Visual Arts - Advanced - 043

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The practical value of an arts education is realized daily in advertising, commercial and industrial design, textiles, teaching, recreation, gallery work or self-employment as a painter, potter or jeweller. This program provides a solid base of theory and practice which, with additional training and experience, could lead you to such occupations.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

  • Self-employment
  • Self-improvement
  • Cultural awareness
  • Skill/knowledge related to field of arts/crafts
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  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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Additional or Technical Recommendations

Successful completion of Visual Arts - Intermediate Certificate (042) is required.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Note: Select any 4 studio/hands-on courses from Visual Arts or Photography courses. Option credits cannot be used twice. Prerequisites must be met.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Further expand drawing techniques by incorporating non-traditional materials such as watercolour, printmaking, and sculpture. Develop conceptual frameworks and execute ambitious drawing projects. Frame your drawing within a contemporary art context.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD301

Select 2 from the next 4 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: A survey of primarily Western artistic traditions beginning with Ancient Greece and Rome provides an understanding of continuity and change in art making through the ages. The exploration of art movements is framed thematically in relation to societal issues. Introduces Asian, Islamic, First Nations and African art.
Course description: Learn to apply the principles of adult learning and develop the basic skills essential to successful instruction. Specifically designed for teacher and trainers of adults.
Credits: 3
Course description: Explore the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, including the concepts of normality and abnormality. Investigate the biological basis of human experience, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and the nature of consciousness. Examine personality theories, health and stress, and various psychological disorders, including their etiology and treatments.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: PSYCSS126 or PSYCSS157 or PSYC10005
Course description: This program involves students, supervisors and Mohawk College in a unique opportunity that integrates classroom theory and learning with pertinent practical hands-on experience in a work place. You are responsible for arranging your own work place location and supervisor. You MUST receive approval from the Program Manager Visual Arts/Photography for your chosen work place BEFORE registering in this course.
Credits: 2

Select 4 from the next 21 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Through study of proportion and anatomy, learn to capture people of different ages in various poses.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD104
Course description: Experiment with a variety of compositions, materials and methods, while working with subjects of your choice.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD105
Course description: Select a contemporary or historical master work in a different style to their own, analyze the composition, the brush technique, medium and colour and produce a reproduction. Plan an original composition and personal subject matter, to create an original painting in the style of the master. Work independently to find images to reference, and materials used, determine technique, experiment with color charts and pigments.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD511
Course description:
Prerequisites: ARTTPD531
Course description: Choose any project that you a passion to paint, any new direction will be supported or unresolved painting can be evaluated and reorganized. Work independently, find source images to reference, design a composition, and create two paintings that will be self-assessed, discussed and critiqued when complete. Explore other topics like gallery presentation, artist bio and an artist statement and portfolio.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD611
Course description: Study a Master watercolourist of your choice and learn to replicate their style.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD631
Course description: PREREQUISITE: PC304 Ceramics Intermediate 4 and PC311 Glaze Theory.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC304
Course description: PREREQUISITE: PC401 Ceramics Advanced 1.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC401
Course description: PREREQUISITE: PC402 Ceramics Advanced 2.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC402
Course description: PREREQUISITE: PC403 Ceramics Advanced 3.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC403
Course description: Explore the principles and techniques associated with architectural photography while learning to effectively capture exteriors and interiors through the use of composition, lighting, various lenses, and digital processing.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Import, develop, and present your photos using the industry-standard tool for managing photo libraries and image processing. You must have your own laptop w/up-to-date Lightroom CC. Windows or Mac experience required.
Credits: 2
Course description: Photograph news worthy events and bring them to life with a journalistic style that you develop through in-class, self-directed, and online modalities. Learn about the practical and professional aspects of photojournalism by covering and reporting on local assignments.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY300
Course description: Practice photography techniques relating to various subjects in their natural habitat including flowers, birds & wildlife, insects, landscapes and more.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Explore the styles, techniques, history, and the significance of urban landscape and documentary photography. These concepts help you to create truthful, and often candid photographs for an in-depth portfolio/project exploring a subject of personal interest.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Using Adobe Photoshop and a variety of photographs, pick up where we left off in our studies with Adobe Photoshop Basic. Explore combinations of tool/menu/pallet features not covered in basic digital imaging course in order to manipulate to achieve both functional and interesting image results.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY110
Course description: Manipulate artificial light, flash/strobes, reflectors, posing and backgrounds for portraits and still life.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Create images suitable for advertising and editorial venues. Intro to commercial photo fields of small product, food, architectural/industrial, fashion.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY300 and PHTOPY225
Course description: Building on techniques covered in Digital Photo 1, learn and experiment with new creative and technical concepts.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Hands-on course covers studio techniques, location shoots, hand-held flash, lenses, composition, posing.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY225
Course description: Through discussion and field work, you engage in general examination of landscape photographers and specific investigations of your personal viewpoint.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
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Learning Outcomes

Gain skills and knowledge related to design practices/history of arts/variety of mediums/materials.

Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment

  • Self-employed
  • Galleries
  • Arts organization
  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Education
  • Jewellery
  • Recreation
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Graphics

Occupational Categories

  • Artist
  • Crafts person
  • Jeweller
  • Potter
  • Teacher
  • Designer
  • Painter
  • Illustrator

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

You may apply for credit in individual courses based on learning acquired through work and other life experiences. Visit the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition page for more information.