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Fine Arts Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
13,500 CAD
Start dates
British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2020

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2021

British Columbia
13,500 CAD
September 2022
North Island College

Program description

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.

Admission requirements

  1. C in Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12 or NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or English assessment.
  2. Portfolio of Works
  3. Written Statement

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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

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for domestic students for year 1 is $3025; year 2 is $3025. The price for International students for year 1 is $13500; year 2 is $13500.

Career opportunities

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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About this institute

North Island College

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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