The Art Institute of Vancouver

The Art Institute of Vancouver is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 45 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing education in design, media arts, event management, fashion and culinary arts. The Art Institutes system is a subsidiary of Education Management Corporation, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Art Institute of Vancouver has two campuses in Vancouver: The main campus is located at Renfrew Vancouver, and The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Vancouver.

The original main location of The Art Institute of Vancouver used to be in Burnaby, which was founded in 1979 and originally called the Center for Digital Imaging and Sound.[1] The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Vancouver was founded in 1982 and originally called Dubrulle International Culinary & Hotel Institute of Canada.[2] Since 2010 all the programs have now moved to its present location at the new Renfrew Campus. The culinary school still remains downtown Vancouver.

The Art Institute of Vancouver is registered with and accredited by the Private Post secondary Education Commission of British Columbia.[3]

The Art Institute offers courses in Visual Effects, Recording Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Electronic Music, Event Management, Digital Film & Video, Graphic Design, Animation, Fashion Design, Game Art & Design and other art disciplines. Since 2009 The Art Institute of Vancouver offers a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate

You’ll work through design challenges drawn from the real world and explore what it takes to take styles from concept to consumer. Your hands-on learning will be guided by talented and experienced instructors. But your fashion design education is all about bringing out your own individual style as you work through design challenges drawn from the real world and explore what it takes to take styles from concept to consumer. You’ll start with fundamentals like color theory, fashion drawing, pattern-making, accessory design and life drawing, then begin to add to your skills. Courses can include:  Pattern-making, Technical drawing, Fashion drawing, Sewing Techniques, Event & Fashion Show Production, Trends & Concepts in Apparel, Current Designers, Digital Textile Design, Business Ownership, Concept Development, Product Development, Merchandise Management. 

Life in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is known as many things: beautiful, breathtaking, and home to two million people. The city is also considered to be the production capital of the game industry in North America. Companies such as Radical Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Relic Entertainment call the region home. The city is the continent's third largest film and television production center behind Los Angeles and New York. Truly a city for innovative people, Vancouver, British Columbia is the gem of the Canadian southwest coast. Located on the slopes of the snow-capped Coast Mountains in the southwest corner of British Columbia, Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to live. It's a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse metropolis, a place to enjoy world-class restaurants, art galleries, shopping, events and entertainment. Vancouver supports a thriving theatre community and is home to a number of first-class attractions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Museum.

With one of the most temperate climates in Canada, the exquisite natural scenery and relaxed outdoor lifestyle are all part of what makes the city so popular. Greater Vancouver offers outdoor activities year-round. During the summer months, kayaking, hiking, boating, camping, rock-climbing and golfing are all popular recreational pursuits. In the winter months, neighboring ski hills such as Whistler, Cypress and Blackcomb teem with snowboarders and skiers from around the world. The Art Institute of Vancouver is centrally situated for all these activities and students have easy access to downtown via public transportation.

Tuition and Scholarship Information

Through a range of competitions and other opportunities, we're offering over $135 million in full and partial scholarships to new and current students in the 2015-2016 school year. We also offer a variety of financial resources to help qualified students meet their costs. Our dedicated Student Financial Aid Officers will help you explore all your options-including grants, loans, and scholarships-as you start on your journey toward bringing your ideas to life. Use the links below to learn more about grant and scholarship opportunities: 

At The Art Institutes we don’t want a lack of funding to stop you from professional growth. We want you to succeed, so we offer a number of financial aid options to meet your financial needs. To those who qualify, here are the types of U.S. federal financial aid that may be available:

Federal Grant Programs, Federal Loan Programs, Federal Work-Study

In addition to the options above some Art Institutes locations offer institutional aid or operate in states where you may apply for state grants. Please select the location you are interested in from the dropdown below to download a Financial Aid Guide for specific information on possible awards, requirements and application processes. It is important to note that Canadian residents attending The Art Institute of Vancouver have financial aid options that differ from U.S. financial aid options. To view those options please select The Art Institute of Vancouver/Canadian residents from the dropdown below and note that the Financial aid process and free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) sections do not apply to you.

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