First Year in SIAT: A Student Perspective!  

Video credit to SIAT Student: Yan Tymoshenko

Welcome to IAT One!

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.

Planning Your Courses!

At SIAT you sould plan to select four or five courses each term.  It will be your responsibility to select and register into three or four core IAT One courses and an elective at the Surrey campus in the Fall and Spring terms.

Attend our Course Planning 101 Session for help!  Session on: June 28, 2018 (click date to RSVP).

If you encounter a scheduling conflict please contact the First Year Advisor (iat-one@sfu.ca) as soon as possible and we will work with you to plan a schedule that works.

In your first year you will take seven core courses:

IAT 100 IAT 106
IAT 102 IAT 167
IAT103W* CMPT 166
MATH 130** (for Bachelor of Arts)   or   MACM 101 (for Bachelor of Science or Arts)
WQB elective (optional; up to three in first year)

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.

*    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 MACM 101, or you will need to take MATH 100 as a pre-requisite. If you are taking MATH 100, we recommend you take it in the Fall semester in place of a core course.

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. 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 (iat-one@sfu.ca), 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 Tuesday from 12:30 – 2:30 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

Interested in applying for a scholarship or award?  Find general information, regulations, and tips on how to apply on the Financial Aid 

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