Undergraduate student Xiao Xue in a studio workshop

A creative environment

Our program is interdisciplinary by nature, encouraging students to become well-rounded and flexible artists. We offer instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, extended media and video art.

Undergraduate studies
Tlehpik Hjalmer Wenstob standing with his Indigenous art installation on the law of the BC Legislature Buildings

Bring creativity to life

Recent MFA student Tlehpik Hjalmer Wenstob (Nuu-Chah-Nulth) worked with local Indigenous youth to create temporary longhouses on the front lawn of the BC Legislature Buildings, the site of a historic Lekwungen village.

Graduate studies
Female student in a music lab looking at a computer plugged into a sound board

Discover our programs

UVic lets you explore all forms of art, from painting and photography to integrated media and sound. Our programs boast a dynamic and creative academic environment that is home to a faculty of practicing artists.

Undergraduate programs
Alumna Lindsay Delaronde outside with tall grass in the foreground and a blue sky background

Practical experience for a vibrant career

Critical, creative thinking and collaboration are central to our programs and experiential learning is key to our approach. Alumna Lindsay Delaronde was named Victoria’s inaugural Indigenous Artist in Residence.

Career possibilities
Students listening to an instructor in an art classroom while he gestures at a painting

Enhance your degree

You don't need to be a visual arts student to complement your degree with a course from our exciting range of electives designed to broaden your creative experience. 

Male student at a woodworking desk in a workshop

Dedicated spaces

Our purpose-built facilities include galleries, art studios, technology and equipment, wood and metal shops, a photography studio and darkroom, a digital fabrication lab, integrated media studios and more.


Bring your creative vision to life

At UVic, we combine classroom learning and hands-on practice so you can better understand visual arts skills, methods, materials and tools. Through studio time and mentorship, you’ll get to expand your creative practice and find your creative edges—as well as develop the skills to push beyond them.

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Visual Arts

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.