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
Art and Design Foundation is a one-year certificate program that provides students with a broad base of expert knowledge and technical skills in the field of art and design. This program is designed for students who want to explore a variety of art and design disciplines, to develop their portfolio for further study, or for those who wish to enjoy learning creative skills in a studio-based environment.

Full Program Descriptions


Drawing of naked person by student William Tang

In the Art and Design Foundation program, students gain practical, creative and critical thinking skills in art and design. Students develop their portfolios throughout this studio-based curriculum, integrating a variety of analog and digital projects. The portfolio is designed to support students in their application to both diploma and degree level art and design programs.

The first semester courses introduce students to the language of art and design, history of art, and the foundations of observational drawing, form and space, photography, and digital design. In the second semester, students learn advanced skills and creative problem-solving techniques in design process and the foundations of colour theory and practice.

The art and design portfolio showcase workshops introduce students to professional practitioners in the creative industries and their unique experiences of building successful portfolios. In addition, students can select between optional courses to gain specific skills needed in their future education.*

*Students can consult with the academic co-ordinator of the program about their second semester course selection and their future educational pathways in the field of art and design.

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  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
ART1019 Foundation Drawing I: Observational Drawing and Composition
ART1020 Foundation Design I: Form and Space
ART1029 Introduction to Digital Media
ART1030 Introduction to Photography
ART1031 Art Culture
COMM1007 College English


semester courses
Code Course Name
ART1021 Foundation Design II: Colour Theory and Practice
ART1036 Art and Design Portfolio Showcase
DESN1020 Design Process
One of:  
ART1024 Foundation Drawing II: Life Drawing
ART1040 Painting and Mixed Media Studio
One of:  
ART1025 3D Materials and Techniques
ART1035 Advanced Digital Media
One of:  
ART1033 Multimedia Storytelling
ART1043 Photography: People, Concepts and Stories

Please note that Foundation Drawing II involves life drawing.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

Educational pathways graph.  You can enter the Art and Design Foundation program from High school, work, college, or University.  After the program you can go into the Graphic Design program, Interaction Design and Development program, or the Game Development program

Future Study Options 

Graduates of the program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are eligible for direct entry into the George Brown Graphic Design program.

Tuition and Fees


$4,275.00 * †

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials (non-refundable), student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

† Portfolio Kit: $200-$300 not included in fees

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 applicants should have taken at least one high school level art class and have some basic experience in areas such as photography, illustration and digital image creation.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

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 about the program, you may also contact the Program Co-ordinator, Bahar Mousavi Hejazi:

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

The School of Design is located at 230 Richmond St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1P4. Book a campus tour or explore our virtual tour.

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.

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