Interactive Arts and Technology One (IAT One) is the first year of your Bachelor's degree at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) - a school for students who are curious about design and technology and the roles they play in the everyday lives of people. Once you are admitted to the SIAT major you are automatically a part of IAT One regardless of which semester you start at SFU!

As part of the dynamic IAT One learning community, you will enjoy small classes, supportive study groups, the opportunity to develop real world skills on interdisciplinary project teams, and a commitment to your success. When you finish IAT One you will advance to second year in Interactive Arts and Technology.

Once you have been accepted into IAT One, you will receive an email from your advisor regarding which courses are specifically reserved for IAT-One students.

Spring Course Planning Session (Date TBA)

It will be your responsibility to register into your three or four core IAT One course at the Surrey campus in the Fall and Spring terms. If you encounter a scheduling conflict please contact an advisor (iat-one@sfu.ca) as soon as possible. We will try and accommodate students who can demonstrate a course scheduling conflict.

In your first year you will take seven core courses: IAT 100, IAT 102, IAT103W, IAT 106, IAT 167, CMPT 166, and MATH 130 (for Bachelor of Arts) or MACM 101 (for Bachelor of Science or Arts).

We recommend that IAT One students take 4 core courses in the Fall semester and 3 core courses plus 1 WQB elective in the Spring semester.  As a reminder the core courses are: IAT 100, 102, 103W, 106 & 167; CMPT 166; and Math 130 or MACM 101.  Below is a sample schedule showing different alternatives for your first year.

SAMPLE Course Plan for 2016/17
First Semester Second Semester
CMPT 166 (or a WQB elective) IAT 167 (or IAT 103W*)
IAT 102 IAT 100 (or IAT 106)
IAT 106 (or IAT 100) MATH 130 or MACM 101**
IAT 103W*
WQB elective (or CMPT 166)

*    you must have your FAL in order to take IAT 103W.  If you do not have FAL please take FALx99 in the Fall semester.

**  you must have your FAN and have achieved a B or better in Pre-Calculus 12 to take Math 130 or you will need to take Math 100 as a pre-requisite.   We recommend you take Math 100 in the Fall semester in place of a core courses.

Once you have started SFU, to help get you started on the right path, attend weekly TechTeam and TechBytes sessions in your first Fall and Spring semesters. Your First Year Advisor, Naomi Loo, is an important resource to guide you through this process -

*Please note that if you are unable to take some of the core first year SIAT courses, it is your responsibility to drop out of your chosen courses by the course drop deadline to receive a 100% refund of your tuition. SFU Deadlines. It will also be your responsibility to schedule and to take the core first year courses within another semester. 



We want to encourage you to build meaningful relationships with your classmates during your first year in the program; university is a time when you’ll meet some of your life-long friends and acquaintances. All first year SIAT students will be automatically placed into Techteams. Techteams is a great way to introduce you to the SIAT program, including getting to know instructors, alumni, senior students, and faculty, helping you plan for co-op, learning more about the SIAT concentrations, and much more! Each Techteams session is run by fellow SIAT students and your First Year Advisor, so if you have any questions or concerns we would be more than happy to help you out with them.

Techteams workshops will be held weekly during the Fall semester on Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.


IATSU - Your student union!

IATSU represents SIAT students at SFU's Surrey Campus. We encourage all new students to get involved in student life. We hold a number of social and academic events throughout the year. Check out our about page to learn more about who we are and what we do. 

Email:  iatsu-contact@sfu.ca 


Scholarships and Awards

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