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Visual Arts

Ontario College Diploma

Visual and Creative Arts

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

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

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

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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

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Completion

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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 2021–2022 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.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

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

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 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. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$5,212.14
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$19,003.14

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:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

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 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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.

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

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