Art and Design Foundation Is a Launching Pad for Success in visual and digital art

To truly excel in an industry or job, a solid footing is essential. Think back to when you were learning math. Addition and subtraction was followed by the multiplication tables and division, and all were essential in understanding the concepts the followed. The same goes for any job involving art. At Centennial College’s Art and Design Foundation Studies, those who wish to work in the arts fields but don’t have the credentials or know-how to attend the program of their choice, can take two semesters to get a much-needed foundation.

With a goal to nurture artistic talents and build new creative and practical skills for further education, the Art and Design Studies program is geared towards students who have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment or equivalent. It should be noted that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Founded in 1974 and doing an excellent job of evolving with the times, this Art Design College program serves as a pathway for those who: have a general interest in art but are not sure of what career direction they want to take; are naturally talented but want to develop technique; want to be exposed to all forms and levels of visual art with step-by-step encouragement from staff and faculty; or need to build their portfolio to apply to an artistic program that requires them to have one for admission.

As such, students of this program study from Centennial College’s The Centre for Creative Communications campus. As the name suggests, this location boasts facilities and large arts studios equipped with the latest modern art tools so that students may obtain much hands-on practice, both in the classroom and in their spare time. Speaking of classes, students are guided through their courses by experienced faculty members who teach the full range of approaches in drawing, life drawing and three-dimensional design, imaging, animation and design. Thanks to this method, the program combines traditional and digital art courses, crafted by industry leaders and employers who offer Centennial College insight into the skills that are needed in the evolving workplace.

Among the current Art and Design Foundation courses in which students partake are: Creativity in Context, Digital Imaging, Colour Studio, Digital Art & Design Studio, Time-Based Art & Design, 3D Art and Design Studio and more.

In addition to being able to apply to Centennial College programs (Digital Animation, Interactive Digital Media, Game Design or Graphic Design Media), qualified grads of this art design college-level program may partake in articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. It has partnered with Athabasca University, professional arts degree (Communication Studies).

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