Foundation Visual Arts

Foundation Visual Arts

Certificate | 1 year | 2 semesters

In Foundation Visual Arts, you will:

  • Fine-tune your creativity with a preparatory program that teaches drawing, colour study, creative process, art history, design, and writing for designers and makers.
  • Develop dexterity and visual problem solving with hands-on, project-based curriculum.
  • Virtually explore a selection of our studios to help determine your direction for the future.
  • Use your foundational skills to excel in any of our specialized Diploma programs in the following year.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Distance Learning and Locations


    Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) is an in-person program offered in New Brunswick. Want to study at NBCCD, but limited by travel? Study online with our new option of a fully-online FVA program. Click here for more details on FVA Online.


    NBCCD main campus is located in downtown Fredericton. Join us in-person to receive hands-on training.


    With limited seats, you can learn Foundation Visual Arts from inside the beautiful Saint John Arts Centre. Learn from Saint John based artists who are leaders in their fields.

    How to apply? Select Foundation Visual Arts Saint John or Foundation Visual Arts Online within the application for your studio selection. The Foundation Visual Arts option is based in Fredericton.

  • Curriculum Standard

    Foundation Visual Arts 2021-2023 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
    • Basic Business Practices and Digital Photography
  • 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 1000
    Writing for Visual Artists

    FVAD 1006
    Studio Orientation       


    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

  • Portfolio Requirements
  • Apply Now

FVASaint John

Learn the language of design and experience Foundation Visual Arts in Saint John, housed within the beautiful Saint John Arts Centre. Learn drawing, colour study, creative process, art history, design, and writing for designers and makers from Saint John based artists who are leaders in their field. Seats are limited, apply now.


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 our new fully online FVA program. You’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors, and will tap into all the same resources the College provides. Select ‘Foundation Visual Arts – Online’ in the application drop-down.