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Attending Art School in Vancouver

Undoubtedly one of North America’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver borders the Pacific Ocean (via the Strait of Georgia) and the Coast Mountains, making it one of those rare cities that makes it possible to ski and sail in the same day. The birthplace of Greenpeace, Bryan Adams, and Inspector Gadget, is also home to a vibrant art scene that not only reflects Vancouver’s rich history and colorful heritage, but also the great diversity of its population with 35% of its residents hailing from foreign countries. Equally diverse are the innumerable museums, galleries, and public art programs that suffuse the city, also making it a great place to pursue a study of the arts. Among its most prominent museums, the Vancouver Art Gallery exemplifies the definition of a misnomer with its permanent collection numbering close to 8,000 pieces, as well as a large collection of one of Canada’s most recognized artists, Emily Carr. Additionally, the Vancouver Museum (Canada’s largest civic museum) and the Museum of Anthropology are popular attractions. Furthermore, the creation of the Alliance for the Arts and Culture in the mid 80s provided a strong voice for the arts community and now numbers more than 320 arts groups among its coalition. The Alliance has helped enhance the city’s prolific public works program and encouraged the incorporation of the arts in and around the city. Vancouver is also home to numerous artist-run galleries, including the Helen Pitt Gallery, Studio Blue, Gallery Gachet, and Artspeak. Other public galleries include Pendulum Gallery, Charles H. Scott (at the Emily Carr Institute), and the Belkin Art Gallery (at UBC). In fact, the list of attractions in Vancouver are so extensive that a four year program at any one of the esteemed schools provided is just about the amount of time it will take a student to properly discover its endless allure. Moreover, Vancouver may also be Canada’s third largest city, but with its rapid population growth (and the influx of Hollywood production companies), this western Canadian city is on pace to surpass both Montreal and Toronto over the next few decades…a testament to its great culture, climate, and communities.

1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(604) 844-3800
www.eciad.ca
Enrollment:  
1588
Faculty:  
151
Programs:  
Communication Design, Industrial Design, Visual Arts, General Fine Arts, Photography, Fine Arts & Creative Writing, Animation, Film, Video, and Integrated Media
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts, Master of Applied Arts
Features:  
One of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design; a relatively recent addition to the school is a spacious 60,000 sq. ft. complex that houses integrated media, painting and design, as well as the library; Three galleries include the Concourse and Media Galleries (presenting works by the ECI community), and the Charles H. Scott Gallery (a public art gallery exhibiting the work of professional artists)
Noted Alumni:  
Brian Jungen, Douglas Coupland, Neko Case, Ronald Thom, Joe Plaskett, Don Jarvis
2329 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
(604) 822-2211
www.ubc.ca
Enrollment:  
35, 518 (undergraduate)
Faculty:  
21 full-time members of faculty (13 art historians and 8 visual artists)
Programs:  
Visual Arts, Art History, Critical and Curatorial Studies
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Ph.D programs
Features:  
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery; The Visual Art Students Society, or VASS, connects Visual Art and Art History students though events and programs; WRECK- graduate journal of art history, visual art, and theory; Visual Resources Centre; Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

www.vancouver.sfa.ca
Enrollment:  
25,000+
Faculty:  
36 (School for the Contemporary Arts)
Programs:  
Visual Art, Art & Culture Studies
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts
Features:  
The Visual Art experience is described by the Art Department as, "In the first year, visual art students prepare work for the Campus Project - an exhibition of large-scale works. As well, there is a student exhibition in the SF Gallery on campus and at Alexander Centre in downtown Vancouver. At the completion of the BFA degree, each fourth year student presents a body of work at Alexander Centre, when the 12,000 square foot studio space is transformed into a vast gallery."; Simon Fraser University Gallery