Visual Arts - Intermediate - 042

Mohawk College Certificate
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Hand drawing on easel

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. 

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 - Foundation Certificate (041) 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: Build on previous drawing experience focusing on accurate observational drawing, perspective, and proportion. Bring an independent project from concept to reality and discuss your idea using drawing terminology.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD201
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 5 from the next 23 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Practice basic classical techniques used in painting landscapes.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD102
Course description: Experiment with the Chinese painting techniques used to render fish and animals in classical and contemporary styles.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD103
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
Course description: Use traditional materials, oil or acrylic paints and mediums, study color mixing of warm and cool neutrals, dominant color harmonies and texture. Work independently, create original compositions, and experiment with mediums and pallet and painting knives. Complete 2 paintings with the help of demonstrations, examples of impasto technique, discussions on color, comparison charts, and video.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD311
Course description: Concentrate on technical proficiency and composition, addressing your own objectives developed in consultation with your instructor.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD331
Course description: Incorporate colour and temperature for psychological effect in a painting. Work independently, create 2 original compositions, using a monochromatic under painting and warm and cool colours. Integrate demonstrations and discussions on colour, comparison charts, contemporary and historical examples, video and a recommended reading list to support the exercises.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: ARTTPD411
Course description: Strengthen your understanding of composition: unity, dominance, repetition and balance, while working from still life.
Prerequisites: ARTTPD431
Course description: Augment your Applied and/or Art Photography Certificate and gain the practical and in-depth information you need to operate your own business or sell your photography/artwork.
Course description: Create bottle forms in various shapes and sizes. Create plates in various styles and sizes. Use slips, oxides, glazing and texturing techniques on bottles and plates.
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.
Prerequisites: CERAPC301
Course description: Create teapots with careful attention to body forms, handles, and lid fit.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC302
Course description: Design and construct place settings of dinnerware, with emphasis on consistent design and decoration. Construct lidded casseroles.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CERAPC303
Course description:
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.
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: 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
  • 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.