A diverse group of Students of Vancouver Island University's Art Programs

Art, Design and Performing Arts

People call you the creative type.

You’re hands-on, a visionary-in-the-making with ideas galore, an artist, an innovator, an originator, a performer. Whatever you are passionate about, you want to hone your talents and gain the new skills you will need to find a rewarding, challenging and meaningful career in the creative industries.

Your imagination, ideas and expression will get the full support of VIU faculty, who will work with you and share their deep experience to shape your talents and interests for a career tailored to your area of choice. You might dream of acting or working in stagecraft, making original music, creating beautiful and functional designs, teaching others in the creative fields, or seeing your work on canvas or on the big screen. Study art, design and theatre to launch your career in the growing creative economy where you can work in many settings from small businesses to large organizations.

Bachelor of Arts, Visual Art major student Maggie Hinbest

Maggie Hinbest

“I chose VIU because I wanted a university with small class sizes that was close to home. I only intended to stay for a year before transferring to another institution. Those plans changed when I started volunteering at The View Gallery on campus, and was then offered a work-op position there. My experiences at the gallery shaped my university life for the past three years, and made me want to pursue a career in the arts. It prepared me for the positions I held at the Nanaimo Art Gallery as their Collections Assistant, the Nanaimo Arts Council as a Program Assistant, and now at Madrona Gallery in Victoria.”