Foundation Visual Arts

Charcoal Skull Drawing

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.
  • Document your work and prepare your professional portfolio – a must-have for artists and designers when applying for grants, scholarships and further study.
  • 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.

1 Year | 2 Semesters | September-April

Foundation Visual Arts is offered in Fredericton, at the College, and in Saint John at the Saint John Arts Centre. You’ll find both options in the online application.

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

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


FVA prepares you for further study in one of NBCCD’s studio Diploma programs or at other leading visual art or design institutions in Canada and beyond.

Admission Requirements
  • Application Fee
  • Successfully completed - High School Diploma, GED, Adult High School Diploma
  • OR  Equivalent experience
  • Portfolio Submission: Portfolio Requirements
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Apply Here: Canadian Students

Apply Here: International Students

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.

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

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Feb 15

Family Day (College Closed)

Feb 26

Deadline for Program/Course Withdrawals without Academic Penalty

Feb 28

Canada Revenue Agency T2202 (Tax Forms) Issued

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The best way to find out if NBCCD is the place for you is to visit our campus for a guided tour. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to chat with instructors, meet current students, see student work and observe in-class demos. Tours are available Mondays and Tuesdays. Contact us at to schedule your tour today!


Join Trudy Gallagher on a private walk-through the College or schedule a zoom call to discuss your creative future at NBCCD. Due to our small class sizes, we’re still able to offer the hands-on training we’re known for and are able to get you in front of the equipment you need to learn the science of craft & design. Schedule a virtual tour or chat to learn more.

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