Are you passionate about art and design?

If so, you will fit right in at Georgian College!

Our programs are delivered by experienced professionals who are passionate about their work and about teaching students like you.

Whether you’re looking to find your niche in the world of art and design, or if you’re on a fast track to a career, our Design and Visual Arts programs offer a wide variety of general and specialty training across a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Our graduates go on to successful careers in graphic design, photography, web design, interior design, fine art, jewellery design, interior decorating and more!

Follow your passion. Come study with us and turn your creativity into a career.

 

 

The three students pose with their original lamps

r Design students Ashley Minnings, Miranda Stubbs and Anika Goralchuk showed off the original lamps they created in their Lighting course at Georgian’s Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day. Read more...

Emily Wojna, at work in her studio

Emily Wojna

Goldsmith, Emily Wojna Jewellery

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


I am a Goldsmith and create one-of-a-kind wedding and engagement jewellery and sell my work at Metalworks in Kingston and The Guild Shop in Toronto. Going to Georgian College was one of the best decisions I made because of how it changed my life. Read more...

Terry Hrynyk Faculty DPAI Program

Terry Hrynyk

A practising professional photographer for over 25 years, Terry operates a studio in the Muskoka region. He is the winner of many national awards including Portrait Photographer of the year for Canada in 1999. He also holds a Masters Award with the Professional Photographers of Canada. Read more...

Faculty member Gary Evants is shown standing in front of colourful artwork.

Gary Evans

Exhibiting professionally since 1995, Gary has had over 25 solo exhibits. His work appears in numerous public and corporate collections. His teaching style is personable, available and student-centred. It's important to him to be informed about contemporary practices. Read more...

SDVA faculty member Craig Lucas smiling into camera.

Craig Lucas

Craig is a professor in the Interior Design program at Georgian College in Barrie. His educational background includes a Master of Arts – Integrated Studies in Heritage Resource Management as a Form of Sustainable Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Socio-Demographics and Urban Geography and an Architectural Technology Certificate. Read more...

Faculty member Tony Pickard wearing black leather jacket looking into camera

Tony Pickard

Tony brings over 35 years of creative production experience in photography, multimedia, software and game development and fine art photography to the Georgian Digital Photography and Imaging program. Read more...

Photography instructor Peter Stranks in white shirt smiling at camera.

Peter Stranks

A graduate of the BAA program, Peter has spent the last 26 years shooting photos for editorial clients like Flare, Canadian Living, Today?s Parent, Food & Drink and advertising clients such as Holt Renfrew, LCBO, Royal Bank, CIBC, Club Monaco and Microsoft. The last 10 years he has specialized in shooting for the film industry working on many films including Cheaper By The Dozen 2, Eloise, Grey Gardens, One Week, American Pie?s “The Naked Mile” and “Beta House” and The Kennedys, with stars Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Harvey Keitel, Katie Holmes, Jessica Lange and Greg Kinnear. Read more...

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Marlene Mitchelmore

Marlene is co-ordinator of the Kitchen and Bath Design and the Interior Decorating programs. She also teaches in the Interior Decorating and Interior Design programs. Read more...

Fine Arts faculty member Amy Switzer smiling into camera.

Amy Switzer

Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) and a Master of Fine Art. She has exhibited her sculptures and drawings in many solo and group exhibitions since 1996. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. Read more...

Faculty member Mary Dobson

Mary Dobson

Mary has spent more than 30 years in the home decor industry in various capacities – as a retail buyer, in-house designer for a drapery manufacturer, decorative projects editor for Style At Home magazine, national spokesperson for Levolor Canada and consultant to other national brands, regular guest expert on Cityline, author, speaker, self-employed decorator and window coverings expert. Read more...

The three students pose with their original lamps

r Design students Ashley Minnings, Miranda Stubbs and Anika Goralchuk showed off the original lamps they created in their Lighting course at Georgian’s Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day. Read more...

A bright red apple rolls around in a big black processing cylinder

The 2014 Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) National Image Salon features the best of the best – and Ally Campbell, a student in Georgian’s Digital Photography and Imaging program, is among them. Read more...

A black and white photo of a young girl with a dirty face and thoughtful expression.

Georgian College students in the School of Design and Visual Arts got behind the lens and the issue of homelessness in the community by participating in the Visibly Unseen Photo Journal Exhibition, funded by the Douglas Utting Foundation and organized by the David Busby Street Centre. Read more...

A display case from the Jewellery sale, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of materials

Students in the Jewellery and Metals program held their annual Valentine’s sale at Georgian’s Barrie Campus in February. The second floor of the administrative building, across from Subway restaurant, was bustling with people checking out student-made bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Read more...

