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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Whether you are a beginner or practicing artist, this program will help you prepare a varied portfolio of work to be used for entry into the art/design industry or into advanced design or fine art diploma/degree programs.

In the first year of the program, you will experiment with a diverse cross-section of style and media, including drawing, two- and three- dimensional design, illustration, graphic design, web design, digital photography, and multimedia. This hands-on intensive year allows you to explore a wide range of media, subject, and style to strengthen your creative and artistic talents.

In the second year, you will select a specialization in drawing/illustration/painting, painting/mixed (2D and/or 3D), printmaking/mixed media, or digital photography/multimedia. You will be guided and mentored throughout these studio courses by practicing artists, as well as working closely with the gallery coordinator of Open Studio, gearing your personal project-based work towards an end-of-year exhibition.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years - 4 semesters

  • Learn from working artists

  • Take a variety of courses to get broad experience and determine your specialization

  • Create a portfolio to enter into the art/design industry or fine art diploma/degree program

4D Learning Opportunities:

Open Studio Art Gallery – In addition to working with the gallery Coordinator throughout the school year, you'll showcase your artwork in a graduate exhibition at Cambrian's Open Studio gallery located in downtown Sudbury.

Art installations – You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with students from all Creative Arts and Design programs to participate in creative group projects, including creating and installing a mural in Sudbury that will help beautify a public space.

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

Note: As this is a portfolio building, foundational program of study in the first year, there is no portfolio requirement for admission.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

While we encourage a fall term start, our program is flexible in its delivery, and as there are no prerequisites for any of the Winter Semester courses, we do accept students starting the program in January. A fall start does make for a more homogenous program experience though, and it is recommended.

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.


Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
AFP 1100Ideas Imagery 3
AFP 1105Design Fundamentals 3
AFP 1110Colour and Design 2
AFP 1120Fundamentals of Drawing 3
AFP 1125Fine Art Studio 2D 3
AFP 1130Introduction to Art History 2
AFP 1135Introduction to Digital Photography 3
COM 1001Media Communication 3
The following General Education course:  3
Introduction To Sociology 3
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 2
AFP 1000Art Technology 2
AFP 1200Life Drawing 3
AFP 1205Drawing from your Imagination 3
AFP 1210Applied Colour 3
AFP 1220Intro to Digital Multimedia 2
AFP 1225Analytical Drawing 3
AFP 1230Fine Art Studio: 3-D 2
AFP 1235Graphic Design Studio 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 3
ART 1014Business of the Arts 4
ART 1016Art and Design Project I 5
ART 1017Portfolio Development I 4
ART 1018Materials and Processes I 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 4
ART 1019Art and Design Project II 8
ART 1021Materials and Processes II 3
ART 1023Portfolio Development II 5
BUS 1023Business Application 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Health Wellness 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 86


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for both years of the program is approximately $1,500. Up to $750 of this amount can be expected to be incurred in the first year.  This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Note: The Program provides a number of tools and materials to encourage media exploration, so students on a tight budget can get by without breaking the bank for supplies. Second year expenses are variable depending on the student's chosen area of study, but costs are tied to a student's own decisions regarding choice of materials and processes they wish to explore, and so, may be managed in relation to their personal financial considerations.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared for various career pathways, including building their name as an exhibiting artist. 

Graduates may also choose to continue their postsecondary studies to further opportunities in the graphic design, animation, visual art, and fine art industries.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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