Learn art and design-related media, tools and techniques necessary to create a portfolio that demonstrates your creative and technical skills. Many graduates use their portfolios to prepare for competitive programs in fine arts, graphic design, animation and game development. Students learn productive habits of conceptualization through visual problem solving and experimentation using a wide range of media. You also develop visual communication skills, empowering you to think and respond critically to opportunities and responsibilities as an artist and/or designer, regardless of your chosen discipline.
This program will introduce you to a broad range of art and design ideas and techniques. In two semesters, you will have an opportunity to see if you want to pursue further art and design studies and develop a career associated with art and design disciplines.
You will be encouraged and required to explore and experiment with the varied materials used in contemporary art making and design processes. In addition to working through a range of practices, your classroom work will be developed into a portfolio that can be used to gain entrance into advanced art and design programs including the advanced diploma in Fine Arts with the School of Media, Art & Design at Durham College.
This program maintains a working relationship with local public art galleries to provide you with opportunities to view regular exhibitions of professional creative work and showcase your own work at one of several exhibitions mounted during the second semester (e.g. annual Juried Art Show at Whitby’s Station Gallery).
Please note: A willingness to engage in the exploration and experimentation of the many art and design techniques and ideas presented is essential to your success in this program. If you wish to enter into a more advanced program after completing the Foundations in Art and Design program, you will be required to have senior level credits in mathematics (Grade 11). It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all the entrance requirements for advanced studies in art and design.
If you begin classes in January, you will start the Foundations in Art and Design program with the courses listed in Semester Two (below) and will be enrolled from January to April. You will follow the courses listed in Semester One starting in September and complete the Foundations in Art and Design program in December.
Communication For Design (COMM 1312)
Ideas & Images For Art & Design (DESF 1304)
Digital Resources For Art & Design (DIGI 1300)
Drawing I (DRAW 1310)
Art Of Photography (PHOT 1320)
Studio Practice I - Design Essentials (STPR 1301)
Studio Practice I - Art Essentials (STPR 1302)
Digital Drawing (DRAW 2304)
Drawing II (DRAW 2310)
Fundamentals Of Digital Audio & Video Production (FDAV 2300)
General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
Presentation And Portfolio Techniques (PRES 2303)
Studio Practice II (3D Art & Design) (STPR 2300)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
YEAR ONE FEES
Please note: fees are based on the 2018-2019 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please
Other fees to consider.
As a graduate, you can choose to pursue further studies in art and design at Durham College in the School of Media, Art & Design.
Program Transfer, Degree Completion And Additional Credentials
Graduates can transition directly into the second year of Durham College’s Fine Arts - Advanced program.
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.