PDA location in downtown Victoria, BC.
Hartley Nash our Registrar and Oliver Drew, Director of PDA.

About Pacific Design Academy

The Pacific Design Academy is at the forefront of a new kind of design arts education. Our curriculum is dictated by the current and evolving needs of the design marketplace. The quality education you receive is artistically inspired and supported by the latest digital technology. We encourage our students to develop marketable skills and foster individual ability and excellence.

If you wish to design, there's no better quality career training than at the Pacific Design Academy. Our programs expand your ability to think and design creatively. We help foster your skills in drawing, drafting and illustration, and develop your competency in the use of market relevant software. However, at heart it's not about tools or media, it's about design.

The Pacific Design Academy was founded in 1991, to provide quality education in the 'design arts'. From our earliest program offerings in Interior Design, the Academy has grown to become the pre-eminent private design school in Victoria.

Our classes are led by practicing professional designers, which ensures our curriculum is appropriate to the needs of the design marketplace.

The Pacific Design Academy is a Designated college with the Private Training Institutions Branch of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. Pacific Design Academy has authority to grant diplomas for all full time programs listed on this website.

The Academy's instructors are working professionals who bring current, up-to-date ideas into the classroom. Our classrooms and studios are bright and well equipped. The software we teach is relevant to real-world needs with Mac computers, which are the design industry standard. Our limited class size ensures you get the individual attention you need to successfully master new skills.

Because of our quality approach to design training, our graduates emerge with highly marketable skills. We believe the skills that you learn at Pacific Design Academy are not just the 'frosting' on your education but are the beginning of your career horizons. The skills you learn here will last you a lifetime.

We take pride in our teaching environment where small classes and individual attention are the norm.

Director of School

Oliver graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. This degree has led him through many different jobs and countries. As a computer systems engineer based out of Calgary, he worked for many large companies on long-term engagements. He has found that opportunities to train and advise a wide variety of people are the most gratifying. Since 2005 he has shared his energy and enthusiasm for learning with the students of the Pacific Design Academy. His open door policy encourages open communication, feedback, and discussion about any matter of importance to any student.


Hartley came to Pacific Design Academy after 17 years in retail sales and administration in the fashion industry. She enjoys long distance running and spending time with her family. Her experience and friendly manner with people make her a tremendous asset to Pacific Design Academy, its staff and students.

Office Administrator

Tomoyo graduated from the University of Victoria’s Theatre program with a focus on design in set, costume, and lighting. Her experiences range from assistant set designing to model building to board operating and more. Other than theatre, she has a strong interest in anything entertainment related including concerts, film, and tv. She also has an interest in all types of art forms and is especially drawn to anything with colour. Originally from Banff, Alberta, Tomoyo enjoys several winter sports especially skating, skiing, and snowboarding. She loves to travel and to spend time with her friends and family. On her spare time, you can often find her planning her next trip.

Senior Educational Officer

Originally from New Zealand, Neill obtained his B.Ed. (Sec) and an MA in Education with majors in Administration & Curriculum in Canada. With 35 years in public school teaching and administration Neill has worked as an education consultant, taught in fine arts & curriculum development and administered post secondary institutions. His theatre background has been used in the development of Readers theatre as a strategy for educators to use in their classrooms. He co-authored the book, “Building Connections: Learning With Readers Theatre” and in 2008 completed his second book “Readers Theatre a Secondary Approach”.