Attention artists! Harness your talent and build your portfolio

Whether you’re a beginner or a practicing artist, a distinctive portfolio is your entry into the world of art and design. Gain the tools you need to find your personal style and creative philosophy and begin establishing your brand or business. 

Your first intensive year explores a wide range of media and concepts relevant to all creative endeavors, by way of drawing, illustration, 2D and 3D design, as well as printmaking, painting, applied multimedia, and more. After you discover which talents you want to develop in greater depth, your second year takes you to another level where you can choose to specialize with studio courses taught by practicing artists who guide you toward an end-of-year exhibition. 

Program highlights

  • Instruction and creative guidance by practicing artists 
  • Opportunity to work in a vibrant creative space with like-minded individuals to develop a robust portfolio that opens doors 
  • Explore the practical elements of being a working artist and learn how to market your artwork as well as your skills 
  • Participate in creative group projects, including a mural in Sudbury that beautifies a public space 
  • Showcase your artwork in a public graduate exhibition 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
AFP 1100 Ideas & Imagery 3
AFP 1105 Design Fundamentals 3
ART 1008 Colour and Design 3
AFP 1120 Fundamentals of Drawing 3
AFP 1125 Fine Art Studio 2D 3
COM 1001 Art and Design Communication 3
AFP 1235 Graphic Design Studio 3
Semester 2
AFP 1200 Life Drawing 3
AFP 1205 Drawing from your Imagination 3
AFP 1210 Applied Colour 3
AFP 1221 Applied Multimedia 3
AFP 1225 Analytical Drawing 3
ART 1231 Fine Art Studio 3D 3
ART 1009 Introduction to Art History 3
One General Education course: 1 3
Semester 3
ART 1018 Materials and Processes I 3
ART 1146 Visual Art Practices I 3
ART 1048 Multimedia Printing 3
ART 1050 Business of the Arts 3
ART 1051 Art and Design Project I 3
ART 1052 Portfolio Development I 3
ART 1055 Modern Art History 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
ART 1021 Materials and Processes II 3
ART 1049 Advanced Printing 3
ART 1053 Art and Design Project II 3
ART 1054 Portfolio Development II 3
ART 1147 Visual Art Practices II 3
ART 1232 Business Application 3
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits90

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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) or (U)

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

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:   Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:   Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:   Winter 2026


Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

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 DesignAnimationGame Design, and other Visual 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.