Your degree in Visual Art

While studying Visual Art, you’ll find and create opportunities to showcase your talents and participate in the wider art world of the university and the city of Vancouver. You’ll develop important skills to think critically about the practice and theory behind the creation of physical art forms and articulate visual provocations and inquiries.

These skills may include:

  • Creative and artistic production of unique ideas and perspectives that form and influence culture
  • Organization, self-discipline, and attention to detail in execution of visual works using a variety of media
  • Design, implementation, and management of projects, demonstrating an understanding of the qualities and challenges of various materials and mediums
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback on perspectives and interpretations of visual art work
  • Compelling written and verbal communication used to compare and contrast works of art, drawing on critical theory, philosophy, and art history
  • Practice-led research and analysis used to explore abstract ideas and visual forms
  • Conceptual and emotive inquiry informed by an awareness of the materiality in cultural, social, and historical contexts

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including art education or therapy, curation, advertising, animation, architecture, arts administration, graphic/web design, photography, publishing, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Advertising art director

Animated cartoon technician


Art critic

Art director

Art gallery manager

Arts administrator

Art therapist 


Artist agent



Charitable organization director


Commercial artist

Communications manager

Content strategist

Costume designer

Courtroom sketch artist


Creative design 


Ephemera designer 


Event planner

Exhibit designer

Film editor


Graphic designer

Interior designer


Lighting designer

Marketing coordinator

Master Printmaker 

Medical illustrator

Museum educator



Publication/Cover designer

Recreational therapist

Set designer

Sound design 


VFX artist

Video game designer


Visual designer 

Visual merchandiser

Web designer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

BFA and BA Visual Art Graduating Class Exhibition
Celebrate the achievements and emerging talent of this year’s BFA/BA graduating class. 

Visual Art Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture
Showcase undergraduate research, artwork, and writing in a peer-reviewed journal.

Departmental events
Network with Visual Art students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Visual Art co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Belkin Art Gallery
Contribute to the cultural life of the UBC Vancouver campus, the city, and the province through events and volunteering.

AHVA Gallery 
Interact with issues relating to art, culture, and creative research in this purpose-built gallery for students and faculty.

UBC Visual Art Student Handbook
Learn about on campus studio spaces and equipment accessible to Visual Art students.

Funding and awards
Discover scholarship opportunities for Visual Art students.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Apply for volunteer, internship and staff positions.

Arts and culture in BC
Explore local galleries, exhibitions, festivals and other events.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

ArtStarts in Schools
Discover volunteer and funding opportunities to expand the role of art in education for British Columbia’s youth.

BC Alliance for Arts and Culture job board
Explore part-time and full-time opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.