Foundation Visual Arts

Foundation Visual Arts

Certificate | Online – 1 year | 2 semesters

Want to learn Foundation Visual Arts from the comfort of your living room, or home studio? Apply now to fill one of our limited seats in the fully online FVA program. You’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors, and will be able to tap into all the same resources the College provides for in-person students. The courses will be provided in an asynchronous format, to fit any schedule.

To apply, select ‘Foundation Visual Arts – Online’ in the application portal.

In Foundation Visual Arts Online, you will:

  • Develop your creativity with an innovative and dynamic program that teaches drawing, colour theory, creative process, art history, design, and writing for designers and makers.
  • Learn from a team of energetic, enthusiastic, and highly qualified instructors who are committed to your success.
  • Develop dexterity and visual problem solving with hands-on, project-based curriculum
  • Gain empowerment in your knowledge and appreciation of visual culture and design.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous program delivery, while retaining personalized attention and contact with your instructors and classmates.
  • Virtually explore a selection of our studios to help determine your direction for the future.
  • Enjoy the learning and social benefits of peer-to-peer support with our small online class sizes (maximum 18 students per class).
  • Benefit from access to NBCCD Student Services, including tutoring and counselling.


Interested in finding out more?

Email the Recruitment Office: nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Distance Learning and Location


    Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Online is a program that you can participate in from any location as long as you have a strong internet connection and dedicated computer access. If you prefer to take our in-person version of FVA in New Brunswick at the Fredericton or Saint John campus, click here for more details.

  • Curriculum Standard

    Foundation Visual Arts 2024-2025 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • Skill Development (Fine Craft, Applied Design and Visual Arts Practice)
    • Elements and Principles of Design
    • Creative Process and Visual Problem Solving
    • Drawing From Observation
    • Historical Trends and Contemporary Theory
    • English Language Skills
  • Career Possibilities

    The Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts provides foundational knowledge in design and visual art vocabulary, dexterity, critical thinking and visual  problem-solving skills. These skills are culminated in the production of a personal portfolio. A portfolio is used to apply for grants, scholarships and for further study in one of NBCCD’s diverse diploma programs or other visual art institutions.

  • Course List


    DSGN 1000
    2D Design

    DRAW 1000
    Drawing from Observation

    FVAD 1004
    Colour Study

    HIST 1056
    Visual Culture: Prehistory to 1600

    ENGL 1001
    Language of Design

    MEXP 1000
    Media Explorations   


    DSGN 1001
    3D Design

    DRAW 1001
    Drawing From Observation: Form and Expression

    HUMN 1001
    The Creative Process and Social Engagement

    HIST 1057
    Visual Culture: 1600 to the Present

    DSGN 1004
    Time Design

  • Portfolio Requirements
  • Apply Now

    Apply here. 

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

    The priority deadline to apply to the Foundation Visual Arts Online program is December 15. Applications are accepted after this date on a rolling basis. Reach out if you’re interested!