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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 for entry 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 create and install 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)


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Semester

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

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
Film Studies 3
Positive Psychology 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
Psychology of Evil 3
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 86
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $3,753.40. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $14,119.28. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for both years of the program for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $1,500. Up to $900 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. 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.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared for various career pathways ,including employment as 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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