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Drawing and Painting

This program provides an introduction to drawing and painting through a blend of courses focused on both theory and technique. 

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code



In Person


Ontario College Certificate

Program Contact

Juliette Arsenault

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$4497.93 (includes fees and supplies)**

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You will be challenged to embrace the freedom and rigour of creating with the two-dimensional surface. This program blends theory and practice with extensive hands-on exercises to polish techniques and skills. Abstract, realism, non-objective, figurative, contemporary: you will be exposed to diverse, modern approaches to drawing and painting and will create many pieces within these styles. Learn fundamental skills such as how to stretch canvas as well as colour mixing techniques. Our program is designed to provide those with basic to intermediate skills the training and experience needed to move to a more advanced level of studio practice.

Examine the many creative possibilities of oil, acrylic and watercolour media in a modern studio environment filled with bright, natural light. Sessions with life models will assist you in developing your drawing and painting abilities. Work in a large studio that is designed to provide an optimum experience and is well-equipped with easels and a variety of drawing boards.

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 a different faculty member who brings 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 fine artists, studio assistants, gallerists, art administrators and educators.

There will be an additional expense of approximately $325 for tools and 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).

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.

  • Research and present historical and contemporary examples of drawing and painting.
  • Use all stages of the design process (thumbnails to finished design) to develop the layers and arrangements of elements in drawings and paintings.
  • Use colour theory and principles effectively in drawing and painting processes and critical discussion.
  • Use a broad set of application techniques in drawing and painting.
  • Use materials and tools for drawing and painting and manage them safely.
  • Critically analyze drawings and paintings addressing form, context, subject matter, and content.
  • Draw and paint both complex works, works in groups, and series of works which demonstrate a considered content or meaning.
  • Depict a broad range of subject matter in abstracted and representational, as well as non-representational and expressive manners.
  • Assemble a basic portfolio and artists documents that can be maintained and updated for promotional and application purposes such as grants, commissions and juried shows.

Students applying to Drawing and Painting must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English
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