Malaspina University-College

Malaspina University-College is a comprehensive University-College, which has played an active role in the cultural and economic life of the Central Vancouver Island region since 1969. Over the years Malaspina Univeristy-College has grown into an institution with more than 12,000 full and part-time students in credit programs. In addition, some 2,000 students are enrolled in various contract and extension programs, and 10,500 students are taking continuing education courses.



900 Fifth St., Nanaimo
B.C., Canada
V9R 5S5
Phone: 250 753 3245
Fax: 250 740 6459

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Our Aims

The Visual and Applied Arts Department of Malaspina University-College is proud of its dynamic and experienced faculty of professional artists, designers and academics who are committed to preparing students for promising futures in visual culture. Our students receive rigorous instruction in art and design fundamentals, experiment with a wide range of technical and creative options, study ideas from the history of art and design, tackle practical issues in two and three dimensional media, and explore personal languages of expression.  

Location and Getting there

Malaspina University-College's main campus is located in Nanaimo on a spectacular 92-acre (37 ha.)site on the lower slopes of Mount Benson, overlooking the city of Nanaimo, Georgia Strait, and the Coast Mountains on the B.C. Mainland. The region is linked to the Lower Mainland through regular 90-minute ferry services and frequent 15-minute flights to Vancouver International Airport, as well as downtown Vancouver.  

Department and information about the department

The Visual and Applied Arts Department offers studies in Visual Art, Interior Design and Graphic Design with the following programs:

*Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Visual Arts (4 years)
*Bachelor of Fine Arts (1 or 2 year university transfer)
*Diploma in Visual Arts (2 years)
*Diploma in Applied Arts; Interior Design (2 years)
*Diploma in Applied Arts; Graphic Design (2 years)


Academic Staff and Description

*Ball, Gregory, M.F.A. (Concordia)
*Benton, Fran, B.Sc.(Victoria), Dip. Visual Arts (Emily Carr), M.F.A. (Victoria)
*Churcher, Iris, B.A.(London Coll.), M.A. (Syracuse)
*Cole, Jane G., B.A.(Brandon), M.A. (New Mexico)
*Conroy, Richard A. Hon Dip. Design (ECCA) M.F.A.(New York)
*Ellins, Bodil, B.A.A., R.I.D., M.Ed. (SFU)
*Hodgson, Karen, B.F.A.(York), M.Vis.Arts (Alberta)
*Leaf, Scott, Technician
*McCluskey, Ellen, B.F.A.(Saskatchewan), M.F.A. (Calgary)
*Speight,Pamela, Dip. Visual Arts(Emily Carr), M.F.A. (Ohio)
Charnetski, John, B.Sc., B.Ed, M.F.A. (Washington)Professor Emeritus  

News and Events

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Information For  Undergraduates

Admissions and Registration
Becoming a student at Malaspina is a two-step process.

Admission: completing an Application for Admission form, providing official transcripts of marks, and meeting other program admission requirements.
Registration: selecting courses and paying tuition fees.
General Admission Requirements for University and Career/ Technical Programs
Canadian citizens and those with permanent residence status in Canada are eligible for admission to University and Career/Technical programs if they meet one of the following conditions:

graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in English 12;
previous degree from a recognized university;
visiting student from a college or university (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required);
transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed);
mature student—at least 21 years of age (or will turn 21 in the first semester of admission) and has a minimum “C” grade in English 12.

Application Portfolio Requirements
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Information For  International Students

General Information for International Students
Malaspina University-College accepts international students under one of the following conditions:

direct application;
institution-to-institution exchange program;
sponsorship through inter-governmental agreement;
winner of academic competition or international scholarship.
Admission to English Language Program (offered by Malaspina's English-as-a-Second-Language department)
High school graduation with 6 years of previous English language study – TOEFL, IELTS or other test scores are accepted but not required.
Admission to Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Program
Graduation from high school or equivalent.
Meet Malaspina’s English language requirements for academic programs.
First-year credit may be granted for most Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (higher level) courses.
Academic programs may have additional program admission requirements and course prerequisites.
International students who are B.C. high school graduates must have a minimum grade of “C” in English 12 to enter directly into an academic program.
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Student Facilities

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Student Support

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Student Life

The Art Department at Malaspina provides students with the opportunity to further their art studies through regional field trips to museusms and international art tours to New York City and to Europe. For more information see or email  


On-Campus Student Residences
Malaspina University-College’s residences offer comfortable and convenient campus living. The buildings are located near the heart of the Nanaimo campus, close to classrooms, cafeterias, Library, Bookstore, Gym, Centre for International Education, Students’ Union Building and Student Pub. The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, with a 50-metre swimming pool, gym and water slides, is adjacent to the student housing complex. The residences are managed by Western Student Housing Ltd.

The student residence village offers three types of housing:

Traditional (single rooms with semi-private bathrooms);
Residence houses (20 bed houses with single rooms and semi-private bathrooms);
Apartment-style residences (four-bedroom, two bathroom apartments).
All of the residences and apartments are fully furnished. Traditional and residence houses offer shared lounges and kitchens. Heat, electricity, hot water, and restricted wireless Internet access are included in the rent. Specially designed suites for students with disabilities are available. In addition, a central student service bu...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

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Advising Centre:
Malaspina University-College
900 Fifth St., Nanaimo, B.C.
Tel: 250 740 6410