study

The Fine Arts and Creative Writing degree at the University of Northern British Columbia, is an interdisciplinary four-year joint-degree program between the two universities that connects creative writing and studio practice. Courses within the program offer students the opportunity to develop applied, conceptual, and theoretical skills.

The program begins in September of each year and the application deadline is February 1.  Anyone seeking information about the application process should contact the UNBC Office of the Registrar.  Students who want help regarding course selection are encouraged to contact the UNBC Student Advisor.

The UNBC/ECU joint degree in Fine Arts and Creative Writing is an interdisciplinary project-based degree that links creative writing and studio practice within a critical context.  Studio courses within the degree ensure that students establish foundational skills during their first year, and that they build expertise within several different disciplines in their second and third years.  The fourth year of study focuses on work in an independent studio environment.  Concurrently, academic courses in theory and creative writing provide a theoretical basis of understanding that enhances and informs studio experience.

Although intended to support students in central northern BC, the unique character of this program may prove to be attractive for students from elsewhere in Canada and around the world.  Such exposure will not only allow students to develop and combine a significant range of artistic abilities, it will also cultivate highly transferable skills.  While many graduates may elect to pursue careers as practicing artists, others may choose to apply for graduate degrees in English or Fine Arts; to apply for professional degrees, such as law or education, requiring highly developed critical thinking skills; to seek employment in areas such as graphic design, web/computer design, and information-based industries.

Students must take 120 credit hours, whether directly or by transfer, split equally between the University  of Northern British Columbia and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.  Students may elect to complete a portion of the required courses at the ECU's main campus during the summer months.  All costs associated with student travel and stay at ECU are the responsibility of the student.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Drawing and 2-Dimensional Language
  • Creative Processes (on-line)
  • Visual Communication (on-line)
  • Visual Culture (on-line)
  • Visual Culture II (on-line)
  • Introduction to Literary Structures
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to Drama and/or Film
  • Writing and Communication Skills

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

UNBC welcomes applications for admission from qualified students from other countries. International secondary and post-secondary credentials are considered. International students must meet the equivalent of the criteria outlined for High School Admission and University Transfer in British Columbia. Admission is based on the comparison of standards for credentials and grading in the country of origin. Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    719 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 719 CAD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    180 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 180 CAD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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