Student Arnav Anand photographs body builder Dean Carney

Four local body builders volunteered their time to come in and give our students the opportunity to work with lighting the human figure. In turn, the students supplied the models with images for their portfolio. Read more...

Portrait of photographer Ron Erwin

Toronto photographer Ron Erwin took centre stage at a national conference for photography teachers hosted by Georgian College May 27 to 29. Read more...

Alicia Carns and Shellon DeSilva, two Graphic Design students, stand and smile together at the showcase

The Graphic Design program at Georgian celebrates the success of its graduating class with its annual grad show, held in April of each year. The show features the exceptional work of the program's graduates, who have the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with potential employers at an evening reception. About 150 guests attend the event, including students, alumni, faculty, advisory committee members and employers who actively recruit students. Read more...

Yvonne stands next to a life-sized duct tape torso

Yvonne Galbraith has been working in simulation in Georgian’s Nursing programs for three years. She has combined her 36 years of nursing experience with her passion for art (she is an alumna of Georgian’s Fine Arts program, 2002) to create the Study Buddy. Read more...

What inspires artists? What is that spark that sets an artist’s artwork into motion? In other words, what is the artist’s muse? This interesting question is being addressed by students of Georgian's Museum and Gallery Studies program through a special visual art exhibition titled The Intimate Muse. Read more...

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When Princess Anne visits Barrie on Oct. 22, she’ll be presented with not one, but two unique pieces of jewellery created by recent graduates of Georgian’s Jewellery and Metals and Goldsmithing and Silversmithing programs. Read more...

A male and a female student work together at an art table.

Graphic Design students collaborated on two projects with Tempo Plastics this year that received gold and silver awards at the 2015 Global Leadership Awards hosted by PAC (Packaging Consortium), a non-profit that includes over 2,100 members. Read more...

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Staff at New Path Youth and Family Services of Simcoe County decided that its office waiting areas needed sprucing up to ensure their clients’ first point of contact was a positive one. It was from this idea that a project was formed. Read more...

Two large Belgian hares made entirely of butter sit on display at the fair - Ribbons attached

Georgian College Fine Arts student Aylan Couchie had a clear artistic concept in mind when she hopped into a cooler at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last week for the annual butter sculpting competition. Read more...

Students in hallway with giant photographs on walls

Student photos are currently displayed in the Design and Visual Arts building on a large scale, creating "photo graffiti." Watching the joy and wonder on all the faces of the students as they looked up and saw their pieces so massive on the wall was empowering for staff and faculty. Read more...

Three students look at fashion photographs on a computer monitor

This was a joint assignment for which four photography students interested in shooting fashion made images using Hairstyling students as models. The Hairstyling students supplied the hair design, makeup and subjects and in return have received images to help promote the program and Georgian Hair Studio services. Read more...

the winning three Fine Arts student discuss their piece with the CEO of Harmony. The piece sits in a large box between them.

Seven students in Georgian’s Fine Arts program were announced as winners of a commission to have their work featured in a seniors’ community development to be constructed in downtown Barrie. Read more...

Student in a photography class about to take a photo

Georgian College’s Digital Photography program hosts a professional photography trade show at the Barrie Campus. Exhibitors include Broncolor, Mola Softlights, Hasselblad, Hahnemuhle, Awagami Papers, Henry’s, B3K Digital, Nikon, Canon, Amplis Foto, Extreme Imaging and CG&B Insurance Group. Read more...

A colourful print of a little girl's dress, with pink roses on the bottom and yellow gingham on the top

Customers lined up to buy great art at a great price while helping fine art students promote their work in our community, at the Works on Paper art sale and fundraiser in February. It was a great opportunity to purchase thrifty and striking student drawings, paintings and prints — all done on paper. Read more...

Motorcyclist speeding across a parking lot

For the second year in a row, Digital Photography and Imaging students brought their cameras and creativity out to Parking Lot 6 at the Barrie Campus to explore ways to photograph subjects in motion. Read more...

A detailed imprint in blue ink of a fish

Hot off the Press, the annual sale of hand-made prints by Fine Arts students, took place Nov. 14 to 16, 2013 at the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts at the Barrie Campus. Read more...

A group of people stand in front of a YMCA billboard.

As part of a community service learning partnership between Georgian and the YMCA, students from various programs interviewed donors of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, discovering personal journeys never before told. They recently unveiled the stories at an event held at the Barrie YMCA, and read their stories to celebrate the community members. Read more...

A woman and a man hold up a large print in an art studio.

The Fine Arts department embarked on a one-day large-format printmaking experience on Friday, March 13, bringing together faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Read more...

