Bringing Art and Entrepreneurship together
The Artisan Entrepreneur Diploma is a two year program that focuses on developing the skills and knowledge to be a self-employed artist/artisan. The first year of the program is the Aboriginal Art Certificate which provides the core Aboriginal art forms content as well as introductory level study in a variety of other fine art and craft media.
In the second year of this program you will continue to study the traditional Aboriginal and contemporary art forms in advanced courses in painting and drawing, hide tanning, carving, sewing, footwear, beadwork and decorative arts while identifying an area of focus or interest. The program includes studio courses that provide you with the opportunity for directed study, under the supervision of instructors, in an identified area of interest and skill such as drawing and painting, printmaking, carving, digital media and other media.
During this year you will also study and learn entrepreneurial skills in each Aboriginal art course by learning pricing and quality standards of products. You will learn marketing through courses such as Introduction to Marketing Arts & Crafts and Creating an Online Business. In these courses, you will develop your own website as well as learn other important marketing skills and business knowledge such as business networking skills and potential business resources. You will be able to combine your interest and love of art with entrepreneurial skills to be well equipped to be self-employed or to work in one of the many opportunities and careers in visual arts and Aboriginal art & culture.
Entry into the Artisan Entrepreneurship program (second year) will include a portfolio submission developed in the Aboriginal Art Certificate.
Take a look at this brochure for details.
Read how Portage College is reviving hide tanning, a fading Native art form - Maclean's Magazine, December 2016.
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You will combine your interest and love of art with entrepreneurial skills to be well equipped to be self-employed or to work in one of the many opportunities and careers in visual arts and Aboriginal art & culture. Jobs may include positions with museums, historic sites, Native Friendship Centres or other community and government organizations.
High school diploma with:
- English 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
- Aboriginal Art Certificate
- English Language Arts 30-2 or English 33 with at least 50% OR
- Nelson Denny Test
- Applicants must be 19 years of age and out of high school for one year
- Interview with Coordinator
The University of Calgary will award five full course junior open options to graduates of diploma programs.