Foundation Visual Arts

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This 1-year certificate program offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts and is achieved over 2 semesters. A solid technical grounding and an 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 have the opportunity to make products by exploring 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.

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program, September 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, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Jewellery/Metal Arts, Photography, Textile Design
Course List

Fall 1

  • ENGL 1000: Writing for Visual Artists
  • FVAD 1004: Colour Study
  • DRAW 1000: Drawing from Observation
  • DSGN 1000: 2D Design
  • HIST 1054: Global Material Culture: Prehistory to 1600
  • Media Explorations

Winter 1

  • FVAD 1005: Media Explorations
  • DRAW 1001: Drawing From Observation: Form and Expression
  • DSGN 1001: 3D Design
  • HIST 1055: Global Material Culture: 1600 to the Present
  • HUMN 1000: Creativity in Social Engagement
  • ENTR 1072: Business and the Visual Arts
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:

  • Artisans and craftspersons
  • Graphic arts technicians
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Interior designers and interior decorators
  • Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations
  • Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
  • Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
  • Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
  • Photographers
  • Sewing Machine Operators
  • Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
  • Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
  • Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee CAD (1)
  • Portfolio Submission (for admissions into September 2020) (2)
  • One of the following official transcript of marks (3):
    • High School Diploma (4)
    • GED
    • Adult High School Diploma
  • OR Equivalent experience (5)

(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) For applications into Foundation Visual Arts 2020, applicants will be required to submit a portfolio. Please read our Portfolio Requirements.

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

(4) We accept a Grade 11 or 12 interim transcript until your final official Grade 12 Transcript of Marks is available.

(5) You must meet our English language proficiency requirement.

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

(7) 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.
  • 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.
Instructors & Technicians


  • 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


  • Chase Plourde
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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.

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