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Fine Arts – Advanced

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Fine Arts – Advanced

Fine arts - Advanced

Fine Arts – Advanced

Fine Arts – Advanced

Fine Arts – Advanced

Fine Arts – Advanced

Find a way to make a difference with your creativity. The Fine Arts program pushes each student along the path they have chosen, challenging them through critical discussions, pointing them to artists with similar concerns and aesthetics, and encouraging them to grow and achieve the potential evident in their preliminary explorations. This program prepares students to address the complex challenges of the 21st century and promotes citizenship by educating students not only for careers and jobs in the visual arts, but also for their roles as active and engaged community members.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

The Fine Arts program will offer you a wide range of experience and knowledge in the visual arts through a variety of ideas, mediums, materials and techniques including:

  • Drawing
  • Multimedia
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Rapid proto-typing
  • Sculpture/modelling
  • Site-specific installations
  • Sound and video production
  • Woodworking

With curriculum based on fundamental courses in art, craft and design, you will be introduced to historical precedents, critical analysis and the practical skills natural to visual culture and its disciplines. Courses also focus on:

  • Entrepreneurship and professional practice
  • Product and materials design
  • Video production and editing
  • Web development

You will learn to use your skills and talents as an artist, developing a personal aesthetic and making significant contributions to the local culture and economy by collaborating with community groups and not-for-profit organizations. You will also benefit from experienced faculty and close proximity to galleries, museums and studios located in Durham Region and across the Greater Toronto Area.

Through the production of a comprehensive portfolio of work, you will possess the combination of professional studio experience and entrepreneurial skills required to build a successful career in this vibrant sector.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Experience/exposure to art and design making (recommended)
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Career Options


  • Curatorial assistant
  • Fabricator
  • Gallery curatorial assistant
  • Illustrator
  • Museum/gallery technician
  • Professional studio artist
  • Photographer
  • Videographer


  • Arts education
  • Maintaining a professional studio for personal and public art production
  • Museum or gallery preparator/technician
  • Photography, video production and post-production studio
  • Studio art production (illustration, animation, games)
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$633$633
Total Fees:$4,624$14,796

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce.

Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs. 

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Hardware requirements

For a complete list of hardware requirements please review the Hardware requirements and FAQ document.

Software requirements

NOTE: Membership in Adobe Creative Cloud™ is included in the Student Fees and will be available for new students in the first week of classes.


Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.

Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes):


  • USB flash drive for storing smaller amounts of data
  • External hard disk USB or FireWire powered 1 TB or larger
  • Wacom Intuous 3 6×8 inch digital graphics tablet

All students should have a Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable 2 meters long to connect to the campus network.

NOTE: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: FINE
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2018
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