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, jeweler. These programs provide a solid base of theory and practice which, with additional training and experience, could lead you to such occupations.

  • Self-employment
  • Self-improvement
  • Cultural awareness
  • Skill/knowledge related to field of arts/crafts
Program Contact
CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.

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 2019/20 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, Creative, Media and Business

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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: Focus on personal expression and continued experimentation with colour and design, through self-directed learning, with guidance from instructor. Prerequisite: PG201 Basic Design and Colour 2.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPG201

Select 2 from the next 4 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This course is designed to familiarize students with early historical foundations to present day exemplars of art making. World art with an emphasis on Western art history and minor focus on international art is covered.
Credits: 3
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 22 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. Prerequisite: PD104
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD104
Course description: Experiment with a variety of compositions, materials and methods, while working with subjects of your choice. Prerequisite: PD105
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD105
Course description: Get creative with a variety of styles, techniques and materials. Explore mixed media and related art fields. PREREQUISITE: PD301 Drawing 2.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD301
Course description: Study various painting styles from the alla prima style of the Group of Seven to the broken colour of the Impressionists to the smooth, brushless quality of trompe l'oeil. PREREQUISITE: PD511 Painting 4.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD511
Course description: Experiment with colour and colour temperature to produce four finished pieces demonstrating understanding of complimentary colour and triads. PREREQUISITE: ARTTPD531 Watercolour Painting 4.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD531
Course description: Explore personal imagery and possible commercial applications. Portfolio presentation is discussed. Prerequisite: PD611
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD611
Course description: Study a Master watercolourist of your choice and learn to replicate their style. PREREQUISITE: ARTTPD631 Watercolour Painting 5.
Credits: 2
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. Course includes two Saturday field trips. Prerequisite: PHTO PY101.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: The industry-standard tool for managing photo libraries and image processing. Learn to import, develop and present your photos. You must have your own laptop w/LR 4( approx.$90) 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: Photograph various subjects in their habitat: flowers, gardens, wildlife, insects, geological formations, etc. Two Saturday field trips.
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. Prerequisite: PHTO PY101.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Explore advanced techniques of digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop. Provide photographs and computer storage media. Brantford students will work in a PC lab. Fennell students will work on Macintosh computers. Prerequisite: PY110 (Intro. To Digital Imaging)
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY110
Course description: Learn to manipulate natural and artificial light, flash, reflectors, posing and backgrounds for portraits and still life. You require camera, tripod, flash. Prerequisite: PY200 Photography 1or PY101 Digital Photography 1.
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: Intro to both new and advanced techniques allowing for creative and technical experimentation in different fields; you choose from macro, underwater, infrared and more.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: ‘Hands-on’ course covers studio techniques, location shoots, hand-held flash, lenses, composition, posing. Model fee included. Prerequisite: PHTOPY225 Studio Lighting
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY225
Equivalents: PHTO10057
Course description: Through discussion and field work(2 weekend field trips), you engage in a general examination of landscape photographers and specific investigations of your personal viewpoint.
Credits: 2
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
  • Jewelry
  • Recreation
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Graphics

Occupational Categories

  • Artist
  • Craftsperson
  • Jeweler
  • 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.