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*Please note that sequencing is designed for transfer to the University of Alberta unless otherwise noted.
The Fine Arts Department at Grande Prairie Regional College is a great place to start a career in the visual arts. The Visual Arts and Design program and the Fine Arts, University Transfer program, offer a fine balance of hands-on studios and lecture-based courses. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for advanced studies at a university or an art institute. Our alumni go on to success in a wide variety of careers and art related professions including:
- Art Directors, curators and other gallery and museum positions
- Art Historians
- Art Therapists
- Arts Management
- Craft artists (jeweler, potter, textiles…)
- Fine Artists (painters, sculptors, illustrators...)
- Graphic Designers, Commercial and Industrial designers
- Multi-media artists and animators
Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts will want to consider enrolling in the Fine Arts, University Transfer program. Based upon completed studies at Grande Prairie Regional College, students will receive up to 60 credits of transfer toward their university degree.
To be considered for admission to the Fine Arts, University Transfer program, students will require passing grades and an overall average of 60 percent in the following Alberta Education courses. For course groups, refer to the Classification of Alberta Education Courses.
- English 30-1, minimum 60 percent
- Three from Group A or C
- One from Group A, B, or C
GPRC does not require the submission of a portfolio for admission in to the first year of the transfer program; however, students applying for the Fine Arts, University Transfer program need to be aware that their admission to a university for degree completion will be subject to the admission and portfolio requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer.
Students 21 years or older who are seeking admission to the Fine Arts, University Transfer program and do not meet the requirements for admission are encouraged to consult with an Academic Advisor.
- Senior 2000-Level Art History (6 credits)
- Senior 3000-Level Studio Options (12 credits)**
- Options (6 credits)*
*Students should consult with an advisor to select an option that meets the requirements of their educational goal. Bachelor of Fine Arts students must take a university transferable (UT) option.
**Students are advised to choose options that meet the requirements of the degree granting institution to which they plan to transfer. Advisors in Fine Arts will assist students with the selection of appropriate options. Students pursuing Art studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design require 18 credits in studio courses in addition to the drawing studios.
AR3705, Portfolio Development, is highly recommended but is not a university transferable course. Admission to most Art programs and institutions is normally dependent upon the evaluation of an applicant’s portfolio. Students may choose to enrol in this course in order to develop their portfolio skills.
Acceptance into any program once studies at GPRC are completed is normally portfolio based, the depth of the student's studio experience and their academic standing. Option courses vary from institution to institution and are often evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Early contact with the school students are applying to is encouraged and close consultation with a GPRC Fine Arts Advisor is advisable. All post-secondary Art Programs are slightly different. GPRC Visual Art Diplomas provides a flexible studio experience and a portfolio, but credit is often given on a case-by-case basis. Students may have to pick up options or extra studios depending on where they apply. Most receiving institutions will transfer a maximum of 60 credits from GPRC.
University of Alberta
Transfer admission to the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design or Bachelor of Design, is based on portfolio and is considered on a case by case assessment. Students should consult with an advisor prior to registering for transfer to the UofA. Students are advised to take 9 credits of non-art options.
University of Calgary
Transfer admission to the University of Calgary, Bachelor of Fine Arts, is portfolio based. Students may wish to take up to 12 credits of non-art options.
University of Lethbridge
Transfer to University of Lethbridge is portfolio based. Students with a Visual Arts Diploma in Interactive Digital Design or Studio Practice may apply for admission to the Post-Diploma BFA (Art), Pre/Post-Diploma BFA (Art)/BEd or Post-Diploma BFA (Multidisciplinary).
Alberta University of the Arts
Transfer admission to Alberta University of the Arts is based on portfolio. Students are advised to focus on studio rather than non-art options.
Many students have also transferred successfully to other major Art Schools in Canada such as Ontario College of Art and Design, Emily Carr, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Vancouver Film School and Ryerson Polytechnic.