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ABOUT US

Vancouver Island School of Art

Mission Statement

The Vancouver Island School of Art is a learning community dedicated to the advancement of art education through comprehensive programs and presentations for adults of all ages. The focus of the courses and workshops offered by the school is on technique, personal expression and contemporary context.

Whether you want to take only one art course or complete a full-time program, there is a place for you at our school. We have courses for people with absolutely no experience as well as courses for artists who might want to learn new skills. Our classes are small -usually around 8-14 students per class. Our demographics vary from 18-80 so every course you take at VISA is a small microcosm of the world at large. When you take a course at our school you will find that you are part of a community. it is a great place to meet people and make friends. Within no time, you will feel right at home in our contemporary classroom space located in one of Victoria’s treasured downtown heritage buildings.

The Vancouver Island School of Art offers two modes of study:

The courses at VISA focus on drawing, painting and art history. However we do offer a range of other courses and workshops such as photography, printmaking, crafts, art appreciation and art writing.

THE VANCOUVER ISLAND SCHOOL OF ART IS THE ONLY INDEPENDENT ART SCHOOL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA WITH UNIVERSITY TRANSFER CREDITS

VISA's Certificate of Visual Arts is transferable to the second year of the:

The Vancouver Island School of Art is a private post-secondary contemporary art school established in 2004. The school is centrally located near many amenities such as cafés, restaurants and grocery stores.

The Vancouver Island School of Art holds a Designation Certificate issued by the B.C. Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Registered Charity # 86392 1433 RR0001


We acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations communities, for allowing us to live, work and play on their lands. We also give thanks to the ancestors, supernatural ones, hereditary leaders and matriarchs, creatures big and small for looking after the rich resources and cultural teachings of this beautiful land.