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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, jeweller.

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

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

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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Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business

  • 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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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. Completion of  ARTTPG101 Design and Colour 1 is recommended before studio courses.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Cultivate drawing skills by observing, and sketching. Explore form, space, line, texture, composition, and gesture using pencil and conte crayon. Develop drawing vocabulary and capacity to speak about your artwork.
Credits: 2
Course description: Explore the concepts of art, aesthetics, nature and experience as the subject of artworks, the place of art in life and society ad mimetic theories in the philosophy of art.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: SSCIPT001

Select 5 from the next 15 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Explore the styles, supplies and equipment used in Chinese Brush painting to produce basic and simple strokes.
Credits: 2
Course description: Focus on traditional techniques for painting flowers and birds with emphasis on classical fine line drawings using colour.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD101
Course description: Use traditional materials, oil or acrylic paints, and mediums to develop a good foundation in the basics of painting. Practice with preparing a canvass or ground, compositional thumbnail sketches, value, tints and shades, color and composition. Complete the tasks with individual instruction. Work from 2 projects provided discussions, notes, demonstrations and video enhance the program.
Credits: 2
Course description: Produce a finished painting, working from still life, simple objects, and photographs, demonstrating basic composition and elements of design.
Credits: 2
Course description: Use traditional materials, oil or acrylic paints, continue experimenting with brush control and colour mixing. Examine techniques of scumbling and transparent glazing and apply full range of direct and indirect techniques to interpret the surface texture of an object. Complete 1 project with individual instruction and 2 paintings with demonstrations discussions, comparison charts, and video enhance the program.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD211
Course description: Using various techniques, complete pieces highlighting landscapes or a subject of your choice. PREREQUISITE: ARTT PD231 Watercolour Painting 1.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD231
Course description: Apply the basics of drawing through observing, and sketching. Explore form, space, line, texture, composition, and gesture using pencil. Develop ideas for drawings and how to bring them to life.
Credits: 2
Course description: Explore practical work, including preparing clay; forming coil, pinch and slab pots; throwing cylinder forms on the wheel; glazing finished work.
Course description: Construct hard-edged slab pots, throw bowl forms on the wheel, and decorate pots using slip techniques.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC201
Course description: Combine slab and coil methods; throw cylinder and bowl forms with ease and consistency; explore finishing techniques.
Prerequisites: CERAPC202
Course description: Refine your technical and design skills. Construct handles, sets of wheel-thrown mugs, jugs and clay objects by combining handbuilding and throwing techniques.
Prerequisites: CERAPC203
Course description:
Prerequisites: CERAPC204
Course description:
Course description: Achieve better results for your images and a clearer understanding of camera operation. You require a camera and the ability to provide images from CD/DVD or USB drive.
Credits: 2
Course description: Using Adobe Photoshop and a variety of photographs, explore the fundamentals of digital image manipulation to achieve various results. Supply portable hard drive, flash drives or cloud access for file storage.
Credits: 2
Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to Mohawk email. Visit the Getting Started – Mohawk Email Guide to learn how to set up your account on your devices.

Access MyCanvas
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to MyCanvas, Mohawk College’s Learning Management System. Visit the Getting Started - MyCanvas Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Find your Classroom
Room assignments for Continuing Education are available on the WhereEnCampus Portal. Visit Room Listings for more information.

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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.