Visual and Creative Arts


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Program Description

The Visual and Creative Arts Diploma (VCAD) offers you unique and flexible options for earning a diploma in the visual arts. Choose the learning path that is right for you. It’s your diploma, your way.

VCAD = foundation courses + elective courses

Foundation Courses

These courses are required to develop the foundational skills for Visual and Creative Arts Diploma candidates:

  • 3D Design
  • Art History - The Recent Century
  • Contemporary Art Investigations
  • Design I
  • Drawing Disciplines
  • Media Explorations I
  • Visual Documentation
  • Business for Artists
  • Concept Development
  • Design II
  • Media Explorations II
  • Portfolio and Presentation
  • 2 General Education Electives

Elective Courses

The elective courses build upon the foundation courses and focus on studio-based learning and techniques. You can acquire these elective courses through one of two learning pathways: the Specialist Option; or the Generalist Option.

Specialist Option

Take one of our 15-week Art Certificate programs:

  • Artist Blacksmith
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Image Design
  • Drawing & Painting (Visual Arts Fundamentals)
  • Glassblowing
  • Jewellery Essentials
  • Photo Arts
  • Sculpture
  • Fibre Arts

Generalist Option

Or, you can obtain your elective courses by taking a Generalist Option. Choose 12 courses plus a two-week capstone course. Study at your own pace, including spring, summer and fall courses (see the Haliburton School of The Arts Calendar for these courses). You can fast-track this program and complete your diploma in one calendar year.

Why Choose Fleming

This program is delivered at Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus, located in central Ontario's spectacular Haliburton Highlands region and home to the Haliburton School of The Arts, renowned for outstanding arts programming. Designed for visual artists, the contemporary architecture maximizes natural light in the studios, classrooms and common areas. It's the perfect environment to flourish as an artist.

Fleming students have unique and flexible options for earning their diploma in the visual arts. Once students have completed their certificate, they can continue their education by enrolling in two more semesters of study to complete their Visual and Creative Arts diploma. Students can continue their arts education through transfer agreements with several universities including Emily Carr University of Art and Design, OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) and Wayne State University, Michigan. The certificate programs are delivered in an intensive format in which two semesters of credits can be completed in only 15 weeks. Each certificate course comprises 32.5 hours of in-class instruction with an additional 15 hours of technician - guided, independent studio time. Faculty members are not only professional artists and designers, but also dedicated teachers who are intent upon the development of your technical skills, creative thinking, and artistic integrity. The 40-year history of the Haliburton School of The Arts is proof of the passion and focus of its faculty, administration, and support staff, whose collaboration provides an environment rich in potential for studies in the arts.

Is this You?

An interest in art, drawing, and painting is essential to your success in this program. Other abilities and traits that would be an asset include:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • An open mind
  • Willingness to learn from others
  • An interest in exploring your creativity
  • Ability to commit to the intensive program format

Career Opportunities

You have started a life long learning experience in the world of art with endless options in your pursuit of a career in the art field. You might continue to pursue a career by taking more advanced studies or work as a studio artist to further develop your talents, become a teacher or work in a gallery, museum or art/craft retail operation.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

Related Programs

Fleming College Visual and Creative Arts Diploma graduates can complete Fleming's Museum Management and Curatorship post-graduate program with just two additional semesters of study.

Additional Costs

Material fees of approximately $800.00 for the first two semesters. Students should have access to a digital camera for this program.

Transfer Agreements

  • Alberta College of Art + Design
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Nipissing University
  • Nova Scotia College of Arts & Design
  • OCAD University
  • York University
Last updated Jan 2018

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