Coming to campus? Please review our campus access and safety protocols.

Visual Arts

Ontario College Diploma

Visual and Creative Arts

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

For details on how Sheridan programs will be delivered in upcoming semesters, please review our Fall 2022 Program Delivery Modes.

Your two-year kickstart to a career in art and design.

Program Overview

Learn a wide array of art mediums and techniques

In our two-year Visual and Creative Arts diploma, you’ll get rigorous in-studio training in every semester of the program. You’ll study 2D and 3D design, observational drawing, colour theory and painting. In second year, you’ll choose from electives to specialize in areas of interest and build a broader set of marketable skills to help you find work after graduation.

Learn the basics of how to become a professional artist or designer

During your second year, you'll learn how to apply your studio skills to many art and design related careers, learning the basics of:

  • Time management and deadlines
  • Project budgeting
  • Writing proposals
  • Contemporary practices

Work in specialty studios with a faculty of practicing professional artists

Sheridan has a reputation as one of the best art schools in Canada, and we’re globally recognized for our illustration and animation programs. You’ll learn art in world-class studios and immerse yourself in our one-of-a-kind creative campus atmosphere. You’ll also learn from experienced faculty who are connected to galleries, studios, agencies and others in the Greater Toronto Area's arts scene.

Easily transfer to a three-year advanced diploma

If you decide you want to further your artistic education and knowledge, transferring to our three-year Visual and Creative Arts advanced diploma is easy — simply speak to your program coordinator. You’ll learn more advanced techniques, in-depth theory and the professional skills you need to market yourself as a professional artist, designer or creative entrepreneur with your own business.

PCVAT

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    DESN 11632Introduction to 2D Design3
    DESN18081 Introduction to 3D Design 3
    ARTS 13672Observational Drawing 3
    ARTS 10025Colour Theory3
    ARTS 14998 Introduction to Painting 3
    COMM 19999 Essential Communication Skills 3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    DESN 197982D Design 3
    DESN 19014 3D Design3
    ARTS 17370Figure Drawing3
    DESN 17721Design Drawing3
    ARTS 19798 Painting 3
    General Education Elective 3
    Total: 18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    ARTS 20330 Interpretive Drawing3
    OR
    ARTS 25142 Figurative Drawing 3
    DESN 28634 2D Design Studio3
    OR
    DESN 10587 Introduction to Surface Design 3
    DESN 26048 3D Design Studio 3
    OR
    DESN 14998 Introduction to Figurative Sculpture 3
    ARTS 25436 Painting: Media and Materials 3
    DSGN 17198 Digital Media Lab 3
    PLUS  
    HIST11456GHistory of Western Art3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    Select 5 of the following courses   
    ARTS 25586 Figurative Drawing Studio 3
    ARTS 23431 Interpretive Drawing Studio 3
    DESN 26859  Design: Text and Image  3
    DESN 24178 Surface Design 3
    DESN 28448 Figurative Sculpture  3
    DESN 20082 3D Design: Material Exploration3
    ARTS 28263 Figurative Painting Studio3
    ARTS 24444 Interpretive Painting Studio3
    DSGN 27545 Digital Media Studio 3
    PLUS  
    BUSM 25892 Business for the Arts 3
     Education Elective3
    Total:21

Courses subject to change.

Find course details:

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Career Opportunities

Visual and Creative Arts diploma students learn how to work as artists and think like entrepreneurs. Many students start studios or businesses. Others apply their new skills to further studies in other Sheridan programs, like our degree programs in animation and illustration.

Graduates have also worked in fields like:

  • Digital prepress
  • Gallery operation
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Public art projects
  • Self-employed artist/designer
  • Signage

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Co-op

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Degree Completion

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Learning Outcomes

  • Produce a collection of work that represents attitudes, knowledge and skills which demonstrate an advanced level of competency in visual communications.
  • Apply an advanced level of knowledge, skills and appropriate methodology to resolve complex problems including time management, budgetary restrictions and specific client directives
  • Originate and develop innovative and original visual communications on time and within budget to meet the specific needs of the client.
  • Use a variety of advanced technologies to produce visual communications.
  • Effectively communicate ideas, objects and emotions to resolve complex problems.
  • Exhibit a breadth of knowledge in the origins and evolution of contemporary thinking and trends in design, art and technology.
  • Effectively integrate the advanced levels of knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired and apply professional studio practices to realize solutions to complex problems.
  • Resolve complex problems that demonstrate an advanced level of competency in the effects and psychology of colour.
  • Work in a professional manner, maintaining professional relationships and communicating effectively with co-workers, supervisors and others.
  • Produce a portfolio of work that reflects the ability to communicate effectively in visual form.
  • Solve complex problems related to the conceptual process involving organization, budget and time management.
  • Express artistic concepts through the manipulation of a variety of media (e.g. charcoal, paint).
  • Use a variety of technical equipment and computer software to enhance visual, written and verbal communication.
  • Communicate concepts, emotions and intent effectively in visual, verbal, written and virtual form, using appropriate terminology.
  • Analyze contemporary visual arts development and issues, as well as current trends in the market.
  • Observe guidelines and regulations with respect to health and safety applicable to the use of art materials and methodology.
  • Generate works of art and design that reflect an advanced level of knowledge and skill in the application of colour theory and the effects and psychology of colour.
  • Collaborate effectively with faculty and peers.
  • Explain historical and contemporary works of art from a critical perspective.
  • Conduct applied research that directs problem solving and informs the creative process.
  • Use a broad range of specialized equipment, and required toxic and hazardous materials following established safety principles and procedures.

