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Art and Design Foundation Program (G108)-2014-2015
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Art and Design Foundation Program (G108)

PROGRAMArt and Design Foundation
SCHOOLSchool of Design
LOCATIONSt. James Campus
DURATION1 year (2 semester)
STARTING MONTHSeptember, January
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY2014-2015

The Art and Design Foundation program at George Brown College is designed for students who want to explore their options in the art and design field to prepare for further study, or for those who may wish to strengthen their portfolio.

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Full Program Descriptions

The Art and Design Foundation program is intended for students who want to explore their options in the art and design field to prepare for further study, or for those who may wish to strengthen their portfolio. You will get an overview of art and design theory, as well as an introduction to practical studio skills in project-oriented courses.

In addition to foundation courses in design, drawing, colour theory, digital design, photography and art history, our Art Showcase lecture series brings top creative talent into the classroom, exposing you to the many career opportunities in the design field.

The goal of the program is to promote an appreciation of art and an understanding of the importance of design, in addition to preparing your professional portfolio and refining your creative expression and technique.

Each year the program sponsors a design competition where students work with the support of local organizations to create a work of art. The work is displayed in a local exhibit space that is open to the public.

Graduates of the program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible for direct entry into the George Brown Graphic Design program.

Part Time Study Options  We also offer several evening Visual Arts courses and a part-time Fine Arts certificate. Please see the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Course Outline
Required Courses 





Foundation Drawing I


Foundation Design


Digital Art and Design


Visual Imaging


Art Culture


College English






Foundation Colour


Art Showcase


Foundation Drawing II


Foundation Materials


Portfolio Design


Design Process

Please note that Foundation Drawing II involves life drawing. It is necessary to complete this course, along with the other 11 courses in the program, in order to graduate. 


For detailed course outlines click here.

For a list of General Education Electives click here.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities
Educational / Degree Pathway 

G108 Education Path Diagram

Tuition and Fees
Tuition $ 3,721.00 *

Additional Cost 

Portfolio Kit: $300
*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2013. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2014 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply
Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions:  Certain Ontario Academic Credit (OAC), college or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Many courses are also eligible for prior learning assessment, based on your previous education and experiential learning. Please visit for more information.

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Contact Us  

Call 416-415-5000, ext. 2137,
or e-mail  

For updated information and course descriptions, visit or call 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002. 

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.