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Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of the artists of the Modernist movement, explore varied Contemporary practices, or work in the expansive creative industry that includes animation, graphic design, architecture, interior design, and many other areas, this program will give you a solid foundation in creative arts and get you started on whatever artistic adventure you choose to follow.

You will experiment with a diverse cross-section of style and media, including drawing, 2D and 3D design, illustration, graphic design, web design, digital photography and multi-media, and portfolio development. This intensive, hands-on experience will allow you to explore a wide range of media, subject, and style to strengthen your creative and artistic talents.

As a graduate, you can enter directly into the second year of Design and Visual Arts or use your portfolio to apply to specialized art or design programs.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 2 semesters

  • Experiment with a diverse cross-section of style and media, including:

    • Drawing

    • 2D and 3D design

    • Illustration/painting

    • Multimedia arts

    • Graphic design

    • UX design

    • Digital photography

  • Upon graduation you will have created a portfolio that encompasses a wide-range of visually stimulating artwork in a variety of media

4D Learning Opportunities              

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.

Open Studio activities – You’ll have the opportunity to become involved with activities and events undertaken in partnership with Cambrian’s downtown gallery 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, there is no portfolio requirement for admission.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019

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 posted 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
 Total Credits: 46


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 Year 1 is approximately $750. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Note: Material and supply 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 finances. 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.

Graduate Options

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates of Art and Design Fundamentals may continue their studies by entering directly into the second year of the Design and Visual Arts program.  Successful completion of the Art and Design Fundamentals program satisfies the portfolio requirement for admission to the College’s 3-year Graphic Design program.

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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