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.

Wabanaki Visual Arts (WVA) NOW accepts diploma students on a biennial basis.

Next start terms for WVA:

September 2023 (Applications open October 2022)
September 2025
September 2027
September 2029
and so on every other year.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca.

  • Curriculum Standard

    Wabanaki 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
    • 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
  • 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

  • Admission Requirements
    • $50 (CAD) Application Fee (1)
    • An official transcript of marks (one of the following):
        • High school transcript (2)
        • GED
        • Adult high school transcript
        • Equivalent experience will be considered (3) and 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 (CAD) application fee. See International Students for more information.

    (2) Final grade 11 and semester-one grade 12 transcripts will be accepted in your application until final grade 12 transcripts are available. Please Note: Transcripts must be sent directly from your school to our admissions office to considered official. Additionally, if your public high school transcript indicates an adjusted level in English and/or History, your application will require additional evaluation. (See below.)

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

      • Applicants Requiring Additional Evaluation
        • Adult Learners: If you are at least 21 years of age, a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, and do not meet the academic requirements, you may be assessed as an Adult Learner. Adult Learners may be required to show through an interview or written Letter of Application that they are prepared for success at NBCCD.
        • 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 by our Admissions Officer.
        • Special Admissions: If you have a high school transcript of marks indicating adjusted English and/or History, you will be assessed by our Admissions Officer.
  • Apply Now

    Apply here.

    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.

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