Career possibilities

Artist and alumnus Mike McLean standing in front of a wall filled with photographs

Alumnus Mike McLean’s work references photography’s origins while challenging the predominant digital modes of image production today.

Artist and alumna Marla Hlady in her studio with her sculpture on the floor

Alumna Marla Hlady is a celebrated sound artist and kinetic sculptor. Photo: Miguel Jacob.

Artist and alumnus Kim Adams standing in front of his sculpture featuring a Volkswagen.

Alumnus Kim Adams is considered one of Canada's leading contemporary sculptors. Photo: Henry Feather.

What can I do with a degree in visual arts?

The skills learned in visual arts are highly transferrable, well beyond the artistic community. An education with us will provide you with essential tools for today’s rapidly changing and increasingly visual world.

In visual arts, you learn how to go from creating a concept to making a finished product. Critical, creative thinking and collaboration are central to our programs and experiential learning is key to our approach.

Career options for visual art graduates

  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Art director
  • Artist
  • Arts administration
  • Conservator
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Curator
  • Events coordinator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Film production
  • Modeller
  • Photo/videographer
  • Storyboard artist
  • Teacher/instructor
  • UI/UX designer
  • Web designer
  • Writer/publisher

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Meet our BFA alumni (or our MFA alumni)

Xiao Xue

BMO 1st! Art Invitational national winner

Xiao makes navigational apparatuses that investigate the space between actions and consequences with the aim of shortening the distance between the two. Born in the 1400-year-old city of Urumqi, China, Xiao was the national winner of the 2017 BMO 1st! Art Invitational Student Art Competition for her walking camper sculpture. Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, she aims to slow down the overwhelming societal acceleration by negotiating autonomous rights with artificial bodily extensions.

BFA - 2017

Dani Proteau

Media Resources Technician
Emily Carr University

Originally from a small town in the Okanagan, Danielle moved to Victoria to study visual arts at UVic. Following graduation, she spent a year traveling and documenting her experience through photography. Now based in Vancouver, her independent practice focuses on sound and installation art.

BFA - 2012

Maegan Rose  Mehler

Artist Studios, Toronto

A painter and sculptor, Maegan is interested in the complexities of relationships and the politics of the face—an open term for the affective potential of paintings in their address with the viewer. Whether abstract or representational, her work is a constellation of playful attempts at mimicking the complexities, awkwardness and humour inherent in everyday encounters. The 2011 BC winner of the 2011 BMO 1st! Art Invitational Student Art Competition, Maegen recently earned her MFA from the University of Guelph.

BFA - 2011

Emily Grav

Owner & Director
The Paint Box School of Art, Victoria BC

After graduating from UVic, Emily gained extensive experience teaching art and ESL by directing children’s art camps and spending two years living in Taiwan. In September 2008, Emily was inspired to combine her education and experience with an entrepreneurial spirit and opened The Paint Box School of Art in Victoria’s Fernwood neighbourhood so she could continue to teach art to kids, teens and adults. Read more...

BFA (Honours) - 2005

Gareth Gaudin

Legends Comics & Books, Victoria BC

In addition to a two-year term as Artist-in-Residence at the Royal BC Museum, Gareth has been teaching art classes in Victoria for almost 20 years at the likes of the YM/YWCA, the Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria, Story Studio, the Robert Bateman Centre and his own Back Room Studio at Victoria’s iconic Legends Comics & Books. Gareth has published more than 200 comic books and graphic novels featuring his own work. Read more...

BFA - 2003

Emrys Damon Miller

Founder & Director
Rocketday Arts

Emrys is the award-winning director of Victoria graphic design studio Rocketday Arts, which focuses exclusively on projects which aim to build a healthier planet by directly addressing global issues like over-consumption, ecological health, poor education, war, and spiritual and cultural health. His clients include the likes of the Sierra Club, Google, ForestEthics, BC Parks, New York State University, UVic, and Skeptic magazine. He's also the president of the Vancouver Island chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

BFA - 1997

Brigid Skelton

Art teacher
School District 63

Brigid is a passionate believer in lifelong learning, especially through the arts. She strongly believes that creative expression and arts experiences not only enhance learning but build confidence and offer the chance to make a positive impact in the world. Hailing from one of Victoria’s most famous arts families, she works in painting, stained-glass, mosaic and digital media, among others. She taught with Victoria’s artsREACH non-profit for a decade and now teaches at Claremont High School.

BFA - 1989