Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Fine Art

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

I just worked hard on my art to manage my life, educational and artistic career goals.

Shima Iuchi, BFA, internationally exhibited artist

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

Contact us to determine your eligibility for this program.

Please include the Program Admission Form with your application.

Residency requirements

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

Degree requirements

120 credits, 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)
  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses
  • Six credits in humanities, excluding art history and possibly English
  • Three credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
  • Six credits in social science
  • Six lower- or upper-level university credits in any approved academic discipline, including art history
Other applicants (27 credits)
  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses
  • Six credits in humanities, excluding art history and English
  • Six credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
  • Six credits in social science
  • Three elective credits in any approved academic discipline, including art history
History and theory of art requirements (18 credits)

Suggested courses are in parentheses.

Suggested courses are in parentheses.

Eighteen credits in historical or theoretical approaches to art, including nine upper-level credits (such as 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. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.