VIU Visual Arts Portfolio Night

Visual Art

VIU Visual Arts Portfolio Night

Visual Arts Portfolio Night

Bring your artwork and learn about the Visual Art program at Vancouver Island University! 

Who: Anyone interested in our program who has examples of artwork to share!

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where:  Nanaimo Campus, Visual Art Building, 325, Room 207

Are you thinking about pursuing a career as a professional artist and exploring a wide range of professional art practices that will improve and expand your work? Join us and learn how your creativity can flourish in VIU’s Visual Art program.

Bring samples of your artwork to Portfolio Night, where you can receive some feedback and get your questions answered in a casual, friendly environment. VIU Visual Arts faculty will be there to offer opinions and feedback on artwork, and provide details about the program.

VIU Visual Art instructors are practicing artists themselves, and provide students with the support, encouragement and guidance that will help get you – and your art – where you want to go.

For more information, contact:

Gregory Ball
Visual Art Instructor and Department Chair
250-753-3245 Ext. 2275

Visual Arts Portfolio Night FAQs

Who should attend this event?

VIU Visual Arts Portfolio Night

Any student or individual who is considering post-secondary education in art or design is encouraged to attend. Perhaps you are already studying in university or college, and are considering a change in your education path? Bring your portfolio and meet with art and design instructors who will offer feedback on your art and find out more about the programs. You can even bring along your parents, a friend, a teacher or a counsellor.


VIU Visual Arts Portfolio Night

What should I bring to Portfolio Night?

Your portfolio can include any kind of artwork. These can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. Bring your original artwork but don’t worry about matting or framing your art. Also, feel free to bring your tablet or laptop to show your on-line work as we have access to Wi-Fi in the art building.

How do I get to the Portfolio Night Location?

We are located at the Nanaimo campus 900 Fifth Street in building 325 upstairs in room 207.

From South of Nanaimo take the island highway North, and ensure you follow the by-pass route marked “Hwy. 19 to Parksville that begins just south of the city ("Nanaimo Parkway" on the map). Stay on the Parkway until you see the sign for Vancouver Island University/5th Street (first traffic light after connecting to the Parkway). Turn right and proceed downhill. Our campus is on the left.

From North of Nanaimo take the Nanaimo Parkway bypass follow the parkway until it climbs up the side of Mt. Benson as it begins to level out, you'll come to the exit for Vancouver Island University via 5th Street. Turn left and proceed down the hill and the campus is on the left.

Make sure you have payment for parking in the designated parking lots.


Will I be able to purchase snacks or food?

Feel free to bring your own snacks and beverage if you wish.


Will I be able to meet with all the instructors at Portfolio Night?

We sure try to meet with each person who attends. We guarantee that you will have the opportunity to meet with at least one instructor. There might be a bit of wait to get feedback from other instructors so keep that in mind. Having two or even three instructors chat with you about your portfolio is worth it. You will have the opportunity to check out the other participants' work too.


Can I reserve a meeting time with school representatives?

Yes, but not at Portfolio Night. You are more than welcome to contact the department Chair Gregory Ball and set up a time to meet. The art department also has three upcoming portfolio interview dates. Check the VIU visual art webpage for more details.


I am coming from out of town. Can you recommend a hotel nearby?

There are many options for accommodations near our campus. Here is are a few if you wish to contact them. The Painted Turtle Guesthouse, Harbour Light Motel, Best Western Dorchester Hotel, and the Coast Bastion Hotel.

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The Visual Art Program offers a broadly-based approach to art-making. Faculty members are practicing artists who are committed to teaching. While providing a sound foundation in visual art practice, we encourage experimentation and positive risk-taking in the expansion of individual expression. In addition to providing an exciting creative environment, we are also dedicated to providing students with the expertise required for careers in Visual Art.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Visual Art: 4 years

The BA Major in Visual Art offers a professional focus on all aspects of studio art, as well as academic classroom experience. This degree emphasizes art-making in a broad range of media with associated techniques, interdisciplinary content and contemporary working methods. Students may pursue a Visual Art Major degree with a wide variety of electives or they may combine this Major with a Minor in another discipline. Both options strengthen employment or postgraduate study opportunities and equip students with technical, critical thinking, visual literacy and career adaptability skills.

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A BA Minor in Visual Art may be combined with a Major or a Minor in another academic discipline and is appropriate for students contemplating a number of professional choices. It is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in Visual Art with an integrated, mixed media approach. It emphasizes the exploration of technical and critical thinking skills and their relationship to contemporary cultural studies.

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The Visual Art Program at VIU also offers a two-year diploma in which students learn a number of technical skills and the visual literacy essential for Visual Art practice. The Visual Art Diploma is comprised of two years of fine arts programming totaling sixty credits. Upon completion, interested students may elect to pursue further studies and obtain a degree in Visual Art.

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