Visual Arts BFA

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Visual Arts BFA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a major in the Visual Arts is an excellent way to get a solid grounding in the techniques, critical theory and cultural impact of the visual arts generally, as well as to develop your own unique practice as a visual artist.  

    You’ll study all aspects of Visual Arts reflection, exhibition and material practice, and develop the kind of analytical, creative and studio skills you’ll need to gain attention in a crowded field.

    Every major offered by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design begins with the same core Foundation Year content. This foundation year includes core skills for every creative discipline, and will teach you quite a bit about art and design both in the classroom and in the studio. You will be encouraged to make your final choice of major only after getting a grounding in all of the subjects in which you could choose to specialise.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 4 years at full time.

    Foundation Year Modules Include:

    • Creative Processes
    • Core Interdisciplinary Studio
    • Foundation Studio Elective
    • Core Media Studio
    • Core Design Studio
    • Core Visual Arts Studio
    • Academic Core I & II (Humanities)

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Visual Arts Studio (200 level)
    • Elective (any level and subject)
    • Studio Elective (200 level)
    • AHIS / DHIS / MHIS (200 level)
    • Perspectives in the Critical Humanities
    • Intro to Cultural Theory
    • Ecological Perspective in Design
    • Ergonomics

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Visual Arts Studio (300 level)
    • Dialogues With: (Praxis)
    • Studio Elective (200, 300 or 400 level)
    • Elective (any level and subject)
    • AHIS / HUMN / SOCS / SCIE (300 or 400 level)

    Year 4 Modules Include:

    • VAST Senior Studio I
    • VAST Senior Studio II
    • Elective (any level and subject)
    • Studio Elective (300 or 400 level)
    • SOCS (300 or 400 level)
    • AHIS / HUMN / SOCS / SCIE (300 or 400 level)

    Learning And Teaching

    Emily Carr University’s degree programs are delivered through fairly standard lesson formats, both in the classroom and in the studio. The teaching methods have been selected to help students gain a deep understanding of the field and its place in society, as well as to how to engage the minds of the public. In addition to knowledge of the field, the students will develop independent critical thinking skills. You will apply to enter a specific major only after completing your first year.

    Career Possibilities

    The Visual Arts community is an exciting but competitive one, and a degree from a respected institution like Emily Carr can be the cornerstone of your professional career. Recent graduates of Emily Carr University’s BFA in the Visual Arts have become Concept Artists, Commissioned Public Artists, Storyboard Artists, Community Arts Programmers, Chief Visual Officers, Associate Creative Directors, Environment Artists, Calligraphers, Art Therapists, Educators or Professors, Architects, Landscape Architects and Gallerists.

    Entry & Credit

     Successful completion will result in a BFA in the Visual Arts.

    To apply, you’ll need to have completed secondary school, or the international equivalent. This must have included content in English as well as 4 other subjects at an average of ‘C’ or better.

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise specified, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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