Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)
Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B1G0 Canada (867) 993-6390 https://yukonsova.net/
The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) is Canada’s most northerly post-secondary fine arts school, and it receives its accreditation through the Applied Arts Division of Yukon College. SOVA is located within the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City, Yukon Canada. SOVA offers a Foundation Year Program, which is the equivalent of the first year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The school offers an experimental, integrated curriculum that is studio-based with liberal arts courses. Successful students continue their degrees at their choice of four partnering art schools across Canada, including the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.
YSOVA is a partnership between the Dawson City Arts Society (KIAC), Yukon College and Tr’ondek Hwech’in. Each founding organisation has equal representation on the governing council. Yukon School of Visual Arts changed its name from KIAC School of Visual Arts (KIAC SOVA) in the fall of 2010 to distinguish itself from the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture.
The curriculum includes studio classes in 2D, 3D, and 4D (new media), as well as liberal arts classes in English and Visual Culture Studies. The design of the curriculum and the intimacy of the school creates an integrated curriculum with themes and issues crossing over from course to course.
The school is located in a 7,800-square-foot (720 m2) historic building in downtown Dawson City. This two-story structure was custom designed specifically for the needs of the foundation year program with studio facilities, a lecture room, a media lab, indoor/outdoor common areas, woodshop, a library and digital resource centre, a student gallery and an art supplies store. Laptop computers and a digital still camera are assigned to each student for use in both their academic and studio coursework, and wireless internet is available throughout the facility.
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