Fine Arts Certificate

Naturally Creative

Due to COVID-19, all Fall 2020 courses in Fine Arts will be delivered online, but there will be some studio time.

Rest-assured we will be following all guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services.

The Portage College Fine Arts Certificate is for creative individuals wanting to further develop their skills as an artist (full-time or part-time), and for those interested in a visual arts career through an authentic arts learning experience. The certificate program provides transferability and a pathway for further study at other post-secondary institutions for a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

The curriculum includes hands-on studio classes with theory in design principles and art history. Students will learn visual art skills in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, digital art and mixed media. Learners will be given the opportunity to work with a number of mediums in order to explore and discover their own artistic passion and interest through project-based study. The courses are designed to introduce and develop specific techniques with the focus on developing skills and exploring media. In addition, students will have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and network with arts professionals through artist studio visits and gallery trips.

Art Smarts

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Art Careers in Canada

Arts attendance levels were very high in 2016, with nearly nine in ten Canadians (86%) attending an art gallery, arts performance, artistic or cultural festival, or movie theatre.

Arts and culture accounted for 3% ($55 billion) of Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, more than the accommodation, food, agriculture and forestry industries.

As a group, artists routinely exhibit a higher level of educational achievement than the national labour force.

Sources: hillstrategies.com, canadianartscoalition.com, canadianart.ca, macleans.ca.

Careers for Arts Students

Portage College Fine Arts program cultivates the strong foundational skills needed for various careers available in the arts and culture sector, including:

Animator, fine artist, art curator, illustrator, architect, tattoo artist, museum interpreter, video game designer, textile designer, commercial artist, art teacher, interior designer, photographer, clothing designer, art director, art archivist, art historian, art therapist, book illustrator, art professor, creative art director, graphic novel artist, cultural planner and many more.

Credentials

Certificate

Admission Requirements

High School Diploma

Mature Status:

  • Grade 12 English OR
  • CAAT D (eliminate the following testing sections: Test 3: Mathematics and Test 7: Science), score of Stanine 5 or greater
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age and out of high school for one year
  • Interview with Coordinator
  • If applicant does not have Art 30 and is a mature student, a portfolio is required for the Coordinator interview

Transferability

Contact Program Advisor for more information

Program Start/End Dates
August 27, 2020 to April 30, 2021 (Fall and Winter Term)

Locations

Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline August 14, 2020

Tuition $1976.20
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $2,161.38

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 18, 2020

Tuition $1976.20
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $2,161.38

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $4,322.76

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International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 14, 2020

Tuition $5928.60
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee 0.00
Total $6,113.78

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 18, 2020

Tuition $5928.60
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $68.48
Recreation Fee $0.00
Total $6,113.78

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $12,227.56

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Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most Portage College programs will be delivered online. students will need regular access to a computer with a webcam and an internet connection. High speed broadband access is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.

For technical requirements, visit our Moodle page.

2020 - 2021

Audit Fee - 50% of Course Fee

Document re-issuance Fee - such as, student ID, meal card, certificates etc. (Non-refundable)
Fee is per document - $10

GED Exam Fee (refundable if writing is cancelled)
Writing Fee - $200
Re-write Fee - $190

Invigilation Fee (Non-refundable)
Administration Fee - $25
Invigilation Fee per hour - $25

Prior Learning Assessment Fee (Non refundable)
Cost recovery, minimum $250/course

Supplemental/Deferred Exams (Non-refundable) - $25

Transcript Evaluation Fee - not applicable to dual credit high schools (non-refundable)
External Advanced Credit  - $50

Transcript Fee - $10

Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $500
Paramedicine - $1500

Fine Arts Certificate

  • ART EXPOSE

    Course ID: NATA172

    Name: ART EXPOSE

    Hours: 20

    Credits: 1

    Students are given the opportunity to visit art galleries, artists' studios, art & craft suppliers, museums and other sales venues. Students gain exposure to art markets and the opportunity to learn from practicing artists. Students will design and produce an Art Expose showcasing their own work.

  • INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA AND TO POETRY

    Course ID: ENGL106

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA AND TO POETRY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    English 106 is designed to teach critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking while studying canonical literary texts from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. This course combines the study of literary works with instructional texts to teach students to express themselves more clearly in writing and in speech. The creators of this course also hope that students develop an appreciation for fine literary works. This course will present plays and poems from a variety of historical periods and from a variety of cultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of correct writing style, rhetorical skills, and thinking skills required for academic study. A minimum of thirty percent of class time will be devoted to writing instruction, which may take any or all of the following forms: grammar and punctuation instruction, informal writing exercises, writing workshops, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, research skills, peer editing, and group writing projects. The total amount of writing will be no less than 3,000 words. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ELA 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL ART

    Course ID: PHTO 101

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL ART

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals and techniques of digital photography including: camera controls and operation, camera equipment and accessories, basics of digital camera technology and software, processing and printing of photographs, and presentation of photographic artworks. Students will also learn about the history of photography through examining the artwork of various photographers and the evolution of various photographic processes utilized by these artists.

    Prerequisites: Students are required to provide their own digital camera for this course. The digital camera can be a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, mirrorless camera, bridge camera, or a point-and-shoot camera. Digital cameras for this course must also have a flash and manual settings to control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Please contact Portage College Fine Arts for further information.

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I

    Course ID: ARTH101

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is an introduction to the history of visual arts and design from the earliest evidence to the fourteenth century. The concentration will be on the history of art in the Near East and Europe: Western Art. Since there has been contact between these areas and the Indian sub-continent and the Far East, and since these have been influences on the later history of Western Art, the art of Asian cultures during this period will also be briefly considered. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ELA 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II

    Course ID: ARTH102

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an introduction to the history of visual arts and design from 14th Century to the present day. While the course can be taken on its own, it also follows on from ARTH 101, which surveys the history of visual arts and design from the earliest times up to the 14th Century. ARTH 102 starts at a period that is academically considered to be the origin of our modern age, and follows the development of the visual arts to the types of art, design, and architecture that are being created around us in our contemporary world. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ELA 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL AND THE SHORT STORY

    Course ID: ENGL108

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL AND THE SHORT STORY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    English 108 is designed to teach critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking while studying canonical literary texts from the eighteenth to the twentieth-first centuries. This course combines the study of literary works with instructional texts to teach students to express themselves more clearly in writing and in speech. The creators of this course also hope that students develop an appreciation for fine literary works. This course will present novels and short stories from a variety of historical periods, and from a variety of cultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be place of the development of correct writing style, rhetorical skills, and thinking skills required for academic study. A minimum of thirty percent of class time will be devoted to writing instruction, which may take any or all of the following forms: formal written assignments, informal writing exercises, writing workshops, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, research skills, peer editing, group writing projects, and ungraded writing. Students will write two formal essays that will be graded, including an analytical and a research paper. The total amount of writing will be no less than 3,000 words. Prerequisites: ENGL 106 or other 3 credit junior English

  • VISUAL ARTS I - DRAWING

    Course ID: NATA166

    Name: VISUAL ARTS I - DRAWING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is on the exploration of a variety of wet & dry drawing materials and the development of basic drawing skills. Students will be introduced to fundamentals including line, shape, volume, value, texture, perspective and composition. This exploration and skill development will be done through observational and imaginative drawing. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Course ID: NATA167

    Name: VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory painting course that familiarizes students with a variety of techniques, concepts and processes in painting. The focus will be on using acrylic paint to develop an understanding of color and composition. This will be done through a series of projects that feature a variety of genres, compositional concepts and visual strategies. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Course ID: NATA168

    Name: VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; printmaking and mixed media compositions. Students will study various printmaking processes with an emphasis on learning basic materials and exploring the potential of this art form. Additionally, students will explore the use of mixed media in primarily 2D compositions. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Course ID: NATA169

    Name: VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; clay and welded metal sculpture. The focus of the clay module will be on basic hand-building kills as well as introductory ceramic concepts including firing and glazing. In the welding module students will be introduced to the use of metal and basic welding techniques and concepts for the creation of art. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS V-MAKING/2D COMPOSITION

    Course ID: NATA173

    Name: VISUAL ARTS V-MAKING/2D COMPOSITION

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This course provides further development of drawing and painting skills. Advanced teachings in the development of drawing and painting are focused throughout this course. Students will explore the watercolour medium, its techniques, and mixed media concepts that will assist students to produce visual expressions that reflect interpretive and expressive outcomes.

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