Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)/ Yuhke Zho is a post-secondary art school located culturally vibrant community of Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Dawson City is situated within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, who have lived and travelled in a large area of the Yukon River valley for millennia. The fundamentally different relationships with the land for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and settler populations, brought together by the iconic Gold Rush at the turn of the last century, continue to shape the cultural landscape today.
SOVA 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.
SOVA is part of the Applied Arts Division of Yukon College, and receives its academic accreditation through the College.
Studio courses meet twice a week for three-hour classes and include mid-year and year-end exhibition assignments.
Each student is assigned an area in the 2D studio and provided with a stool, easel and tool chest.
2D Studio 101: Principles and Practices of Drawing
2D Studio 102: Collage and Painting
3D Studio 101: Exploring Sculptural Forms
3D Studio 102: Sculptural Space and Environments
Our English courses are specifically catered to our visual arts program and focus on how language can be used as part of an artist’s creative and professional development.
English 120: Reading, Writing and Creating
English 121: words as material
Visual Studies 101: Historical Context
Visual Studies 102: Critical Ideas and Contemporary Issues
INTERMEDIA & PERFORMANCE
In the fourth dimensional lab, students extend their 4D visual practices and refine their techniques and processes of documentation. Narrative, poetic, and abstract modes of expression are explored through experiments in time-based media – such as video and sound art.