The Art Institute Of Vancouver

Students enter college with their talents and dreams. At The Art Institute of Vancouver, we see our role as providing those educational services that help students develop their potential.

At The Art Institute of Vancouver, education is not a process where we hand students skills and knowledge. They must take responsibility and get involved. Here, they learn from artists and professionals in a hands-on environment. They have the opportunity to make both professional contacts and lifelong friends. An education at The Art Institute of Vancouver means engaging fully, eyes and mind wide open.

There’s a vibrant energy here, one that fuels in students a desire to do their best. They are supported by a close and caring community bound by mutual respect for individuality and creativity. They are also part of the Vancouver area creative scene and can contribute to the texture that makes it one of the world’s most desirable regions.



3264 Beta Avenue
British Columbia
Phone: 604-298-5400
Fax: 604-298-5403

College Photos (6)

Click on the images to enlarge

picture picture picture picture picture

Our Aims

We provide exceptional learning-centered, industry driven education, preparing our graduates for entry level positions in their chosen career.

We support a pro-active team environment that promotes open and effective communication, mutual respect, trust and integrity.

We serve as an intellectual, educational, and cultural resource for the surrounding community, fostering the conviction that education is a life-long process.

Sample Student Art Work (8)

Click on the images to enlarge

picture picture picture picture picture
picture picture picture 

Location and Getting there

Our main location is found in Burnaby, British Columbia Canada, with three additonal learning sites in downtown Vancouver.  

Department and information about the department

The Art Institute of Vancouver is one of The Art Institutes (, with 32 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

Animation Art & Design Diploma
Animation Art & Design and Foundation for Design Diploma Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma
Baking & Pastry - Level 1 Certificate
Baking & Pastry - Level 2 Certificate
Culinary Arts, Diploma
Culinary Arts & Restaurant Ownership, Advanced Diploma
Culinary Arts - Level 1 Certificate
Culinary Arts - Level 2 Certificate
Entrepreneurship & Restaurant Ownership Diploma
Sommelier & Wine Studies
Digital Film & Video Diploma
Electronic Music Certificate
Event Planning Certificate
Fashion Marketing & Management Diploma
Fashion Design & Merchandising Diploma
Game Art & Design Diploma
Game Art & Design and Foundation for Design Diploma
Graphic Design Diploma
Graphic Design and Foundation for Design Diploma
Home Furnishings Merchandising Diploma
Hospitality & Restaurant Business Management Diploma
Independent Recording Arts Certificate
I...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

Most faculty members have professional as well as academic experience, and many continue to remain active in their fields. An appropriate mix of full-time and adjunct faculty infuse our competency-based academic curricula with real-world experience, creating an atmosphere that fosters student success.

Our faculty and staff believe students deserve an attractive return on their education investment. Combining traditional studies with career-focused technical training and practicums procedures well-rounded graduates prepared to excel for employers, or to be successful in their own business. An impressive faculty, many of whom are working professionals, strives to strengthen students’ skills and cultivate their talents through well-designed curricula. Programs are carefully defined with the support and contributions of leading members of the professional community. Curricula are reviewed often to ensure they meet the needs of a changing marketplace and qualify graduates for entry-level positions in their chosen fields. A dedicated corps of professionals also provide personal career planning services to students and graduates, cap...  [ Read All ]

News and Events

The Art Institute of Vancouver is pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Walker to the position of Dean, Student Affairs.

A marketing, organizational and human development specialist, Debra has been successful in management roles within the Canadian financial sector, in particular Canada Trust and TD Financial Group. Prior to joining The Art Institute of Vancouver, and her previous role as marketing manager and instructor with a post-graduate international management program in Vancouver, Walker was the Executive Director of the Dominican Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Caribbean and is the Executive Director for BC Fashion Week.

Working with trade missions and internationally focused organizations, Walker worked to deepen trade relations with Canada and was successful in opening new markets and opportunities for Canadian businesses overseas. Including her role as event planner for Prime Minister Chretien’s visit to the region, she has participated in, as well as co-ordinated, numerous diplomatic and trade initiatives.