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Second-year Fine Arts student Aylan Couchie organized an innovative arts event in downtown Barrie. WHO NEW?! Barrie’s Premiere Community Art Crawl, was a free self-guided tour of various galleries, studios, musical and eating venues. At least a couple of hundred people took part. Read more...

A smiling Cheryl Kabbes accepts an award from a College representative

Second-year interior design student Cheryl Kabbes is the recipient of the 777 Design Avenue Scholarship for Excellence in Interior Design and the Bruce Peninsula Art Show Award. Read more...

Ryan and Leonard, leaning on a work table with their prints in front of them.

Two second-year Fine Arts students, Leonard Walsh and Ryan Sobkovich, have had prints accepted into the fourth annual Student International Small Print Show in Egypt. The student exhibition aims to promote the works of talented artists from all over the world. Read more...

black and white photo of someone's hands at a piano

New images by four recent graduates have been added to the Visibly Unseen exhibition, an ongoing partnership between Georgian and the David Busby Street Centre that works to build understanding and dispel myths around poverty and homelessness in our community. Read more...

An original necklace by a student artist

‘Rock in Metal’, the 2014 Goldsmithing graduate showcase, begins an Ontario-wide tour this month. The exhibition of stunning jewellery created by nine graduating Goldsmithing graduate certificate students, is open to the public at the Barrie Campus until May 14. Read more...

A student presenting a branch representative with a cheque, followed by a photo of both hugging a border collie.

As part of their Small Business class, graduating students in the Digital Photography program created and ran various enterprises at the college this year for education, experience and fun. They donated proceeds from their enterprises to the local SPCA last week. Read more...

Industry representatives talking to Georgian photography students

For their final project, Digital Photography and Imaging students put on a pop-up portfolio exhibit at Idea City in Toronto. The students created the artwork to be displayed and were responsible for developing a professional display for their work. Read more...

The silhouette of a man in a baseball cap, including a gust of breath, on a cement wall.

Acknowledging a partnership with Georgian College that has spanned four years, the David Busby Street Centre has published a coffee table book with inspirational quotes and powerful photography from the recurring Visibly Unseen exhibit. The book is available at the Busby Centre for a gift of $75. Read more...

A dark-haired girl wearing glasses stands in front of a painting of someone playing in the snow.

Alex chose Georgian’s Museum and Gallery Studies grad certificate program after earning a BFA and an MA, and then living abroad for five years. She wanted to explore the field and build contacts within the industry. The internship component was particularly attractive to her as a way of gaining hands-on experience. Read more...

A black and white photo of a student with makeup running down her face. In the background, a man walks away, leaving snowy footprints.

Digital Photography and Imaging students in the Portfolio Development 1 course showcased their work in December at an exhibition exploring parenthood, faith and rites of passage. Paula Hernández and Crystal Baker were two of many talented individuals whose powerful work and stories were on display. Read more...

Sara stands next to one of her large drawings at the Artist Project

Museum and Gallery Studies student, Sara Shields, recently had some of her art displayed at the Better Living Centre in Toronto as part of a large, juried exhibition called The Artist Project. The project showcased more than 200 artists from around the province. Read more...

Emily Wojna, at work in her studio

Emily Wojna

Goldsmith, Emily Wojna Jewellery

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


I am a Goldsmith and create one-of-a-kind wedding and engagement jewellery and sell my work at Metalworks in Kingston and The Guild Shop in Toronto. Going to Georgian College was one of the best decisions I made because of how it changed my life. Read more...

Ian Barlow

Ian Barlow

Senior User Experience Designer, Mozilla

Program:

Graphic Design

Year:

2004


One of the most useful parts of my education at Georgian was the emphasis on learning the tools of the trade, and how to use them efficiently. When I graduated, I was already fluent enough in Photoshop and Illustrator that I could hit the ground running in my first job. Read more...

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Justin Russo

Owner of Justin Russo Photography

Program:

Digital Photography and Imaging

Year:

2009


Georgian alumnus Justin Russo, a 2009 graduate of the Digital Photography and Imaging program, had the best seat in the house as official photographer of the Blue Jays during the 2015 season. Justin credits his program with giving him the fundamentals he needed to become a versatile photographer. Read more...

Michael Gagliardi

Michael Gagliardi

Director of Marketing, Weavers Art

Program:

Interior Decorating

Year:

2015


Michael is the Director of Marketing at Weavers Art, Canada’s premier destination for luxury hand-knotted area rugs. He is applying many of the skills learned in school, from knowing how to pull a room together cohesively for clients, to being able to market the Weavers Art brand to high-end design professionals. Read more...

