Visual Arts, Diploma

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. Applications currently closed.

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Program at a glance



Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options

Full-time or part-time

Open to International


Area of study

Arts & Humanities


2 years full-time, part-time options available

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We help you shape your creative future

Explore the significance of art in relation to historical and contemporary cultures. 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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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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What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

    Chelsea Vignola, 2018

    Program outline

    For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

    Program Outline

    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.

      Tuition and fees

      Effective from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024

      Estimated tuition

      Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

      Visual Arts, Diploma

      $7,390 (domestic)
      $31,780 (international)

      Visual Arts, Diploma, Co-Op designation

      $8,337 (domestic)
      $33,415 (international)

      Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

      For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

      Student fees

      In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

      The Visual Arts program provides basic materials to all students, however, full-time Visual Arts students should budget to potentially spend roughly $600 per term on art materials and text books. This can vary based on individual student needs.

      Financial assistance

      You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

      Financial Aid & Awards 

      Curriculum & courses

      Admission requirements

      One of:

      • C in English 12 
      • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative  

      And all of:


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

      When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

      For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

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      If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your classes contact or the program chair. 

      Faculty/staff profile

      Faro Annie Sullivan

      Faro Annie Sullivan

      Lab Technologist, Visual Arts
      Pottery Bldg, Art Annex
      Full bio

      Audie Murray, 2016

      Learn more

      For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

      Contact information

      School of Arts & Science

      Campus location

      Fisher 104

      Location link

      Lansdowne Campus



      International students please contact Camosun International