Are you an Indigenous person interested in further developing your skills in creative writing or visual arts in an Indigenous context? Explore this unique certificate program offered in partnership with the En’owkin International School of Writing and Fine Arts in Penticton, BC. This partnership provides accreditation through affilation with the University of Victoria (UVic) Department of Continuing Education. This unique program exists within the learning environment of an Indigenous cultural community. The program promotes diverse Indigenous pedagogies while connecting learners to a larger fine arts network.
Who is this program for? The FIFA program is designed primarily for mature Indigenous students who wish to develop specialized skills in creative writing and/or visual arts in an Indigenous context.
Learners may complete the program on a full-time basis with part-time learning options available. Learners are encouraged to complete the 13.5 units of course work for certificate completion which can ladder into a learning pathway towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
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Many former En'owkin fine arts students have become highy successful professional artists, authors, actors and educators. Graduates receive a "Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts Certificate", awarded jointly by the En'owkin Centre and the University of Victoria Division of Continuing Studies. The Indigenous Fine Arts Program exists to develop Indigenous writers and artists, and continues the longstanding partnership with the University of Victoria.
Creative Writing courses focus on contemporary creative writing forms. Indigenous worldview is explored in traditional and contemporary oratory, storytelling, and performance arts.
The Visual Arts courses nurture and develop visual expression in various disciplines, including painting, sculpture, and installation art, by actively engaging learners in projects, presentations, and exhibits.
For More Information Contact:
Academic Programs Manager: Suzanne Johnson, MSc.
Phone: (250) 493-7181 Ext. 202