If you would like to book an advising appointment with Barbara Ringham please go to:

Login in with your student id and password to access the advising calendar. Click on an available time slot and fill in the information in the pop up menu. Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance. Students can cancel or change their appointments at any time by logging into the system.

You must now bring your advising transcript with you to your appointment.

To print an advising transcript:
1. Log into
2. From your student centre, under "Academics", click on the drop down menu and select "Transcript: Advising". Click the ">>" button
3. Click "Go"
4. Beside the title "*Sort By:" select "Both" from the drop down menu
5. Click "Refresh" until the run status indicates Success
6. Click on the "view PDF" link, open the file and print your transcript

Important forms
Add/Drop Form [DOWNLOAD]
Directed Study Form [DOWNLOAD]
Information about Directed Study Proposals [DOWNLOAD]
Honours Program Application [DOWNLOAD]
WQB Breakdown for Contemporary Art students [DOWNLOAD]

Useful Reference Documents
Upper and Lower Studio and History/Theory Course Breakdown [DOWNLOAD]
CA History Theory Course List [DOWNLOAD]
SCA Grade Reference [DOWNLOAD]
SCA Community Research Ethics Policy [DOWNLOAD]

Important Information

Student Information System
Students who need help navigating the Student Information System, please check out the latest help videos on topics such as how to search/browse classes, check enrollment date, and add classes, available online HERE.


If a class is full you can still put yourself on a wait-list. It doesn't mean you'll get in, but it increases your chances. Remember you can only put yourself on the wait-list for 8 credits, which amounts to two classes. The wait-list is attached to the tutorial component, not the lecture. Our wait-lists are needs based, not first-come-first-serve.

Academic Continuance
All SCA student GPA levels will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, normally at the end of the Spring semester. A student who falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67 will be notified of their probation status as a major with a limited time to adjust their CA GPA. Students will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and Advisor and plan their academic career for either re-establishing the Major or pursuing an FCAT BA with a double minor program. If the student does not bring the cumulative GPA in CA courses to 2.67 in the allotted time, he/she will be dropped from the major. If the student is in first or second year of study within the major and falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67, the student will have two semesters to bring up their average to 2.67. If the student is in third year of their major, they will have one semester to bring their average to 2.67. Students who lose their status as a major in the SCA will have the option of pursuing the extended minor as part of the double minor BA option in FCAT, or via other options in the university.

Honours Requirements
To apply for program entry, students complete the same lower and upper division requirements as the major program, and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average in CA courses, and a 3.0 CGPA. Please complete the Honours Program Application and make an appointment with the advisor to discuss program requirements.

You apply on the Student Information System under ‘Academics’. Remember you need to have 120 credits, 45 upper division credits (or 44 for students admitted in the fall of 2015 or after), and program requirements completed (including WQB requirements if necessary). Ultimate responsibility for the completion of the requirements rests with the student.

Supplemental Course Fees
Some studio courses have supplemental course fees. These are non-refundable.

About Advising Services

All current students may meet with the undergraduate advisor before registering for future CA courses. The advisor can discuss program options, and course requirements for your degree. SFU views sound academic advising as a significant responsibility in educating students. 

Ultimately, the student is responsible for seeking adequate academic advice, for knowing and meeting degree requirements, and for enrolling in appropriate courses to ensure orderly and timely progress toward a degree.

Frequent advisor contact provides students with current academic information and promotes progress toward educational goals. The University supports that progress and encourages effective academic advising.

Staff Profile

Barbara Ringham

Barbara Ringham

Undergraduate Advisor

Barbara has worked for SFU in a variety of roles and departments for 15 years.


Alumni Reflections

"In my four years studying acoustic and electroacoustic composition at SFU’s music program, I was exposed to a new world of contemporary music, sound and art, interdisciplinary works, and collaborative practice - all of which have been central to my current practice as a composer and media artist. The school is unique in that the teaching of compositional craft is coupled with a sensitivity towards each student’s independent development of artistic identity through medium-specific and interdisciplinary work. The faculty is genuinely supportive of student initiatives, and help students make transitions from early studies to graduate or professional work."
- Adam Basanta (BFA 2010)

sca works

  • SFU Film Grad Trailer 2012
  • Visual Art  - 2nd Annual Campus Project - Image Gallery
  • Here Be Dragons - Non Plus Ultra