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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Whether you are a beginner or a 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 media applications, including drawing, two and three-dimensional design, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, digital photography, and multimedia artwork. 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 may choose to work in an area of specialization such as drawing/illustration/painting, painting/mixed media/3D work, printmaking/mixed media, digital photography/multimedia, or you may explore the whole range of media opportunities with your work program. You will be guided throughout these studio courses by practicing artists who have a broad range of media capabilities.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years - 4 semesters

  • Learn from working artists

  • Explore a variety of media to get broad experience and determine your specialization

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

4D Learning Opportunities:

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

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) 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


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

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 for 2021-22 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
ART 1009 Introduction to Art History 3
AFP 1135 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
COM 1001 Art and Design Communication 3
Semester 2
AFP 1200 Life Drawing 3
AFP 1205 Drawing from your Imagination 3
AFP 1210 Applied Colour 3
AFP 1220 Applied Multimedia 2
AFP 1225 Analytical Drawing 3
AFP 1230 Fine Art Studio: 3-D 2
AFP 1235 Graphic Design Studio 3
One General Education course: 1 3
Semester 3
ART 1014 Business of the Arts 4
ART 1016 Art and Design Project I 5
ART 1017 Portfolio Development I 4
ART 1018 Materials and Processes I 3
ART 1046 Visual Art Practices I 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
ART 1019 Art and Design Project II 8
ART 1021 Materials and Processes II 3
ART 1023 Portfolio Development II 5
BUS 1023 Business Application 2
ART 1047 Visual Art Practices II 3
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits92


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.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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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