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Artist Blacksmith

Learn the art of blacksmithing; the process, design, and technical skills in one of the only programs of its kind in Canada. 

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code

ABS

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Certificate

Program Contact

Juliette Arsenault

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$4921.93 (includes fees and supplies)**

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Canadian Students

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January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code

ABS

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Certificate

Program Contact

Juliette Arsenault

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$4921.93 (includes fees and supplies)**

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

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Canadian Students

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In this unique program, you'll learn how to control fire and hot metal to create amazing pieces that range from small scale objects to large installations. Our faculty will teach you the process and value of well formed design and technical drawing for blacksmiths, applicable to individual and collaborative projects. From here, you will create a number of projects to augment your portfolio. Graduate with strong technical skills, expanded creative thinking, artistic integrity and an impressive portfolio.

The program is delivered in the Artist Blacksmith studio at the Peel Building, located approximately one kilometre from the main campus. The studio features eight propane forges, two coke forges, cutting and welding equipment, specialty tools and adjacent classroom space. It is large and well-ventilated with lots of personal work space including benches with height adjustable anvils at individual work stations. Under the supervision of faculty and technicians, you will have access to the coke and propane forges as well as welding, grinding and sanding stations.

While the majority of classes take place at the artist blacksmith studio, the administration offices, computer labs, the library, campus store, and regular classrooms are all located at the main Haliburton Campus building.

Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our intensive 15-week certificate programs provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time. Each week you will work alongside faculty members who bring their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio. Limited enrolment ensures you have access to equipment and time to interact with faculty. You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class.

Our school is a leader in providing unique and flexible art and design education. Learn from professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada at a campus that provides the best possible hands-on studio experience. Create in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community of resident artists and designers. Graduate with a solid portfolio to take you to the next step in your art career – whether that is continuing education, starting your own practice or entering the workforce.

Graduates are working as artist blacksmiths in their own studios, have been invited to work in artist studios and have elected to continue their education.

Mike Armstrong and Megan Carter enjoyed working together during the program and found they had complimentary skills in design and technique. They opened Armstrong and Carter Ironworks in Georgetown, Ontario. Their work is available at the Strata Gallery (Elora, ON), Shine Gallery (Hamilton, ON), The Williams Mill Art Gallery (Glen Williams, ON), The Artisans' Attic (Georgetown, ON), and through the One of a Kind Online Shop.

View Mike Armstrong and Megan Carter graduate profile

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.

There will be an additional expense of approximately $615 for tools and mandatory safety equipment in addition to the material fee included in the tuition.

Students who graduate from an art certificate program can earn their Visual and Creative Arts diploma (VCAD) with just two more semesters of study.

Visual and Creative Arts diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies through our many articulation agreements with leading art education institutions across Canada and in the United States.

  • Use the principles and elements of two and three-dimensional design in the conception, construction and assessment of metal works.
  • Use knowledge of key artists, movements, and innovation in both contemporary and historical blacksmithing to inspire and inform design decisions.
  • Produce diagrams and drawings appropriate to all stages of a blacksmithing project.
  • Use knowledge of the characteristics, properties, qualities and behaviours of metals in the design, formation, and assessment of ironwork.
  • Manipulate iron/steel to produce objects for both artistic and utilitarian purposes.
  • Use safe practices in all aspects of the blacksmith studio including tools, equipment, materials, and shared working spaces.
  • Critically analyze both the form and content/meaning of metal works through verbal and written processes.
  • Identify personal interests that may indicate the beginnings of personal style and goals in metalwork designs.
  • Use a studio journal to systematically record thoughts, ideas, stimuli, processes and formulas for blacksmithing projects.
  • Develop a basic portfolio and artists documents for applications to further learning, grants, commissions and juried shows.

Students applying to Artist Blacksmith must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English

Program Code: GBL

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

January 2025

Program Code: JWA

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

January 2025

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