The Art Institute of Vancouver

The Art Institute of Vancouver


The Art Institute of Vancouver is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of Vancouver offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as non-degree programs for students interested in pursuing career opportunities in creative fields like design, fashion, media arts and culinary, and event management.

A focused education from The Art Institute of Vancouver can help students turn their creative energy into a powerful tool that can make a difference in the world. Students are part of a collaborative and supportive community, where experienced instructors provide the guidance and skills needed to pursue a career in the creative economy. The Art Institute of Vancouver is also an important resource for creative industry leaders who value the opportunity provided students to learn by using professional-grade technology to build a portfolio of work to show potential employers after graduation.



Beautiful, breathtaking Vancouver. Home to 2 million people, this is a West Coast lifestyle city like no other. Nestled snugly in and around the slopes of the snow-capped Coast Mountains in the southwest corner of British Columbia, Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 places in the world to live and voted as one of the top 10 best destinations in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. It's a cosmopolitan and culturally diverse metropolis, a place to enjoy world-class restaurants, art galleries, shopping, events and entertainment. Vancouver supports a thriving theatre community and is home to a number of first-class attractions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Vancouver. With one of the most temperate climates in Canada, the exquisite natural scenery and relaxed outdoor lifestyle are all part of what makes the city so popular. Greater Vancouver offers outdoor activities year-round.

During the summer months, kayaking, hiking, boating, camping, rock-climbing and golfing are all popular recreational pursuits. In the winter months, neighboring ski hills such as Whistler, Cypress, and Blackcomb teem with snowboarders and skiers from around the world. And, of course, hockey fans have plenty to get excited about with the Canucks of the NHL playing their games at Rogers Arena.

Industry-wise, the Greater Vancouver area is considered the production capital of the game industry in North America where companies such as Radical Entertainment and Relic Entertainment call home. The city is the continent's third-largest film and television production center behind Los Angeles and New York. Truly a city for innovative people, Vancouver, British Columbia, is the gem of the Canadian southwest coast. For culinary and hospitality interests, international-caliber restaurants offer students countless opportunities to experience tastes from all corners of the globe.

A little known, but relevant fact for future world-class chefs is that Vancouver boasts more five-diamond hotels than New York or Los Angeles. In fact, Vancouver has the greatest concentration of deluxe-rated hotels per capita in the whole of North America--a fine training ground for the new chefs of the world. The Art Institute of Vancouver is centrally situated for all these activities and is well serviced by public transport to the downtown core.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Vancouver
2665 Renfrew Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7
PHONE: 1.604.683.9200 or 1.866.717.8080
FAX: 1.604.684.8839


Advertising Bachelor of Arts
Advanced Graphic Design Diploma
Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Arts
Graphic Design & Foundation for Design Bachelor of Applied Design/Diploma
Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Design/Diploma
Media Arts
Animation Art & Design Diploma
3D Modeling for Animation & Games Diploma
Digital Film & Video  Diploma
Digital Photography Diploma
Game Art & Design Diploma
Game Programming Bachelor of Science
Professional Recording Arts Diploma
Professional Recording Arts (LIPA) Diploma
VFX for Film & Television Diploma
Visual & Game Programming Diploma
Fashion Design Diploma
Fashion Marketing Diploma
Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma
Baking & Pastry Arts Level 1 Certificate
Baking & Pastry Arts Level 2 Certificate
Culinary Arts Diploma
Culinary Arts & Restaurant Ownership Advanced Diploma
Culinary Arts Level 1 Certificate
Culinary Arts Level 2 Certificate
Entrepreneurship & Restaurant Management Diploma
Event Management Diploma
Hospitality & Restaurant Business Management Diploma
Acting 1 Certificate
Acting 2 Certificate
Acting 3 Certificate
Acting 4 Certificate
Acting 5 Certificate

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Vancouver provides a learning environment with professional-grade technology applicable to each student's course of study. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work that shows potential employers that they are trained to use the software, hardware, or equipment used within the industry. Depending upon the course of study, students are immersed in a creative environment—from classrooms to computer labs to studios—focused on relevant, hands-on education designed to prepare them for the real world. 


Actual tuition and housing costs will vary depending on program, number of credits enrolled, and living arrangements. Prospective students should contact a Student Financial Services professional at the school for details. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Students who require financial assistance should first complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and meet with a financial aid officer. Students may also apply for a number of scholarships focusing on their specific areas of career interest. 


Faculty members are hands-on creative professionals with proven experience as business leaders and innovators, hosting a learning environment similar to the career world students will face after graduation. Part instructor, part mentor, their mission is to help develop and transform creative potential into marketable skills. Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Admission Requirements

Interested students should please refer to the current academic catalog for full details regarding admission requirements and process. 

Application and Information

To obtain an application, make arrangements for an interview, or tour the school, prospective students should contact:

The Art Institute of Vancouver
2665 Renfrew Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7
PHONE: 1.604.683.9200 or 1.866.717.8080
FAX: 1.604.684.8839

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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is