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For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

This program helps beginning students assess their talent, build a basic portfolio, and chart a course for further study.

Learn the fundamentals of art

You'll get classical instruction in the fundamentals of art such as:

  • Life drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Two-dimensional design
  • Technical drawing

Join the creative community

The Art Fundamentals program emphasizes studio work. You'll produce art from the first day of class, gaining practical skills while discovering your strengths and your preferences. You'll also have the opportunity to explore many options for further study and careers in the visual arts. By the end of the year you'll have a body of work and the beginnings of an artistic identity.

Transfer opportunities

Your Art Fundamentals certificate will qualify you for more advanced programs. At Sheridan, you'll be considered for admission to Visual and Creative Arts. In addition, students who complete Art Fundamentals with a GPA of 3.5 will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at OCAD University and the BA program at Brock University.

Additional information

Like all of Sheridan's visual arts programs, the Art Fundamentals program is highly regarded for its rigorous, hands-on training.

Many students who complete the Art Fundamentals program go on to further study in the artistic specialty of their preference. Some students gain entry-level employment in jobs that require basic visual arts skills.

Note: Art Fundamentals students are required, as part of the curriculum, to study life drawing and painting. This regularly includes drawing the nude figure and the study of human anatomy.

  • Ontario College Certificate

    • Full-time
    • 1 yr (2 semesters)
    • Program code: PARTF