Visual Arts Diploma

Visual Arts


  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Visual Arts Diploma Program

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.

Note: All students enrolled in art or design studio courses offered within VIU’s Art and Design department must complete mandatory safety training session(s) before they will be allowed to use the department’s facilities. Each student must purchase and use equipment as specified by the department and sold through the VIU Campus Store.

Year 1

Credits

ARTS 101 - (Drawing I) and,
ARTS 102 - (Drawing II)

6

ARTS 111 - (History of Western Art I) and,
ARTS 112 - (History of Western Art II)

6

ARTS 120 - (Two-Dimensional Design)

3

ARTS 121 - (Three-Dimensional Design)

3

Degree English Requirements

6

Two Non-ARTS Electives

6

Total Credits

30

Year 2

Credits

ARTS 110 - (Contemporary Art: Concepts and Terminology)

3

Select four Art courses* from:
ARTS 294 - (Printmaking I) 
ARTS 244 - (Digital Photography I) or ARTS 264 - (Photography I) 
ARTS 254 - (Fundamentals of Painting I) 
ARTS 256 - (Beginning Watercolour Painting) 
ARTS 271 - (Ceramics I) 
ARTS 284 - (Sculpture I) 
Any one Independent Studies course

12

Note: At least one of the choices must be ARTS 271 or ARTS 284.

Select four Art courses* from: 
ARTS 245 - (Digital Photography II) or ARTS 265 - (Photography II) 
ARTS 255 - (Fundamentals of Painting II) 
ARTS 257 - (Watercolour Painting) 
ARTS 272 - (Ceramics II) 
ARTS 285 - (Sculpture II) 
ARTS 295 - (Printmaking II) 
Any subsequent Independent Studies course

12

Note: At least one of the choices must be ARTS 272 or ARTS 285.

Non-ARTS Elective

3

Total Credits

30

Updated 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

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

Fees for Year 2

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 per year)

275.00

Year 2: Books and supplies (approximate costs)

2,640.00

Total

8,182.26

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for Year 1

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

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

19,821.00

Fees for Year 2

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

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 2: Books and supplies (approximate costs)

2,640.00

Total

21,261.00

Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on a maximum of 15 credits at $725.00 per credit, up to a maximum of $8,700.00 per semester for 12-15 credits; $725.00 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on a maximum of 15 credits at $32.45 per credit, up to a maximum of $389.40 per semester for 12-15 credits; $32.45 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Accepting International Applications
Yes
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Admissions Assistant

Name: Lorraine Coates
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2531
Email: Lorraine.Coates@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Jason Gress
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2213
Email: Jason.Gress@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

Portfolio: Submit Portfolio electronically and letter of intent by April 4, 2022.

Comments

For information regarding the Portfolio requirement, please see the following link https://ah.viu.ca/art-and-design/visual-art. Be sure to apply to VIU before submitting your portfolio.

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Denise Tierney enjoying her time in VIU's Visual Arts Diploma program

Denise Tierney

“Visual Art faculty members are genuinely interested in our success. They're encouraging and accessible and always on the look-out for personal development opportunities for students. They help us make connections within the art community and offer career guidance based on their own experiences.”