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
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

Students acquire a solid foundation in art and design, and assess which area of the visual arts fits best with their individual proficiencies and interests. Effective research, problem-solving, and conceptualization skills are developed to prepare them for future studies in art and design. The breadth of hands-on studio art courses available provides an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, while refining existing ones. Students develop a portfolio of their work, which will be valuable when applying to specialized art or design programs.

Note: As a student in this program, you will not have courses in the summer term. Please review the program progression located in the program outline for more information.

Please see program-specific fee for Art and Design Fundamentals.

Part-time delivery option

We also offer a part-time delivery format for this program:

  • complete the program part-time
  • register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go
  • finish this program in three years part-time

Visit the Art and Design Fundamentals part-time program page for details and contact information.

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
GRPH 1003 - Graphic Design Studio
PHOT 1006 - Introduction to Digital Photography
DRWG 1007 - Drawing From Your Imagination
DRWG 1005 - Analytical Drawing
DRWG 1006 - Life Drawing

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to enter specific art and design diploma programs by developing the fundamental skills and knowledge that form the foundation for future studies. They are able to make informed choices about their future career path. Past graduates of the program have gone on to undertake a wide variety of art and design related studies.

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:


Program-specific 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)
  • APDE 1006 - Understanding Art and Design
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

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

General education courses

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