Foundation Visual Arts

This program offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. It provides a solid technical grounding and an understanding of the conceptual framework of visual art. As a student at NBCCD, you learn hands-on in a project-based curriculum.

Visual literacy and problem-solving skills are emphasized through courses in drawing, design, colour study and the creative process. You have the opportunity to make products by exploring a variety of the College’s studios: Ceramics, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Digital Media, Jewellery/Metal Arts, Photography and Textile Design.

The creation of an individual portfolio, which documents your coursework and professional development, is the essential outcome of the program. This enables you as a graduate to continue in the diploma programs at our College or at other leading institutions in Canada and beyond. 

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program, August to April, preparing you for further studies in fine craft, applied design and the visual arts.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email

Areas of Study
  • Drawing, Colour, 2D and 3D Design Elements and Principles
  • Historical Trends and Contemporary Theory
  • Skill Development (fine craft, applied design and visual arts practice)
  • Communications
  • Creative Process and Visual Problem Solving
  • Studios specialties: Ceramics, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Digital Media, Jewellery/Metal Arts, Photography, Textile Design
Course List

Fall 1

  • AFFA 1024 Colour Study
  • AFFA 1057 Drawing from Observation
  • AFFA 1059 2D Design
  • AFFA 1028 Media Explorations I
  • COMM 1188 Communications and Student Success
  • HIST 1052 History of Visual Culture: Prehistory to 1600

Winter 1

  • AFFA 1030 The Creative Process
  • AFFA 1058 Drawing from Observation: Form and Expression
  • AFFA 1032 3D Design
  • AFFA 1061 Media Explorations II
  • AFFA 1062 Media Explorations III
  • HIST 1053 History of Visual Culture: 1600 to the Present
Career Possibilities

As a graduate of the Foundation Visual Arts (FVA), you will gain the foundational knowledge to pursue further studies and careers in many disciplines of art, craft and design. They include:

  • Artisan and/or Craftsperson
  • Film and Video Producer
  • Graphic Designer and/or Illustrator
  • Interior Designer and/or Decorator
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Library, Archive, Museum or Art Gallery Manager
  • Painter, Sculptor and/or other visual arts
  • Photographer
  • Theatre, fashion or exhibit designer
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee (1)
  • One of the following official transcript of marks (2):
    • High School Diploma (3)
    • GED
    • Adult High School Diploma
  • OR Equivalent experience (4)

(1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) If your official public high-school transcript indicates a modified level in English and/or Mathematics, your application will be processed under Special Admissions.

(3) We accept a grade 11 or 12 interim transcript until your final grade 12 transcript is available. The minimum English levels of 122 or 123 are required and Financial and Workplace Mathematics 110 or Foundations of Mathematics 110.

(4) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

Instructors & Technicians


  • Denise Richard, Coordinating Instructor
  • Greg Charlton
  • Lorraine Hodgins
  • Linda Kelly
  • Marcus Kingston
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Rachel MacGillivray
  • Jean Rooney
  • Craig Schneider
  • Janice Wright-Cheney
  • Drew Kennickell
  • Karen Ruet

Media Exploration Instructors

  • David Miller
  • Drew Gilbert
  • Jackie Bourque
  • Jamie Bergin
  • Katherine Bosnitch
  • Kristyn Cooper
  • Elizabeth Demerson
  • Lorraine Hodgins
  • Peter Thomas
  • Craig Schneider


  • Leigh Merritt
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

Observational Drawing (Drawing Class), Photo by: James Walsh Work by Jeff Moorcraft (June 2014), Photo by: Drew Gilbert Work by Rose Porter, Photo by: Drew Gilbert
Observational Drawing (Drawing Class), Photo by: James Walsh

Learn to experiment with different mediums. Explore your creativity and push the boundaries of design.

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Apr 13

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Apr 14

Easter: College Closed (All Students)

Apr 28

Return Building Access Cards Clean out Lockers (FVA ONLY) (FVA / 1st Year AVA)

Apr 28

Return College Property (library books, equipment etc.) (FVA / 1st Year AVA)

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