Foundation Visual Arts

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In this program, you learn a solid technical grounding and understanding of the conceptual framework of visual art is learned through a hands-on project-based curriculum. Visual literacy and problem-solving skills are emphasized through courses in drawing, design, colour study and the creative process. You explore a variety of the College’s studios: Ceramics, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Jewellery/Metal Arts, Photography and Textile Design. You create an individual portfolio that documents your course work and professional development. This enables you as a graduate to continue in the diploma programs at our College or at other leading institutions in Canada and beyond.

By the end of this program, you will have demonstrated the ability to integrate concepts and principles of art, craft and design through the creation of personal work.

Duration
The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts and is achieved over 2 semesters of study from September to April.

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

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
Course List

Fall 1

  • 2D Design
  • Drawing from Observation
  • Colour Study
  • Visual Culture: Prehistory to 1600
  • Writing for Visual Artists
  • Students Take Studio Orientation and Select 2 other Media:
    • Media Explorations: Ceramics
    • Media Explorations: Digital Media
    • Media Explorations: Fashion Design
    • Studio Orientation
    • Media Explorations: Graphic Design
    • Media Explorations: Jewellery/Metal Arts
    • Media Explorations: Photography
    • Media Explorations: Textile Design

Winter 1

  • 3D Design
  • Drawing From Observation: Form and Expression
  • Creative Process and Social Engagement
  • Visual Culture: 1600 to the Present
  • Business and the Visual Arts
  • Students Select a Different 2
    • Media Explorations: Ceramics
    • Media Explorations: Digital Media
    • Media Explorations: Fashion Design
    • Media Explorations: Graphic Design
    • Media Explorations: Jewellery/Metal Arts
    • Media Explorations: Photography
    • Media Explorations: Textile Design
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 1 of NBCCD’s diverse diploma programs or other visual art institutions.

Admission Requirements

 

  • $50 Application Fee CAD (1)
  • An official Transcript of Marks indicating 1 of the following:
    • High school diploma (2)
    • GED
    • Adult High School Diploma
    • Equivalent experience will be considered (3)

Review of the above may lead to a personal interview

(1) The $50 non-refundable application fee applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, and is 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 require additional evaluation.* (see below)

(3) Equivalencies to all academic admission requirements are evaluated through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

In addition:

  • You must meet our English language proficiency requirement.
  • We accept a Grade 11 or 12 interim transcript until your final official Grade 12 Transcript of Marks is available.
  • Applicants Requiring Additional Evaluation*
    • Mature Applicant: If you are at least 21 years of age and do not meet the academic requirements but are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant. Mature Applicants may be required to show through an interview that they posses the potential to proceed with their studies.
    • Non-Public: If you have been educated in a context other than a public school environment, have not taken standardized tests and do not have transcripts that have been validated by a government recognized educational authority, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor. (not sure if this is still happening)

Special Admissions: If you have a High School Transcript of Marks indicating modified English and/or Mathematics, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor. (not sure if this is still happening)

Instructors & Technicians

Instructors

  • Denise Richard, Coordinating Instructor
  • Greg Charlton
  • Lorraine Hodgins
  • Linda Kelly
  • Marcus Kingston
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Rachel MacGillivray
  • Jean Rooney
  • Janice Wright-Cheney
  • Drew Kennickell
  • Karen Ruet
  • Scott McAllister
  • Sarah Rennick
  • Phil Cockayne
  • Matt Watkins
  • Marc Landry
  • Jillian Acreman
  • Jared Peters
  • Gillian Dykeman
  • Maegan Black
  • Brandon Mitchell

Media Exploration Instructors

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

 Technician

  • Chase Plourde
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.

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

Oct 25

Deadline for Program/Course Withdrawals without Academic Penalty

Nov 11

Remembrance Day (College Closed)

Nov 22

Craft Show & Sale

Nov 23

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