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Explore the diverse, career-focused curriculum offered by the Visual College of Art and Design. Choose a creative career path that not only suits you, but puts you in a position to realize your dreams!

Our Applied Arts curriculum has been developed to ensure that our graduates are successful in meeting the employment requirements of these industries. VCAD maintains close ties with the fashion, graphic design, video game, visual effects, and interior design industries to continually assess our curriculum and gain insight about industry needs.

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Our Mission

Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) provides accessible, innovative, and industry-driven education and training that serves the needs of our local communities by preparing graduates for rewarding careers in the field of art and design.

About VCAD

VCAD is highly regarded for providing a well-rounded arts education in an environment that emphasizes creativity and individuality. Our campuses in Vancouver and Calgary will prepare you for a new and rewarding career in art and design.

At VCAD, we believe that you should do what you love and are passionate about. If you're looking for a creative career that allows you to use your imagination and talents, we want to help you get there.

We know that a school's reputation is based largely on the reputation of its programs, and a program is only as successful as its students. When you enroll in a VCAD Applied Arts program, you follow an exciting, focused curriculum that combines theoretical learning with hands-on training to build the skills you need to launch your dream career. By the end of your studies, you'll have built a professional portfolio that not only displays your creativity, but shows employers you have the skills and talent that they're looking for.

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Our Programs

Interior Design

VCAD’s Interior Design program provides industry-relevant training that will prepare you for this highly rewarding profession. By taking courses at our school in Vancouver, you’ll learn how to bring beauty, style, and function into the lives of others. This program is available in Vancouver and Calgary. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program – or apply today!

Architecture Design and Technology

VCAD’s Architecture Design and Technology program will help you turn your creative aesthetic into a career. Learn from industry-experienced instructors about the technical side of architectural design including construction details, modeling and rendering, and much more. This program is available in Vancouver and Calgary. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program – or apply today!

Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion - Merchandising Specialization

Never choose between “beauty” and “brains” again. Combine your keen eye for style and brain for business into a rewarding career with VCAD’s Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion – Marketing Specialization diploma program. Learn about fashion promotion, retail buying, forecasting, brand management, and much more. This program is available in Calgary. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program – or apply today!

Fashion Design - Specialization in Marketing

Explore your inner fashionista and turn your love of style and business into a rewarding career with the Fashion Design with Specialization in Marketing diploma program. Learn about fashion forecasting, pattern making, garment construction, event management, and more. This program is available in Vancouver. Fill out the Request Info form to learn more about the program — or apply today!

Graphic Design

The courses you’ll take in our Graphic Design program will give you the knowledge and skills to launch your creative career. Learn from industry-experienced instructors who will help you develop both up-to-date skills and connections to the industry. This program is available in Vancouver and Calgary. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program and our visual arts school – or apply today!

Game Development and Design

Learn how to make video games for a living. Train at our school and transform your passion into a lifelong career. This program is available in Vancouver: Canada's hottest market for video game developers. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program — or apply today!

Visual Effects Art and Design

Train at our school to launch your career in visual and special effects. Take courses led by industry-experienced instructors who will give you the technical and artistic skills to break into this field. This program is available in Vancouver. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program – or apply today!

3D Modeling Animation and Art & Design

VCAD’s 3D computer animation program will prepare you to create characters and worlds as fantastical as your own imagination. Learn from industry-experienced instructors and gain the skills to bring your ideas to life using state-of-the-art design software. This program is available in Vancouver and Calgary. Fill out the Request Info form above to learn more about the program – or apply today!

Personality Assessment

Find out what your personality is like and discover your traits, worries & concerns about taking the next step to study at school towards a new and rewarding career. This quick and easy assessment will provide you with some insight into what to focus on and what you might need to watch out for to best prepare you for your new career and school goals!

Financial Assistance

Finding yourself in a position where College is unaffordable is more common than most of us realize. Fortunately, Canada’s provincial and federal governments are very focused on making education accessible to virtually everyone; even students that are new to Canada. Regardless of your situation: didn’t finish high school, are having (or had) financial difficulties, or you are a new arrival to Canada, we will find financial solution best for you!

Our Financial Aid Expert will provide you with best options to make education investment in yourself, both realistic and affordable. Let us help you find option that suits you best. Fill out the form NOW!

Government Student Loans

Financial assistance may be available for full-time students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants through the Canadian and provincial government student loan programs. Students must apply for loans through the province or territory in which they have established residency. For more information, please contact your Student Financial Planner.

Lifelong Learn Plan (LLP)

The LLP allows eligible students to withdraw up to $10,000 per year, tax-free (up to $20,000 over the period you are participating in the LLP) from their RRSP. Withdrawals are repayable over 10 years. For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Student Lines of Credit

Financial institutions offer lines of credit for students enrolled in full-time programs. Credit amounts are based on individual approved credit limits with monthly interest-only payments required while attending school. Amounts vary at each institution.

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

RESPs permit savings to grow tax-free until the student beneficiary is ready to enroll full-time in a qualified post-secondary institution such as VCAD. An RESP also allows the student to apply for the Canadian Education Savings Grant.

Scholarships, Grants, & Bursaries

From time to time, VCAD offers scholarships for specific programs to eligible students. Ask your Student Financial Planner if you qualify for one or more of these programs. It is important to note that there may be additional sources of third-party funding available to you. Many private businesses and community groups offer grants and scholarships to eligible students. Inquire with organizations in your area for more information.

Payment Plans

Subject to credit approval by the Student Financial Aid department, payment plans are available in some circumstances. Payment plans require proof that the student has the financial capacity to make payments and in some cases will require additional guarantees or co-signers.

Tuition

You will be informed of all fees related to your program of study during the admission process. Program costs may include fees for tuition, registration, learning guides, kits, and course materials. Tuition may be paid through student loan disbursements or by cash, cheque, VISA, MasterCard, or Interac.

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Why We Are Better

Explore the diverse curriculum offered by the Visual College of Art and Design and choose a creative career path that lets you realize your dreams.

how to apply?

It’s easy! To start the application process, simply fill up above form!

Why choose VCAD?

Our Applied Arts curriculum has been developed to ensure that our graduates are successful in meeting the employment requirements of these industries. VCAD maintains close ties with the fashion, graphic design, video game, visual effects, and interior design industries to continually assess our curriculum and gain insight about industry needs.

do you offer financial aid?

Yes, we offer Grants, Loans and Private Student Loans.
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Campus Locations

VCAD Vancouver campus

500-626 West Pender Street,
Vancouver, BC

VCAD Calgary campus

100-1035 7th Avenue,
SW, Calgary, AB.