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Program Details

  • Program Code:6421
  • School:School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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

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

In addition to covering the creative process, this arts diploma program features 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'll:

  • 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 a 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're 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.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • The Fine Arts program frequently receives awards from both the dean and the College's president for student satisfaction.
  • A focus on traditional media, with selective integration of digital processes, will give you the skills to thrive as a professional in the contemporary art world.
  • You'll 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 will allow for the opportunity to exhibit your work.
  • You'll be exposed to professional exhibition opportunities, where the sales are real. Public exposure is also offered through rental programs.
  • Your individual creative growth will receive attention in a studio environment.
  • Enthusiastic faculty members are all accomplished professional artists and teach by drawing from their personal experiences.
  • The Story Arts Centre, where you'll attend your classes, is close to the heart of the city and gallery communities but offers a welcoming non-institutional environment.

Career Outlook

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

Education Pathways

Qualified graduates of this Fine Arts Studio Diploma program 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. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts
Ontario Tech University (UOIT) Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Arts - Professional Communications
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
Windsor, University of  Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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:
    • your art-making experience, as demonstrated through your portfolio content
    • your commitment/dedication/passion to being a fine artist as demonstrated through discussion at the session
  • Guidelines for creating your portfolio:
    • May be a selection of original artwork made by you and can include original handmade pieces, digital documentation of original pieces, or a combination of both (you will take your portfolio with you at the end of the session).You can also provide a link to a cloud storage system like OneDrive or GoogleDrive
    • 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 installation artwork, 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).

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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

International Students

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,260.24 $3,981.24
International $15,385.50 $1,769.24 $17,154.74

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