Visual Arts

Student discussing project in art's studio

World-class instruction in a unique, historic, subarctic community.

Surrounded by the beauty and mystic of Dawson City, Yukon University's Visual Arts certificate offers intimate class settings, integrated approaches to studio and academic practices, and the fundamental skills required to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

COVID-19 and Visual Arts in 2020-2021

The Visual Art program at the Yukon School of Visual Arts will be offered through a blend of online courses and in-person studio courses; social distancing protocols will be in effect during all studio courses. Students should be aware that they may be required to go into self-isolation for a two-week period upon arrival to Dawson City.

Contact the Yukon School of Visual Arts for assistance or for more information about COVID-19-related changes to YSOVA courses.

Program description

The Dawson City Arts Society, Yukon University and Tr’ondek Hwech’in have designed an accredited visual arts program, which offers students the opportunity to learn a variety of traditional and contemporary visual arts disciplines and to study Art History.

This program is offered in Dawson City, Yukon through the Yukon School of Visual Arts (Yukon SOVA). The program is accredited at Yukon University and transferable to Emily Carr University, University of the Fraser Valley, Alberta College of Art and Design, OCAD University and NSCAD University.

With a focus on contemporary international art practices and a visual culture studies approach to art history, this program delivers courses in a holistic environment, recognizing how both intuitive and learned knowledge are used when one engages with and produces art.

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
  • multiplicity of cultures and historic periods
  • a variety of materials, techniques and modes of expression.

This approach encourages students to connect theory to practice, and recognize the relationships between art, their lives and their communities.

Visit the Yukon SOVA website

Admission requirements
  • Grade 12 academic graduation with a minimum of 70% (B) in grade 12 English, submission of a statement of intent, a letter of recommendation, and art portfolio and portfolio assignments

Note: The annual application deadline for the following academic year is June 1.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 8720 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.