Visual Arts - Intermediate - 042

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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 - Foundation Certificate (041) 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 accuracy and the relationship of drawing skills to painting and printmaking for individual expression. Materials extra. PREREQUISITE: PD201 Drawing 1.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD201
Course description: Continue to experiment with the principles and elements of design, through self-directed learning, in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: PG101 Basic Design and Colour 1.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPG101
Course description: Focus on the technical development of photography, its recognition as an art form, and its communication role in the modern world.
Credits: 2

Select 4 from the next 23 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Practice basic classical techniques used in painting landscapes. Prerequisite: PD102
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD102
Course description: Experiment with the Chinese painting techniques used to render fish and animals in classical and contemporary styles. Prerequisite: PD103
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD103
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: Develop a personal style, incorporating techniques and approaches from previous courses. PREREQUISITE: PD311 Painting 2.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD311
Course description: Concentrate on technical proficiency and composition, addressing your own objectives developed in consultation with your instructor. PREREQUISITE: ARTT PD331 Watercolour Painting 2.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD331
Course description: Recognize and use the nuances of colour to create various effects. PREREQUISITE: PD411 Painting 3.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD411
Course description: Strengthen your understanding of composition: unity, dominance, repetition and balance, while working from still life. PREREQUISITE: ARTTPD431 Watercolour Painting 3.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD431
Course description: Gain in-depth knowledge of a professional photography business, with attention to fiscal organization, marketing and promotion, copyright, licensing, contracts, employee relations, legal issues and networking.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: SBMGMD249
Course description: Throw bottle forms in various shapes and use slips, oxides, glazing and texturing techniques. Prerequisite: PC204 Ceramics Foundation 4.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC204
Course description: Design and construct covered jars with variations in shapes, types of lids. Design and throw a canister set with consistency in lids and lid fittings. PREREQUISITE: PC301 Ceramics Intermediate 1.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC301
Course description: Create teapots and casseroles in series with careful attention to body forms, handles, lid fit. Hand build wall tiles, plaques and murals. Prerequisite: PC302 Ceramics Intermediate 2.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC302
Course description: Design and construct four individual place settings of dinnerware, with emphasis on consistent design and decoration. Prerequisite: PC303 Ceramics Intermediate 3.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC303
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: 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: 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.