Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

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, illustration, architecture, interior design, mural painting, 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 media applications, including drawing, 2D and 3D design, illustration, graphic design, printmaking, digital photography 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.

As a graduate, you can enter directly into the second year of Cambrian's Design and Visual Arts program, 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

    • Printmaking

    • 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 studio gallery.

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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, 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 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2024

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 for 2023-24 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
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 1225 Analytical Drawing 3
AFP 1235 Graphic Design Studio 3
ART 1231 Fine Art Studio 3D 3
AFP 1221 Applied Multimedia 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.