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YUKON SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS – FOUNDATION YEAR PROGRAM

Have you ever considered spending a year exploring Visual Arts in the Yukon, on the majestic banks of the Yukon River as it meanders passed the charming and historic town of Dawson City?

Every year, students from across the country make the trek to Dawson City to take the first year of a fine arts degree with other adventurers from near and far. These students come from places like Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Inuvik, Quebec, Victoria, Toronto, Okotoks, Tuktoyaktuk and right here in the Yukon. Given the small classes, our alumni are delighted to tell you that many of these folks from across the country will become lifelong friends.

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) offers a unique foundation-year visual arts program in Dawson City. This fully accredited undergraduate level program is supported by a renowned faculty and an accessible well-appointed facility. You will pay very reasonable tuition fees for a once-in-a-lifetime art education in the Yukon. Start your adventure now and apply today!

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR STUDIES IN FALL 2018: JUNE 1st.


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FACILITY

The SOVA Foundation Year program provides students with access to top-of-the-line studio equipment, new media technologies, and world-class instruction. Students are assigned individual studio spaces within an open studio environment and have access to ample storage. A small equipment deposit gets SOVA students a 13” MacBook laptop, a digital still camera, and full access to all SOVA tools and equipment. Foundation Year students are also provided numerous opportunities to exhibit their work in a community accessible gallery and multimedia presentation space, in addition to designated exhibition areas throughout the building. SOVA’s annual Artist in Residence program, as well as other visiting artist initiatives and series, allows students to interact directly with artists, curators and cultural professionals from across Canada and throughout the world. Our close relationship with the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture and the Odd Gallery provides even more opportunity for students to interact with visiting artists.


COURSE OFFERINGS

Within this collaborative learning environment, students progress through three Studio and two Humanities courses in each of the two terms (Fall and Winter). Studio and Humanities courses are presented in consecutive thematic units, which allow for the progressive development of fundamental skills and techniques, while addressing concepts and theories relevant to Western European and Aboriginal North American cultural practices. Students immerse themselves in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, as well as global postmodern developments in installation, performance, video and new media. The two Visual Culture-based Humanities courses explore histories of visual art as well as critical cultural ideas, and the English-based Humanities courses focus on research methods, creative writing as well as literary analysis. Successful completion of all courses along with a strong portfolio is required to meet the transferability and accreditation requirements of SOVA’s affiliated institutions.


PARTNERSHIPS

Through a unique a partnership between Yukon College, the Dawson City Art Society and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, this distinctive school was founded in Dawson City. Additional partnerships were articulated with Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Ontario, Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, New Brunswick. The Foundation Year program is designed to support, challenge, and substantiate the student’s ability, while providing the knowledge and skills required for successful transfer to the second year of these degree programs.


FOUNDATION YEAR STUDENTS’ FUTURE

After completion of the Foundation Year Program many students stay to enjoy the 24-hour daylight and abundance of summer service industry and tourism work opportunities in the land of the midnight sun. There always seems to be a festival to engage in: The Riverside Arts Festival, the Dawson City Music Fest, the Printmaking and Publishing Festival, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival, the (s)hiver Art Winter Fest. Autumn takes many students to our partner institutions and other schools to continue their education. Some decide to stay in Dawson City and practice their art. Some return after completing their degrees to live and practice art in this vibrant and culturally rich pocket of the Yukon.

For information on the Foundation Year Program at SOVA and how to apply as well as scholarship opportunities, please visit www.yukonsova.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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If you have any questions, please call us at 867-993-6390 or email info@yukonsova.ca.

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