DVSA Programs

11-Week Foundation Studies
In Visual Art


About the

11-Week Foundation Studies in Visual Art Program

This 11-week Foundation Studies in Visual Art program will help to improve one’s skills and knowledge across a wide range of art and design subjects. Each day will be full of new challenges and ideas. Through individual discussions, the objective is to first establish basic principles through specific short projects which will then lead to more in depth research and practice. The aim is to bring a greater awareness to students about what visual art is and how it can reflect their identity. With this, they then can make informed choices for their future endeavours.

The Foundation Studies in Visual Arts is a division of the Advanced Studio in Fine Art at Dundas Valley School of Art. It is directed by John Wilkinson, N.D.D., R.A.S. (Dist).

Please note: The DVSA Advanced Studio program is a full time program and different from our 11 week Foundation Studies in Visual Arts Program.

Learn more about our Advanced Studio here.

Program Dates: April 18th – June 30th, Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 4pm.

Open Studio available Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the facility is open

Location: 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas, ON

Application Deadline:  April 3rd, 2023


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • A 1 – 2 page letter of intent stating your reasons for attending this program, include the skills and information you wish to gain from the program and where you hope this program will lead you in the future. We are looking for enthusiastic students committed to learning and growing as a creative visual artist.

Please submit required documents to advancedstudio@dvsa.ca

All applications will be reviewed, and follow-up interviews will be scheduled for chosen candidates. This will include meeting with the Advanced Studio Director, John Wilkinson, as well as a review of your portfolio.

Cost:  $1,905 + HST

Bursaries/Scholarships are available: We are pleased to also be offering a limited number of scholarships to eligible individuals 18 years of age or older, who are interested in a visual arts education for an intensive 11 week Spring Semester.  A Bursary Application must be completed as a part of your Program Application and can be found using this Bursary/Scholarship link. These unique scholarships will provide individuals facing financial barriers the opportunity to apply for this free, full-time intensive experience to build the necessary knowledge and skills to identify their true vocation and to make informed decisions regarding their future in the visual arts.


We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us during regular business hours.

Advanced Studio Director John Wilkinson: advancedstudio@dvsa.ca or by calling 905-628-6357, ext. 227

Kathron Hann, Executive Director: kathronh@dvsa.ca or by calling 905-628-6357, ext. 228.