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 2018 Barrie
Winter 2019 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

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.


View the Art & Design Fundamentals articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • APDE1000 Ideas and Imagery
  • APDE1001 Design Fundamentals
  • APDE1002 Colour and Design
  • DRWG1004 Fundamentals of Drawing
  • HSTY1000 Introduction to Western Art History

Communications Course

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

Optional Courses

    General Education Course

    To be selected from College list