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At The Art Institute of Vancouver, we believe an education in the creative and applied arts should be hands on and practical, not to mention inspiring. It should prepare you for opportunities in the workplace as it gives your ideas and talent a place to take shape. With our main location in Burnaby and two learning sites in downtown Vancouver at 1090 West Georgia Street and 609 Granville Street, we are here to make sure that your educational experience is the best it can be. Offering programs in culinary arts, fashion, media arts, and design, experienced faculty members will help you learn what it takes to launch your career.

Areas of Expertise

The school offers a creative, stimulating environment where you can learn what it takes to launch your career in fields such as animation, game development, visual effects, digital film, and recording arts.

On Campus Housing

The Art Institute of Vancouver does not have a student residence.

Off Campus Housing

You can contact the Student Affairs office for housing information in the Vancouver area.

Incoming Students

An orientation program is held for all new students. Students are advised of the dates and times of all orientation activities. The purpose of orientation is to ensure that all new students receive the information and support necessary for a smooth transition into The Art Institute community. Orientation and welcoming activities begin the week prior to each quarterly start and extend throughout the first week of the quarter.

Career Planning

The Department of Career Services provides support and assistance in career planning, job search strategies, interview techniques, and resume development. These services are provided through individual and group advising, workshops, and opportunities to network with industry professionals through Portfolio Shows, career fairs and networking events. Job leads for full-time professional work, part-time jobs and internships are available through your Career Services Advisor and a library of online and hard-copy career materials is available for student use.


The Art Institute of Vancouver students are an active group with a wide range of interests. To break up the routine, the school hosts some fun, extracurricular activities. Each quarter, student organized events like DJ nights and live bands take place on campus. We also promote contests, parties, and presentations that mark festivals and holidays.

Information Technology

Expansive lounges, mezzanine views, skylights and large glass windows complement the learning environment. A policy of liberal access to facilities and equipment, second to none, creates an environment where art and creativity blend seamlessly with technology. E-mail and Internet access is readily available. The Entertainment Technology Centre (ETC) building encompasses over 21,000 sq.ft. and has two recording studios, a 'mix-to-picture' surround sound studio and an automated music production facility as well as a film soundstage, extensive digital video, effects and animation labs, student lounge and the offices of Career and Student Services. The South Building houses three recording studios, game labs and a lecture theatre while animation classroom and labs can be found in the East Building along with an Acting studio. In the North Building, you can find an Internet broadcast studio, the Academic Resource Centre and the student gallery which exhibits student work 12 months a year.

Affiliated Institutions

The Art Institute of Vancouver is registered under the Private Post-Secondary Commission in the Province of British Columbia and with the Ministry of Education, Student Services of British Columbia.

International Involvement

Recently, the college signed Articulation Agreements with the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Full details about these agreements are available by contacting the Assistant Director of Admissions.

Campus Tour

Once a quarter, The Art Institute of Vancouver holds evening Information Sessions at its various locations, but Assistant Directors of Admission are available for personal or group tours Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Art Institute of Vancouver provides no-cost counseling services for students with the goal of fostering individual student success. Common Areas of Focus in Student Counseling include: Insecurity, stress, relationships, balancing school/work/family demands, confusion over personal goals, anxiety, anger, time management, depression, death or illness of loved ones, self-harming behaviours, sexual orientation and gender issues, family of origin issues, etc.

Modified on July 15, 2008