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Cassandra Nordell-MacLean

Chief of Vision and Difference/Co-founder, William Standen Co. and Nordell Homes

Program:

Interior Design

Year:

2005


Knowing from age 14 that I wanted to be self-employed, each job move was a leap towards my entrepreneurial goal. In 2006 I returned back to my hometown of Sarnia and launched my first business Nordell Design/Build, and then in 2010 added William Standen Co. kitchen and bath design. Read more...

Alumna Marina stands in a winter parka, by a brick wall at Georgian College's Barrie Campus

Marina Pereira Ricardo

Product Designer, MaricDesign

Program:

Interior Design

Year:

2013


My experience was really special, because I left my country, family and friends, to go to another place, with another language, and somehow I still felt like home. It was an amazing time, and I met so many amazing people! Read more...

Alumna Elizabeth Malouin examines a green semi-precious stone

Elizabeth Malouin

Entrepreneur

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2011


I made the decision to leave my career of more than 20 years in the financial industry and forge ahead into the world of jewellery and metals. After completing the two-year program with honours and receiving various awards, I went on to graduate from the Goldsmithing program in 2011. Read more...

A girl wit long brown hair drinks from a black and white coffee mug.

Morgan Bath

Artist

Program:

Fine Arts Advanced (with honours)

Year:

2013


Georgian College was an amazing start to my artistic career. I loved it while I studied there and since leaving to obtain my BFA, I have come to appreciate it more and more. Read more...

A young dark-haired man wearing a checked shirt with a white t-shirt under.

Max Lupo

Interdisciplinary Studies masters candidate and co-owner of Art in House

Program:

Fine Arts (with honours)

Year:

2010


I began my career as a student at Georgian College just as I was beginning to focus my interest in making and discussing art. As a result of my time at Georgian, I was able to develop my artistic abilities and broaden my understanding of the multi-disciplinary aspects of my practice. Read more...

Alumnus Kyle Barrett examines his brooch for Princess Anne

Kyle Barrett

Entrepreneur and Jeweller

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


Since graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, making custom pieces for clients. I recently made a piece for Princess Anne, commissioned by Grey and Simcoe County Foresters as a gift for her on her visit to Barrie. Read more...

Alumna Jenny Hawkyard

Jenny Hawkyard

Art Director, Treefrog Interactive Inc.

Program:

Art and Design Fundamentals and Graphic Design

Year:

2009


Right after graduating from Georgian College four years ago, I was hired as a junior designer at Treefrog Interactive Inc. With hard work, I made my way up to senior designer and then art director – I now manage all the design work that goes through the company. Read more...

Alumna Dayna Tash

Dayna Tash

Creative Designer, snapd

Program:

Graphic Design

Year:

2013


My fantastic experience at Georgian College, insight into the workforce from industry-experienced professors and field placement opportunity gave me the tools that I needed to make a career move before I even had my diploma in hand. Read more...

Ryan, standing next to his sculpture of Cecil the Lion, and in front of his painting of a Newfoundland landscape

Ryan Allen Sobkovich

Artist

Program:

Fine Arts – Advanced (with honours)

Year:

2016


Born in Wasaga Beach, Sobkovich was already an award-winning artist when he enrolled in Georgian’s Fine Arts-Advanced program. He maintained his standing on the Dean’s List despite continuing to work at his art business part-time while studying. Read more...

Alumna Jess Burnie

Jess Burnie

Manager, Visual Communications, Media Experts

Program:

Graphic Design Production

Year:

2011


After having taken a university program where students were prepared for their masters (not their careers), I was relieved to be in a program where career trajectory was addressed from the first day. Read more...

Alumna Stephanie Uprichard

Stephanie Uprichard

Creative Director,Treefrog Interactive Inc.

Program:

Graphic Design

Year:

1998


Shortly after graduating from Graphic Design at Georgian, I started my own graphic design studio – Treefrog Interactive Inc. – and have been expanding that company ever since. Read more...

Alumna Jennifer Gregg

Jennifer Gregg

Showroom Consultant, Distinctive Appliances Inc.

Program:

Interior Decorating

Year:

2013


As a showroom consultant, I am responsible for the showroom as a whole. I collaboratively book and organize on and off-site events, assist customers and designers in product knowledge, and maintain the appearance of the showroom. The Interior Decorating Program prepared me for the workplace. Read more...

A young woman with long hair.

Natalie Mcdonald

Artist, Fine Arts graduate student, Artist in Residence committee member

Program:

Fine Arts Advanced (with honours)

Year:

2011


From talking to other artists who have recently completed their undergraduate education in other Canadian institutions, in addition to attending others myself, I realized how strong the Fine Arts program at Georgian Collage is. Read more...

