Art and Design Foundation Program (G108)

Art and Design Foundation
School of Design
St. James Campus
1 year (2 semester)
September, January
Ontario College Certificate
The Art and Design Foundation program at George Brown College is designed for students who want to explore their options in the fields of art and design to prepare for further study, or for those who may wish to strengthen their portfolio.

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.

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).

View Program Descriptions by program.

Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Code Course Name
ART1019 Foundation Drawing I
ART1020 Foundation Design
ART1029 Introduction to Digital Media
ART1030 Introduction to Photography
ART1031 Art Culture
COMM1007 College English


Code Course Name
ART1021 Foundation Colour
ART1023 Art Showcase
ART1024 Foundation Drawing II
ART1025 Foundation Materials
ART1033 Multimedia Storytelling
DESN1020 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.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

G108 Education Path Diagram -

Future Study Options 

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.

Tuition and Fees


$3,826.00 *

Additional Cost 

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.

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)

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)

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

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.

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.