Art and Design Fundamentals student sitting at a desk using a laptop and colour wheel while drawing on a tablet with a stylus

Build your portfolio and prepare for an exciting career as an artist or designer

Art and Design Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program

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.

Program code AADF
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid What does this mean?

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie
Winter 2025 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Art and Design Fundamentals program?

Art and Design Fundamentals 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 for Prior Learning website for details:

What career paths can I take in art and design?

Your Art and Design Fundamentals certificate gives you many 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.

Flex MORE. Study Art and Design Fundamentals part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.

What courses are included in the Art and Design Fundamentals certificate program?

Course overview

5 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
5 Program Option Courses
1 General Education Course

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Art and Design Fundamentals program outline.

  • APDE 1000 – Ideas and Imagery
  • APDE 1001 – Design Fundamentals
  • APDE 1002 – Colour and Design
  • DRWG 1004 – Fundamentals of Drawing
  • APDE 1006 – Understanding Art and Design
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)


This program has a hybrid delivery method. Some parts are online and other parts are delivered in person. You’ll need to come to campus for part of your program.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

Optional courses

In addition to the mandatory courses, 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

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