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Academic Advising

Bachelor of Fine Arts students have two advising options, each related to different aspects of their degree: Arts Academic Advising, which provides assistance with all general questions relating to degree requirements and completion; and Departmental Advising, that offers in-depth information specific to each B.F.A. program.

The Academic Advisors, front counter and phone staff of Arts Academic Advising are available to assist undergraduate students in their academic planning; provide degree, program, course, and registration advice; interpret and administer Faculty and university regulations; and consider requests for academic concession and letters of permission. Arts Academic Advising also assists students in connecting with appropriate support resources, both academic and non-academic, and provides information and advice about degree, promotion, continuation, and graduation requirements.

The Arts Academic Advising office, located in the Buchanan complex, Block D, Room D111 (1866 Main Mall), is open throughout the year: Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am-4:30 pm, for in-person, telephone (604-822-4028), and email (arts.advisor(at)ubc.ca) inquiries. Drop-in advising and pre-booked appointments are available daily. Students may also wish to consult the Arts Undergraduates website.

Departmental advisors, experts in the student’s specialized area of study in the Fine Arts, are located in the relevant department. They assist with questions related to their program’s requirements, courses, and internal functions such as waiting lists. They also determine if unassigned transfer credits may be applied to program requirements, and consider requests for course registration approval.

Bachelor of Fine Arts students seeking information about admission to or continuation in other degree programs in the Faculty of Arts should speak with Arts Academic Advising or the Departmental Advisor in the desired program. Students seeking such information for Faculties other than Arts should contact the respective Faculty directly for information. Students registered in another Faculty who wish to complete a specialization in Arts should consult their home Faculty’s undergraduate advising office and the Departmental Advisor in the desired program area, preferably prior to registration.

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