Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Fine Art

Program Description

The Bachelor of Fine Art program balances and integrates the academic and studio requirements specific to fine art with general education requirements.

TRU-OL offers some courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements. However, students who have not previously taken art or design studio courses or who are not currently working as an artist or designer may need to complete most studio credits through classroom courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this degree program.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Completing her Bachelor of Fine Art degree through Open Learning allowed Shima Luchi to complete coursework while creating her artwork, exhibiting her installations across North America and co-curating local exhibits, which all helped buttress her burgeoning career as an internationally exhibited artist.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Graduates of Georgian College Fine Arts Advanced Diploma may apply for admission and receive a block transfer. For information on Georgian College's Fine Arts Advanced Diploma, contact the Office of the Registrar at Georgian College at 1.705.722.1511 (Ontario or International).

Other applicants are admitted on a case-by-case basis according to TRU-OL admission policies.

Contact a TRU-OL enrolment services officer via Student Services to determine eligibility.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows: 27 credits from general education, Georgian College or other, plus 18 credits in history and theory of art and 75 credits in studio work.

General Education Requirements (27 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses. They can be transferred from Georgian College or from other, as explained below. Also, refer to the general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

Georgian College Students/Graduates (27 credits)

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature). Technical and business writing courses do not meet this requirement.
6 credits in humanities other than art history and possibly English
3 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
6 credits in social science
6 lower- or upper-level university credits in any approved academic discipline (may include art history)

Other Applicants (27 credits)

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature) other than technical and business writing courses
6 credits in humanities other than art history and English
6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
6 credits in social science
3 elective credits in any approved academic discipline (may include art history)

History and Theory of Art Requirements (18 credits)

Suggested courses are in parentheses.

18 credits in historical or theoretical approaches to art, including 9 upper-level credits (VISA 3991)

Studio Requirements (75 credits)

75 credits in studio work, including 36 upper-level credits


Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


Email Student Services for more information.