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Visual Arts

See the world from a different perspective.

We are what we see: art helps us to see things in different ways. Communicating through colour, shape and form can awaken the imagination and open the doors of perception. If you love seeing the world from different perspectives, then our Visual Arts courses could be the place for you.

Visual Arts courses

From beginner level to advanced, our courses help you learn and practice your skills, and to express your views of the world. Our Visual Arts courses are fun, informative and—best of all—they are hands-on. Learn to create art using different media and techniques, including:

Some art courses have extra fees for materials: please see the individual course pages for more information.


Courses open for registration
Courses open for registration

Online Art and Design Courses

The Division of Continuing Studies, in partnership with the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD), is pleased to offer online educational opportunities for interested, creative professionals.
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Courses open for registration

Unity® for Creative Technology

This micro-credential program builds on learners' existing abilities to quickly develop skills in creating compelling content for virtual environments in the growing creative technology sector, which includes augmented (AR) and virtual (VR) reality, gaming technology and digital animation.
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Drawing from a new perspective

Just steps away from Jeannette Sirois' house on Salt Spring Island is her art studio—her home away, but not too far from home. Art is always on my mind; I can't go a day without making art of some kind, says Jeannette, an art instructor with Continuing Studies at UVic.

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Reconstructing Holocaust histories through visual narratives

"Imagine saying to a Holocaust survivor: 'We'd like to do a comic about your life," chuckles Charlotte Schallié, professor of Germanic Studies and chair of UVic's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. It seems, at the surface, like an absurd request.

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Get Creative: Five ways to tap into your creativity

There are several well-known health benefits to engaging in creative endeavors, but sometimes actually getting into a right headspace is easier said than done. So what are some things you can do to get those creative juices flowing?

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How arts benefits us all, as humans

From the earliest markings upon cave walls, to the rhythmic beating of drums, cultural dance or even the creation of written language, people have been driven to express themselves through art since the earliest days of our species.

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In Remembrance: Nan Walmsley

We are sad to announce the passing of one of our most committed students, Nan Walmsley. Nan passed away peacefully at home, Sept. 13, surrounded by her family. She lived 97 fulfilling years.

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Why the early bird gets the worm (and lives past 100!)

After nearly a decade working for Continuing Studies at UVic, it goes without saying that Preston Randall is an integral part of the team. He knows the division’s systems, people and workflows like the back of his hand.

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It’s about both the journey AND the destination

For an avid traveler, the thought of finding a job that allows you to help others fall in love with travel, sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well this is exactly what Janet gets to do every day at the office. Now, while the idea of traveling is one most people fantasize about, don’t forget there’s a heck of a lot of hard work involved.

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Following your joy

When you love what you’re doing, balancing a career, family and school is easy. At least according to Kristin Wiens, who started her first class with Continuing Studies as a single mother of two pursuing a Diploma in Intercultural Education, while concurrently completing a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics at UVic.

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Full throttle through the arts

John Lucas describes himself as “an actor who happens to sing and dance.” Having had one foot in theatre and the other in academia all his life has made him feel like “the illegitimate offspring of Northrop Frye and Daffy Duck,”

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