Visual Arts Fundamentals - Drawing and Painting

The Visual and Creative Arts Fundamentals ( Drawing and Painting) program is designed to provide the basic to intermediate-level student with the opportunity to fully explore the range of possibilities of  expression in drawing and painting on the two-dimensional surface.


Fall 2015
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: VAF
Location: Haliburton
Contact: Jennifer Bain Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: September 08, 2015
Tuition Fees (Domestic): $4,300.92 program duration*
Tuition Fees (International): $14,025.35 program duration*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

This program will provide an introduction to drawing and painting through a blend of courses focused on both theory and technique. Beginning with dry media, students will be given an introduction to the vast range of materials, tools, and techniques for the application of both traditional and experimental categories of drawing and painting processes.

The design process in the two dimensional plane will be used as students begin to realize their own choices in subject matter and composition. Towards the end of the program they will have opportunity to begin to explore works of their own design and interpretations and to realize the implications of personal choice, experimentation, investigation, and reflections.  

Students will be encouraged throughout the program to maintain the development of content for a portfolio of work suitable for application to exhibitions, a variety of venues, or for further studies in fine arts.

An expanding awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of issues in contemporary painting and drawing practices will be supported by faculty artist’s talks, research and presentations, mounting of exhibitions, as well as studio and gallery visits.  

Success Stories

"From my newly completed studio in a beautiful maple forest in northwestern New Brunswick I send my appreciation to Fleming College and the staff. I am focused, committed and excited about what lies ahead on my artistic journey. There truly are endless possibilities."

Vicky Lentz

Why Choose Fleming

This program is delivered at Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus, located in central Ontario's spectacular Haliburton Highlands region and home to the Haliburton School of The Arts, renowned for outstanding arts programming. Designed for visual artists, the contemporary architecture maximizes natural light in the studios, classrooms and common areas. It's the perfect environment to flourish as an artist.

Fleming students have unique and flexible options for earning their diploma in the visual arts. Once students have completed their certificate, they can continue their education by enrolling in two more semesters of study to complete their Visual and Creative Arts diploma.  Students can continue their arts education through transfer agreements with Sheridan College, Emily Carr University of Art and Design and OCAD University. ( Ontario College of Art and Design).

The certificate programs are delivered in an intensive format in which two semesters of credits can be completed in only 15 weeks. Each certificate course comprises 32.5 hours of in-class instruction with an additional 15 hours of technician - guided, independent studio time. Faculty members are not only professional artists and designers, but also dedicated teachers who are intent upon the development of your technical skills, creative thinking, and artistic integrity. The 40-year history of the Haliburton School of The Arts is proof of the passion and focus of its faculty, administration, and support staff, whose collaboration provides an environment rich in potential for studies in the arts.

Is this You?

  • open-minded
  • interested in exploring drawing and painting as a means of artistic expression
  • committed to ongoing exploration of  your own creativity
  • willing to learn from others
  • manual dexterity
  • able to commit to intensive program format

Career Opportunities

  • You have started a life-long learning experience in the discipline of drawing and painting with endless options in your pursuit of a career in this field.
  • This program will appeal to the serious student who is seeking to build an excellent foundation portfolio of work before pursuing further studies, to apply their learning to another medium, or to explore apprenticeship, freelance, or teaching career options.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

Related Programs

This 15-week certificate can be applied to both the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma and the Integrated Design Diploma - Specialist Options.

Additional Costs

There will be an additional expense of approximately $300 for textbooks and equipment in addition to the material fee included in the tuition.

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