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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. 

  • 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.

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

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: Enhance your ability to observe and record, using detailed studies and quick sketches. Explore form, space, line, texture, composition, and gesture using charcoal, pencil, and conte crayon.
Credits: 2
Course description: Examine elements and principles of design including line, colour, texture and space, through slides, lectures, and projects.
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 4 from the next 17 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. Prerequisite: PD101
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD101
Course description: Explore painting basics, use of materials, oil and acrylic paints, composiiton, and colour. Materials extra.
Credits: 2
Course description: Working from sketches or nature or simple objects, produce a finished painting showing movement and perspective. Materials extra.
Credits: 2
Course description: Examine historical developments in art and painting and experiment with various media and techniques. Prerequisite: ARTTPD211 Painting 1
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: Release artistic potential using right brain drawing. Ideal for beginners or those who feel they cannot draw at all.
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. Materials and supplies extra.
Credits: 2
Course description: Learn to construct hard-edged slab pots; throw bowl forms on the wheel and slip decoration techniques. Prequisite: PC201 Ceramics Foundation 1.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC201
Course description: Combine slab and coil methods; throw cylinder and bowl forms with ease and consistency; finishing techniques. PREREQUISITE: PC202 Ceramics Foundation 2.
Credits: 2
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. PREREQUISITE: PC203 Ceramics Foundation 3.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC203
Course description: Course delivery is a combination of studio work & computer lab. (first class is lab) Includes analysis, mixing, firing and evaluation of glazes, glaze/body fit, durability, cost, colour and hazards. Introduction to glaze calculation program INSIGHT. Text is available at time of the course from the instructor. Course takes place weekends (April 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, May 6, 7) Computer experience necessary. OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER ONLY. PREREQUISITE: PC204 Ceramics Foundation
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC204
Course description:
Course description: You will learn to create realistic coloured pencil subjects through the importance of layering, burnishing and selecting colours. Subjects will range from portrait features, still life, flowers, animals and more.
Credits: 3
Course description: Transferring fashion ideas to paper is an essential step in fashion design. This course is intended for fashion design students and others interested in this skill. Students learn how garments appear on the figure with emphasis in drawing details, fabrics and textures which can later be interpreted for pattern drafting. Various drawing materials - ink, charcoal, and watercolour wash, also receive attention as ways to illustrate designs.
Credits: 2
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 your own photographs, learn fundamentals of digital imagery. Supply photographs and CDR-W for file storage. Brantford students will work in a PC lab. Fennell student use Macintosh Computers.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: INFO10149
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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.