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Academic Regulations

In addition to the general policies and regulations set out in Policies and Regulations, the following academic regulations listed apply to undergraduate students in this program.

Academic Standing

Supplementary to the University's policy on Academic Standing, the following academic regulations listed apply to undergraduate students in the BFA program. 

Academic performance is evaluated based on coursework completed over a session. Sessional evaluations occur in April and will evaluate academic performance for the entire Winter Session (September to April). Courses taken in the Summer Session are not taken into consideration for assigning standing. 

Sessional evaluation standings are recorded on the academic record and are the student’s official standing with the university. A student’s sessional evaluation outcome is the standing under which the student will return to, continue, or discontinue studies. 

In Good Standing

BFA students who achieve a sessional average of at least 60% will be considered to be In Good Standing. 

On Academic Probation

On Academic Probation will be assigned to a student who, while not falling under the provisions for Failed standing, has:

• earned a sessional average between 50% and 59.9%

 A student assigned a standing of On Academic Probation in the sessional evaluation will normally be allowed to register in a maximum of 9 credits in their first term of the following Winter Session. This restriction may be waived at the discretion of the Faculty. Students assigned On Academic Probation must meet with an advisor before registering. 

Failed Standing

Failed standing will be assigned to a student who has: 

  • a sessional average of less than 50% 

A student placed on Failed standing for the first time will normally be required to discontinue their studies for a period of one academic year (12 months) prior to resuming their program of study. A student who already has a Failed standing on their academic record (from any UBC program) will be required to withdraw from the University and may only be readmitted under the Advancement Regulations


Students who have a failed year in the Bachelor of Fine Arts are required to submit a letter of appeal with their readmission application. 

Dean's List

Students who complete 24 credits or more in a Winter Session with an overall average of 85% or higher on all credits attempted will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent records for that specific Winter Session. 

Promotion Requirements

Promotion is dependent on successful completion of a minimum number of credits as listed below. 

First Year0–26 credits
Second Year27–53 credits
Third Year54–83 credits
Fourth Year84 or more credits 



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