Through her work as co-founder and Executive Director for BC Fashion Week, she has continue...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

An orientation program is held for all new students. Students are advised of the dates and times of all orientation activities. The purpose of orientation is to ensure that all new students receive the information and support necessary for a smooth transition into The Art Institute community. Orientation and welcoming activities begin the week prior to each quarterly start and extend throughout the first week of the quarter.

Your involvement in all orientation activities can play an important role in achieving success as a student. We strongly encourage your participation.

Information For  International Students

All applicants to The Art Institute of Vancouver regardless of nonimmigrant or Iimmigrant status, must demonstrate that English is their “first” language. Demonstration that English is an applicant’s “first” language can be satisfied if the applicant has earned a diploma from secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction. If English is not the applicant’s “first” language, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard through submission of an official minimum score on the written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its TOEFL computer-based equivalent. The minimum TOEFL scores required for all diploma programs is 480 (157 computer-based).

Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to determine other examinations for which official scores, equivalent to TOEFL, are acceptable as an alterative to TOEFL.

International students must have a valid Study Permit upon entering Canada to be eligible for medical coverage under the BC Medical Services Plan. Individuals with student authorizations for six-months or longe...  [ Read All ]


Our Career Services advisors are committed to each student's success. They are excited about the fields they work in and that excitement reaches students and helps them in their job search. We actively assist students in finding entry-level positions upon graduation.  

Student Facilities

The main location of The Art Institute of Vancouver is in Burnaby at 3264 Beta Avenue. This campus cover s over 54,000 sq. ft. across four separate buildings. The Entertainment Technology Centre (ETC) building encompasses over 21,000 sq.ft. and has two recording studios, a 'mix-to-picture' surround sound studio and an automated music production facility as well as a film soundstage, extensive digital video, effects and animation labs, student lounge and the offices of Career and Student Services. The South Building houses three recording studios, game labs and a lecture theatre while animation classroom and labs can be found in the East Building along with an Acting studio. In the North Building, you can find an Internet broadcast studio, the Academic Resource Centre and the student gallery which exhibits student work 12 months a year.

The two locations in Vancouver are situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The media, design and fashion location at 1090 West Georgia Street occupies the 6th and 7th floors has views of the busy downtown core and the North Shore mountains and is two blocks North of the main fashion centre, R...  [ Read All ]

Student Support

The Student Affairs Department plays an important role in keeping The Art Institute of Vancouver student body positive, informed and entertained. In addition to working with the Resource Centre to bring in new educational materials and address student concerns, the department acts as a liaison between students, Administration, Technical Services and the Education Department to ensure problems are solved and suggestions heard. They develop services such as intramural or pick-up sports and arranges fun activities such as movie nights, barbecues and holiday festivities.

Department staff research local, provincial, national and international festivals, collect and submit student work for The Art Institute of Vancouver Student Gallery and keep students informed of current deadlines. The department also organizes focus groups to find the most efficient means of addressing student and alumni needs.


The Art Institute of Vancouver does not have any accommodations on site, but you can contact the Student Affairs office for housing information in the Vancouver area.

How To Apply

Individuals who are seeking
admission to The Art Institute of Vancouver are required to complete or submit the following:

* Admissions Interview (in person or over the phone) with an Assistant Director of Admissions. The purpose of the interview is to:
--Explore the prospective student's background and interests as they relate to the programs offered at The Art Institute of Vancouver;
--Assist prospective students to identify the appropriate area of study consistent with their previous education, background, and stated or demonstrated interest in our program offerings;
--Provide information concerning curriculum offerings and support services available at The Art Institute.

* The student has successfully completed high school (Grade 12 or GED 12) or; a mature student of not less than 20 years of age as of the start date of the program and has accurately represented their education, age and other required information to determine they meet the admission criteria to The Art Institute programs.

* A separate Application Form and Enrollment Agreement must be completed and signed by the applicant, as well as parent or ...  [ Read All ]

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)