The Faculties of Fine Arts and Education jointly offer a 50-course (150.0 credit hour) Combined Degrees program leading to the degrees Bachelor of Fine Arts - New Media (B.F.A. - New Media) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.). Upon successful completion of the Combined Degrees program, the student receives the B.F.A. - New Media degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts and the B.Ed. degree from the Faculty of Education.
Students begin in the Pre-B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. program in the Faculty of Fine Arts, where they progress toward completion of Fine Arts degree requirements and prepare to meet the admission requirements for the Faculty of Education. After completion of the minimum admission requirements for the Faculty of Education, students may apply and, if accepted, be formally enrolled in the B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. Combined Degrees program.
Students are not officially in the Combined Degrees program until they have been admitted to both the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Education.
Applications are accepted for the Pre-B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. and B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. programs for the fall term only. Applicants should consult Admission for general admission requirements, policies, and deadlines.
1.Faculty of Fine Arts Admission Requirements for the Pre-B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. and B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed.
Applicants to the Pre-B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. and B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. programs must meet the general admission requirements outlined in Admission.
Enrolment in these programs is limited and admission is competitive; selections are made based on academic proficiency, as demonstrated by grade achievement.
2.Faculty of Education Admission Requirements for the B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed.
Based on the Faculty’s quota system, normally a total of 216 students in all programs will be admitted to Bachelor of Education programs (Combined Degrees and After Degree) each year. Admission for this undergraduate teacher preparation program is available in the fall term only.
Because admission to the Faculty is competitive within each teaching major, the completion of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Successful applicants are selected each year from a pool that includes both Combined Degrees and After Degree applicants.
Applicants are encouraged to consult early with Student Program Services in the Faculty of Education regarding admission requirements and program planning.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission to the Faculty of Education:
a.Completion of a minimum of 14 University of Lethbridge or transferable courses (42.0 credit hours), including at least five courses (15.0 credit hours) in B.F.A. - New Media major.
Note: Due to the sequencing of required courses, the Faculty of Fine Arts strongly advises students to apply to the Faculty of Education for admission only after completion of three years of study in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Students who opt to apply to the Faculty of Education earlier should consult with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Fine arts to discuss the implications entering the Faculty of Education may have o ntheir remaining requirements in the BF.A. - New Media.
b.A minimum admission GPA of 2.50 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale), calculated on all University of Lethbridge and transferable courses taken within the terms containing the last 14 courses (42.0 credit hours). All courses must be graded.
c.A minimum major GPA of 2.50 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale), calculated on all graded courses comprising the B.F.A. - New Media major
d.Education 2500 - Orientation to Teaching (or equivalent) including a favourable recommendation from the instructor (see Faculty of Education, Education 2500 Prerequisite).
e.Only courses completed by the admission document deadline will be considered for admission (see www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/admissions/undergrad/deadlines). Exceptions are made for the completion of Education 2500 when applicants are completing the course over the spring or summer preceding admission.
f.Special Case Admission
Applicants who have a satisfactory academic record but who, for some reason, had a period of time when their performance was significantly lower may apply for Special Case admission (up to four such applicants may be admitted each year). See Faculty of Education, Special Case Admission for details.
g.Admission Procedures Available to Students of Aboriginal Descent
The Faculty of Education provides two alternative admission opportunities for applicants of Aboriginal descent. See Faculty of Education, Admission Procedures Available to Students of Indigenous Descent for details.
h.Returning after Withdrawal or Required Withdrawal from the Faculty of Education
Students who withdrew or who were required to withdraw from the Faculty of Education should refer to Faculty of Education, Readmission after Withdrawal.
1.Completion of at least 30 courses (90.0 credit hours) from disciplines offered by the Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts and Science, or the School of Liberal Education with a GPA of at least 2.00 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.0 scale).
2.A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on the University of Lethbridge 4.0 scale) on all courses from the Department of New Media (NMED and CINE).
3.Completion of the Liberal Education List Requirement (see School of Liberal Education, Liberal Education List Requirement).
4.Completion of at least eight New Media courses (24.0 credit hours) at the 3000/4000 level.
5.A maximum of three Independent Studies (9.0 credit hours) (see Academic Regulations, Exceeding Course Limits).
6.Not more than eight courses may be taken at the 0100/1000 level for credit toward the degree. Activity courses and courses numbered in the range of 0520 to 0530 are exempted from this limit (see Academic Regulations, Exceeding Course Limits).
