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Visual Arts

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma
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.
The Visual Art Program offers a broadly-based approach to art-making. Faculty members are practicing artists who are committed to teaching. While providing a sound foundation in visual art practice, we encourage experimentation and positive risk-taking in the expansion of individual expression. In addition to providing an exciting creative environment, we are also dedicated to providing students with the expertise required for careers in Visual Art.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • 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.

Year 1

  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • History of Western Art I
  • History of Western Art II
  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Degree English Requirements
  • Two Non-ARTS Electives

Year 2

  • Contemporary Art: Concepts and Terminology

Select four Art courses* from:

  • Printmaking I 
  • Digital Photography I or ARTS 264 - Photography I
  • Fundamentals of Painting I
  • Beginning Watercolour Painting
  • Ceramics I
  • Sculpture I
  • Any one Independent Studies course

Select four Art courses* from: 

  • Digital Photography II) or ARTS 265 - (Photography II
  • Fundamentals of Painting II
  • Watercolour Painting
  • Ceramics II
  • Sculpture II
  • Printmaking II
  • Any subsequent Independent Studies course

  • Fees for Year 1 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 Year 1: Books and supplies (approximate costs) 1,200.00 
  • Total 6,742.26

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