Explore a future of creative possibilities

Take your talent and love for the arts to new heights as you gain confidence in your artistic journey building a solid foundation in creative art and design. You will experiment with a rich and diverse cross-section of media and concepts, including drawing, 2D and 3D design, illustration, applied multimedia, and creative and conceptual problem solving.

Surrounded by like-minded creatives, you will learn to apply critical thinking skills to produce solutions to the varied challenges creative industries present, as well as developing your visual sensitivity and artistic dexterity. 

Program highlights

  • Experiment with a wide range of artistic media and concepts 
  • Engage with students from all creative art and design programs  
  • Opportunity to create and install a mural that will beautify a public space 
  • Graduate with a vibrant and diverse portfolio 
  • Option to continue into the second year of the Design and Visual Arts program to further build your portfolio and specialized skills 

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
 Total Credits45

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, there is no portfolio requirement for admission.

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:   Winter 2024

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 Art and Design Fundamentals may continue their studies by entering directly into the second year of the Design and Visual Arts 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.