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Special Admission Requirements for Visual Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Visual Arts must submit a portfolio and an artist’s statement to the Department of Visual Arts. A portfolio review and interview is held in December and late March or early April of each year. 

Portfolio Requirements

  • Should contain 10-15 works, plus a sketchbook.
  • Must be representative of recent work. The majority of pieces should be from within the last two years, and should include both two and three-dimensional work in a variety of media, and in both black and white and colour.
  • Photography used as an art medium is acceptable. Drawings from photographs or illustrations may be included but should be kept to a minimum.
  • Photographs of large or ephemeral pieces that cannot be brought to the review are acceptable, but most work should be the actual work.
  • Photographs or other visual representations of work should be presented in CD or DVD form. Applicants presenting work in this form should check with the Department of Visual Arts ahead of time to ensure that we have the right equipment for viewing the work.

Artist’s statement

An artist’s statement consisting of a 1-2 page letter that outlines the applicant’s interest in Visual Arts in general, as well as the BFA Visual Arts program, must accompany the portfolio. Applicants should refer to the works they are presenting and indicate how these works are representative of their interests. The artist’s statement should then be e-mailed to the Visual Arts office at visualarts@uregina.ca two days before their review.


The portfolio review takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

  • Applicants should arrive at the Visual Arts Department Office (Riddell Centre 247) at least an hour ahead of the time scheduled for the review, in order to set up their work.
  • At the scheduled time, a committee consisting of at least three members of the Department will come to review the applicant’s work. The applicant must be present at this time.
  • The applicant will give copies of the artist’s statement to members of the review committee.
  • The applicant will be asked to take 4-6 minutes to discuss the work being presented as part of the portfolio. The committee will then take another 5-8 minutes to ask questions and discuss the work with the applicant. Applicants should be prepared to discuss all aspects of their work, including technical, aesthetic, and others. 

Once the review is completed, the applicant will be asked to leave the room while the committee reads the artist’s statement, discusses the portfolio and the applicant’s presentation. The applicant will remove the work from display as soon as the committee leaves the room.

Results of review

The Department Head will notify applicants by mail of the review committee’s recommendation. The committee will not inform the applicant of their recommendation at the time of the review.

The committee will make one of two recommendations:

  • Admission into the BFA program: If the quality of work is strong, the applicant has prepared a good artist’s statement, and the applicant answers questions well during the review, they will be admitted.
  • Recommendation to the BA program: Students who do not gain admission to the BFA will be referred to the BA program and will be given recommendations for improving a subsequent portfolio and review.

Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts Major:

If you do not expect to have a strong portfolio, you may want to apply to the BA Visual Arts program. The first year and a half of the BFA and BA Visual Arts programs are virtually identical. Studying in the BA Visual Arts program enables students to build their portfolio as they take foundational studio courses and courses in Art History.

In addition, the BA program allows for more breadth in study, including the potential for a double major or a minor, such as the Arts Administration minor. This program is an excellent choice for students who want to study visual arts but are hoping to prepare for degrees in Education or professional programs post-degree.

For more information regarding the BFA or BA in Visual Arts, please refer to Visual Arts Programs.