VCAD began as a branch of the Victoria College of Art and Design, which has taught artists and imaginative people to follow their creative passions for more than 35 years. Building on these creative roots, VCAD has rapidly grown into its own innovative and dynamic Vancouver-based college of creative applied arts, but is now independent of its progenitor. VCAD's Art and Design diploma programs cover the fashion, graphic and web design, interior design, and animation industries.