Art 2033 - Spatial Practice I
New Media 1000 - Introduction to New Media
New Media 2005 - Design Fundamentals for New Media
New Media 2010 - Visual Communications for New Media
New Media 2030 - Digital Video Production
New Media 2150 - Memes, Influencers, and Digital Convergence
New Media 3030 - 3-D Computer Modelling and Animation
New Media 3150 - Seminar in New Media Studies
New Media 3380 - Programming for Artists
New Media 3420 - Narrative for New Media
New Media 3520 - Web Design and Development
New Media 3680 - Interaction Design
New Media 3900 - Portfolio and Professional Practice
Art 2060 - Media Arts (Digital Sketchbook)
Art 2061 - Media Arts (Video Sketchbook)
New Media 3040 - Colour Theory and Digital Photo Manipulation
*New Media 3110/Cinema 3110 - Postproduction and Visual Effects
New Media 3310 - Game Design: Theory and Practice
New Media 3640 - Character Animation I
New Media 3700 - Event and Exhibition Design
New Media 3720 - The Dynamic Web
New Media 3810 - Expanded Cinema
New Media 3820 - Information Design
New Media 4420/Cinema 4420 - Screenwriting
New Media 4520 - Advanced Web Design
New Media 4820/Cinema 4820 - Writing for Comedy
New Media 4830 - Theory and Practice of Motion Capture
Music 2500 - Introduction to Music Technology
Art Studio elective
Art History 1001 - World Art Before 1400
Art History 1002 - World Art Since 1400
New Media 3250 - Media, Advertising, and Consumer Culture
New Media 3300 - Theory and Aesthetics of Digital Games
New Media 3550/Cinema 3550 - History of Animation
New Media 3560 - Popular Narrative
New Media 3650 - Modern Media, War and Propaganda
One New Media elective (3.0 credit hours) at the 3000/4000 level
*Prerequisite required: Cinema 1000
1.Application and admission to the Faculty of Education.
2.Completion of the equivalent of 20 Education courses including:
1Professional Semesters I, II, and III
2One Education Foundation course
Three Education electives
1Students entering the Faculty of Education should note that practicum placements include locations outside of Lethbridge. Students must be prepared to travel. Some locations require relocation Monday to Friday. While not an admission requirement to the Faculty of Education, school jurisdictions and schools require a criminal record check (or equivalent) from student teachers prior to practicum. The student is responsible for the cost of obtaining such documentation.
2The Education Foundation Requirement may be met in the following ways:
a.One course from the following list:
Education 4310 - Comparative Studies of Education in Developed and Third World Nations
Education 4311 - World Issues and Problems in Education
Education 4320 - Education and Society from a Sociological Perspective
Education 4321 - Social Issues in Education
Education 4341 - Foundations of Multicultural Education in Canada
Education 4360 - Studies in the History of Western Education
Education 4361 - History of Canadian Education
Education 4362 - Concepts of Childhood in the History of Education
Education 4380 - Developing a Philosophy of Education
Education 4381 - Ethics of Teaching
Education 4391 - Seminar in Educational Foundations (Series)
b.One appropriate Independent Study.
3.Maintain a program GPA of 2.50 in Education courses.
4.Completion of the appropriate Education major as defined by the program.
5.Maintenance of a program GPA of 2.50 in the appropriate Education major.
6.Completion of the Liberal Education List Requirement (see School of Liberal Education, Liberal Education List Requirement).
Sample sequencing plans are created to provide students with an example of how to plan courses for the duration of a program. Sample sequencing plans for each program and major can be found in the applicable Program Planning Guide.
In the Combined Degrees program, students divide their time between two different Faculties or Schools which measure different standards of academic performance. Students should read the academic regulations for each Faculty or School in which a portion of the Combined Degrees will be taken. For the B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed., students should be aware of the Faculty of Education regulations and Faculty of Fine Arts regulations.
Students may elect to complete a minor in addition to a major. The minor must be a school subject and include five non-Education courses and an appropriate Education Methods course, usually selected from the Education 3700 Series. Students are eligible to receive an endorsement on their official academic transcripts upon completion of a minor. Please refer to Faculty of Education, Education Minors for information on Education minor requirements.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 courses (90.0 credit hours) at the University of Lethbridge, including 15 Education courses, and 15 courses offered by the Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts and Science, or the School of Liberal Education, including a minimum of seven courses in New Media. Students should note that the residence requirement for the B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. is subject to the Faculty of Fine Arts transfer policy.
Eligible students in the Faculty of Education may earn up to five course credits through Applied Studies, designated by the numbers Education 2510 and Education 4980. The Applied Studies program for the Faculty of Education is coordinated through the Coordinator of Applied Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Science, in consultation with the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Education.
A maximum of two Independent Studies may be completed in the B.Ed. portion of the B.F.A. - New Media/B.Ed. (see Academic Regulations, Exceeding Course Limits).
Credit may be received for a maximum of two Study Tour courses (Education 4920). The Study Tours must be approved in advance by the Assistant Dean, Student Program Services, Faculty of Education (see Student Program Services for policies and procedures governing Study Tours).