VFS-University of the Fraser Valley Degree Pathway Program

Explore accelerated arts-focused, degree pathways and obtain two credentials - a VFS diploma and University of the Fraser Valley degree - in as little 3 years when studying full time.

About The Program

What is the VFS-University Pathway Program?

Graduates from all VFS 1-year Diploma programs are eligible to transfer into degree programs at UFV as of January 2018. Numerous pathways exist, each with different requirements. Please explore the 'Show me my path' function to select your diploma/degree pathway choice, and this will inform you of the minimum number of credits a VFS graduate needs to complete a corresponding UFV degree credential. The actual number will vary dependent on student choices.

About University of the Fraser Valley:

Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 15,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.

UFV is large enough to offer variety, and yet small class sizes allow you to get to know your instructors and learn in a hands-on environment. We offer more than 100 programs, including two master’s degrees, 15 bachelor’s degrees, majors, minors, and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and technology programs.

VFS-University of the Fraser Valley Pathway Program

VFS graduates can now select accelerated arts-focused degree paths into the Bachelor of Media Arts (BMA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) at the University of the Fraser Valley. These degree pathways offer remarkable value in terms of credit transfer/advanced standing, and a corresponding UFV degree can be obtained in as little as 3 years when studying full time.

Vancouver Film School

Last year, VFS celebrated 30 years of industry-defining success. Recognized internationally for its unique and effective education model, VFS offers 13 world-class, post-secondary programs - spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts - developed and taught by award-winning industry professionals.

Plan your Pathway

Select your VFS program


VFS Core Programs: Year 1 (All Other Programs)

  • Application form
  • High school completion or equivalent
  • Copy of passport
  • Two reference letters, including at least one from an academic teacher
  • Program specific requirements
  • TOEFL 80 (iBT) or IELTS Band 6.5 or VFS-approved equivalent


UFV Degree Programs:

Admission requirements are program-specific. Students should consult with the UFV Academic Calendar for up-to-date admissions requirements. Current requirements can be found in the below links. Note that VFS Diploma students should follow “Option 2” admissions requirements for each UFV degree.


Bachelor of Arts: https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/ProgramsA-B/ARTS_BA.htm

Bachelor of Fine Arts: https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/ProgramsF-L/FA_BFA.htm

Bachelor of General Studies: https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/ProgramsF-L/GEN_BGS.htm

Bachelor of Media Arts: https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/ProgramsM-P/MEDIA_BMA.htm


Note that students will need to meet degree/diploma-level English Language Proficiency standards. Full information is found in the Academic Calendar: https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/General/EnglishProficiency.htm

While students can begin most UFV degrees in any semester, Fall is the best start date.

Vancouver Film School – Admissions
198 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC


University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M7

The majority of courses relevant to the BA, BFA, BGS, and BMA are held in Abbotsford.

Please note that many of our Graphic Design courses are held at our Mission campus: 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission, BC V2V 7B1

After completing the BA, BGS, BMA or BFA degree at UFV, international students may apply for a post-graduate work permit. For more information about work permits, please visit: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-who.asp

Apply online at https://www.ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply/. Choose the appropriate portal based on your domestic or international student status.

You must be a VFS student in order to apply for the VFS-UFV Pathway. Confirmation of graduation will be needed in order to finalize admissions under the UFV-VFS Block Transfer Agreements. Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, and Winter semesters for all programs, and Summer semesters for the BA and BGS only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

October 1
Fall intake opens for following September. International students must apply by April 1. Domestic applications will be accepted into May.

May 1
Winter intake opens for the following January International students must apply by October 1. Domestic applications will be accepted into October. 

October 1
Summer intake opens for the following May. Please note, not all programs have a summer intake. International students must apply by February 1. Domestic applications will be accepted into February.

Letters of acceptance cannot be issued by UFV until the intake for which you are applying has opened and you have applied. UFV commits to initial review of international applications within a maximum of 10 business days. If all required academic documents are uploaded with the application, a conditional admit could be emailed to the student within approximately 2-3 weeks. Because domestic applicants do not upload documents with their applications, the timing of their conditional admit will depend on when their official Vancouver Film School transcript is received.

This conditional admit letter will list the tuition fee deposit required, the official documents/transcripts required by a certain deadline, or other relevant completion requirements to be admitted to a semester. Once the fee deposit is paid and the official interim transcript is received from VFS, UFV can issue the LOA which does reflect the pathway partnership and duration of degree completion (2 years).

UFV provides this once the initial admissions request is received. All students who apply to UFV are given a UFV student number and an email address. Conditional acceptance is communicated through the UFV email system and can be shared with external bodies. If further information is needed, this can be acquired through the Office of the Registrar.

Students who graduated in 2016 or 2017 are eligible to enter UFV under the established pathways. Students who graduated from VFS prior to 2016 would be reviewed on an individual basis.

Domestic Students: https://www.ufv.ca/future-students/go-to-university/tuition-fees/

International Students: http://international.ufv.ca/study-in-canada/tuition-fees/

Please note that there is a surcharge on Media Arts and Graphic Design courses to cover the higher costs associated with delivering these programs. This surcharge is approximately $295 per course and applies only to courses designated as "GD" or "MEDA." 

The below tuition costs are for full-time studies starting September 2017. Please note that fees and tuition are subject to change each year.


Tuition: $ $16,620 for 2 terms.

Other fees (medical, student fees) = 3,400 for 2 terms.


Tuition:  $4,700 dollars in total for 2 terms.

Other: $1060.00 for 2 terms.

Please note that there is a surcharge on Media Arts and Graphic Design courses to cover the higher costs associated with delivering these programs. This surcharge is approximately $295 per course and applies only to courses designated as "GD" or "MEDA." 

Domestic: $46.82 non-refundable application fee payment

International: $150 non-refundable application fee payment

UFV reserves the right to limit seats in any program. At present, there is no limit on the number of students we will accept into the BA, BFA, BGS, or BMA.

Class sizes vary from 17 for a studio class to 36 for an academic class.

Domestic students will pay a non-refundable $45 application fee at the time of application, and a $200 registration fee to register for classes, approximately three months prior to the start of classes. This deposit will hold their seat. The $200 fee is non-refundable, but will be applied toward tuition fees if the student attends. International students pay a flat fee of $8310 per semester (fall 2017 rates). This is due before registration for classes, and refund may be negotiable if the student was unable to attend. 

Please contact  advising@ufv.ca for further information. They are able to accommodate both face-to-face and telephone appointments. To book your appointment, connect to https://www.ufv.ca/advising/. Scroll down to expand the “+” by fine arts and click through to choose a time and day that suits you. Please be sure to indicate if you want the advisor to contact you by phone for your appointment.

International students with questions about documentation, admission, tuition, or work permits should consult with UFV’s International Education office through the fillable form at https://international.ufv.ca/ask-a-question/


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