Vancouver Island University

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Visual Arts

Vancouver Island University

Faculty:Art, Design and Performing Arts
Field of Study:Fine/Studio Arts, General
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,984
International: $24,346

Year 1: Books and supplies (approximate costs): $1,200.00



Students may apply for VIU's Visual Art Diploma upon successful completion of 60 credits and a minimum Grade Point Average of 1.84. Of the 60 credits, 45 must be within the Art Department and include 6 credits of Art History with a minimum grade of "C". Advanced students may apply for transfer credits from other institutions.

Note: All students enrolled in art or design studio courses offered within VIU's Art and Design department must complete mandatory safety training session(s) before they will be allowed to use the department's facilities. Each student must purchase and use equipment as specified by the department and sold through the VIU Campus Store.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 

  • General admission requirements apply
  • The Art and Design Department controls entry into its programs by having an admissions process including a portfolio requirement (see requirements below) and interview.
  • Art students must bring to the interview a 100-300 word written statement on reasons and goals for seeking enrolment in Visual or Applied Art
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Pearson Test of English (Academic) [min. 60]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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