Bringing Art and Entrepreneurship together
This two year program focuses on developing the skills and knowledge to be a self-employed artist/artisan. The first year of the program is the Aboriginal Art certificate which provides the core Aboriginal art forms content as well as introductory level study in a variety of other fine art and craft media. In the second year you will continue to study traditional Aboriginal and contemporary art forms in advanced courses in; painting and drawing, hide tanning, carving, sewing, footwear, beadwork and decorative arts while identifying an area of focus or interest.
The program includes studio courses that will provide you with the opportunity for directed study, under the supervision of instructors, in an identified area of interest and skill such as drawing and painting, printmaking, carving, digital media and other media.
You will study and learn entrepreneurial skills in each Aboriginal art course by learning pricing and quality standards of products. Marketing through courses such as Introduction to Marketing Arts & Crafts and Creating an Online Business will also be studied. During these courses, you will develop your own website as well as learn other important marketing skills and business knowledge such as business networking skills and potential business resources.
Take a look at this brochure for details.
Read how Portage College is reviving hide tanning, a fading Native art form - Maclean's Magazine, December 2016.
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You will combine your interest and love of art with entrepreneurial skills to be well equipped to be self-employed or to work in one of the many opportunities and careers in visual arts and Aboriginal art & culture. Jobs may include positions with museums, historic sites, Native Friendship Centres or other community and government organizations.
- Successful completion of a Certificate in Aboriginal Art at Portage College (Year 1)
- High School Diploma with English 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
- Mature Status if applicable