Art and Design Fundamentals

Program: AADF
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2019, Winter 2020
Location: Barrie


Art and Design Fundamentals is a one-year certificate program that provides a solid foundation in art and design. It also provides the opportunity for students to assess which area of the visual arts is most appropriate to their individual abilities. Effective research, problem-solving, and conceptualization skills are developed to nurture talents and prepare students for future studies in art and design. The range of courses provides an opportunity to learn new skills and refine existing skills. The portfolio developed in this program will be valuable when applying to specialized art or design programs.

Career Opportunities

This one-year certificate program prepares students for entering specific art and design diploma programs by developing the fundamental skills and knowledge that form the foundation for future studies in design or visual arts. Graduates have undertaken a wide variety of art and design related studies, enabling them to discern their particular strengths and preferences. Art and Design Fundamentals graduates can make informed choices for future career paths.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. apply the elements and principles of design to create effective compositions;
  2. utilize a variety of presentation skills across a wide range of media appropriate to portfolios as well as displays of work in both public and private venues.
  3. use the design process to execute two and three-dimensional design projects from concept to finished work using a wide range of materials, processes, and techniques;
  4. employ vocabulary specific to design and visual art to critique a work of art;
  5. analyze a work of art with an appreciation for the context in which it was made;
  6. articulate art concepts, history, and the role of art in society to the general public;
  7. apply basic entrepreneurial principles and strategies to the art and design environment;
  8. employ environmentally sustainable design practices such as sourcing products locally/ethically and reducing the environmental footprint when solving design problems;
  9. observe and adhere to protocols and procedures for health and safety in the art and design studio environment;
  10. use the design process to express original and imaginative concepts in a variety of media.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2020
  • Sem 2: Fall 2020

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

5 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
5 Program Option Courses
1 General Education Course

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
APDE 1000 Ideas and Imagery 42
APDE 1001 Design Fundamentals 42
APDE 1002 Colour and Design 42
DRWG 1004 Fundamentals of Drawing 42
HSTY 1000 Introduction to Western Art History 42
Communications Course 42
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.  
Semester 2
Program Option Courses 210
Select 5 courses from the available list during registration.  
General Education Course 42
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.  
 Total Hours504
Program options may include:
APDE 1005Visual Art Studio: 3D
COMP 1040Fundamentals of Web Design
COMP 1041Introduction to Digital Video for Art and Design
DRWG 1005Analytical Drawing
DRWG 1006Life Drawing
DRWG 1007Drawing From Your Imagination
FINA 1002Fine Art Studio
GRPH 1003Graphic Design Studio
INTD 1005Interior Design and Interior Decorating Studio
JEWL 1002Jewellery Studio
PHOT 1006Introduction to Digital Photography

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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