The Yukon School of Visual Arts offers students a rigorous eight-month Foundation Year Program equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Upon completing the Foundation Year Program, SOVA graduates may elect to transfer directly into the second year of a BFA at a number of SOVA- affiliated Canadian art schools. World-renowned faculty, small class sizes, custom designed studio spaces, and a vibrant arts community support our fully- accredited undergraduate level program. An incredibly unique option for your first year of art school, or, as a stand-alone program, a great place to start working as an artist!
Cover photograph provided by Priska Wettstein
SOVA provides students with access to top-of-the-line studio equipment, new media technologies, and world-class instruction. Each one of our students is assigned an individual studio space within an open studio environment, and a personal laptop computer and digital still camera. In addition, our students have access to all SOVA’s facilities and equipment six days per week.
A maximum of 20 students are accepted into this program.
Each year SOVA hosts two Artists-in-Residence who work closely with students on special projects, studio assignments and exhibitions. SOVA’s small class-sizes ensure that students enjoy one-on-one attention from each artist, as well as the opportunity to interact with them at receptions, performances and other social events.
Maureen Gruben was SOVA’s Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence.
SOVA has transfer agreements with art schools across Canada including Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, BC), OCAD University (Toronto, ON), Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB), NSCAD University (Halifax, NS), and the Alberta College of Art + Design (Calgary, AB). These agreements make it easier for students to transfer directly into the second year of a BFA at our partner schools once they have successfully completed their first year at SOVA. Students can then carry on to complete a degree in their chosen field of specialization while having added unique northern influences to their artistic practice.
Throughout the year, SOVA students are taken on trips to regional sites of historical and cultural importance with guidance and interpretation from local experts from the arts and culture community and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
Our partnership with the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture provides opportunities for SOVA students to get to know many visiting contemporary artists through the Macauley House Residency Program, ODD Gallery exhibitions, classroom visits and artist talks.