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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 community. It is a great place to meet people and make friends. Within no time, you will feel right at home in our cozy heritage school building.

As of July 1st, 2019, the Vancouver Island School of Art will offer three programs of study:

As of July 2019 we are no longer taking applications for the Diploma of Fine Arts. It is our intention to focus more on our Certificate of Visual Arts and Individual Courses and Workshop offerings. The Diploma of Fine Arts program will continue for any student currently enrolled in the program. However we are not accepting any new applications. See the Diploma of Fine Arts page for more information.

Students can be enrolled in a program on a full-time or part-time basis. In addition, if students choose not to enroll in a program right away and to take courses or workshops outside of a program, the hours accumulated may be put towards a program at a later date.


As of 2011, VISA's Certificate of Visual Arts = 1st year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts or Bachelor of Design degree at EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART + DESIGN. Once accepted into ECUAD, VISA Certificate graduates can complete an undergraduate degree in three years.

As of 2013, VISA's Diploma of Fine Arts is transferable to the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree program at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. Once accepted into the university, VISA Diploma graduates can complete an undergraduate degree in eight months.

As of 2015, Certificate of Visual Arts = 1st year of Bachelor in Arts, Major in Fine Arts Degree at the Vancouver Island University.

The Vancouver Island School of Art is a Designated Learning Institution registered with the Government of Canada. DLI# O111345278377

The Vancouver Island School of Art is Accredited with the B.C. Private Training Institutions Branch.