The schools that make up The Art Institute of Vancouver have a long history of providing quality education to the students of British Columbia. The Institute traces its origins back to 1979 with the Buttertree School of Sound which later became the Center for Digital Imaging and Sound. The school was acquired by The Art Institutes in 2002, and added the famous Dubrulle International Culinary & Hotel Institute of Canada in 2003. In 2017 The Art Institute of Vancouver became a member of the LCI Education network.
LCI Education traces its Canadian origins back to LaSalle College in Montreal, which was founded in 1959. Present today on 5 continents, the LCI Education network consists of 22 select higher education institutions in cities such as Montreal, Barcelona, Melbourne, Jakarta just to name a few.
The Art Institute of Vancouver is designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education of British Columbia and registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Student Services Branch.
Since 2004, The Art Institute of Vancouver has been offering an array of exciting applied arts programs in such diverse fields as Animation, Culinary Arts, Digital Film & Video, Event Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Professional Recording Arts, VFX for Film and Television, Video Game Programming, and Web Design.
In June 2009, the Design and Event Management programs moved into a new purpose-built, two-story structure located at 2665 Renfrew Street, adjacent to the Renfrew SkyTrain station. This conveniently located building features increased library and student lounge spaces, and is specifically built to strict environmental requirements. The Media Arts programs moved to the Renfrew campus in summer 2010, bringing the student space to a total of 80,000 square feet.
In April 2010, The Art Institute of Vancouver received formal approval from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education to offer a Bachelor of Applied Design in Graphic Design degree. This was followed by degrees in Game Programming and Interior Design in 2011. The Institute plans to expand its degree offerings over the next several years.