Study in one of the best facilities in BC. NIC’s studios are outfitted with up-to-date equipment and technology and many of the instructors maintain national and international practices. Trees, mountains and beautiful natural settings surround the Comox Valley campus and outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking are easily accessible as you learn to define who you are as an artist.
Beginning with fundamentals, for studio-based practice, you will build a comprehensive knowledge of materials, theory and exhibition for a contemporary visual culture. You will learn creative and critical thinking, as well as the hands-on techniques and skills necessary for artistic expression.
At NIC, you will have many opportunities to diversify your talents and explore a variety of mediums such as ceramics, printmaking, photography, sculpture, digital media, drawing and painting. Through a study of art history, you will explore the evolution of visual culture. NIC’s creative environment will motivate you to experiment, explore and discover new methods of personal expression. You will be challenged to see the world around you from different perspectives and interpret those experiences originally and creatively.
If you are interested in taking a fine arts course, but do not wanting to apply to the fine arts program, there are often spaces available. Although course spaces are first allocated to program registrants, university studies program students are welcome to select fine arts courses and do not need to submit a portfolio of works to do so. Community members can also sign up to enjoy a fine arts course by registering as a part-time university studies student. For more information, contact an NIC educational advisor.
To Be Successful
Fine arts and design students at NIC are dedicated as well as creative. Course work is intense and requires focused effort and commitment.
If you are in the program full time, you will be in class for 22 hours per week with homework and extra studio time requiring almost that amount of time again. You will be challenged to see the world around you from different perspectives and are invited to interpret those experiences originally and creatively.
We encourage you to do much more than simply complete assignments. There is an expectation that you will push the limits and bring more to your assignments than is being asked of you.
After graduation, you will have conceptual and technical knowledge to apply your skills in a wide range of employment opportunities in the knowledge-based creative economy. You will have a strong contextual understanding of the visual arts across multiple disciplines to successfully pursue a career in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, curating, art education, art therapy, community arts programming, industrial design, exhibit design, fashion, interior design, illustration, theatre, set design, video, film and more.
Transfer and Pathways
Read more about the Transfer and Pathways agreements to Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts), Emily Carr University of Art + Design, University of Victoria (UVIC), Vancouver Island University (VIU)