PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: FAD
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • 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 Open Open: January 2018
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Foundations in Art and Design

Foundations in Art and Design

Foundations in Art and Design

Foundations in Art and Design

Foundations in Art and Design

In this program you will learn art and design-related media, tools and techniques necessary to create a portfolio that demonstrates your creative, technical skills. Many graduates use their portfolios to prepare for competitive programs in fine arts, graphic design, animation and game development. Students learn productive habits of conceptualization through visual problem solving and experimentation using a wide range of media. You will develop visual communication skills, empowering you to think and respond critically to opportunities and responsibilities as an artist and/or designer, regardless of your chosen discipline.

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Program Description

This program will introduce you to a broad range of art and design ideas and techniques. In two semesters, you will have an opportunity to see if you want to pursue further art and design studies and develop a career associated with art and design disciplines.

You will be encouraged and required to explore and experiment with the varied materials used in contemporary art making and design processes. In addition to working through a range of practices, your classroom work will be developed into a portfolio that can be used to gain entrance into advanced art and design programs including the advanced diploma in Fine Arts with the School of Media, Art & Design at Durham College.

This program maintains a working relationship with local public art galleries to provide you with opportunities to view regular exhibitions of professional creative work and showcase your own work at one of several exhibitions mounted during the second semester (e.g. annual Juried Art Show at Whitby’s Station Gallery).

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Admission Requirements

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

Please note: A willingness to engage in the exploration and experimentation of the many art and design techniques and ideas presented is essential to your success in this program. If you wish to enter into a more advanced program after completing the Foundations in Art and Design program, you will be required to have senior level credits in mathematics (Grade 11). It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all the entrance requirements for advanced studies in art and design.

January Start

If you begin classes in January, you will start the Foundations in Art and Design program with the courses listed in Semester Two (below) and will be enrolled from January to April. You will follow the courses listed in Semester One starting in September and complete the Foundations in Art and Design program in December.

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Career Options

As a graduate, you can choose to pursue further studies in art and design at Durham College, in the School of Media, Art & Design.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,851$12,622
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
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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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates can transition directly into the second year of Durham College’s Fine Arts program. Two additional years of study are required to complete the program. Foundations in Art and Design graduates can also further their studies by applying to Durham College’s Graphic Design; Interactive Design; Contemporary Web Design; Advertising and Marketing Communications; Game Development; and Animation programs.

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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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: FAD
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • 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 Open Open: January 2018
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