New for 2022, the MISSA Summer Program will take place on a 300 acre campus adjacent to Shawnigan Lake, on Vancouver Island, Canada. The school campus, with its dorms and classrooms are set amongst tall trees, manicured flowers and shrubs and ponds. The beauty of the natural environment makes for a magical place to gather almost 400 artists every summer to share in community and be inspired.


“MISSA allows artists to be fully creative and free, to find their voice in a supportive and exceptional community… and to share their experiences, techniques and stories of how they found the MISSA magic.”

MISSA 2016 Bursary recipient

Brochure and Student Handbook

The Summer Handbook has all you need to know about your time at MISSA and a hard copy will be provided to you when you check-in.

A day in the life of a MISSA student:

  • Breakfast* 7 – 8 am  (included in accommodation fees)
  • Classes 9 – 4 pm daily
  • Snack break 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
  • Lunch 12 – 1
  • Dinner* 6 – 7 pm  (included in accommodation fees)
  • Evening: Studios are open till late

Campus Activities

Bring your walking shoes, binoculars, camera, bike, yoga mat! There are many options to explore the campus and its surrounding forest and lakefront.

  • Walk the forest trails on campus
  • Attend a yoga class: Tues/Thurs 7am-8am or Wed 4:30-5;30pm ($15 ticket at MISSA front desk)
  • Book a massage with MISSA’s on-site masseuse.
  • Enjoy a creative retreat experience on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Always remember to be safe when exploring the area. Hike with a buddy.

Arts in the Community

Victoria and the surrounding municipalities are active in creative activities of all sorts from music to theater to the visual arts.

Local arts resources include:

Off-Campus Accommodation

While we strongly suggest staying on campus to soak up the full MISSA experience, but some people choose to make their own off-site accommodation arrangements.

It is important to note that off-site accommodation does not include a MISSA breakfast or dinner. Meal tickets will need to be purchased from the MISSA front desk if you wish to have breakfast or dinner on campus. Course tuition includes daily lunch and snacks.