Wabanaki Visual Arts

Wabanaki Visual Arts



In Wabanaki Visual Arts, you will:

  • Take part in a program that is unique in Canada. This is the only Diploma that focuses on traditional craft mediums of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Abenaki peoples.
  • Be immersed in the First Nations history of this region, and work one-on-one with Indigenous artists, both in-studio and on culturally-significant field trips.
  • Engage in thoughtful dialogue about cultural appropriation, and experience responsible and sustainable harvest of natural materials.
  • Learn a wide range of traditional and contemporary skills before choosing your path, be it quillwork or beading, wood carving, wampum making or basketry.
  • Create a portfolio and learn entrepreneurship skills to launch your career in visual art.

Interested in finding out more?

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

  • Areas of Study
    • Ash and Birch Bark Basketry
    • Quillwork and Beading
    • Drum and Traditional Paddle Making
    • Wood Carving and Sculpture
    • Archaeology and Indigenous History
    • Entrepreneurship and Business Practices
  • 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 adjusted 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.
        • Special Admissions: If you have a High School Transcript of Marks indicating adjusted English and/or Mathematics, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor.
  • Career Possibilities
    • Professional Craftsperson/Entrepreneur
    • Basket Weaver
    • Wampum Maker
    • Wood Sculptor or Paddle Carver
    • Beaded Jewellery Designer
  • Course List

    Fall 2020

    AVVA 2911
    Wabanaki Media I

    AVVA 2913
    Indigenous Art and Iconography: Mixed-Media

    HIST 2913
    Indigenous Art and History

    ENGL 1000
    Writing for Visual Artists

    Winter 2021

    AVVA 2912
    Wabanaki Media II

    AVVA 2910
    Wood: An Introduction to Shaping

    HIST 2915
    Indigenous Art and the Land

    ENTR 2006
    Entrepreneurship: Indigenous Networking

    Spring 2021

    AVVA 2914
    Indigenous Media: Individual Exploration

    HIST 2916
    Craft and Culture in Prehistoric Wabanakik

    Winter 2022 [1 elective*]

    AVVA 3917
    Indigenous Studio: Refining Your Style

    AVVA 3915
    Indigenous Art and Storytelling

    *AVVA 3908
    Designing Bodies

    *DSGN 3916
    Book Art Design

    *HUMN 3000
    Art for Social Change    

    ENTR 3918
    Entrepreneurship: Digital Communications

    Spring 2022

    AVVA 3918
    Indigenous Studio: Major

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Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective (MAWAC) was established in 2013 to serve as an organizational means by which Indigenous artists in Atlantic Canada could be more fully supported in developing and selling their work.