Fine Arts Studio

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Program Code: 6421

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext.8500

Centennial College's Fine Arts Studio program is an intensive two-year offering with emphasis on physically creating art through drawing, painting and sculpting.

By getting your hands dirty (literally), you learn the latest skills and techniques, find your own creative voice and be prepared to launch your career as an artist. You spend more time in the studio in two years at Centennial College than other schools offer in four!

In addition to the creative process, this arts diploma program offers one of Ontario's most comprehensive professional practice curriculums. You'll graduate well-prepared to thrive as a self-employed artist in the professional arts community.

In this Fine Arts Studio program, you:

  • Develop advanced technical, conceptual and professional skills required to engage the contemporary arts community.
  • Work independently both in and out of the studio environment.
  • Receive lots of one-on-one attention.
  • Begin to nurture a lifetime of growth as a professional visual artist and storyteller.
  • Have a progressive learning experience led by a collaborative team of teachers.
  • Be encouraged to develop personal direction and approach to build your own unique voice and style in visual storytelling.

The Fine Arts Studio program is for you if you are serious about practicing as a professional. As a candidate, you should have meaningful prior experience, either through education, a lifetime personal commitment, and/or the professional equivalent.

Please note:

  • This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.
  • For more information about this program, please contact the program coordinator, David McClyment, at 416 289-5000 (x 8500) or via email at
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Story Arts Centre
FAS-101 Figure Drawing Story Arts Centre
FAS-102 Drawing & Composition Story Arts Centre
FAS-103 Painting Techniques 1 Story Arts Centre
FAS-104 Sculpture 1: The Human Figure Story Arts Centre
FAS-105 History of World Art from the Prehistoric to 17th Century Story Arts Centre
FAS-199 Creativity In Context Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
FAS 125 History of World Art from 18th C - Postmodernism Story Arts Centre
FAS-121 Figure Drawing II Story Arts Centre
FAS-122 Figure Painting I Story Arts Centre
FAS-123 Image Development 1 Story Arts Centre
FAS-124 Sculpture II: Non Figurative Explorations Story Arts Centre
FAS-126 Digital Promotion Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
FAS-201 Figure Drawing III Story Arts Centre
FAS-202 Painting Explorations I Story Arts Centre
FAS-203 Image Development 2 Story Arts Centre
FAS-222 Digital Explorations Story Arts Centre
FAS-224 Contemporary Issues in Art Story Arts Centre
FAS-225 Professional Practice Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
FAS-204 Exhibition Management Story Arts Centre
FAS-221 Figure Drawing IV Story Arts Centre
FAS-223 Creative Thesis Story Arts Centre
FAS-226 Story and Image Story Arts Centre
FAS-500 Storyworks Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • The Fine Arts program frequently receives awards from both the Dean and the President for student satisfaction.
  • A focus on traditional media, with selective integration of digital processes, gives you the skills necessary to thrive as a professional in the contemporary art world.
  • You learn all about the business of being an artist, including getting shows and commissions, applying for grants, marketing yourself and building your career.
  • In-school galleries allow for the opportunity to exhibit your work.
  • You are exposed to professional exhibition opportunities, where the sales are real. Public exposure is also offered through rental programs.
  • Attention is paid to individual creative growth in a studio environment.
  • Enthusiastic faculty members are all accomplished professional artists and teach by drawing from their personal experiences.
  • The Story Arts Centre is close to the heart of the city and gallery communities, but offers a welcoming non-institutional environment.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, USA
  • Seneca College, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • University of Wilfred Laurier, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Freelance artist
  • Illustrator
  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Installation artist
  • Art instructor

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 take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory Fine Arts Studio program admission session, where you will submit a portfolio of work.

  • Your portfolio will be evaluated based on:
    • experience, as demonstrated through your portfolio imagery
    • commitment/dedication/passion to being a fine artist (usually as demonstrated through discussion at the session)
  • Guidelines for creating your portfolio:
    • May be conventional, digital or a combination (you will take your portfolio with you at the end of the session)
    • Should display the range of your recent experience in media and imagery that are meaningful to YOU
    • Aim for between 10 and 15 images (sketchbooks can be extra)
    • Media may include: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, documented installations, digitally processed work. Creative writing, poetry, theatrical, dance or musical performance, etc. can also be included.
    • Sketchbooks are particularly informative
    • Images created on your own carry more weight than the school assignments


  • After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the Fine Arts Studio program admission session.
  • This is an advanced program that trains fine artists for the professional world. Candidates should have had meaningful prior experience, either through education, a lifetime personal commitment, and/or the professional equivalent. Students who are undecided about their career options in the visual arts, or who need to expand their portfolio are advised to enroll in Centennial's Art and Design Foundation Studies program (6409).

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 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 For more information go to 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

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

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 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

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 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,113.00 $4,048.50
International $13,283.00 $2,396.00 $15,679.00