University of British Columbia

About the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia was founded in 1908 and is one of Canada’s leading research universities, consistently ranking among the top 40 in the world. There are 54,000 students in attendance from across Canada as well as from 140 countries around the world. The campus is located on the western tip of the Point Grey Peninsula in the city of Vancouver. The campus is surrounded by forest on three sides and ocean on the fourth and is just a 30-minute bus ride to Vancouver’s downtown core.

Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory

Art History and Visual Art were first taught at The University of British Columbia when noted Canadian painter, B.C. Binning, was appointed to the faculty of the newly-formed School of Architecture. The Faculty was founded in 1955 and has since grown to include 23 full-time members of faculty.  The department has three streams of research-based learning and practice. The main goal is to foster critical and reflexive thinking within an inclusive and supportive environment. The department maintains the highest standards of intellectual and administrative practice, seeking to be innovative in pedagogy and international in scholarly perspective.


Undergraduate Programs

  • BA Major in Art History
  • BA Minor in Art History
  • BA Honours in Art History
  • Diploma in Art History
  • BFA & BFA Honours in Visual Art
  • BA in Visual Art
  • BA in Visual Art (Minor)

Graduate Programs

  • PhD Program
  • MA Program
  • CCST Program
  • MFA Program