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Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma

NEW FOR FALL 2021 - students return to campus.

The Alberta Government has announced that post-secondary colleges and universities will be returning to face-to-face delivery where possible for September 2021.

Rest assured, Portage College will continue to monitor the pandemic situation closely and take guidance from Alberta Health Services and the Ministry of Advanced Education. If there are any changes or adjustments to the program - we will make those announcements to the public. Be sure to check back here often for updates.

Bringing Art and Entrepreneurship together

The Artisan Entrepreneur Diploma is a two year program that 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 of this program you will continue to study the 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 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.

During this year you will also study and learn entrepreneurial skills in each Aboriginal art course by learning pricing and quality standards of products. You will learn marketing through courses such as Introduction to Marketing Arts & Crafts and Creating an Online Business. In 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. You will be able to 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.

Entry into the Artisan Entrepreneurship program (second year) will include a portfolio submission developed in the Aboriginal Art Certificate.

Take a look at this brochure for details.

Booklet

Read how Portage College is reviving hide tanning, a fading Native art form - Maclean's Magazine, December 2016.

Image of student art

Career Potential

Combine your love of art with entrepreneurial skills to equip yourself for self-employment or work in one of the many visual arts and Indigenous art and culture careers. Jobs include positions with museums, historic sites, native friendship centres, and community and government organizations.

Credentials

Diploma

Admission Requirements

High school diploma with:

  • English 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Aboriginal Art Certificate

Mature Status:

  • English Language Arts 30-2 or English 33 with at least 50%  OR
  • Nelson Denny Test
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age and out of high school for one year
  • Interview with Coordinator

Transferability

The University of Calgary will award five full course junior open options to graduates of diploma programs.

Program Start/End Dates
August 26, 2021 to June 10, 2022 (Fall, Winter and Spring Terms)

Locations

Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 16, 2021

Tuition $1839.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Course Package  $275.00
Fine Arts Fee $135.00
Total $2,489.97

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 17, 2021

Tuition $1839.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $2,079.97

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $4,569.94

Part-time Fees
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $116. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $116.

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies


International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 16, 2021

Tuition $5517.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Course Package  $275.00
Fine Arts Fee $135.00
Total $6,167.97

Winter Term:
Fee payment deadline: December 17, 2021

Tuition $5517.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $5,757.97

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $11,925.94

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $500

Guaranteed yearly tuition for 2021-22 - Year 2 of program started 2020-21 not including mandatory fees:  $11,034.00

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Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma

  • BEADWORK II

    Course ID: NATA117

    Name: BEADWORK II

    Hours: 70

    Credits: 2

    This course focuses on further development of beadwork skills in the 3 main styles of beadwork; loom, lazy stitch and applique. Students are expected to experiment with new materials and use techniques to produce unique, creative designs that show independent research.

  • CARE & COLLECTIONS

    Course ID: NATS154

    Name: CARE & COLLECTIONS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 2

    The Collection and Care of Artifacts course focuses on the basic skills and knowledge associated with the care and handling of artifacts. Practical hands on experience is gained through exposure to museum artifacts.

  • CARVING II

    Course ID: NATA115

    Name: CARVING II

    Hours: 60

    Credits: 2

    The purpose of this course is to build upon the skills developed at the introductory level. Growth of individual style and independent research is expected. Experimentation with new materials, techniques and designs is encouraged. The development of creative expression and interpretation is vital to successful completion of this course.

  • COMMUNICATIONS FOR ARTISTS

    Course ID: COMM100

    Name: COMMUNICATIONS FOR ARTISTS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the development of practical communication skills that artists need to promote and market their work.

  • COMPUTERS

    Course ID: COMA141

    Name: COMPUTERS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 2

    Students will develop computer skills necessary for art centres and businesses using a Windows platform and the most recent Microsoft Office software including Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Browser.

  • CREATING AN ONLINE BUSINESS

    Course ID: ECOM100

    Name: CREATING AN ONLINE BUSINESS

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    Students will study the introductory theory behind basic e-commerce environments and practical application of the theory in designing their own websites.

  • DECORATIVE ARTS II

    Course ID: NATA121

    Name: DECORATIVE ARTS II

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This advanced Decorative Arts program incorporates art through hair, embroidery, tufting, porcupine quillwork, horse hair pining and fish scales mediums. Skills will be improved and enhanced through the completion of projects where students must research, design and create their projects while demonstrating a development of styles.

  • FOOTWEAR II

    Course ID: NATA119

    Name: FOOTWEAR II

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    Research is done in order to create, design and construct 'one-of-a-kind' products. High top footwear is studied and created, as well as alternate moccasin construction styles and techniques. Historical and cultural significance of footwear styles is also covered.

  • HIDE TANNING II

    Course ID: NATA111

    Name: HIDE TANNING II

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Basic Hide Tanning. This course will further develop knowledge and skills in preparing, tanning and smoking hides as practiced by Northern Wood Cree. Emphasis will be placed on students writing a paper with a detailed plan to design and set up a commercial hide tanning site.

  • INTRO TO MARKETING ARTS AND CRAFTS

    Course ID: NATA142

    Name: INTRO TO MARKETING ARTS AND CRAFTS

    Hours: 60

    Credits: 3

    This course covers basic entrepreneurial skills that artisans need to be successful in today's market. Students will study basic business concepts such as, creating a budget, managing inventory, personal cash flow knowledge and income tax. Additionally, students will cover business networking and other art specific topics such as artist's contracts and grant applications.

  • NATURE CRAFTS II

    Course ID: NATA123

    Name: NATURE CRAFTS II

    Hours: 60

    Credits: 2

    This course provides further instruction of the location, collection, preparation and conservation of natural materials for the use in making a variety of traditional and contemporary natural crafts.

  • SEWING II

    Course ID: NATA113

    Name: SEWING II

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This course provides further instruction of machine and hand sewing techniques. Students will build upon the skills developed at the introductory level.

  • STUDIO I

    Course ID: VISA105

    Name: STUDIO I

    Hours: 65

    Credits: 2

    Students will work on an individual basis with an instructor to develop a body of work with a defined focus. Each student will plan and outline--in the form of a contract--a program of targeted focus and study in consultation with approval from her/his selected instructor.

  • STUDIO II

    Course ID: VISA106

    Name: STUDIO II

    Hours: 65

    Credits: 2

    Students will work on an individual basis with an instructor to develop a body of work with a defined focus. Each student will plan and outline--in the form of a contract--a program of targeted focus and study in consultation with approval from her/his selected instructor.

  • VISUAL ARTS V-MAKING/2D COMPOSITION

    Course ID: NATA173

    Name: VISUAL ARTS V-MAKING/2D COMPOSITION

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This course builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in Visual Arts I & II. Further development of drawing and painting skills will be accomplished through using a variety of mediums; including watercolor and focusing on strategies that help students produce visual expressions that reflect interpretive and expressive outcomes. Students will work on developing personal styles.

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