Art and Design Foundations - 270

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
Unleash your creative spirit in this introduction to art, digital arts, photography, graphic design, typography and communications.

Program Highlights

  • Learn the basics from a range of design specialities including photography, animation, graphic design and print.
  • Work on both traditional illustration and digital design projects.
  • Get prepared to transition from high school or work to a college level diploma program by building your art and design skills.

What you'll learn

  • Examine traditional art, digital arts, applied design and communications.
  • Principles of the art and design workflow.
  • Create traditional and digital projects to start your visual arts and graphic design portfolio.
  • Plan, create, implement and present visual communications in a variety of media.
  • Introduction to design, idea development research and presentation technology.
  • Basic skills in drawing, colour theory, printing technology and still photography.
  • How digital concepts and designs transform into a finished print product.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

Note: Students who start Semester 1 in January will enter Semester 2 in Spring/Summer.

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Program delivery

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Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$831.02 $712.05
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$73.78 $37.42
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,258.84 $2,103.51
Total 1st Year Fees $4,362.35

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2

Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

$8,095.00 $8,095.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Program Compulsory Fees

$73.78 $37.42
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,618.78 $8,507.42
Total 1st Year Fees $17,126.20

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English E, C or U or equivalent
  • Students do not need to purchase a computer, or camera. There are however material fees for various art supplies and media outputs

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Hands-on experience in the Hugh Cameron Digital Print Learning Centre, Canada's foremost educational print learning centre.
  • Learn industry-standard technology and programs in our state of the art labs.




Mohawk Pathways


View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Additional Required Courseware:

  • Students will be required to purchase a Material Art Kit* ($150).
  • Students will be required to purchase an art kit, USB Thumb Drive, and SD card.

*NEW ordering process for Fall 2019: Material art kits are to be purchased directly from DeSerres. The kits will not be stocked by Mohawk College. Kits can be ordered over the phone by calling DeSerres at 416-703-4748, or by visiting Deserres at 130 Spadina Ave in Toronto. When ordering your kit, notify the store that you are a student in the Art & Design Foundations (270) program at Mohawk College. Payment can be made at the store, or over the phone via credit card. Kits will be shipped directly to you from DeSerres; shipping time is estimated at 2 to 3 business days. There is no additional cost for shipping.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
Haven’t applied yet and have questions?
Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and more.

Contact Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Susan Peniuk

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2021


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