Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Fine Art

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

If you are new to art or design studio courses or are not currently working in the field, you may need to complete most of the studio credits through classroom courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and then transfer the credit to this program.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

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

"I just worked hard on my art to manage my life, educational and artistic career goals."
—Shima Iuchi, BFA

 Program Requirements

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

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.

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

Contact us to determine your eligibility for this program.

When applying for this program, please complete 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 2.00 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

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Oherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.

 Contact Us

Please contact us to speak with us about applying to this program.