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Diploma in Visual Art Red Deer College



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Related Careers

This program emphasizes the importance of a general foundation in art. Most related careers in art require further studies beyond two years, either at university or art college. Employment in specialized art fields can be very competitive, making the strength of your basic education very important.

The following employment-related fields require a general art foundation, followed by more specialized training, ending in a four-year undergraduate degree or Master's degree.

  • Fine Art - sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, and drawing
  • Crafts Design - ceramics, textiles, glass, and jewellery
  • Commercial Design - lay-out, illustration, display, model-making, and photography
  • Environmental Design - architectural, urban, environmental, and industrial design
  • Photography - creative, commercial, industrial, and freelance
  • Art Education - secondary and post-secondary
  • Other - art galleries, framing shops, etc.

The Program

All of your visual art instructors are professional practicing artists. We offer state-of-the-art studio spaces, fully equipped for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, and design.

The program offers you a concentrated visual arts foundation in a two year time span.

The first year emphasizes experience in drawing, painting, design, ceramics, sculpture, art history, and English. A broad range of visual experiences will help you form a visual arts vocabulary and master skills in composition and technical areas.

The second year of the program emphasizes creative growth, visual maturity in studio work as well as allowing you to experience open options to broaden your education.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Diploma in Visual Art.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

Year 1: CAN $24,459; Year 2: CAN $23,407; Spring term fee: CAN $3,156 for Year 1 or 2


Jan-21, May-21


School of Creative Arts

Red Deer College, 100 College Boulevard,

Alberta (AB),

T4N 5H5, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

A minimum mark of 50% in ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2


A minimum score of 250 on the Reading component, 250 on the Writing component and 5 on the Write Placer Test.

Graduation Requirements:

Students must pass all courses (25 courses, 65 credits) as specified in the Program Content section of the Academic Calendar, and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for the program.

Graduation Requirements:

The student must pass all courses and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL (overall score): 83 iBT, 557 PBT
  • IELTS Academic (overall score): 6.5 with at least 5.5 on each band score
  • CAEL (overall score): 60 with at least 55 on each band score
  • MELAB (overall score): 77 with at least 72 on each band score
  • PTE (overall score): 59 with at least 56 on each band score
  • Duolingo English Test: 115

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

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