Alumna Eve Northmore waving

Eve Northmore

Co-founder, Women’s Snowboard Federation

Program:

Art and Design Fundamentals

Year:

2006


Eve Northmore is a snowboarding enthusiast who uses the skills she learned at college to engage more women and girls in the sport. Eve co-founded the Women’s Snowboard Federation (WSF) in 2006 after identifying a lack of park-focused snowboard camps for girls. Read more...

Alumnus Cole Bennett

Cole Bennett

Photographer and Filmmaker, Cole Bennett Enterprises

Program:

Digital Photography and Imaging

Year:

2010


What I loved most about Georgian was learning about something I'm passionate about, with a group of individuals who are passionate about the same thing. I learned the benefit of immersing oneself in a topic of study, with a community of other students. Read more...

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Tatyana Abel

Artist

Program:

Art and Design Fundamentals and Fine Arts – Advanced (with honours)

Year:

2012


My goal is to be an internationally known artist and make art my full-time job. As an artist, I’m constantly looking for opportunities to promote my work. I’ve been featured in a number of shows and galleries, including a solo exhibit at the Anna Leonownes Gallery in Halifax. Read more...

Alumna Allison Milne

Allison Milne

Lifestyle Portrait and Wedding Photographer

Program:

Art and Design Fundamentals and Digital Photography and Imaging

Year:

2010


I run my home based photography business independently, operating everything from creative to administration. I am the primary photographer, but also staff a collection of second photographers and assistants that accompany me to weddings and sessions. Read more...

Alumna Emily Bulmer

Emily Bulmer

Studio Coordinator, Cambria

Program:

Interior Decorating

Year:

2013


Georgian College prepared me for the workplace by providing me with many opportunities to make connections within the industry. I really like how the teachers are industry professionals. They have been out in the working world and know exactly what to prepare you for. Read more...

Alumnus Matt Bandstra

Matt Bandstra

Designer, Riordon Design

Program:

Graphic Design

Year:

2012


The transition from schooling to working felt completely natural, and I wouldn't have been as prepared if it hadn't been for Georgian's great design program. Projects and assignments mimicked real-life scenarios, and the instructors used their experience in the field to teach at a personal level. Read more...

Alumnus Dave Amos

Dave Amos

Art Director, SBC Media

Program:

Art and Design Fundamentals and Graphic Design

Year:

2004


As the art director at SBC Media, Canada’s largest action sports magazine publisher, I’m responsible for the look and feel of multiple publications. My main goal is to ensure their design and layout resonate with our target audiences. Read more...

Alumna Tamara Graham leans against a post

Tamara Graham

Principal Decorator, TLG Interiors

Program:

Interior Decorating

Year:

2011


I am the owner an Interior Decorating company in Toronto and have been up and running for two years. We help home owners decorate their interiors with colour consultations, space planning and purchasing furniture within a budget. Read more...

Smiling Alumna Teresa Vincent holding a custom Georgian College skateboard.

Teresa Vincent

Owner, UCA Branding

Program:

Graphic Design


Sixteen years ago, Graphic Design graduate Teresa Vincent started her own company, UCA Branding. The local design company provides high quality water, scratch and UV-resistant graphics to any surface needed. Read more...

Angi Luciani

Angi Luciani

Owner, Eclectaccessories

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2014


I love that I get to explore whichever medium I choose and not have someone else dictate my day. The jewellery program was critical in helping me achieve that by teaching me both the creative skills of jewellery-making and how to run a business. Read more...

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Aylan Couchie

Artist

Program:

Art and Design Fundamentals, Fine Arts Advanced

Year:

2015


As a single mom and mature student, it was daunting to make the decision to come back to school. But the Art and Design Fundamentals program allowed me to try my hand at everything from graphic design and photography to fine art. By the end of the first semester of the AADF program, I knew that fine art was where I needed to be. Read more...

Alumna Shelby Gamble leans on a tire swing

Shelby Gamble

Interior Decorator

Program:

Interior Decorating

Year:

2012


The Interior Decorating Program at Georgian taught me practical skills like rendering and hand drafting, but most of all it gave me confidence to share my decorating expertise with an audience. Georgian is a great place to grow personally and professionally. Read more...

Jocelyn Shipticki

Jocelyn Shipticki

Visual Mixologist, Fusion Design Group Inc.

Program:

Graphic Design

Year:

2011


Georgian prepared me for the workplace by giving me a “push” into the real world of design. Interviews and placements forced me to deal with real clients/projects and be surrounded by other designers. Read more...

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