Visual + Digital Arts

With access to a wide range of facilities and faculty, professional artists in visual and digital arts disciplines, including curatorial and critical studies, have the opportunity to explore, expand and develop their practice through interaction, creation, and research. 

Credit: Heather & Ivan Morison Sleepers Awake (2011). Lead faculty: Blueprint for Happiness

Visual + Digital Arts

Visual + Digital Arts programs focus on professional and artistic development, research, and creative production in digital and visual arts. Our programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, video, and digital media, as well as supporting curatorial and critical studies. Residencies are for professional artists, curators, and arts researchers with an exhibition/publication record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

Creative Residencies and Practicums

Creative Residencies are unique programs in which to explore, expand, and develop your artistic practice. Artistic and intellectual growth are facilitated through interaction with a dedicated peer group, lectures, mentorship and feedback, and access to the tools, facilities, and support needed to nurture the creative process. Residencies offer the luxury of time and space for artists to create new work, research innovative ideas, and experiment with different techniques and modes of production. Defined as Thematic or Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR), Creative Residencies attract artists, curators, and other arts professionals who are engaged with exploring innovative art and ideas.

Thematic Residencies

Thematic Residencies are structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are brought together to research a specific theme. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work. Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24-hours a day, as well as use of Visual + Digital Arts facilities.

Program structure and benefits:

  • Fees vary according to programs
  • Individual studio with 24-hour access
  • Access to Visual Arts facilities
  • On-campus meals and accommodations
  • Scholarships of up to 50% of the program fee available

Banff Artist In Residence (BAIR)

Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) programs are independent residencies where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore new directions in the production of their work. Participants are provided with an individual studio accessible 24-hours a day, as well as access to Visual + Digital Arts facilities. BAiR program provide short and long-term opportunities to work at a remove from the constraints of everyday life.

Program structure and benefits:

  • Studio fee, weekly accommodation rates
  • Individual studio with 24-hour access
  • Access to Visual Arts facilities (subject to additional fees)
  • On-campus meals and accommodations
  • Participants are encouraged to seek external funding opportunities
  • Flexible dates and length of stay (minimum 12 days)

Practicum Programs

Visual + Digital Arts offers Practicum programs in visual arts studio, curatorial practice, arts administration and research, and gallery installation. These programs are intense experiential learning opportunities that marry practical training in the arts with hands-on, real world experiences through assisting staff in the delivery of Visual + Digital Arts and Walter Phillips Gallery programs.

Practicum programs are ideal for recent graduates (undergraduate or graduate) wishing to gain professional experience within an institutional context. Decision-making and problem-solving skills, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills are valuable components of the program. In addition, participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal artistic research activities. These programs require a full-time one year commitment and independent thinking.