Yorkville University Launches Bachelor of Creative Arts Program in Midst of Industry Boom

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February 5, 2021

TORONTO, FEB. 5, 2021 – Ask any leader in the ever-thriving creative industries what it takes to be successful these days, and they’ll tell you it’s all about equal parts passion and drive.

Starting this April, diploma-holding students with arts backgrounds will have a pathway along which to drive their creative passions all the way to career prosperity – and it’s all thanks to Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Creative Arts program.

The newly launched applied undergraduate program – which will be offered both online and on campus at Yorkville University/Toronto Film School’s College-Dundas Campus – will give graduates an edge up in an entertainment industry that continues to flourish despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yorkville University’s five-term Bachelor of Creative Arts program will not only arm students with the bachelor-level credential and the advanced skills necessary to forge their own opportunities, but it will do so in as few as 15 months, allowing them take advantage of the current boom in the creative industries as quickly as possible.

Regardless of their background – be it in film and television, music, dance, video games, theatre, writing, interior design, fine art, photography, graphic design, or fashion design – the Bachelor of Creative Arts will elevate and build upon the creative practical skills its students have already mastered in their diploma studies.

From fundraising and budget planning, to research and critical assessment, to the importance of ethical collaboration and personal accountability – Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Creative Arts will advance the careers of students by instilling in them the leadership and critical thinking they’ll need to succeed in the cultural context of the creative arts. 

Quotes:

“The great thing about the Bachelor of Creative Arts program is that it’s going to build on the foundation that students already have – what they’ve already learned in the classroom, what they’ve already experienced on set, and in their experiences creating their own portfolio of work. They will be getting trained by industry experts who will be there to guide them along the way, who will speak from experience and who will give them the head start they need to build a career in this business.” 

– Andrew Barnsley, CEO of Project 10 Productions, Emmy-winning Executive Producer of CBC’s Schitt’s Creek, and Executive Producer in Residence at Toronto Film School

“All told, it’s meant to be leadership, entrepreneurship, management and project management training for artists – with the unique slant that it’s for students in the creative industries. We want them to be able to go into a production company or video game company after graduation and be able to work on projects right away, know the lingo, know how teams work, know what a timeline looks like, and know the corporate realities of working on projects. We want them to be able set up their own production company and know how to do their own research, how to finance projects, what the realities are for financing creative projects in terms of grants and tax credits and some private financing in certain cases. We want them to be able to actually have these careers that they’re trained for after their diplomas.”

– Adam Till, Director of the Bachelor of Creative Arts program

About Yorkville University

Yorkville University offers flexible, rigorous and career-focused degrees on campus and online to people of all paths in life in Canada. Founded in 2004, Yorkville University currently has more than 6,000 students across three campuses in Vancouver, Toronto and Fredericton, and equips graduates with the professional knowledge, skills and designation prerequisites that employers value. www.yorkvilleu.ca

For more information

Contact Erin Hatfield, Director of Communications, at 416-700-2569 or [email protected]