The Portage College Fine Arts Certificate is for creative individuals wanting to further develop their skills as an artist (full-time or part-time), and for those interested in a visual arts career through an authentic arts learning experience. The certificate program provides transferability and a pathway for further study at other post-secondary institutions for a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
The curriculum includes hands-on studio classes with theory in design principles and art history. Students will learn visual art skills in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, digital art and mixed media. Learners will be given the opportunity to work with a number of mediums in order to explore and discover their own artistic passion and interest through project-based study. The courses are designed to introduce and develop specific techniques with the focus on developing skills and exploring media. In addition, students will have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and network with arts professionals through artist studio visits and gallery trips.
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Art Careers in Canada
Arts attendance levels were very high in 2016, with nearly nine in ten Canadians (86 per cent) attending an art gallery, an arts performance, an artistic or cultural festival, or movie theatre.
Arts and culture accounted for three per cent of Canada's GDP ($55 billion) in 2014, more than the accommodation and food industry and the agriculture and forestry industry.
As a group, artists routinely exhibit a higher level of educational achievement than the national labour force.
Sources: hillstrategies.com, canadianartscoalition.com, canadianart.ca, macleans.ca.
Careers for Arts Students
Portage College Fine Arts cultivates the strong foundational skills needed for various careers available in the arts and culture sector, including:
Animator, fine artist, art curator, illustrator, architect, tattoo artist, museum interpreter, video game designer, textile designer, commercial artist, art teacher, interior designer, photographer, clothing designer, art director, art archivist, art historian, art therapist, book illustrator, art professor, creative art director, graphic novel artist, cultural planner, and so much more.
The average savings per year for a post-secondary education student living at home is $10,200. Be smart, save money, and study local at Portage College.