skip navigation

Haliburton School of Art + Design

Haliburton School of Art + Design

Art + Design Education Leaders

We’re known for providing unique and flexible programs taught by professionals who have shaped art, craft, design, media and heritage studies in Canada. No other college offers students this breadth of creative programming.

Learn at campuses in Haliburton and Peterborough that provide a one-of-a kind, hands-on studio experience. Our certificate, diploma and post-graduate programs will help you build a solid portfolio to take you to the next step - whether that’s continuing education, embarking on a career, or starting your own practice.

Haliburton is vibrant artistic community where students have the opportunity to leave behind the everyday world and immerse themselves in a truly creative environment. From day one, you are viewed more as an artist and designer colleague than a student; our role is to share our expertise and mentor you to become the creative person and professional you are meant to be.


Glassblowing students

Our school leads the way in providing a wide variety of studio-based art programs. Delivered in over 30,000 square feet of dedicated art space, individual class sizes are small, ensuring you have access to equipment, room to work, and time to interact with faculty. Each week you learn alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise into the studio. Equivalent to two-semesters of full-time study, our accelerated 15-week certificates provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time. Certificates are offered as stand-alone programs and in conjunction with our Visual and Creative Arts, and Integrated Design diplomas.

Apply Now for September Art Certificate Programs:

Summer Arts Program

Our summer program is a nationally-acclaimed art experience. We offer over 300 courses in a wide range of disciplines in week-long formats and weekend workshops, taught by expert faculty from across Canada. We are busy finalizing the 2018 Summer Arts program and our calendar will be in the mail soon. Registration opens March 1.

The art of design

Design Studies with A Difference

Our design education philosophy integrates art, material practices, production techniques, and experiential learning - all explored through the lens of design discipline principles, elements and processes.

Each program is structured to inspire creative thinkers, builders and problem solvers, and to provide you with the technical skills to be successful. You'll work with professional designers and apply your skills in state-of-the-art studios.


In this one-of-a-kind, two-year diploma program, delivered in three semesters you’ll


and ultimately discover your talent; fully prepared to pursue the design discipline that speaks to you – graphic, fashion, interior, industrial, architecture or landscape architecture design. And unlike other foundation programs, you will have opportunities to implement your design skills in our art studios and new Centre for Making. Discover new creative possibilities, and enhance your understanding of materials and production techniques. For your second year (third semester) of the program, you can choose to specialize by selecting one of our accelerated art certificates, or apply for direct entry into year two of the Graphic Design – Visual Communication program. Space is limited for this pathway, details are available here.

Haliburton centre for making

The new Centre for Making, located at the Haliburton Campus, is a space where students in any program can come learn, explore and create using technology as tools for making and prototyping. The new facility houses 3D printers, scanners, laser engraver, vinyl cutter, industrial sewing machine, large scale plotter printer, animation stations and assorted photography equipment.

Art Programs

We think differently about art education. Our programs are integrated to provide innovative ways for students to experience the connection between art practices, and the disciplines of art and design.

VCAD Graduate

Visual and Creative Arts Diploma (VCAD)

Work in your own “studio-within-a-studio” in this immersive program where you will have a single focus - making your art without distraction. You will be challenged to think differently about art as you explore multiple disciplines – everything from painting, jewellery, digital image design, glassblowing, ceramics, fibre arts to artist blacksmithing, and more.
The program is accelerated and flexible in its delivery. Complete the program in three semesters (Specialist option) or one calendar year (Generalist option):

(15-week specialized art certificate, ten options available)


(12 Haliburton School of Art + Design courses, two-week capstone course)

You’ll be prepared for advanced studies, or further studio work as a practicing artist. Skills acquired in this program also prepare you for creative careers in fine art and cultural sectors, and with commercial enterprises.

Continue Your Studies from Coast-to-Coast

We are the only college in Ontario to offer articulation agreements with all of Canada's leading art education institutions:

Haliburton articulation agreements partner
Haliburton articulation agreements partner
Haliburton articulation agreements partner
Haliburton articulation agreements partner
Haliburton articulation agreements partner
Haliburton articulation agreements partner

For more information on transfer agreements


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

Haliburton Campus
297 College Drive,
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton,

Sandra Dupret
Dean/Principal, Haliburton School of Art + Design
705.457.1680 ext. 6708

Sheila Rowell
Operations Liaison
705.457.1680 ext. 6729

Last Revised: