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The Vancouver Island School of Art changes people's lives. People come to our school to learn about art and they leave with knowledge about techniques and contemporary art, as well as with a greater sense of who they are as a person. In addition VISA is a wonderful community where people have met life-long friends and continue to take courses and workshops often long after they have completed a Certificate or Diploma.

VISA is a post-secondary independent art school founded in 2004 by artist and instructor, Wendy Welch. During its first ten years of development, the school has achieved accreditation with PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency – an arm's length organization to the Ministry of Advanced Education), as well as transfer agreements with three degree-granting institutions: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the University of Gloucestershire (UK) and Vancouver Island University. Students can transfer credits from a Certificate or a Diploma program to receive university degrees in art.

VISA is a non-profit, charitable organization with Revenue Canada and is run by a Board of Directors consisting of professionals from the Victoria community. Our regular faculty have graduate degrees in art.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the Vancouver Island School of Art through donations and sponsorships. VISA is grateful for all of their loyal supporters and knows it is because of them that the school has become a distinguished art organization in the City of Victoria.

BECOME A VISA SUPPORTER:
You can choose to become a VISA supporter with an automatic monthly donation of your choosing:

MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION:
You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount:


DONATION BURSARY PROGRAM:
The Vancouver Island School of Art is initiating a program to enable members of the community, who might not otherwise be able to afford it, to take art courses and workshops through our new Donation Bursary program.

Suggested amounts:
  • $425 (for full 36 hour course, 12 weeks, 3 hours/week)
  • $225 (50% subsidy for full course)
  • $175 (one-day workshop)
  • $85 (three-hour workshop)
Or any amount of your choosing: all donations will go directly to helping a member of the community take an art course.

VISA relies almost entirely on tuition and does not receive operational funding from any government sources. Donations from the community are crucial in terms of VISA's long-term sustainablity.

For those of you who have taken a course or program here you will know how much it changes your life. And for those of you who live with one of our students, you can attest to the fact VISA has changed their life.

We appreciate donations of any amount ($10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 are some popular amounts). You will receive a tax receipt for all donations and have your name on our website and newsletter (optional).

Your donation will help making individual's lives better as well as make the city of Victoria a brighter more dynamic place to live.


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