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Bring your artistic vision to life through visual and digital media

Visual and Digital Media Arts Ontario College Diploma program

Unleash your creative abilities and artistic skills. Get hands-on experience with the latest digital tools—such as virtual reality—and a range of traditional media.

Program code VDMA
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) In-person and hybrid option What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

In this program, students develop their creative abilities and artistic skills using the latest digital tools and a variety of traditional media. Through a combination of creative course content and hands-on studio practice, students develop their interests and skills in a variety of techniques and media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital art, 3D modelling, 3D printing, photography, and extended reality (VR, AR) that help bring their artistic vision to life. Experiential art studios and unique media labs provide a hands-on environment to foster essential visual art skills. In our Campus Gallery, students engage with the work of contemporary artists as well as have opportunities to showcase their own work. Through immersive and leading-edge art education, students foster critical thinking, social innovation, and entrepreneurial skills, which are essential for success within the diverse professions in the visual arts.  


Please note: Some program courses may be delivered at the downtown Barrie location (5 Ross St.). The Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre is located just minutes away from the waterfront. You’ll learn in our fully-equipped studios using industry standard tools, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with leaders in your field and real-world clients.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Visual and Digital Media Arts program?

Visual and Digital Media Arts admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status 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:

Additional information

To be successful in this program, students are required to purchase art materials such as paints and canvas on an ongoing basis.

In addition, a personal tablet and stylus are required for digital drawing. We recommend an Apple product to run the app, Procreate. Visit the Procreate website to find out which iPads can run the latest software version The Procreate website also provides advice on how to get earlier versions of the software for older devices.

Students can use an equivalent Android tablet and stylus. We will recommend a different drawing app, as Procreate does not run on Android.

Students will not need to purchase the tablet before the first day of class and will have some time to ask questions before buying a device.

What career paths can I take in visual and digital media?

Your Visual and Digital Media Arts diploma gives you many career opportunities

Graduates may find work in careers including but not limited to studio assistant, gallery preparator, photographer’s assistant, set decorator, concept artist, teaching assistant, digital illustrator, and sales. With a broad background in the creative application of digital and visual art media, graduates may also choose to pursue further studies in a related artistic discipline to further enhance their career opportunities. Alternatively, graduates may also choose to pursue their own professional studio art practice.

Flex MORE. Study Visual and Digital Media Arts 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 Visual and Digital Media Arts diploma program?

Course overview

19 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Visual and Digital Media Arts program outline.

  • ARTS 1000 – 2D Media Studio 1
  • DIGS 1000 – Digital Studio 1
  • DRWG 1000 – Interpretive Drawing 1
  • SCUL 1000 – 3D Studio 1 – Materials and Methods
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)

In-person and hybrid option

In this program, some courses will provide an option to choose fully in person or fully online. You’ll choose one delivery method, that fits your circumstances, for the duration of the semester.

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

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