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Visual and Creative Arts Diploma

Develop a powerful focus throughout the process of looking, thinking, making, and talking about visual artworks. These skills are essential in art making, regardless of your choice of visual media and medium.

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Closed

Program Code

VCA

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Program Contact

Rose Pearson

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$3647.95 per semester*

International Tuition

$10143.91 per semester*

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In this program you will develop a powerful focus throughout the process of looking, thinking, making, and talking about visual artworks. These skills are essential in art making, regardless of your choice of visual media and medium. Experiences in and outside the classroom will expand your perspective on both current art practices, and your pathway into that world. This perspective allows you to make the best choices in your pursuit of future careers in your own studio practice, in the fine art or cultural sector, or in a commercial art enterprise.

You will develop your portfolio and artist’s documents in the VCAD program, which will provide you with a gateway to more advanced studies through our articulation agreements with major Canadian art education institutions.

Start with the first two semesters of required foundation courses, and then select one of our accelerated studio art certificates to complete your two-year Ontario College Diploma. You can complete your VCAD experience in just three semesters of time.

Foundation Courses

  • 3D Design
  • Art History - The Recent Century
  • Contemporary Art Investigations
  • Drawing Disciplines
  • Visual Documentation
  • Business for Artists
  • Concept Development
  • Design I and ll
  • Media Explorations I and II
  • Portfolio and Presentation
  • 2 General Education Electives

Elective Studio Certificate: Choose One

Program Code: ABS

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

September 2024, January 2025

Program Code: CER

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

September 2024

Program Code: VAF

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

September 2024

Program Code: FAR

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

September 2024

Program Code: GBL

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

January 2025

Program Code: JWA

Ontario College Certificate

Haliburton Campus

January 2025

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 Art + Design,

Surrounded by incredible natural beauty, Haliburton is a vibrant artistic community where you will have the opportunity to leave behind the everyday world and immerse yourself in a truly creative environment. From day one, you are viewed as artist and designer colleague; our role is to share our expertise and mentor you to become the creative person and professional you are meant to be.

The campus is designed for students to thrive: class sizes are small, delivered in over 30,000 square feet of dedicated studio space. Our broad range of diverse studio-based programming gives students the opportunity to explore many different disciplines and media.

Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our accelerated 15-week certificates provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time. Each week you will work and learn alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio, enhancing your understanding of the breadth of the art form, and building multiple skills and techniques.

Because our enrolment is capped, you always have access to equipment, room to work, and time to interact with faculty and other artists in your program. You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class.

Certificates are offered as stand-alone programs and in conjunction with this diploma program and the Integrated Design diploma program.

After my VCAD year i took drawing and painting, as well as digital image design. Where VCAD had structured my thinking and my art making, the certificate programs allowed me to stretch my legs a bit. The faculty leave you room to create, while providing all sorts of support and advice that they've garnered through years of perfecting their own practice."

Heather Lapp

An interest in art, drawing, and painting is essential to your success in this program. Other abilities and traits that would be an asset include:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • An open mind
  • Willingness to learn from others
  • An interest in exploring your creativity
  • Ability to commit to the intensive program format

You have started a life long learning experience in the world of art with endless options in your pursuit of a career in the art field. You might continue to pursue a career by taking more advanced studies or work as a studio artist to further develop your talents, become a teacher or work in a gallery, museum or art/craft retail operation.

Material fees of approximately $800.00 for the first two semesters. Students should have access to a digital camera for this program.

We are the only college in Ontario that has articulation agreements with all of Canada's leading art education institutions.

  • Develop content by gathering ideas, manipulating material elements, and exploring themes.
  • Apply the process of design in seeking effective solutions for visual arts projects.
  • Manipulate aspects of form using materials, techniques, and tools, both experimental and traditional.
  • Manage safely all materials, tools, and studio processes.
  • Interpret works of art using knowledge of art history and contemporary references (e.g. cultural, political, financial, institutional, and social factors).
  • Critique visual artwork through research, reflection, and informed discussion.
  • Assess one's art making processes as they contribute to personal content and visual style.
  • Communicate one's perceptions and artistic vision to various audiences through presentations, exhibitions, and written documents.
  • Apply business practices to the management of an enterprise in visual arts.
  • Form one's studio practice through the exploration of materials and content.

Students applying to Visual and Creative Arts Diploma must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Design (3YR)
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • The program is offered face-to-face (Gold Coast campus or South Bank campus).
Transfer Credit
  • 120 credit points out of a 240 credit point degree. Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Griffith University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Griffith University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Complete a portfolio review within the first 30 Nipissing credits.
Transfer Credit
  • 33 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Nipissing University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Arts in Three Dimensional Design
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Complete either the studio certificate in Ceramics or Jewellery Essentials.
  • Suitable reference from a Fleming College program faculty member.
  • If the applicant's first language is not English, the applicant must provide satisfactory evidence that the English language requirement is satisfied.
  • Eligible to obtain the requisite visa to enter the United Kingdom.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information

Visit the Robert Gordon University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Suitable reference from a Fleming College program faculty member.
  • If the applicant's first language is not English, the applicant must provide satisfactory evidence that the English language requirement is satisfied.
  • Eligible to obtain the requisite visa to enter the United Kingdom.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information

Visit the Robert Gordon University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
Requirement
  • Minimum B cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Royal Roads University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Royal Roads University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Craft and Design
Requirement
  • Overall 2.5 (65%) cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Portfolio of work from the Visual and Creative Arts program.
  • Statement of intent.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 129 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information

Visit the Sheridan College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

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