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.

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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)

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Fall 2020 program delivery

Learn more about virtual and remote learning and how programs will be delivered this fall.




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

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.51 $698.20
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,453.40 $2,453.40
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,157.91 $3,151.60
Total 1st Year Fees $6,309.51

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

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,376.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,826.00 $8,807.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,633.00

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


  • 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 required. Please see Laptop Requirements under Additional Information.

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). 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?

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.

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 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

Laptop Requirements

This is a BYOD (Bring your own device) program. Creative Arts Business students may use any laptop of their choice, the program does not have any specific hardware or software requirements.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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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.

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Student Success Advisors

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