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Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Visual Arts (Diploma)

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Total Credits: 60+
Credential: Diploma in Visual Arts
Program Code: VART.DIP
CIP: 50.0101


This studio immersion program offers the individual a comprehensive education in visual arts. The program provides an intensive foundation of exploration and design intended to promote disciplined inquiry, experimentation, vocabulary, skill, critical awareness and an openness of mind. As the program progresses, the student continues exploration and design with particular emphasis directed towards contemporary concepts and media, and is also obligated to establish an in-depth program of personal research. At the conclusion of the program, students will deliver a portfolio that illustrates competence and achievement to prospective clients, employers, granting agencies and/or indicates their growth potential to institutes of advanced study.

Career/Academic Advancement Opportunities

Program graduates are currently employed as animators, filmmakers, potters, museum and gallery personnel, art studio technicians, costume designers, painters, etc.

Many graduates are enrolled or have completed further studies at university (B.Ed., B.A., B.F.A. programs) and art colleges across Canada. Students planning to transfer to a university degree program should consult with an Academic Advisor, program faculty or the university to which they plan to transfer in order to discuss additional academic course requirements.


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  • Acceptance of transfer students from other post-secondary Art programs into 2nd year is at the approval of the department.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply artistic processes, techniques and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in works of art.
  • Demonstrate and interpret knowledge of foundational, historical, intercultural, and contemporary visual arts theory within ones art practice and overall agency.
  • Think critically to problem-solve and make informed, critical and self-aware artistic decisions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical, current and potential uses of art as a means of educating, influencing and informing our social, intercultural and political lives.
  • Develop and present a professional portfolio that communicates one’s artistic practice, knowledge and agency.


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