Art and Design Fundamentals

Program: AADF
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2024, Winter 2025
Location: Barrie


Students acquire a solid foundation in art and design, and assess which area of the visual arts fits best with their individual proficiencies and interests. Effective research, problem-solving, and conceptualization skills are developed to prepare them for future studies in art and design. The breadth of hands-on studio art courses available provides an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, while refining existing ones. Students develop a portfolio of their work, which will be valuable when applying to specialized art or design programs.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to enter specific art and design diploma programs by developing the fundamental skills and knowledge that form the foundation for future studies. They are able to make informed choices about their future career path. Past graduates of the program have gone on to undertake a wide variety of art and design related studies.

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 and media to create 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. use the design process to express original and imaginative concepts in a variety of media;

6. analyze a work of art with an appreciation for the context in which it was made;

7. articulate art concepts related to the history of art and the role of art in society;

8. apply basic entrepreneurial principles and strategies to the art and design environment;

9. employ environmentally sustainable design practices such as sourcing products locally/ethically and reducing the environmental footprint when solving design problems;

10. observe and adhere to protocols and procedures for health and safety in the art and design studio environment.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2025
  • Sem 2: Fall 2025

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 for Prior Learning 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

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the 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
APDE 1006 Understanding Art and Design 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Option Courses  
Select 5 courses from the available list during registration. 210
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours504
Program options may include:
APDE 1005Visual Art Studio: 3D
DRWG 1005Analytical Drawing
DRWG 1006Life Drawing
DRWG 1007Drawing From Your Imagination
FINA 1002Fine Art Studio
GRPH 1004Digital Design
INTD 1005Interior Design and Interior Decorating Studio
JEWL 1002Jewellery Studio
PHOT 1006Introduction to Digital Photography
GRPH 1003Graphic Design Studio

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.

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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