QWhat makes TSA unique? What does being an independent and alternative art school mean?

TSA has always believed in course content designed by the individual faculty member that plays to their strengths and focus. Our program is designed by the Faculty Steering Committee, but the course content is designed by the faculty that teach it, making us a true alternative to other post secondary art programs, which often set the curriculum by committee and then hire faculty to teach it.

QIs TSA accredited? Can I get a degree, diploma or certificate?

TSA is a continuing education art school that has trained artists for over 40 years. While it was once accredited, it is not currently, and you would not be able to earn any of the credentials mentioned above.

Students take courses here for any number of reasons. Some for general interest; others to tap into their creative potential, gain technical skills, explore concepts and build portfolios; and many to join a community of like-minded creative people.

For students looking to pursue a more serious artistic trajectory, TSA also has Special Programs in Professional Development and options to study under the guidance of a TSA Faculty Mentor. 

Students taking Professional Development courses may take the Practical Guide to Being an Artist and various Portfolio Development courses. Some of these students go on to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at university, and some younger students are admitted to an arts-focused Secondary School.

QHow do I register at TSA? Do I need to submit a portfolio to apply?

TSA courses are open for registration on a rolling basis throughout our Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms. Please see the note per each course about which level of prior experience is recommended.

For students who wish to take Portfolio Development, a Portfolio Review is required.

To register from home, first create a user account on our website. No financial information will be stored there, only your course history and it simplifies your ability to register for courses.

Tech Note: If you are experiencing difficulties registering, please note only Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted, and please ensure your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) are the most up-to-date versions. For alternate payment methods, such as cash or cheque,  you may come into the office. For any assistance, please contact the office: 416-504-7910 | info@tsa-art.com


QI am an international student. Can TSA help me get a Canadian Study Permit? Is there any assistance TSA offers to International Students?

If you are not a resident of Canada and wish to study at TSA, you will need to secure your own visa. Once you have residency status in Canada, you are welcome to take courses at TSA, but we cannot help you to get a study permit and may not be eligible for one. You may contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada at http://www.cic.gc.ca/.

Some international students take courses while they are on vacation in Toronto.

QDoes TSA offer financial aid? Can I apply for OSAP? Can I use RESP funds to pay tuition?

TSA is a certified Educational Institution by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). TSA students will therefore be automatically issued their T2202A certificates each tax season so they may claim education-related tax credits. Students who are or will turn age 16 in the tax year are also now elligible for T2202a certificates. (The Children's Activity Tax Credit has been phased out.)

ESDC designation also means students can approach the financial institutions where their RESPs are held to request the funds be released for the purpose of tuition. Our ESDC Master Certification List file number is 7009/13410. Please let us know if you require a letter from us as well.

TSA is not OSAP-approved.


QTSA is a charitable organization. How can I donate and what can I donate?

As a charitable organization, you may make a donation to TSA and receive a tax receipt for amounts over $30. Tuition is not tax-deductible, but you are welcome to add a donation onto your tuition, for which you will receive a tax receipt.

TSA does take donations of art materials and art books from time to time, but we must review them first, and no materials may be toxic; this includes solvents.

We have a charitable page through CanadaHelps, which can also be accessed at the top margin of our website. As well, you may contact the school directly to make a donation at 416.504.7910 or info@tsa-art.com.

QWhere is TSA, how can I get there?


Toronto School of Art is located on the second floor of 980 Dufferin Street, in the former Kent School. It is at the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin, just past the basketball court, north entryway. TSA is directly across from the Dufferin TTC station and surrounded by street parking.



Take the Bloor-Danforth subway line (Line 2) to Dufferin Station.

TSA is directly across the street from the Dufferin TTC station.


By car:

Street parking is available on Bloor to the north (Green P parking), and a number of side streets with free parking around the school. TSA has no parking on its grounds. The small parking lot is reserved for staff at all the independent schools operating out of Kent School.

QIs TSA accessible?

Toronto School of Art is located on the 2nd floor. We regret TSA is not currently wheelchair accessible.

When you arrive at TSA’s entrance at the north side of the building, there are 7 steps into the building. Inside, there are 6 steps with a handrail leading to the flight of stairs to the 2nd floor. The flight of stairs is equipped with handrails and contains: 15 steps, a landing, 6 steps, a landing, 6 steps leading to the TSA hallway entrance. Total: 40 steps.

Please note: there is no onsite parking but folks may be dropped off at the TSA entrance (vehicles may enter via gate off Dufferin St.).

TSA operates on the second floor of the former Kent Senior School – a century-old Toronto District School Board building without an elevator. TSA regrets this barrier to access; this goes against our values of inclusion. TSA and the Values Committee are planning access for all in the future.

Our future location on 24 Ryerson Ave will be accessible.

QWhat are TSA's hours of operation and when is the school closed? What if my class falls on a Public Holiday?

During the Fall, Winter and Spring terms, TSA is open:

  • Monday – Thursday, 9am – 6:30pm
  • Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday, 9am – 2pm

During the Summer term, TSA is closed on Saturdays. The Summer hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Thursday, 9am – 6:30pm
  • Friday, 9am – 5pm

TSA is closed on the following Public Holidays:

  • New Year's Day*
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • August Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day*
  • Boxing Day*
  • *Note: TSA is also closed for a two-week Winter Bbreak between the end of the Fall term and the start of the Winter term. That period always includes these three holidays. Dates to be announced.

If your course is on Mondays and spans the period in which a Public Holiday falls, class will not be held on that day and a make-up class will be scheduled for the week after the regular term ends. Note that some Saturday course instructors may also choose not to hold class during long weekends and to schedule a make-up class at the end of the term.


QWhat is TSA like, from the student's perspective?

Check out video testimonials from three current TSA students: Andrew WangStephanie Steele, and Beth Campbell-Roher.

QHow can I work as a life model at TSA?

We accept life models on an on-going basis.  If you would like to become a life model at TSA please download or Model Information Packet.  This packet contains one page for you to fill out a general discecription of yourself and our policy around student behavoir in classes with models.  Your information then goes into a database for our instructoers to refer too.  Please read through, fill out, sign and return this form to info@tsa-art.com.  You can also print it out and drop it off at the TSA office.