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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Visual and Creative Arts – Advanced

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

Find out how Sheridan programs will be delivered next semester: View Winter 2023 Program Delivery Modes.

Define yourself as an artist and launch your career in art and design.

Program Overview

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. Get rigorous in-studio training in 2D and 3D design, observational and life drawing*, colour theory and painting and more. (*Note: You'll be required, as part of the curriculum, to study life drawing and painting. This regularly includes drawing the nude figure and the study of human anatomy.)

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, sculpture and fabrication, 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 meet guest professionals and 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 and 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.

Further your studies or begin your career

Many students who complete the Visual and Creative Arts advanced diploma program go on to further study in a degree program of their preference.

Some students gain entry-level employment in jobs that require visual art and design skills, as fine artists, freelance designers, and in community arts groups.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

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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.

Courses subject to change.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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 may be advised individually regarding 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 Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Career Opportunities

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
  • Illustration
  • Photographer's assistants
  • Public art projects
  • Digital prepress
  • Gallery operation
  • Signage
  • Entrepreneur

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 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 Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Completion

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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 of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Internship

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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

$5,388.64
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$19,162.64

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.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Financial Planning Certification

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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.
  • Learn how to develop effective simulation software using techniques such as discrete event modelling, continuous system modelling, probabilistic modelling and mathematical modelling.

    Specialized Courses
    • Introduction to Modelling & Simulation
    • Mathematical Modelling
    • Graphics and Visualization
    • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    • Modelling & Simulation Methods
    • High Performance Software Design
    • Advanced Graphics and Visualization
    • Advanced Modelling and Simulation
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Medical Imaging Software Specialist: Evaluate existing technologies, develop and implement algorithms and conduct system-level engineering to analyze, visualize, manipulate and integrate medical image-based solutions. 
    • Data Visualization Specialist: Independently design, visualize and implement data visualization solutions using data visualization best practices.
    • Imaging Programmer: Use advanced programming knowledge, template development environments and image processing software packages to process medical image data. 
    • Modelling Specialist: Perform predictive modelling and data mining (including the design, development, maintenance and implementation of models) to identify trends and outliers, apply statistical methods to the data and interpret the results, and develop and design clear and informative data visualizations.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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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.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Full-time 3 years Program code: PCVAD

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
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Sep 2023 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Available

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