Newest Art and Design College Encourages Students to Follow Their Passion
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
British Columbia's newest center for Applied Arts education is
preparing to open its doors this spring. And while they put the
finishing touches on the new campus, staff and faculty at the Visual
College of Art and Design are quite eager to give the public a sneak
peek at what they've got in store.
"Vancouver's design community - from fashion to graphic design to
video games - is growing stronger," says VCAD Vice-President of
Admissions Larry Heinzlmeir. "The next generation of designers needs to
be nurtured in a stimulating and creative atmosphere from people who are
as passionate about design as they are. This is where we come in."
VCAD may be new to Vancouver, but the college is well known on
Vancouver Island. For over 35 years, the Victoria College of Art and
Design has taught artists and imaginative people to follow their
passions down the creative path. VCAD's Fine Arts diploma program is
highly-regarded for providing a well-rounded arts education in an
environment that emphasizes creativity and individuality.
Instead of Fine Arts programs, curriculum at VCAD will focus on
career-based training in the Applied Arts. Students will follow
results-oriented curriculum that combines theoretical learning with
hands-on training. As such, the campus will be the city's newest hub for
students of Graphic Design and Interior Design. While the Fashion
Design and Marketing & Merchandising for Fashion diploma programs
will prepare graduates for careers in BC's burgeoning fashion industry.
The 3D Modeling, Animation Art and Design program will prepare grads to
meet the demands of the ever-evolving video gaming and visual effects
In addition, VCAD students will learn from instructors who not only
share the commitment, desire and passion for art and design, but are
also industry-experienced professionals. By the end of their programs,
graduates will have built a professional portfolio that displays their
creative flair and shows that they possess the skills, talents and
vision that employers are looking for.
The public are invited to attend the Open House and Information Session on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Sign-in for this event is 5:30 PM sharp
This is a chance to tour the new campus and learn more about the
school. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions about the
programs, learning outcomes and potential career options available to
art and design graduates. Admissions representatives will be available
to discuss educational options.
VCAD is also awarding up to $150, 000 in scholarships to high school seniors this year
! These awards will include up to one full-tuition, four half-tuition scholarships and up to 50 partial-tuitions.
Classes are now forming for the spring session at the VCAD campus at
1111 Melville Street in Vancouver. For more information about VCAD or
to RSVP for the Open House, call 604.694.0019 or visit online at www.vcad.ca