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Aboriginal Art Certificate

Our program is structured on the knowledge and appreciation of traditional Aboriginal art forms as well as introductory level theory and skills in a variety of other fine art and craft media.

You will be given the opportunity to work with a number of mediums in order to explore and discover your own artistic passion and interest through project-based study. Studio work and hands-on instruction from experienced faculty, combined with traditional knowledge, will help you to determine your artistic direction and future career.

Naomi Desrochers-Caron

I chose to take the Aboriginal Art program because it’s the only one of its kind in Canada. One of the things I liked most was learning how do porcupine quill work. Porcupine quill wrapping and weaving is an ancient technique that was used for decoration before the introduction of glass beads from Europe.

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Career Potential

This certificate will prepare you for further study in Portage College diploma programs through the development of a portfolio that will document your artistic and professional development. The certificate also provides you with the knowledge and skills to work in Indigenous communities, with Indigenous populations and a variety of other situations.

Credentials

Certificate

Admission Requirements

High school diploma with:

  • English 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Strong interest in Native arts and culture
  • Computer literacy is recommended

Mature Status:

  • English Language Arts 30-2 or English 33 with at least 50% OR
  • CAAT C (eliminate the following testing sections: Number Operations, Problem Solving & Mechanical Reasoning), score of Stanine 5 or greater) Interview with Coordinator
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age and out of high school for one year
  • Interview with Coordinator

Transferability

Transferable to University Studies; NATA166, NATA167, NATA168 and NATA169.

Program Start/End Date
August 25, 2022 to June 9, 2023 (Fall, Winter and Spring terms)

Application Deadline
June 1, 2022

Location
 
Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2022

Tuition $1839.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Course Package  $275.00
Fine Arts Fee $300.00
Total $2,663.67

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2022

Tuition $1839.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $2,088.67

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $4,752.34

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.

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International Student Fees
Application Fee $160.00

Fall Term
Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2022

Tuition $6119.25
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Course Package  $275.00
Fine Arts Fee $300.00
Total $6,943.92

Winter Term
Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2022

Tuition $5517.00
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $5766.67

Total tuition & mandatory fees for year:  $12,710.59

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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $1500

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Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

Aboriginal Art Certificate

  • ART EXPOSE

    Course ID: NATA171

    Name: ART EXPOSE

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2

    Students work together to produce the Art Expose which is a 2 day exhibition of all the work students have completed throughout the year. Students are required to participate in the planning, setting up and hosting of this event. Additionally, students will participate in field trips that provide experiences visiting galleries, speaking to practicing artists and visiting other venues related to the production and sale of art & crafts.

  • BEADWORK I

    Course ID: NATA116

    Name: BEADWORK I

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is the practice of beadwork in North America. Students complete projects using the three main styles of beadwork: loom, lazy stitch and appliqué. A number of related bead-working techniques are also presented.

  • CARVING I

    Course ID: NATA114

    Name: CARVING I

    Hours: 80

    Credits: 3

    The Carving course is divided into two sections - wood and stone. In each section, students become familiar with the raw material, the tools and the processes by which each can be worked into finished pieces.

  • COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER BASICS

    Course ID: NATA090

    Name: COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER BASICS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course introduces communication theory and basic computer skills essential for artists entering today’s business world. Students will study English grammar, writing skills and mechanics with a specific focus on creating resumes, cover letters, artist’s statements, paragraphs and business cards. Computer training will include enhancement of keyboarding skills and application of software programs including Microsoft Word, Paint, Internet resources, copyright and citation of source material.

  • DECORATIVE ARTS I

    Course ID: NATA120

    Name: DECORATIVE ARTS I

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    Students are instructed in the traditional arts of moose hair and caribou hair tufting, porcupine quillwork, horse-hair wrapping and fish scale art. Instruction includes the collection, cleaning and dyeing of the natural materials.

  • DIGITAL ART

    Course ID: NATA170

    Name: DIGITAL ART

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    This course introduces the computer as a creative tool for the visual artist. Students will focus on developing basic skills in the digital environment including navigating software and conceptualizing ideas in artwork.

  • FOOTWEAR I

    Course ID: NATA118

    Name: FOOTWEAR I

    Hours: 80

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is to design, decorate and construct Native footwear. Each student makes a pair of moccasins and a pair of mukluks in the Woodlands style.

  • HIDE TANNING I

    Course ID: NATA110

    Name: HIDE TANNING I

    Hours: 100

    Credits: 3

    The Hide Tanning course focuses on the traditional methods used in preparing, tanning and smoking hides, as practiced by the Northern Woods Cree. Techniques for working with rawhide are also introduced, along with a number of traditional living skills activities.

  • NATIVE STUDIES

    Course ID: NATS119

    Name: NATIVE STUDIES

    Hours: 48

    Credits: 2

    The Native Studies 119 course provides an overview of the pre-history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Study will include an examination of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art, music, games, dance, literature and film. The purpose of this approach is to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal people's histories and the cultural diversity of Aboriginal peoples.

  • NATURE CRAFTS I

    Course ID: NATA122

    Name: NATURE CRAFTS I

    Hours: 65

    Credits: 2

    This course provides instruction in the collection, preparation and conservation of natural materials used to make nature crafts. Students construct projects using a variety of materials, including bark, branches and roots.

  • SEWING I

    Course ID: NATA112

    Name: SEWING I

    Hours: 100

    Credits: 3

    Students learn measuring, pattern preparation and basic sewing techniques. Hand sewing skills, including the decorative techniques of appliqué work and embroidery are included along with instruction in the operation of sewing machines and sergers.

  • VISUAL ARTS I - DRAWING

    Course ID: NATA166

    Name: VISUAL ARTS I - DRAWING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is on the exploration of a variety of wet & dry drawing materials and the development of basic drawing skills. Students will be introduced to fundamentals including line, shape, volume, value, texture, perspective and composition. This exploration and skill development will be done through observational and imaginative drawing. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Course ID: NATA167

    Name: VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory painting course that familiarizes students with a variety of techniques, concepts and processes in painting. The focus will be on using acrylic paint to develop an understanding of color and composition. This will be done through a series of projects that feature a variety of genres, compositional concepts and visual strategies. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Course ID: NATA168

    Name: VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; printmaking and mixed media compositions. Students will study various printmaking processes with an emphasis on learning basic materials and exploring the potential of this art form. Additionally, students will explore the use of mixed media in primarily 2D compositions. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Course ID: NATA169

    Name: VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; clay and welded metal sculpture. The focus of the clay module will be on basic hand-building kills as well as introductory ceramic concepts including firing and glazing. In the welding module students will be introduced to the use of metal and basic welding techniques and concepts for the creation of art. Prerequisites: none

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