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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts


Earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts at Thompson Rivers University

Why take Visual Arts while at Thompson Rivers University?

Our programs offer exciting courses that allow students to explore their creative potential within a positive and encouraging environment. Students benefit from small classes, direct contact with professionally active faculty, one on one consultation, exceptional facilities, options for professional practice, funded research projects and strong community connections.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years
Intake: September / May / January
Tuition Fee:
  • C$7,320/semester (up to 12 credits/4 courses)
  • C$8,912/semester (15 credits/5 courses)
  • each additional credit: C$531 (fall/winter) C$610 (summer)
Location: Kamloops, Canada


In addition to a career as a working artist, Visual Arts backgrounds are often required in film, television, video production, education, architecture, animation, graphic design and new media. Creative thinking skills are desirable and sought after across disciplines, industry and professions.

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Before coming to TRU, I couldn’t even imagine how fast my life would change here. TRU gave
me all the opportunities I was looking for to unearth my true potential. I’ve met people from
various parts of the world, gained real-world work experience and most importantly, I have
learned more about myself. Being a part of the TRU community has been one of the most
meaningful and rewarding experiences in my life. One of the best things I did in my program
was my co-op. I put my learning into direct practice right away and that helped me secure a full
time position after I graduated.

Tatiana Fedotova, Events Co-ordinator

Courses included

  • History of Art 
  • A Survey of Modern Art 
  • A Survey of the History of Canadian Painting
  • Drawing 
  • Sculpture 
  • Printmaking: Screen Printing 
  • Printmaking: Etching and Relief 

Opportunities for students

Whether you are taking single courses or enrolled in one of our programs, you will find your creative interests through courses in painting, drawing, sculpture/ intermedia, printmaking, photography (analog and digital), and upcoming Video courses, all offered in spacious, well equipped studios which are available between classes for studio work by Visual Arts students.