Art and Design Foundation Program (G108)

Program Description

Program Overview

Art and Design Foundation is a one-year certificate program that will provide you 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 Description

In the Art and Design Foundation program, you will gain practical, creative and critical thinking skills in art and design. You will develop your portfolio 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 will introduce you 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, you will 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 will introduce you to professional practitioners in the creative industries and their unique experiences of building successful portfolios. In addition, you can select between optional courses to gain specific skills needed in your 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.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Educational Pathways

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 or the Interaction Design programs.

Educational pathways chart. 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, the Game Development program or the Honours Bachelor of Digital Experience Design Program

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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