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 and TSA management, 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.

TSA courses are calibrated to eliminate the need for course prerequisites in most cases.  Students at all levels can find courses to suit their skill levels and interests.  TSA does not offer degree or diplomas.  We are dedicated to offering exciting, quality visual art courses , taught by professional artists/educators, open to all who wish to learn, ignite their creativity and hone their skills in their area of artistic practice and interest.


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

TSA is a continuing education art school that has trained artists for over 50 years. While it was once accredited, it is not currently accredited. 

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 can recommend a curriculum of courses to take, focused on individual student's interests and needs.   (At present our Special Programs in Professional Development is not available.)

Students seeking Professional Development courses may also take the Portfolio Development course. 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.  We are currently registering students for both IN-PERSON and ONLINE courses.  Our website will direct you to view and learn about our course selections for each term. You can register online through our website using either VISA or Mastercard or email or call our office if you would prefer to register with the help of one of our office staff.  We also accept INTERAC, cash and cheque for registrations made in our office. 

TSA's courses are designated by levels. 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, please contact us before registering for this course.

To register for a course from home, first create a user account on our website. Financial information (credit card) may be stored securly on our website based on your choice. 

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. Sometimes clearing the cache, closing your browser and reopening the site helps.

For alternate payment methods, such as cash or cheque or debit, 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 secured the appropriate visa status in Canada, you are welcome to take courses at TSA, but we cannot help you to get a study permit.  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?

TSA does not offer financial aid.

TSA is not considered a Designated Educational Institution and is not OSAP approved. We also do not issue T2202a forms.



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.

Thank you.

QWhere is TSA, how can I get there?


Toronto School of Art is located at 24 Ryerson Avenue Toronto, ON M5T 2P3 


Toronto School of Art is located on the first, second and third floors of 24 Ryerson Avenue. 

TSA’s Accessible features include: Demarcated accessible parking (1); Accessible ramp on north-side of the building for access onto the main floor; Automatic door openers at main entrance; Low counter on the South-side of the front desk; Elevator on the main floor with access to the upper levels; and Barrier-free, gender-neutral washrooms on each floor.

By TTC (recommended)

From Osgoode Station: Take the 501 Queen Streetcar West to Bathurst Street. Walk back east on Queen Street to Ryerson Avenue. Walk North on Ryerson Avenue, the building is on the left (next to Theatre Passe Muraille).

From Bathurst Station: Take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar South to Queen Street. Walk East on Queen Street to Ryerson Avenue. Walk North on Ryerson Avenue past first block, then the building is on the left (next to Theatre Passe Muraille).

By Car

Parking Green P - Carpark 106 (15 Denison Ave): $2.00/half hour (day hours: 7am – 6pm) NO day MAXIMUM / Night Maximum (6pm – 7am): $8.00

Limited student on site parking at TSA is available:

  • $7 per 4 hr session (9:30am-1:30pm & 1:30-5:30pm)
  • Day Rate (9:30am-5:30pm): $14.00
  • Evening Rate (5:30-10pm): $6.00

Further Information: TSA Parking

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

TSA's office hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am – 7pm
  • Friday & Sat 9am - 5pm

Summer Hours will vary.

Please contact TSA by email at info@tsa-art.com

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 Winter Break between the end of the Fall term and the start of the Winter term. That period always includes these three* holidays.  

If your course is on a Monday 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 on the same day the week after the regular term ends (Make-up week). Note that some Saturday course instructors may also choose not to hold class during long weekends and will schedule a make-up class on the same day the week after the regular term ends (Make-up week). 

Make-up week (the week following the end of regular classes scheduled in a term), is frequently used to schedule make-up classes due to various reasons (e.g. faculty illness, scheduling conflicts etc.)  Students should keep this in mind when registering for a class.

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 our Model Information Packet.  This packet contains two pages for you to fill out, giving us a general description of yourself. It also includes our policies regarding student behavoir around models, scent awareness etc.  Your information then goes into a database for our instructors reference.  Please read through fully, sign and return the first two pages to info@tsa-art.com.  You can also print them and drop them off at the TSA office.  Note that when you sign our form, you are agreeing to abide by our terms as stated in the Art Model Terms Sheet, the Code of Conduct For Students, Faculty, Staff, Board, Models, and Visitors and the Code of Conduct for Classes with Models.