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.
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
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).
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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website
||Foundation Drawing I
||Digital Art and Design
||Foundation Drawing II
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.
Detailed course outlines
General Education Electives
Tuition $3,826.00 *
Portfolio Kit: $300 not included in fees
*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.
International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.
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)
We recommend that the applicant would preferably have taken at least one high school level art course and have created a basic portfolio of work such as Photography, Illustration and Digital Image Creation.
** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
Visit the International Admissions page for more information.
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School of Design
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2137
For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.