Creative Arts Business - 387

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Monetize your creativity by developing and exploring ways to fund, brand, launch, market, manage and maintain a financially viable creative arts business.

Program Highlights

  • Arts and business focused program.
  • Join a diverse group of students including musicians, artisans, videographers, photographers, graphic designers and dancers.
  • Participate in showcase presentations and multimedia based assignments.
  • Learn from industry leaders.
  • Master Class structured classes.
  • Program is open to both domestic and international students.

What you'll learn

  • Develop and implement a promotion plan that includes: web-based marketing and consideration of audio-visual branding.
  • Explore audio-visual branding.
  • Create a realistic business plan for a creative arts profession or company.
  • Legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes.
  • Engage in accounting practices for your business, including interpretation of financial statements.
  • Source capital to support your business plans, such as crowdfunding and other methods to generate revenue.
  • Project management tools, strategies and principles of marketing a creative product or service.
  • Analyze industry-specific trends for decision making.
  • Professional communications, contracts for creative arts, and sales and service presentations.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

Thinking about coming to Mohawk?

Attend a College Information Session to:

  • Get help completing your application
  • Learn more about what Mohawk has to offer

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The Collective

the collective

The Collective, powered by SURGE, offers students a platform to showcase their talents and gain experience freelancing, while developing their portfolios before they enter the workforce. This platform showcases students from an assortment of program areas sparking an entrepreneurial mindset, preparing creative students for the future.

Hire a Mohawk student to create stunning visuals, creative graphics and smart media by visiting The Collective.

Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Ancillary Fees $670.02 $653.92
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,726.00 $2,726.00
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,396.02 $3,379.92
Total 1st Year Fees $6,775.94

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

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,805.47 $7,805.47
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,255.47 $8,180.47
Total 1st Year Fees $16,435.94

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


2017-2018 Admission Requirements

  • A related Ontario College Diploma or Advanced Diploma or University Degree (i.e. creative writing, communications, television, film, animation, journalism, public relations, advertising, music)
  • Other equivalent post-secondary experience or qualifications (i.e. creative industry skills and/or experience) will be considered by Mohawk

2019-2020 Admission Requirements

  • A related Ontario College Diploma or Advanced Diploma or University Degree (i.e. creative writing, communications, television, film, animation, journalism, public relations, advertising, music)
  • Other equivalent postsecondary experience or qualifications (i.e. creative industry skills and/or experience) will be considered by Mohawk
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is optional. Participants should contact the Program Coordinator for computer specifications.

2018-2019 Language Requirements for International Students

2019-2020 Language Requirements for International Students

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT 88
  • CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
  • PTE Academic 58
  • Mohawk College English Language Test (Accuplacer: Assessment for Success) aligned with CAEL Band
  • Completion of level 8 of the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP) with 75%. Placement in the GAS-EAP program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Work with an organization or business in a classroom setting to solve real-life projects
  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits
  • Through a mix of on-campus labs and simulations
  • Produce or participate in an artistic performance or portfolio exhibit in front of an audience



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Freelance and contract opportunities
  • Small business ownership
  • Creative executive for a variety of industries including:
    • Production and publishing companies
    • Content management,
    • Creative team management,
    • Literary or arts agencies,
    • Music, television, film production, and independent production (i.e. graphic artist, illustrator, animator, writer, director, producer, composer, arranger, game designer, musician, and stage performer).

Where you could work includes:

  • Performing Arts Centres
  • Festivals
  • Corporate and Private Event Agencies
  • Film and television industries
  • Touring productions
  • Galleries
  • Theme Parks
  • Casino Shows
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Comedy Clubs
  • Brand launches

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 Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) 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.

Contact us

Student Recruitment

Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on our programs, student life, and more.

Domestic Canadian Students

International Students
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 our Admissions advisors for help with your application.

Domestic Canadian Students
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students*
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)
Jan 2019
Sep 2019

International Students

Additional Information