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Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Visual and Creative Arts – Advanced

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

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. 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.

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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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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
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    DESN 10004 Introduction to Printmaking3
    OR
    ARTS 36859Advanced Drawing Studio 13
    DSGN 18081 Introduction to Web Design3
    DESN 39014 Sculpture Studio 3
    ARTS 39402 Painting: Images and Ideas 3
    DSGN 19402 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
    DSGN 33672Design for Print3
    DSGN 13672Time Based Media3
    PLUS  
    ARTS 34579Concepts in Contemporary Visual Culture3
     General Education Course (Open) 3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    Select 5 of the following courses   
    DESN 14579Printmaking 3
    DESN 30172 Advanced Sculpture 3
    ARTS 33314 Advanced Painting Studio 3
    ARTS 39207 Advanced Drawing Studio 23
    DSGN 26206 Digital Imagery 3
    DSGN 35436Techno Craft3
    ARTS 39599 Photographic Concepts3
    ARTS 38081Project X3
    DESN 37028 Print and Interactivity Design3
    PLUS  
    BUSM 36693Professional Practice3
    Total:18

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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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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 Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 yrs (6 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

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

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 Summary

Co-op

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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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Program Summary

Degree Completion

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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 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

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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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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 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.

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.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$5,131.48
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$17,972.48

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:

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.

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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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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)

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

Designation

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

Designation

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

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 Summary

Program availability

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Full-time 3 years Program code: PCVAD

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2021 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Available

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