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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Art Fundamentals

Awaken the artist in you!

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.

Graduates are also eligible for direct entry into Year 2 of the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sir Sanford Fleming's Haliburton School. Students must present a portfolio and complete required humanities courses over the summer.

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.

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Certificate

    • Full-Time
    • 1 yr (2 semesters)
    • PARTF