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Visual Arts Diploma

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,457

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

New creative processes and art history are yours to discover through studio and theoretical courses in a variety of media. Explore current art practices in 2D and 3D media, with emphasis on drawing, painting, colour theory, printmaking, photography, 3D design, sculpture and ceramics while earning a certificate that can bridge to a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

  • Expand your creative practice by exploring foundational and experimental techniques through our diverse set of second-year studio courses.
  • Students in the Visual Arts at Thompson Rivers University can have the best of two worlds: courses can be counted toward a Diploma and toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Visual Arts, or other university degrees at the same time. The Diploma allows students to sample a diverse selection of different media, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and multi-media to gain an introduction to contemporary art practices along with art history and theory. The Diploma is useful in a resume for job applications or entrance to academic programs that require some background theory and practice in visual arts.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses)


Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

Open admission

  • Admission to Visual Arts Studio Certificate
  • If you don’t meet the requirements, high school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing their BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Students who do not qualify for mature student status can apply for the TRU University Preparation program to complete their BC High School Graduation Diploma.
  • The Visual Art Diploma requires completion of a minimum of 60 credits in which 48 credits must be VISA courses

Required courses are:

  • 6 credits of ENGL 1100, ENGL 1110 or 1120 or 1140 or 1210
  • 6 credits of academic electives, 3 of the 6 credits maybe Art History or Theory
  • 6 credits of first year Art History (VISA 1110/1120)
  • 15 credits of first year VISA Foundation studio courses
  • At least 21 credits of second-year VISA studio courses
  • Tuition $448.65 
  • Fees $191.91 
  • Books and supplies 
  • Typically about $150 per course $150.00 
  • Total (CDN) $790.56

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