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Certificate in Art and Design Fundamentals Georgian College




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Course info


Students acquire a solid foundation in art and design, and assess which area of the visual arts fits best with their individual proficiencies and interests. Effective research, problem-solving, and conceptualization skills are developed to prepare them for future studies in art and design. The breadth of hands-on studio art courses available provides an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, while refining existing ones. Students develop a portfolio of their work, which will be valuable when applying to specialized art or design programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply the elements and principles of design to create effective compositions;
  • utilize a variety of presentation skills and media to create portfolios as well as displays of work in both public and private venues;
  • use the design process to execute two and three-dimensional design projects from concept to finished work using a wide range of materials, processes, and techniques;
  • employ vocabulary specific to design and visual art to critique a work of art;
  • use the design process to express original and imaginative concepts in a variety of media;
  • analyze a work of art with an appreciation for the context in which it was made;
  • articulate art concepts related to the history of art and the role of art in society;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial principles and strategies to the art and design environment;
  • employ environmentally sustainable design practices such as sourcing products locally/ethically and reducing the environmental footprint when solving design problems;
  • observe and adhere to protocols and procedures for health and safety in the art and design studio environment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to enter specific art and design diploma programs by developing the fundamental skills and knowledge that form the foundation for future studies. They are able to make informed choices about their future career path. Past graduates of the program have gone on to undertake a wide variety of art and design related studies.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Certificate in Art and Design Fundamentals.

Full Time (2 semesters)

Tuition fees

CAD$13,740.00 (7,64,375) per year

CAN $6,870 for each semester




Georgian College

Barrie Campus,

One Georgian Drive,


Ontario (ON),

L4M 3X9, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must hold OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C or U).

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT): 79
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550
  • IELTS Academic only: 6.0
  • YELT: 1-5
  • TOEIC: 800
  • Graduate of Level 8 of Georgian’s GAAS - English for Academic Purposes: 60% in certificate or completion of level 8 with 70% or higher
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): 60
  • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE): 58
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 170

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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