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Fine Arts

KPU Fine Arts

Welcome to Fine Arts. The KPU Fine Arts Department offers a comprehensive knowledge and practice in the field of visual arts. At the core of all of our programs is a strong studio curriculum with small class sizes focusing on a well-rounded program of visual art practice, art history, and critical theory supporting the ideas and technical processes of producing contemporary art. Our graduates are prepared with the necessary skills to pursue advanced visual arts studies, enter related fields, or to pursue a contemporary professional practice.
We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Visual Arts, a two-year Diploma, and a one-year Certificate. The diverse needs of visual art students are met in a dynamic environment with outstanding faculty, facilities, studios, and exhibition spaces.  In addition, there are student exchange and field school programs, a visiting artists program, and opportunities for working within the community. Students benefit from small class sizes which allow the faculty to provide a high level of individual attention and support.
Our Disciplines include Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Print Media, Digital Media, Photography, Art History and Theory. Our courses take place across multiple campuses with core classes located at the Surrey Campus. The Cloverdale Campus houses individual studio spaces for 4th year students, a large exhibition space, and a multimedia gallery. Additional courses are offered on a rotating basis at the Richmond Campus to service the wider KPU student body.
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Canadian Culinary


The Canadian Culinary Imaginations Symposium is a two-day interdisciplinary event at KPU Richmond Melville Centre for Dialogue with over 25 invited speakers, ranging from local and international academics, to artists, curators, and writers, who will explore how Canadian writers and/or visual artists use food to articulate larger historical and cultural contexts. Full schedule and list of participants can be found HERE

The symposium will coincide with the launch of the public art exhibition "Artful Fare: Conversations About Food" featuring the collaborative art projects of KPU Fine Arts and English students as they engage in creative-critical dialogues about Canadian poetry. We are pleased to feature our creative keynote speaker Vancouver Poet Laureate Rachel Rose presenting a talk on the topic of poems inspired by food. Our other featured speaker is internationally recognized Visual Artist Sylvia Grace Borda who will do a presentation on her art projects and their relationship to sustainable food systems and economies.


Attendance is FREE for KPU Students and Faculty. Please feel free to drop in at time over the two days, space permitting. If however you would like to guarantee a seat and wish to partake in the meals and coffee breaks, please register as a Symposium Attendee. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register.





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In April

The Annual Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition
Join us for the Exhibition opening 

April 8th 6:30 to 9:30PM at the Tech (Cloverdale) Campus 





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Key Features of Fine Arts Programs:

  • An emphasis on contemporary studio arts in two-dimensional (drawing, painting, print media, photography, digital media), three-dimensional (sculpture, ceramics, installation), and performance art.
  • A thorough grounding in modern and contemporary art history and critical theory that helps students explore issues in their own work and that of others.
  • A commitment to a student-centered teaching environment, small class sizes, and easy access to qualified faculty working and contributing in their field of practice and research.
  • An emphasis on interdisciplinary work, and access to individual studio space for 4th year students.
  • The preparation of students for entry into the cultural industries and creative economies sector of the labour market through incorporation of essential skills training into the curriculum, including cross-disciplinary applications of studio, art history and theory, and practice.
  • Focus on theoretical, methodological, and applied understanding and skills required for employment and/or further studies in postgraduate education programs.
  • A solid liberal arts background that will prepare students to be creative and critical thinkers.

Annual Student Awards:

To recognize student achievement we have five Student Awards:

  • Deena C. Duggan Award 
  • American Express Fine Arts Award 
  • Jason Singh Memorial Award 
  • Margaretha Bootsma Award for Excellence in Visual Art
  • Linda Schwartz Endowment Award 

Our Facilities:

Our courses take place on two campuses, the core classes are located at the KPU Surrey Campus. The Tech Fine Arts campus houses 4th year classes and exhibition spaces.

Surrey Campus student studios and exhibition spaces: Two drawing and painting studios, a sculpture and 3D studies studio (including wood shop, casting shop, metal shop), a ceramic studio, a photo studio, darkroom, two mac computer labs, a print media studio, The Fine Arts Gallery, and the Artbutus Gallery at the Coast Capital Library.

Tech Campus: 4th Year Individual Student Studios and Exhibition Space – including a Digital Projection Gallery.

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An Active Student Community:

Fine Arts students have the opportunity to join the Fine Arts Student Group. This student led group actively organizes exhibitions of work in all media in the university and out in the community. Fine Arts students also actively showcase their artwork, and contribute their writing to Pulp Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s student literary and arts magazine Our student group from 2010 to 2013 "The Surreyalists" enjoyed success with exhibitions at Access Gallery in Vancouver, The Newton Cultural Centre in Surrey, and at other venues in Richmond and Surrey. After graduating, they have continued their activities as an independent art group in Surrey with membership from across the Lower Mainland.


Students planning to transfer to a different university after their first or second year should check transfer requirements before choosing their electives. See the appropriate university calendar for details. For further information contact a Fine Art faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to take both terms of any given discipline (i.e. both Drawing I and II) to facilitate effective university transfer status.

Full Time Studies and Course Options:

For more detailed information and course sequences for Full Time Studies see the KPU Calendar.

New York/Venice Biennale Summer 2015 Field School:

nyc Experience travel, study, and art making in the vibrant cities of New York and Venice while studying their historic past, contemporary culture, and visual arts. Visit the world’s leading art exhibitions and spaces including the 2015 Venice Biennale and the established and alternative art institutions, galleries and sites that New York-- the world’s art center--has to offer.
A full itinerary of visits to New York and Venice museums, galleries, and key sites of interest related to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture, and film history await you, including the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum, and a comprehensive tour of the 2015 Venice Biennale. Learn about and make art alongside like-minded students and faculty! For more details, please visit:



For information, blog posts and images from our Paris/Documenta 2012 Field School, please visit:







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