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Your two-year kickstart to a career in art and design.
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.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 11632 Introduction to 2D Design 3 DESN18081 Introduction to 3D Design 3 ARTS 13672 Observational Drawing 3 ARTS 10025 Colour Theory 3 ARTS 14998 Introduction to Painting 3 COMM 19999 Essential Communication Skills 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 19798 2D Design 3 DESN 19014 3D Design 3 ARTS 17370 Figure Drawing 3 DESN 17721 Design Drawing 3 ARTS 19798 Painting 3 General Education Elective 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS ARTS 20330 Interpretive Drawing 3 OR ARTS 25142 Figurative Drawing 3 DESN 28634 2D Design Studio 3 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 HIST11456G History of Western Art 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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 Exploration 3 ARTS 28263 Figurative Painting Studio 3 ARTS 24444 Interpretive Painting Studio 3 DSGN 27545 Digital Media Studio 3 PLUS BUSM 25892 Business for the Arts 3 Education Elective 3 Total: 21
Courses subject to change.
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Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)
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.
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
- Public art projects
- Self-employed artist/designer
- 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.
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 2020–2021 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 this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$5,131.48
Fees for International students$17,972.48
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.
Ontario College Diploma
Full-time 2 years Program code: PCVAT
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