Art and Design Fundamentals

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Program Code: 6409

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: dglisch@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8868

The Art and Design Fundamentals program will nurture artistic talents, and develop creative, practical and entrepreneurial skills in visual art and design — whether students are beginners or their art skills go well beyond the ability to draw stick figures.

The studio-based, hands-on curriculum of the Art and Design Fundamentals program is taught by practicing artists and designers who will help students to develop traditional, digital and multimedia skills. Our goal is to help students prepare a successful portfolio of artwork required for admission to specialized programs and to open up new possibilities and career choices in the diverse visual arts industry.

In this program students will:

  • Get hands-on exposure to drawing, design, colour, 3D modelling and design, making, visual culture, video making, digital illustration, photography and rapid prototyping
  • •Build a comprehensive portfolio of artwork working one-on-one with faculty

Graduates will be prepared to succeed in a variety of post-secondary communication arts and design diploma and degree programs including animation, game arts, digital visual effects, product design, industrial design, architecture, interior design, fashion design, illustration, graphic design, digital media art, art direction, art management, creative advertising and fine arts.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-120 Creativity in Context: Creating Theatre in the Community Story Arts Centre
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Story Arts Centre
VISU-109 Digital Imaging Story Arts Centre
VISU-111 Colour Studio Story Arts Centre
VISU-114 Drawing 1 Story Arts Centre
VISU-116 Visual Design Fundamentals Story Arts Centre
VISU-118 Portfolio Development Story Arts Centre
VISU-127 Visual Culture Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
VISU-115 Digital Art & Design Studio Story Arts Centre
VISU-117 Time-based Art and Design Story Arts Centre
VISU-121 3D Art and Design Studio Story Arts Centre
VISU-124 Drawing 2 Story Arts Centre
VISU-126 Professional Practice Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • Leading practicing artists, designers and educators have crafted the Art and Design Fundamentals program at Centennial College.
  • Small class sizes and a dynamic working relationship between faculty and students allows for lots of one-on-one instruction and feedback.
  • The Portfolio Development course allows students to work on self-directed projects that focus their future career, with individual guidance from instructors
  • The Professional Practice course offers client-based community projects that focus on experiential learning and allow students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
  • Throughout the Collaboration Studio Course students have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with other students at the Story Arts Centre to gain real world experience.
  • We offer flexible curriculum to artists and professionals who need to improve or update their skills in art, design and digital multimedia, if class size allows.
  • We help each student individually to make the next step.

Career Outlook

  • Animator
  • Game artist
  • Digital visual effects artist
  • Product designer
  • Industrial designer
  • Interior designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic designer
  • Digital media artist
  • Art director
  • Arts manageer
  • Fine artist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Note: Applicants who apply to, but who do not meet the admission requirements for Graphic Design Media, Fine Arts Studio, Game Art and Design, or Digital Animation, may receive an alternate offer to the Art and Design Fundamentals program.

Additional Requirements

Attending the Art and Design Fundamentals Admission Session is highly recommended.

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to book a program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,102.00 $3,869.00
International $12,400.00 $2,297.00 $14,697.00