FRASER INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE (FIC)

The FCAT Pathway at FIC

The partnershp of SFU and Fraser International College (FIC) offers international students a unique pathway to an undergraduate degree at SFU. 

FIC's UTP Stage II: Communication, Art and Technology is also known as the "FCAT Pathway" because it allows students to earn one full year of SFU credit and prepares students to enter SFU as a second-year student in FCAT. This program introduces students to studies in Communication, Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), and Contemporary Arts.

Students who complete all requirements of the FCAT Pathway can apply for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Double Minor program in FCAT. Some students even choose to transfer into an FCAT Major program once they are at SFU.

What is FCAT?

FCAT (or the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology) is the intersection of science, art, technology and design.

We are a multidisciplinary faculty that brings scholars and artists together to look at the world from a unique perspective. Our Faculty and students engage in real-world projects responsive to society’s needs and interests in the creative economy. 

As part of Canada’s leading comprehensive University, we have programs at Simon Fraser University’s vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities: Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey. Our innovative and collaborative approaches to learning, discovering and teaching have helped us develop deep roots in partner communities around the world.

What can I study in FCAT?

Our interdisciplinary Faculty encompasses three schools and two professional programs which prepare students to respond to society’s needs and interests in the creative economy, yet provides space for reflective consideration of alternatives.

The three Schools are Communication, Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), and Contemporary Arts.

We offer a variety of programs across our schools, where students are encouraged to tailor their degree to meet their own academic interests.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in FCAT.

Comprehensive information about all of our degree options can be found in the SFU Academic Calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Double Minor program and a Major program?

Programs of study are classified as a minor or a major depending on the number of upper division courses required. Students can graduate with Bachelor of Arts (BA) in FCAT by completing two Minors in place of a Major program.

  • Minor programs require a minimum of 14 units of upper division work in the minor subject.
  • Major programs require a minimum of 28 units of upper division work in the major subject.

Each type of program also requires lower division work, with varying unit requirements in the lower division courses. (See the Academic Calendar for a complete review of degree requirements).

Can I earn a Major in Communication if I start in the FCAT pathway at FIC?

There are a two different ways to be admitted into the Communication Major at SFU:

1) You can apply directly from FIC into the Communication Major as an external college transfer, as long as you meet the competitive admission average, posted on the SFU Admissions website.

2) You can enter SFU through the FCAT pathway at FIC and complete the internal transfer requirements into the Communication Major in your first 2-3 terms at SFU. Find out more about the program admission requirements for the Communication Major.

Can I earn a Major in a Contemporary Arts  (Film, Visual Art,  Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Culture and Performance Studies) if I start in the FCAT pathway at FIC? 

Entry into these programs for all levels requires an audition, interview, or portfolio in the Spring. Contact the School for the Contemporary Arts for more information: www.sfu.ca/choosecontemporaryarts

Can I earn a Major in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) if I start in the FCAT pathway at FIC?

There are a two different ways to be admitted into the SIAT Major:

1) You can apply directly from FIC into the SIAT Major as an external college transfer, as long as you meet the competitive admission average posted on the SFU Admissions website.

2) You can enter SFU through the FCAT pathway at FIC and complete the internal transfer requirements into the SIAT Major in your first 2-3 terms at SFU. Find out more about the program admission requirements and internal transfer requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc).

This is the right faculty for you if you are interested in:

  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Media and Culture
  • Technology and Society
  • Political Economy and Policy
  • Interactive Systems
  • Design
  • Media Arts
  • Film Studies
  • Dance
  • Visual Culture and Performance Studies
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Print and Digital Publishing
  • Dialogue

Schools and Programs

The School of Communication (CMNS) offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which media messages, institutions and technologies operate within a wide range of social and cultural contexts. 

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) combines all the benefits of a small, intimate arts school with the advantages of a large university. Students receive ample attention from professors and interact closely with classmates, while having access to a vast array of courses. 

At the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) technologists, artists, scientists and designers conduct interdisciplinary research and immersive study on the design and evaluation of new media and interactive technologies.

The Minor in Print and Digital Publishing provides the foundation for students to pursue advanced professional education, or to take jobs in publishing or allied cultural industries.