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Certificate in Art and Design Foundation

George Brown College - Waterfront Campus George Brown College - Waterfront Campus, Canada

Intake Sep 2023

Jan 2023, Sep 2022

work permit PG Work Permit

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CAD 17165

Tuition Fee (CAD)

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CAD 110

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12 months


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Program Overview

Art and Design Foundation program, you will gain practical, creative and critical thinking skills in art and design. You will develop your portfolio throughout this studio-based curriculum, integrating a variety of analog and digital projects. The portfolio is designed to support students in their application to both diploma and degree-level art and design programs.

The first semester courses will introduce you to the language of art and design, history of art and the foundations of observational drawing, form and space, photography and digital design. In the second semester, you will learn advanced skills and creative problem-solving techniques in design process and the foundations of colour theory and practice.

The art and design portfolio showcase workshops will introduce you to professional practitioners in the creative industries and their unique experiences of building successful portfolios. In addition, you can select between optional courses to gain specific skills needed in your future education.*

*Students can consult with the academic co-ordinator of the program about their second semester course selection and their future educational pathways in the field of art and design.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate demonstrates the ability to:

  1. Create two- and three-dimensional designs using a wide range of materials, processes and techniques.
  2. Use the design process to develop and solve visual problems using various strategies for idea generation.
  3. Apply the formal elements and principles of design.
  4. Utilize a variety of presentation skills across a wide range of media appropriate to portfolios, public and private venues.
  5. Develop skills in portfolio presentation in a variety of media through studio-based projects.
  6. Articulate art concepts, history and the role of art in society to the general public.
  7. Manage personal digital presence/brand by participating in professional communities of practice.

Additional Information

Program Level UG Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.0 - With No Band Less Than - 5.5
    • Minimum Overall Score - 80 - With no score less than - 20
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 54.0  Minimum Listening - 50.0  Minimum Reading - 50.0  Minimum Writing - 50.0  Minimum Speaking - 50.0  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 105.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • Grade 12 English

6 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
54 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
105 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Average Tuition Fee Per Year


Tuition Fee

CAD 110

Application Fee

12000 Per year

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