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Art, Design & Performing Arts Programs

Visual Arts

VIU also offers a Bachelor of Arts, Major and Minor in Visual Art.

The Program

Students may apply for VIU’s Visual Arts Diploma upon successful completion of 60 credits and a minimum Grade Point Average of 1.84 (45 credits must be within the Art Department and include 6 credits of Art History with a minimum grade of “C” in Art History). 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 Bookstore.

Admission Requirements

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between October 3 and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Program Outline

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 Electives

6

Total Credits

30

YEAR 2

Credits

ARTS 210 - (Study of Contemporary Art)

3

Select four Art courses* from:
ARTS 201 - (Drawing III)
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)
ARTS 202 - (Drawing IV)
Any subsequent Independent Studies course

12

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

Elective

3

Total Credits

30

Updated March 31, 2014