Certificate of Visual Arts

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (YSOVA) offers a rigorous eight-month Foundation Year Program in the subarctic community of Dawson City, Yukon, situated on the Traditional Territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations people. World-renowned faculty, small class sizes, custom-designed studio spaces, and a vibrant arts community support YSOVA’s Foundation Year Program.


The undergraduate Foundation Year Program is offered in Dawson City, Yukon, through the Yukon School of Visual Arts (YSOVA). The program is accredited at Yukon University and is equivalent to the first year of an arts degree. After graduation, students can complete their BFAs at YSOVA-affiliated art schools across Canada. 

Foundation Year disciplines include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture, installation and performance. English courses are specifically oriented to the visual arts program and focus on how language can be used as part of an artist’s creative and professional development.

The program’s integrated approach to studio and academic practices offers the learner the opportunity to make connections between:

  • art making, art history, art theory and art criticism
  • a variety of materials, techniques and modes of expression
  • practicing art within the specific context and community of Dawson City.

Throughout the year there are scheduled field trips to important Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin heritage sites, visiting artist lectures and workshops, and many opportunities to get involved in the vibrant arts community of Dawson City.

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Program details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionYukon University
Fields of studyFine arts
Tagsvisual artsyukon
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