The Bachelor of Fine Arts requires all students to complete specific graduation requirements. Please note: students do not need to complete these requirements before transferring to UBC. However, most students complete many of the requirements in their first and/or second year, particularly English 100, which must be completed within your first 60 credits.


BFA Degree Requirements

Langara Equivalents

Course Information

Writing & Research


  • ENGL 100


  • WRDS 150



  • ENGL 1100


  • ENGL 1123
  • Langara students can apply to UBC without completing the writing requirement; however, the writing requirement must be completed within the first 60 credits of their degree.
  • Students must complete a 3 credit research-intensive course between 30 and 120 credits of an Arts Degree. This research component is fulfilled at UBC, after students declare their major, typically in 3rd year.
  • All applicants to UBC must demonstrate competency in the English language.  There are nine ways to meet the English language requirements.  Click here to determine which category applies to you.

Outside Requirement

B.F.A. students completing a single Major or Honours program must complete a minimum of 30 credits outside their B.F.A. specialization. These 30 credits may include credits necessary for the completion of a Minor, should the student choose to add one.

Arts Credit Minimum Requirement

Arts Credit is defined by subject area. Credit completed in subject areas identified in the UBC Calendar course descriptions as being offered by the Faculty of Arts, as well as transfer credit in those subjects, is considered Arts Credit.

A minimum of 72 of the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Arts degree program must be Arts credit, except when the completion of the student’s specialization(s) requires more than 48 credits outside of Arts. See UBC Credit Requirements and Regulations for more details.


Course Planning Guides and Links for UBC Programs within the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs:

Creative Writing

Film Production


Visual Art

These Course Planning documents are created by the Langara College Counselling Department and are intended for use only as a guide. It is the student’s responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated August 2022