University of Calgary - Department of Art and Art History

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Studies

University of Calgary - Department of Art and Art History

Faculty:Department of Art and Art History
Field of Study:Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Design and Visual Communications, General
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Interior Design
Digital Arts
Game and Interactive Media Design
Length:4 Year(s)
Careers:InfluencerArtistsPainters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists


Aspiring to a career as a practicing professional artist? Our Visual Studies program offers you a focused studio experience. We are here to support your artistic and intellectual development.

As a Visual Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the non-profit sector, public museums and private art galleries, commercial photography or design, art gallery assistant or technician and interior design. A Visual Studies degree can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies in visual art or another professional degree such as architecture, design, art therapy, or education.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    • English Language Arts 30-1
    • 3 approved courses
    • An approved course or option

    Only one of Art, Dance, Drama or Music can be used in calculating the admission average

    Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses or previously completed SAT2 subject tests are accepted.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or DuoLingo [min. 115] or Pearson Test of English (Academic) [min. 60] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Portfolio
    If you are a High School student applying for Early Admission, submit your online portfolio by January 15.

    If you are applying for Regular Admission, submit your online portfolio by March 1.

    If you are a current Visual Studies student and are applying to the Honours program, submit your online portfolio by March 1.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on December 06, 2023