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Welcome to Fine Arts. The KPU Fine Arts Department offers 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, Performance Art, Art History and Theory. Our courses take place across multiple campuses with core classes located at the Surrey Campus. Additional courses are offered on a rotating basis at the Richmond Campus to service the wider KPU student body.


Our Key Features include:

  • 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 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.