DVSA Programs

11-Week Residency Studies
In Visual Art


About the

11-Week Residency Studies in Visual Art Program

This program is a course for those who are seriously committed to a contemporary art practice whose aim is to express their distinct artistic identity.

The Residency 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.

Scholarships: We are pleased to be able to offer free studio space to a limited number of fine art university graduates for the Spring Semester. This intensive experience, combined with constant tutorial support, would particularly suit those looking to prepare for MFA applications. Since its establishment in 1985, DVSA’s Advanced Studio has offered graduates of college or university programs additional opportunities for self-directed independent study. Many have gone on to MFA programs in Canada, the USA and Europe and then national and international careers. For additional information on our Advanced Studio programs, please visit our website.

Program Dates: April 18th – June 30th, Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 4pm, Open Studio available Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the facility is open

Application Deadline:  April 3rd, 2023

Location: 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas, ON


  • Graduate of a fine arts degree programs
  • A 1 – 2 page statement of intent that will accompany 20 images of your most recent work. This statement will become the basis for an ongoing use of a journal as well as ongoing daily dialogue around your work. Along with the constant use of reference sources, you will be encouraged and provided with the necessary support to strengthen your self-direction in fulfilling your expectations.

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.


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.