Josie Greenhill in the UVic Library
With the hands-on experience, I have gained as a co-op student, I have given myself a better chance of succeeding in this field, not to mention get a preview of the day-to-day in various museum roles.” Josie Greenhill in her co-op placement as a Curatorial Assistant at the UVic Legacy Art Galleries.

It's no surprise that UVic's extremely popular Co-operative Education Program is one of our students' favourite features. The program connects students with paid, relevant work experience in their field of interest.

To help our students get a better understanding of the cultural sector, we offer a number of co-op placements each year, working for dozens of businesses and organizations like these:

  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Canada Wide Media
  • Harbour Publishing
  • Legacy Art Galleries
  • Parks Canada
  • Disney World
  • Caitlin Press
  • Theatre SKAM
  • Various BC government ministries
  • Indigenous Perspectives Society
  • Goesling Gallery
  • Western Living Magazine
  • Glacier Media
  • Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
  • Open Space
  • Mission Museum
  • Osoyoos Museum
  • UVic Archives
  • Pender Island Community Hall

Critical and creative thinking

But even if you don’t wind up working in the cultural sector, a fine arts education will provide you with essential tools for today’s rapidly changing world. Critical and creative thinking are central to our programs, as are critiquing and collaboration, and experiential learning is key to our approach. In Fine Arts, you learn by doing.

Whatever your career path, UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts will inspire and prepare you for life and leadership in the 21st century.

The business of the arts

Our teaching faculty is made up of working professionals who well know the realities of the arts world. As such, we offer specific courses like The Business of Writing and The Business of Music that are geared towards preparing students for careers in those sectors. And our entire Department of Theatre is focused on a comprehensive approach that allows theatre artists to succeed in various areas of the theatre world, be they artists, technicians, teachers or scholars.

Fine Arts Co-op coordinator

If you’re interested in learning more about our co-op program, please contact Joy Andrews:

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Co-op students alternate academic terms with work terms and graduate with up to one year of practical work experience, giving them a network of valuable contacts and the skills to find a job that makes the best of their degree. Many co-op students find permanent employment with a former co-op employer — and it doesn't get much better than that!

UVic’s Co-op is one of Canada's largest and most diverse co-op programs. Each year, students from more than 40 different programs areas complete more than 2,700 work term placements across Canada and around the world.