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Visual Arts, Diploma

Create space. Realize change.

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Arts & Humanities

Study options



Work experience


Open to International



2 years full-time, part-time options available

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Hands holding a Raku apple

We help you shape your creative future

Explore the significance of art in relation to historical and contemporary cultures. You will learn a wide variety of disciplines including: graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, performance art, animation, analogue & digital photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, video and film, art history, visual culture, art theory, professional practice. This studio immersion program offers you a comprehensive education in visual arts. The program provides a foundation of exploration and design intended to promote inquiry, experimentation, and critical awareness.

Blend disciplines, theory and studio time

Learn collaboratively and foster community through integration of studio and theoretical credit courses that will lead to a Diploma in Visual Arts with University transfer towards a BFA. Our instructors are professional artists who produce experiential learning environments supported by qualified technologists who create space to promote the success of diverse learners.

What to expect

The Visual Arts program is located at the Lansdowne campus (land acknowledgement seek consultation). Our studios are designed and equipped for experiential making and exploration of materials. In our classrooms, we promote inquiry through discussion, critical awareness, language, and openness of mind. Throughout the semester, we host a Visiting Artist Lecture Series providing students and the community an opportunity to engage and learn from a diverse range of professional artists, curators, and designers.

Year 1

Your first year includes two semesters (September to April) and includes courses in drawing, printmaking, painting, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, 3D design, video, Modern art history, and photography.

Year 2

When you return in September for your second year, you will build on your foundation knowledge to develop communication and practical skills in animation, performance art, photography, video, filmmaking and art theory.

Boiling Point | Visual Arts graduation exhibition

After graduation

You will have a portfolio that represents your competence and achievement for institutes of advanced study, granting agencies, applications (such as residencies and public art competitions), prospective clients, and employers.

Your Visual Arts diploma can open doors to employment opportunities, and further education. Past graduates have successfully transferred into third-year studies at universities and art colleges, and have successful art showings around the globe.

Artist Residencies

As a Visual Arts student, you'll benefit from the presence of alumni artists on campus through the Alumni Residency program. This program provides the time and space for an alum artist to research new ideas, experiment with different techniques and means of production while connecting and meeting with current students in the college and local committee.

Camosun also offers the Van den Brink Residency program to a new or recent graduate of the Visual Arts program who is strongly self-motivated, shows creativity and fosters community spirit.

Part-time studies in Visual Arts

While designed as a full-time diploma program, part-time completion is fully supported. Additionally, many of our courses can be taken individually as electives through the University Transfer program.

An investment in your creativity

This comprehensive, hands-on Visual Arts program can prepare you for a career in, graphic design, pottery, sculpture, filmmaking & animation, photography, drawing & painting, printmaking and more.

    Chelsea Vignola, 2018

    Estimated tuition

    Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

    $7,243 (domestic)

    $30,380 (international 4 terms) 

    Additional Student Fees

    Scholarships, bursaries and awards

    There are many financial resources to tap into while you are at college to help with your education and living costs. Apply for scholarships & awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Arts and Science.

    You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.

    Where can you work?

    As a graduate of the Visual Arts program you will leave with broad knowledge, skills and abilities suitable to work in various fields. Our graduates have many roles, including:

    • self-employed practicing artist
    • designer (industrial, interior, graphic, gaming, web, fashion, textile, narrative etc)
    • animator & special effects
    • art teacher & professor
    • illustrator
    • scenographer (set designer)
    • storyboard artist
    • concept artist
    • art therapist
    • hair stylist
    • museum and gallery personnel
    • printmaker
    • art historian & curator
    • filmmakers and film technician; assistant director
    • ceramicist
    • photographer
    • photo technician
    • ornamental iron work
    • landscape designer
    • fine furnishing

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    Curriculum & courses

    Admission Requirements

    Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September intake.

    When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

    Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

    One of:

    And all of:


    • Acceptance of transfer students from other post-secondary art programs into 2nd year is at the approval of the department.

    For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

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    Academic Calendar

    Our Teaching Staff

    Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

    Faculty/staff profile

    Brad Muir

    Brad Muir (d.bradley muir)

    Chair, Visual Arts

    d.bradley muir is an artist whose practice focuses on contemporary photography, sculpture and installation. He holds a BFA with distinction from Conco ...

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    Faculty/staff profile

    John Boehme

    John Boehme

    Instructor, Visual Arts

    John G. Boehme currently teaches a range of classes and subjects such as all aspects of Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Performance Art together with D ...

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    Faculty/staff profile

    Joseph Hoh

    Joseph Hoh

    Instructor, Visual Arts

    Joseph's experience has been wide and varied since emigrating to Canada from Malaysia. His BFA (Honours) is from Windsor and MFA from the University o ...

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    Faculty/staff profile

    Michael McLean

    Michael McLean

    Lab Technologist, Visual Arts

    Originally from Lethbridge Alberta, Mike Andrew McLean holds a BFA in Media Arts from NSCAD University, and an MFA from the University of Victoria. Mc ...

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    Brenda Petays

    Brenda Petays

    Instructor, Visual Arts

    Brenda is an interdisciplinary artist working in drawing, photography and performance; she explores identity and memory in subjective, social and poli ...

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    Faro Annie Sullivan

    Faro Annie Sullivan

    Lab Technologist, Visual Arts

    Faro Annie Sullivan holds an Honours BA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in litera ...

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    Nancy Yakimoski

    Nancy Yakimoski

    Instructor, Visual Arts

    Nancy Yakimoski completed a BA Honours (Art & Art History), BA Certificate (English Literature), Masters (History in Art) and began her PhD in art ...

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    Audie Murray, 2016

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    Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

    Contact information

    Brad Muir, Department Chair

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    Campus location

    Camosun College Lansdowne
    School of Arts & Science
    3100 Foul Bay Rd
    Victoria BC V8P 5J2
    Young 101B

    Location link

    Lansdowne Campus



    International Admissions

    International students please contact International Admissions