VCAD International


To help students complete their art and design education, VCAD regularly offers scholarships for many of our programs.

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As an international student at VCAD, you will discover how to turn your innate artistic talents into creative skills with the help of industry-experienced instructors. Train in industry-standard labs and facilities, and get the individual attention you need to succeed.


Starting at VCAD is taking the first step toward your creative dream. Our continually evolving applied arts curriculum ensures that our graduates meet the employment requirements of these industries.


With over 35 years of experience in helping students follow their creative passions and talents, we will help you realize your dreams (and attain them!)


For more information, see our International Student Handbook.


Please also see the International Student Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine Guide.


Although our programs will certainly give you the practical knowledge and hands-on training to take your artistry to the professional level, they also focus heavily on giving you the skills and experience to stand out in a competitive job market.
Whichever program you choose, you will receive extensive training on the tools, software, and techniques used in your industry. You will also develop a professional portfolio that shows employers you have the talent and vision they seek.

Your VCAD program prepares you for an exciting career in art and design and will get you there faster by eliminating irrelevant courses and reducing wait times between academic terms. At VCAD, you can earn your diploma in just 48 to 72 weeks, depending on your program of choice.

VCAD graduates are some of the most employable professionals in creative industries. In 2018, 92% of VCAD graduates were employed directly in their field upon graduation from their respective programs. From Vancouver, Fashion Week to Christian Dior, Gener8 to Rainmaker Entertainment, and Crate & Barrel to Anthropologie, our grads have been featured or employed by several top companies and organizations.


Applications, Visas & Permits

Visual College of Art and Design is an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Designated Learning Institution. International students need a valid study permit to attend the Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver. Getting a study permit can take several months, so be sure to begin the process as soon as you accept your offer of admission.

To apply for a study permit on or after June 1, 2014, you will need to include the Designated Learning Institution number (DLI #), which is the number that begins with the letter “O” on your application form. Once your registration is complete, you will receive information on this process in the acceptance letter.

Our DLI# is O19395299664, registered in Burnaby, British Columbia, under the legal business name Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc.
For more information about the DLI, please visit

For information about country-specific visa applications, study/work permits, visa extensions, and more, please choose one of the links below from the Government of Canada’s website:

Applications, Visas & Permits

Please check each program description for specific entrance requirements:
For most programs, we accept

  • High school graduation, equivalent, or mature student status (19 years+).
  • Pass the college’s admissions test.


We may require the following documents for enrolment purposes. For detailed info, please inquire at our international admissions department

  • Photocopy of a valid passport
  • Copy of your high school or post-secondary transcript (if available)
  • Photocopy of valid study permit (if applicable)
  • Additional prerequisites may exist for some programs.

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