PASC sessions: September to April; AIR sessions: May to Augu
Paid by host 

PASC provides: 24-hour access to a semi-private studio together with five other artists;
access to an individual advisor, group critiques and other meetings; participation in
multiple exhibitions; written critical feedback from individual advisors and program
coordinator; access to visiting artist lectures and guest critiques; participation in one TSA
course per term; access to digital lab and software; program certificate upon successful

AIR provides: 24-hour access to a semi-private studio together with five other artists; the
opportunity to work uninterrupted in a downtown Toronto studio; critiques from two TSA
faculty and guest artists - including one workshop; acccess to visiting artist lectures;
access to digital lab and software; group meetings; access to a one-week intensive
course at TSA.

Paid by artist 

PASC tuition fee: $4,600* | International student fee: $6,300*
Students maybe eligible for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) funding. Other
granting programs may apply; students are encouraged to explore these options
AIR tuition fee:
4 weeks: $850 | International: $1,000 | both plus course material fees.
-13 weeks: $2,500 | International: $3,000 | both plus course material fees.

Application guidelines 

PASC is designed for graduates of a BFA or visual arts program.
AIR is designed for practicing professional artists who have completed their formal training.
All art disciplines will be considered for both programs, including digital and video work.

To apply, please submit the following:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in either the PASC or AIR program
- Artist statement (maximum 250 words)
- C.V.
- Two letters of recommendation
- CD with 10 digital images (res. 72 dpi, max. of 1024 x 768 pixel)
- Video submissions are maximum of 10 minutes burnt to a DVD
- Label each image with a number and a title (01InitialsTitle.jpg - 10InitialsTitle.jpg) including a separate corresponding image list
- Photocopy of government-issued photo identification (passport, citizenship card or driver's license) - PASC Applicants ONLY
- School Transcripts - PASC Applicants ONLY
- $50.00 non-refundable fee - Canadian funds ONLY
Please send to:
Curriculum Coordinator
Toronto School of Art
410 Adelaide St. West, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 1S8


Ongoing. Spaces are limited, please apply early. All AIR applicants must indicat

Toronto School of Art

Toronto School of Art


In response to the need for a stronger support network for emerging artists, TSA launched the Professional Art Studio Certificate (PASC), formerly known as Independent Studio Program (ISP) in 1997. The eight-month program is intended for up-and-coming graduates of a visual arts program or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Working one-on-one with an artist-advisor, participants focus on their artistic practice and develop the practical career skills required for either a professional career in the arts or entrance into an MFA. Professional Art Studio Certificate (PASC) The program's structure consists of regular studio visits by a mentor, selected by the student from the TSA's faculty, and a program advisor. Group meetings between all the PASC participants and the PASC coordinator occur on a bi-weekly basis. The advisor provides critical feedback, technical support and acts as a liaison with the city's art community. These group meetings create a forum for peer support and discussion of professional practices and career skills. Benefits include students being able to choose one of over seventy courses offered in the Fall/Winter terms, as well as participation in special group projects, guest artist lectures, two open-house exhibitions and more. Artist-in-Residency (AIR) - Spring or Summer The Toronto School of Art offers a 4 week or 13 week spring and/or summer residency program. Offered from May to August, the program is designed for practicing professional artists who have completed their formal training. Admissions to the residency are based on an application review by a TSA faculty committee.

Accommodation Information 

No accommodations are provided, however TSA can make recommendations of
affordable places in the vicinity.

Studio Information 

24 hour access to a semi-private studio shared with five other artists

410 Adelaide St. West, 3rd floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1S8, ON M5V 1S8
416 504 7910

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