How to Apply

Quest University Canada invites applications for its artist-in-residence program, open to artists in any discipline, including, but not limited to, visual art, dramatic art, creative writing, dance and music. The artists in residence offer courses in their craft and in the creative process, and provide students with opportunities to develop creative and artistic skills. Additionally, the artists share their own work with the University and surrounding community through installations, exhibitions, or events.

Resident artists normally come to Quest for either 6 weeks or 12 weeks between September and April, teaching one or two courses respectively. The remainder of the time is dedicated to the support and practice of both the artists’ and students’ work, which may include open studio sessions, performance/exhibition of artist’s work, and other activities. We offer visiting tutor status, accommodation, and compensation for the entire residence period. We will attempt to accommodate the specific needs of your artistic genre within the constraints of our limited resources.

Quest is located in scenic Squamish, BC, approximately one hour from Vancouver. All Quest classes are limited to a maximum of 20 students, and take place on the “block plan,” wherein students take one course at a time over three and a half weeks, meeting a minimum of three hours a day. We therefore welcome artists who are keen on working intensely with students with wide-ranging academic interests.

Prospective applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of artistic and teaching philosophies, including a description of potential courses, and digital files or links to recent artistic work to: Please include a preference of one or two courses, as well as possible available dates (the Block calendar can be found at: Academic Term Schedule). Preference is given to artists who can speak about the relationship of the arts to other disciplines. Screening of applications is ongoing.


Quest is committed to making its unique education accessible to the best-qualified students, regardless of their country of origin.

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