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Visual Art (BA)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Forge your path as an artist; flourish in a creative environment with the support and guidance you need to uncover your inner master artistic maker or creator. Join VIU’s Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Studies and regularly interact creatively and exchange ideas with fellow artists while immersing yourself in a unique experiential and interdisciplinary program led by instructors who are practicing artists themselves. 

Part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, this program gives you the opportunity to choose Visual Arts as a Major or Minor, supplementing your visual arts courses with various electives or majors of interest.

Vancouver Island University offers an opportunity for undergraduates to study Visual Art as a Major or Minor in a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. Both options provide an opportunity for students to complement their degree in Visual Art with courses in other disciplines, including Business, Marketing, Theatre, Biology, History, Psychology, Anthropology, Education, Sciences, Media Studies and Creative Writing.

The BA Major offers a professional focus on all aspects of studio art, as well as academic classroom experience. Students may take this degree with a wide variety of electives or they may combine this Major with a Minor in another discipline. The latter may be appropriate to an individual student's academic and/or career goals, enhancing their preparation for a competitive job market. Both options strengthen employment or postgraduate study opportunities and equip students with technical, critical thinking, visual literacy and career adaptability skills.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • Students entering first year courses must come to the Art Department Portfolio/Interview Session with a portfolio that meets the Application Portfolio Requirements. Students will be advised of the status of their application as soon as possible following their interview with the Selection Committee. For interview dates, please contact the Admissions office, 250-740-6400.
  • Admission to upper-level courses is based upon a portfolio review by the Art and Design review committee. All students seeking admission to 200-level and above studio courses must submit their portfolios by March 15.

Year 1

Drawing I

  • Contemporary Art: Concepts and Terminology
  • History of Western Art I
  • History of Western Art II
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Degree English Requirement

Year 2

  • Survey of European and American Art From 1900 to the Present
  • Art of West Coast First Nations I
  • Select twelve credits of Studio ARTS electives.
  • Fifteen elective credits

Year 3

  • Advanced Drawing I
  • Advanced Drawing II
  • Cultural Studies in the Visual Art
  • Select six credits of upper-level Studio ARTS courses.
  • Fifteen elective credits

Year 4

  • ARTS 430 - (Art Careers/Curatorial Practices
  • Advanced Studio: Multi-Disciplinary
  • Graduating Project
  • Select six credits of upper-level Studio ARTS courses.
  • Fifteen elective credits
  • Fees for One Year* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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