The Institute has three campuses: Burnaby, Renfrew, and the International Culinary Institute. The Burnaby campus is around 54,000 square feet across four separate buildings. It has the Entertainment Technology Centre, automated music production facility, film soundstage, a “mix-to-picture” surround studio, student lounge, offices of the Career and Student Services, and effects & animation labs. The South Building contains a lecture theatre, game labs, three recording studios, an animation classroom. In the East building, there is an Acting studio, while the Internet broadcast studio, student gallery, and Academic Resource Centre can be found in the North Building.
Renfrew is a new, all-purpose building, which is located next to the Renfrew SkyTrain Station. Encompassing 80,000 feet, this is where design, fashion, and media courses are taught. Aside from the interior design sample rooms, student galleries, art rooms, technology labs, and classrooms, there are also beautiful lounges, large glass windows, skylights, and mezzanine views that complement the whole academic setting.
The International Culinary Schools is connected to the Pacific Centre Mall, and has lecture facilities, administration, and three fully-equipped industrial kitchens on the third floor. The ground floor houses the Culinaria, a 40-seat bistro-style restaurant supervised by students who serve dishes during lunch. Students who want to live near the campus can become a part of the Student Housing community. It contracts a local apartment or townhouse complex situated in Burnaby to give students the opportunity to live conveniently near the campus. The Maple Place Towers consists of two apartment towers and a townhouse complex. It is around 25 years old, and both towers are rented to the public as well as the students of the Art Institute of Vancouver. The available units include 1 bedroom for 2 students and 2 bedrooms for 4 students. All the units are fully-furnished, with kitchen appliances, and its amenities include: Outdoor pool (open from May to Sept); activity room; Patio/balcony; secure front door access and parking available; large, communal laundry room available to all residents; garbage and recycling facilities; and attractive park-like setting.
Some of the student services that the Institute offers it students include the following: STUDENT HOUSING; PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION (Public Transit, Cycling, Parking-Culinary Campus, Parking-Renfrew Campus, Parking-Burnaby Campus, On-Campus Student Parking Pool, Off-Campus Student Parking Pool); DISABILITY SERVICES; STUDENT RESOURCES (Academic Advising, the Library, a campus map, and contact information for all of the departments at the school); ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES (student volunteers and clubs); COUNSELLING SERVICES (The Student Assistance Program provides support for individuals with concerns such as: anxiety, stress depression, anger management, time management, procrastination, drug or alcohol abuse, abusive relationships, home life-school-work balance, new parent transition coaching, help with budget and credit card debt and much more); STUDENT HEALTH PLAN; INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS; and STUDENT SITE.
The Institute offers programs in the following broad areas: Culinary, Design, Event Management, Fashion, Media Arts, and Continuing Education.
Every year, the Art Institutes give national scholarships to high school seniors who show exemplary commitment and performance in their education. Students can contact the Institute for more details regarding these scholarships.
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