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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Visual Arts Diploma

Students in the Visual Arts at Thompson Rivers University can have the best of two worlds: courses can be counted toward a Diploma and toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Visual Arts, or other university degrees at the same time. The Diploma allows students to sample a diverse selection of different media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and multi-media to gain an introduction to contemporary art practices along with art history and theory. The Diploma is useful in a resume for job applications or entrance to academic programs that require some background theory and practice in visual arts.

The TRU Visual Arts Diploma program consists of two years of core and elective courses, all of which may be taken singly, if desired. The holder of a TRU Visual Arts Diploma can enter the third year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree, or other university programs. Thus, it is strongly recommended that those students wishing to pursue the BFA degree at TRU or other post-secondary institution complete the Visual Arts Diploma to achieve third year standing before advancing to upper level classes in Visual Arts.


Admission requirements

Students are admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

  1. B.C Grade 12, or equivalent
  2. English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73% (within the last 5 years.); OR Level 4 on the composition section of the L.P.I. (within the last 2 years.); OR Completion of English 0600; OR Completion of ESAL 0570 and ESAL 0580 with C+ or better.

Diploma requirements

The Visual Art Diploma requires completion of a minimum of 60 credits in which 48 credits must be VISA courses

Required courses are:

  • 6 credits of ENGL 1100, ENGL 1110 or 1120 or 1140 or 1210
  • 6 credits of academic electives, 3 of the 6 credits maybe Art History or Theory
  • 6 credits of first year Art History (VISA 1110/1120)
  • 15 credits of first year VISA Foundation studio courses
  • At least 21  credits of second-year VISA studio courses
Year 1 (Foundation Year) — 30 credits
Courses Credits
Total Year 1 Credits 30
Fall semester
ENGL 1100 3
VISA 1010 3
VISA 1110 3
VISA 1210 3
Academic Elective 3
Winter semester
ENGL 1110/1120/1140/1210 3
VISA 1020 3
VISA 1030 3
VISA 1120 3
VISA 1220 3
Year 2 — 30 credits
Courses Credits
Total Year 2 Credits 30
First- or second-year art history or theory 3
Second-year studio courses in two areas 24
Academic elective or art history or theory 3
Total for Year 1 and 2 — 60 credits