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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 PTIB (Private Training Institutions Branch of 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 our Certificate 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.

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

You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount:
Or, if you prefer you can donate directly through the Paypal Giving Fund.

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 over $20 and have your name on our website and newsletter (optional).

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

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