Art and Design Fundamentals
Learn new skills. Refine existing ones. Decide where you want to go in your art and design career. Create a portfolio to help get you there.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie
Winter 2020 Barrie

Program description

Art and Design Fundamentals is a one-year certificate program that provides a solid foundation in art and design. It also provides the opportunity for students to assess which area of the visual arts is most appropriate to their individual abilities. Effective research, problem-solving, and conceptualization skills are developed to nurture talents and prepare students for future studies in art and design. The range of courses provides an opportunity to learn new skills and refine existing skills. The portfolio developed in this program will be valuable when applying to specialized art or design programs.

Optional Courses

In addition to the mandatory courses (listed further down on this page) students in Art and Design Fundamentals are able to take a variety of art-related optional courses, which may include:

FINA 1002 - Fine Art Studio
APDE 1005 - Visual Art Studio: 3D
GRPH1003 - Graphic Design Studio
PHOT1006 - Introduction to Digital Photography
DRWG1007 - Drawing From Your Imagination
DRWG1005 - Analytical Drawing
DRWG1006 - Life Drawing

Career opportunities

This one-year certificate program prepares students for entering specific art and design diploma programs by developing the fundamental skills and knowledge that form the foundation for future studies in design or visual arts. Graduates have undertaken a wide variety of art and design related studies, enabling them to discern their particular strengths and preferences. Art and Design Fundamentals graduates can make informed choices for future career paths.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:


Mandatory courses

  • APDE 1000 - Ideas and Imagery
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • APDE 1001 - Design Fundamentals
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • APDE 1002 - Colour and Design
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DRWG 1004 - Fundamentals of Drawing
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • HSTY 1000 - Introduction to Western Art History
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • Select 5 courses from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 2 / hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)