About the Conference

The FCAT Undergraduate Conference (UGC) is a celebration and exploration of the diverse range of student work produced within our faculty. Students from each of our schools and programs have the opportunity to showcase performances, papers, installations, and displays related to a particular theme. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and industry members to come together, share knowledge and build meaningful connections.

This year’s theme, Emergent, allows students to explore ideas and situations that are new and unexpected.  We seek proposals that address how diverse communities are questioning who we are as human beings by reclaiming a more meaningful connection with Indigenous media and institutions, research design and creative technology, data and media democracies, and with human creativity and critical making. That which is emergent forces us to imagine potential futures.

We invite all students to submit their projects! For further details on how to submit, scroll down below.

  • Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Surrey City Hall
  • RSVP: Eventbrite

How it Works

Step #1

Before you start on a proposal, seek advice from your course professor, instructor or TA. Projects may be submitted individually or as a group. We will consider new projects currently underway in this Fall semester, and even a project from the past that you feel is relevant to our conference theme.

Once you're ready, fill out our submission proposal form

Step #2

Once submissions are closed, our three faculty ambassadors will go through all the submissions and curate a selection of works to be shared/presented/performed/exhibited in the conference. They will assign the presenters to panels that will be able to discuss a particular topic from multiple perpectives.

Step #3

If your submission is selected, you will need to prepare a ten to fifteen minute presentation, performance, or an exhibition of your work. A workshop is hosted by the faculty ambassadors to help you through this process. 

Step #4

As a presenter at the FCAT Undergraduate Conference, you will be eligible to receive recognition on your Co-Curricular Record. The CCR is an official university document referencing your co-curricular involvement at SFU, listing your activities outside of classes.

Step #5

Everyone is invited to the FCAT Undergraduate Conference. Presenters are expected to come early to set up and practice. Official events will begin in the afternoon. Invite friends, family, and co-workers who would be interested in work being produced in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

About the Co-Curricular Record

How to get CCR recognition once your proposal has been accepted to the conference:

1. Pre-conference: Attend and complete at least 1 preparatory workshop.

2. Conference: Participate at the conference as a presenter**

3. Post-conference: Complete and submit a brief reflective assignment no later than 1 week after the conference.

4. Once you complete all the above, your name will be submitted to the CCR Admin Team to add the FCAT Undergraduate Conference Presenter role to your CCR.

*In order to receive CCR recognition, you cannot be receiving academic credit for your participation in the conference.

**The term presenter is used to encompass any type of involvement as outlined in your accepted conference proposal


Given the diverse nature of FCAT and of the works that may be submitted, adjudicators will make sure each of the categories and each of FCAT's schools are well represented at the conference.

Depending on the quality and number of submissions, between 30 - 50 submissions will be chosen to present at the conference. 

Successful applicants will be short-listed on the following criteria:

  • Interest of the topic to the conference's audience
  • Quality of the work
  • Clarity of the proposal/presentation
  • Significance of the issues addressed
  • Relevance of the topic to the conference theme

What Previous Presenters Have to Say...

Jeremy Mamisao

 SIAT student, FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2013

"The FCAT Conference was a great way for me and my team to present our project work that we spent two semesters creating in the SIAT Capstone Course. Presenting it to other students, faculty and community attendees was a fun experience and good opportunity to deliver a hands on demo of how our project worked."

Alysha Bains

CMNS student, FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2013

"My experience with presenting at the FCAT Undergraduate Conference was inspiring. It provided an excellent opportunity for me to share my work and also see the amazing work of my peers."

Joseph Nicolai

CMNS Student, FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2013

"Presenting at FCAT’s undergraduate conference was a privilege where, quite unlike school classrooms, allows students to participate in a public sphere much wider than the ones we become accustomed to in the traditional university classroom setting. This is a rewarding challenge that I am very grateful to have taken on and I am happy to bring this experience with me as I go about pursuing my graduate studies. I wish the best for future participants." 

If you have any quesitons, please email fcatcomm@sfu.ca