Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

Whether you want to explore varied contemporary fine art practices, or work towards a career in the expansive creative industry that includes animationgraphic designgame design, illustration, architecture, interior design, mural painting, and many other areas, this program will give you a 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 media applications, including drawing, 2D and 3D design, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, and multi-media arts. This intensive, hands-on experience will allow you to explore a wide range of media, subjects, and styles to strengthen your creative and artistic talents, and develop a varied portfolio and skillset.

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

    • Printmaking 

  • Upon graduation you will have a portfolio 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.

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How to Apply

School of Creative Industries

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, there is no portfolio requirement for admission.

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Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2025

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

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
ART 1009 Introduction to Art History 3
AFP 1120 Fundamentals of Drawing 3
AFP 1125 Fine Art Studio 2D 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 1221 Applied Multimedia 3
AFP 1225 Analytical Drawing 3
ART 1231 Fine Art Studio 3D 3
AFP 1235 Graphic Design Studio 3
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits45

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


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.  

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.