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

Programs and Courses

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.

Joe Lyons, a student of the Bachelor of Visual Arts program, presenting his art

Joe Lyons

"I am a full-time student who is also a working and practicing artist. My practice has been enriched by generous access to both studio time and direct contact with my professors. Being challenged by, and discussing ideas with the experienced and knowledgeable Visual Arts staff has made me a better artist. I have created works I never would have created. I have discovered new techniques and methods from my interactions with my fellow students and the artistic community fostered here. Professors have introduced me to practicing potters who have opened their studio doors to me and helped me along my way.  Studying art history has allowed to appreciate the past, present and future of what it means to be an artist who works and depends upon their craft to survive and to thrive.  VIU is my community, and I am proud and grateful to have spent time here learning and growing, both personally and professionally."