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Define yourself as an artist and launch your career in art and design.
Build a broad base of artistic techniques in a studio setting
Our faculty of professional artists will help you hone your artistic voice and build a mature body of work. They’ll give you rigorous in-studio training in a wide range of mediums including 2D design, 3D design, observational drawing, colour theory and painting. At the same time, you’ll learn to think globally and develop an entrepreneurial mindset to help you succeed in today’s job market.
Develop advanced skills and knowledge with specialty arts electives
You’ll choose specialty electives to build on your existing toolset, learning advanced techniques, new disciplines and intermediate theory. With a broader base of experience and specialized knowledge, you’ll increase your marketable skills. Electives you can choose from include courses in 2D design and graphic communication, 3D design and fabrication, as well as sculpture, drawing and painting.
Learn how to go into business as a professional artist, designer or entrepreneur
Our exclusive third-year Professional Practice course will teach you how to turn your artistic practice into a viable career or start your own business. You’ll learn how to apply for artist residencies, grants, exhibitions, design competitions and more. You’ll also build a portfolio of work and learn how to market yourself, including how to promote your art on social media.
Benefit from Sheridan’s world-renowned art reputation and culture
Sheridan is one of the best arts schools in Canada, and we’re known globally for our illustration and animation programs. You’ll be immersed in our one-of-a-kind creative community and produce your work in world-class facilities. Our Trafalgar campus is located between two major art hubs — Toronto and Hamilton — so you’ll have access to plenty of culture without the cost of living in the big city.
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
CODE TITLE CREDITS DESN 10004 Introduction to Printmaking 3 OR ARTS 36859 Advanced Drawing Studio 1 3 DSGN 18081 Introduction to Web Design 3 DESN 39014 Sculpture Studio 3 ARTS 39402 Painting: Images and Ideas 3 DSGN 19402 Introduction to Digital Photography 3 DSGN 33672 Design for Print 3 DSGN 13672 Time Based Media 3 PLUS ARTS 34579 Concepts in Contemporary Visual Culture 3 General Education Course (Open) 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS Select 5 of the following courses DESN 14579 Printmaking 3 DESN 30172 Advanced Sculpture 3 ARTS 33314 Advanced Painting Studio 3 ARTS 39207 Advanced Drawing Studio 2 3 DSGN 26206 Digital Imagery 3 DSGN 35436 Techno Craft 3 ARTS 39599 Photographic Concepts 3 ARTS 38081 Project X 3 DESN 37028 Print and Interactivity Design 3 PLUS BUSM 36693 Professional Practice 3 Total: 18
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 arts professionals are often self-employed. This program helps prepare graduates with marketable skills and critical thinking abilities to open their own studios or businesses. Other students apply to our Bachelor’s degree programs, such as Art and Art History, Animation and Illustration.
Graduates have also found employment in areas such as:
- Graphic art and design
- Photographer's assistants
- Public art projects
- Digital prepress
- Gallery operation
- 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 Advanced Diploma
Full-time 3 years Program code: PCVAD
|Sep 2021||Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville)||Available|
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