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Internship

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2022–2023 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$5,324.64
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$19,098.64

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL excluded) in Spring 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 27, 2022. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Labs & Technology

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Financial Planning Certification

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Professional Sales Certificate

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Program Transition

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Earn your Masters degree

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Transfer Opportunities

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Clinical Placements

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Computer Science Specializations

In our Honours Bachelor of Computer Science program, you'll learn foundational skills that prepare you to work in any area of computer science. But you’ll also have the chance to specialize in one of four emerging fields that interests you the most.

In the first year of the program, you’ll be introduced to each of these four fields: cloud computing, data analytics, game engineering, and network engineering.

Then, you’ll focus your studies on your selected specialization. You’ll take eight courses in your specialization of choice, gaining specific skills that are not taught in traditional diploma and degree programs. Your computer science specialization will give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

You can specialize in one of the following fields:

  • Get a deeper understanding of cloud computing — the delivery of computing system resources such as software, databases, servers, data storage, and more — over the Internet. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of private, hybrid or public cloud delivery.

    Specialized Courses
    • Internet of Things
    • Storage Systems
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Distributed & Parallel Computing
    • Security & Privacy in the Cloud
    • Cloud Economics
    • Cloud Monitoring & Governance
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Cloud Software Engineer: Develop large-scale production clouds.
    • Cloud Developer: Create new cloud services and improve current cloud products.
    • Cloud Automation Specialist: Design and implement automated technologies and processes that support your employer’s cloud offerings.
    • Cloud Architect: Use software development and information technology skills to build hybrid DevOp platforms that leverage your employer’s web services, cloud and on-premise data centres.
    • Systems Administrator – Cloud Operations: Automate, organize, monitor and maintain all of your employer’s cloud-based systems.
    • Cloud Services Adviser: Sell and market various cloud solutions, such as Office 365 or Watson analytics.
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis, data mining and other advanced techniques to draw new and useful insights from large data sets. Confidently interpret and share information about the data patterns you discover.

    Specialized Courses
    • Business Processes
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 1
    • Big Data Management & Processing
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 2
    • Data Warehouse Design & Implementation
    • Machine Learning Techniques
    • Data Mining
    • Business Communication
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Data Scientist: Perform data analysis and develop and implement predictive models.
    • Data Architect: Design and implement big data solutions that support the Data Warehouse Environment (DWE).
    • Data Analyst: Apply current technologies, concepts and methodologies to build development projects that integrate various data sources.
    • Data Developer: Use Big Data architectures to migrate data from various databases, implement latest technologies and meet functional and technical requirements.
    • Big Data Platform Engineer: Design, build and administer platforms that combine several big data applications and utilities within a single solution.
  • Master the algorithmic, programming and mathematical techniques used to develop software components for computer games.

    Specialized Courses
    • Gameplay Programming 1
    • Game Engine Architecture
    • Gameplay Programming 2
    • Computer Graphics & Animation
    • Artificial Intelligence for Games
    • Game Tools and Data-Driven Design
    • Multiplayer Games
    • Games in Emerging Technologies & Hardware
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Game Developer: Design new games, including art and animation, or write programs to implement a game.
    • Gameplay Programmer: Enhance computer games with gameplay features that improve the user experience.
  • Learn the specialized skills needed to plan, construct, optimize and manage the computer networks that businesses and organizations rely on every day.

    Specialized Courses
    • IP Engineering 1
    • Network Access Technologies
    • Network Service Applications
    • IP Engineering 2
    • Enterprise Network Operations
    • IP Engineering 3
    • Emerging Topics in Networking
    • Internet Core Technologies
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support computer networks.
    • Data Network Services: Troubleshoot computer network performance issues, analyze network traffic, plan capacity solutions and ensure service readiness.
    • Network Quality Assurance Engineer: Perform manual and automatic quality assurance testing for networks.

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Articulation Agreements

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Field Placements

Take a virtual campus tour

Have questions? Get answers.


Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


Helpful links

Program Summary

Program availability

Ontario College Diploma

Full-time 2 years Program code: PCVAT

Ontario College Diploma
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2022 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Available

Explore your future campus with a 360° virtual tour

Get to know the places and spaces that are part of the Sheridan experience.

Get a feel for your future

Find your fit and choose with confidence. Choosing the right education is a big decision. At Sheridan we’re committed to providing you with the learning, support and services you need to achieve your goals and reach your full potential. Take a look around, and please connect with us if you have any questions!

Have a question? Contact us.

We’re happy to help with any questions you may have. Give us a call at any of these numbers and select Option 4 after the prompt, or simply fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

905-845-9430 (Oakville/Mississauga)
905-459-7533 (Brampton)

Contact Centre hours of operation:

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

See Sheridan on Facebook See Sheridan on Twitter See Sheridan on Youtube

Contact Sheridan

Which of the following applies to you?
X
Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.
Confirm