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Fine Arts Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate

Start dates
British Columbia
September 2023

British Columbia
September 2024

British Columbia
September 2025
North Island College

About this program

Fine Arts Diploma

Explore printmaking, video, painting, drawing, digital media, ceramics, photography and sculpture in NIC's high-calibre fine arts studios. Develop creative and critical thinking skills as you pursue your career as an artist or transfer to degree programs across Canada.

NIC’s fine arts program offers a career-focused education that fosters strong problem solving, critical thinking, research and studio practice skills. You will develop critical and theoretical skills in a broad range of mediums encompassing traditional, interdisciplinary and digital arts practice.  NIC’s well-equipped studios and unique setting has extensive resources, both physical and human, to inspire your imagination, allowing you to experiment with different mediums and express yourself individually.  The Fine Arts diploma will prepare you to launch your career or transfer to degrees at UVic, VIU or at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 

Admission requirements

  1. C in English 12, IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent
  2. Portfolio of Works
  3. Written Statement

In addition to above academic requirements, high school graduation requirement and English proficiency requirement apply to all international applicants.

For more information, please visit the institute website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture I
  • Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture II
  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language I
  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language II
  • Painting: Colour & Perception
  • Painting: Colour & Application
  • Foundation Studio in 3-Dimensional Art and Design
  • Creative Processes

plus 2 courses from the following list:

  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • Foundation Studio in 3-Dimensional Objects and Space
  • Introduction to Ceramics
  • Introduction to Photography

Year 2

All students will be required to take:

  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language III
  • Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language IV
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Modern Art History

plus 2 courses from:

  • Video + Sound 1
  • Intaglio Printmaking
  • Painting Intermediate I
  • Sculpture and Integrated Art Practices I
  • Ceramics Intermediate I
  • Photography Intermediate I

plus 2 of the following courses:

  • Video + Sound 2
  • Screen Printing
  • Painting Intermediate II
  • Sculpture and Integrated Art Practices II
  • Ceramics Intermediate II
  • Introduction to Digital Photography

plus 2 English courses from the following:

  • Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama
  • Reading Literature
  • Indigenous Literatures in Canada

Scholarships & funding

North Island College offers scholarship opportunities to new students. For details please visit the institute website.


For more information regarding tuition fees, please visit the website.

Career paths

After graduation, you will have conceptual and technical knowledge to apply your skills in a wide range of employment opportunities in the knowledge-based creative economy. You will have a strong contextual understanding of the visual arts across multiple disciplines to successfully pursue a career in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, curating, art education, art therapy, community arts programming, industrial design, exhibit design, fashion, interior design, illustration, theatre, set design, video, film and more.

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North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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