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.

Anna Brancato

“Professors Leon Potter and Robin Boxwell have helped me make so many connections to people in the entertainment industry, and their confidence in my ability as a technician has been, I feel, crucial to my success. Thanks to them I have been able to take directed studies in rigging, lighting programming and design, sound programming, stage combat, and costume making. I have also gotten many calls to work at other theatres thanks to connections that they helped me to make.”