This Program is offered at the following campus locations:
This is a one-year program leading toward certificate-level training. The Visual Arts Program is designed to provide students with a broad range of knowledge and experience involving fundamental skills and material exploration. Such skills will prepare students to function independently in their own studio practice, begin a career in the Arts, and/or actively participate in their artistic community. For those students interested in pursuing degree-level training in Fine Arts or Design, the program also provides transfer-credit to other art institutions. The Visual Arts Program may be taken on a full- or part-time basis.
*The Visual Arts Program is currently available to dual-credit students who have completed Grade 10, Grade 11, or are in the process of completing Grade 12. As above, dual-credit students may enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis .
*Students who enroll in the program with the intention of pursuing degree-level studies are strongly encouraged to take English 100 in Term One and a second 100-level English course in intersession.
*Students enrolled in other programs at NLC may use some of the courses listed below as program electives. For example: VSAR 113 Visual Culture (I) and VSAR 123 Visual Culture (II) can function as electives for University Arts and Sciences students.
Certification: Certificate in Visual Arts
Program Contact: Jennifer Bowes
Dean: Steve Roe
All prospective students are required to submit a portfolio, including 15-20 images of original work, to the Visual Arts Department. A portfolio should include a broad range of work, including drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and/or computer generated work. The size of work should not exceed 22" X 30". When including three dimensional work or over-sized pieces, please submit photographs opposed to the original. Digital files will be accepted. Please save images as JPegs, no larger than 1024 X 768 dpi.
Although a portfolio is the only admission requirement in 2012-2013, students should be aware of the following two admission recommendations:
(1) In order to meet high school graduation requirements and to facilitate success in Visual Arts coursework, students are advised to have a 60% "C" minimum in any Grade 10 Math course (Applications, Foundations, Principles, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math). For mature students who have been out of high school for a year or more, a 60% "C" in Math 030: Intermediate Math meets the Math recommendation.
(2) In order to meet high school graduation requirements and to facilitate success in Visual Arts coursework, students are also advised to have a 75% "B" minimum in any Language Arts 12 course (English 12, Communications 12, or First Peoples 12). It may be difficult for dual credit students entering the program at the end of Grade 10 to meet this recommendation, but in such cases academic advising is available. For mature students, a 75% "B" in English 050: Provincial English meets the English recommendation.
The Math and English admission recommendations will become admission requirements beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Program Length (Weeks): 30
Program Length (Hours): 742
Program Intake Start: September
Program Intake Finish: June
Available Seats: 16
Application Deadline: April 30. Portfolios will be held for a panel review. Late submissions will be accepted only in the case that seats/placements are available. Preference and priority will be given to full-time students, however part-time students are encouraged to apply.
The Visual Arts certificate may lead towards a career in the following disciplines: Artist, Visual Communications Design, Arts Education, Arts Administration, Photographer, Film and Media Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Art Historian, Art Therapy, Visual Culture Studies, Industrial Design. Typically, these career prospects require a Bachelors Degree in either Fine Arts or Design. For more information, please contact Jennifer Bowes.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia
Additional Requirements and Supplies:
Textbooks and Materials: A list for full-time students will be provided by the Visual Arts department with the acceptance letter. Part-time students need to consult the instructor before buying materials, as it is not necessary to purchase everything on the full-time student material list.
Eligibility for Canada Student Loans: Yes
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Required Minimum Grade:
C (60%) average for certificate completion
D (50%) minimum within a course
Residency Requirements: 25%
Term 1 - Core Courses:
One of the following electives:
Reminder: Students planning on continuing towards a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts or Design are advised to take a second university level English course during Term 3. Suggested courses include English 105, English 111, or English 112 (3 credits; 45 hrs)