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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, 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 programs

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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

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
AFP 1100Ideas Imagery 3
AFP 1105Design Fundamentals 3
AFP 1110Colour and Design 2
AFP 1115Presentation Skills 2
AFP 1120Fundamentals of Drawing 3
AFP 1125Fine Art Studio 2D 3
AFP 1130Introduction to Art History 2
AFP 1135Introduction to Digital Photography 3
The following General Education course:  3
Introduction To Sociology 3
 Term Credits: 24
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
Psychology of Evil 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
Film Studies 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 85

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for both years of the program is approximately $1,500. Up to $900 of this amount can be expected to be incurred in the first year. 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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