Fine Arts

Program: FIAR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


In this program, students develop and foster creative and artistic ability in a variety of studio areas. Students are engaged and challenged to achieve their individual goals and objectives as artists within a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. Students experience both the practical and theoretical components of fine arts. Students gain professional and entrepreneurial skills for professional practice and self employment necessary to successfully operate within the various professions of fine art.

Career Opportunities

A Fine Art education has inherent personal, cultural and critical value. A survey of the careers pursued by graduates of Canadian art schools would give some idea of the practical values of such an education. Graduates can be found pursuing their own professional studio practices, as well as careers in teaching, curating, commercial galleries, and sales.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • explain the essential characteristics and properties of fine art media such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture;
  • develop through extensive practice the technical control of a fine art media;
  • apply knowledge of the elements of design, and other aesthetic considerations, to fine art media;
  • apply appropriate learned design and technical skills to the production of art objects;
  • operate a broad range of highly specialized, potentially dangerous studio equipment in the prescribed manner, and following established safety principles;
  • identify toxic and hazardous materials and substances used and employ the recommended personal protection;
  • estimate and measure quantities of time and materials used in production of one of-kind objects;
  • estimate and measure quantities of time and materials used in production of multiple objects;
  • prepare for the exhibition of their work in public galleries, displays, and shows;
  • communicate design and technical information effectively, through the use of language and drawing skills;
  • document work through the use of photographic skills;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities;
  • employ library and research techniques to prepare for seminars and the creation of written documents;
  • identify contemporary fine art issues, as well as current trends in the market;
  • indicate sources of grants and government funding available to artisans;
  • explain and appreciate the leadership role of organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies in support of the fine arts in society;
  • apply creative problem solving and express ideas visually;
  • work in ways that take into account the impact of artistic endeavors on our environment.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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

19 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, 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.


Mandatory Courses
ARTS 2001Critical Issues for Fine Artists 1
ARTS 2002Professional Practices for Fine Artists
DIGS 2000Digital Studio for Fine Artists
DRWG 1000Interpretive Drawing 1
DRWG 1001Interpretive Drawing 2
DRWG 2001Interpretive Drawing 4
FINA 2006Figure Studio: Drawing and Painting 3
HSTY 1001Introduction to Modern Art
PNTG 1000Painting 1
PNTG 1001Painting 2
PNTG 2001Painting 4
PRNT 1000Printmaking 1
PRNT 1001Printmaking 2
PRNT 2000Printmaking and Photo Based Methods 3
PRNT 2001Printmaking and Photo Based Methods 4
SCUL 1000Sculpture 1
SCUL 1001Sculpture 2
SCUL 2000Sculpture 3
SCUL 2001Sculpture 4
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

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.