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Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts

Available at: Brockville


This two-year diploma program provides you with the flexibility to explore the areas of visual arts most appropriate to your abilities and interests. The program combines a balance of theory, studio and application skills that prepares graduates for a variety of Fine Arts related employment opportunities.

The program provides important practical experience relating to business and professional practices necessary to successfully operate within the various Fine Art professions. The program also prepares students for more advanced studies at universities or art colleges.

Study in Ireland

Graduates of this program can turn their advanced diploma into a degree. Learn how you can continue your education at Institute of Technology Sligo (pdf).


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts program may find full-time and part-time employment as self-employed fine artists or may find work in galleries, commercial art studios, retail outlets and educational institutions.

Alumni Profiles

Bernard Clark - Photographer

Fraser Radford - Abstract and Conceptual Artist

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Program Name

Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $2,850.18. Compulsory fees are $749.55. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $13,420.00. Compulsory fees are $1,427.55. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Bursary Opportunity: Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support available to the Fine Arts program. These awards have been made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout. For full details regarding the Marianne van Silfhout bursaries, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
ARTS 10 Art History & Appreciation I
ARTS 6000 Drawing & Composition I
ARTS 6001 Painting & Drawing – Watercolour
ARTS 6004 Painting & Drawing – Acrylic
COMM 10 Applied Communications I
GENE General Education Course (In Class)

Semester 2
ARTS 6002 Painting & Drawing – Oil
ARTS 6005 Drawing & Painting Techniques – Colour Theory
ARTS 6006 Life Drawing & Painting I
ARTS 6018 Introduction to Computers for Artists
ARTS 6020 Advanced Watercolour
ARTS 6021 Drawing & Composition II
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 3
ARTS 20 Art History & Appreciation II
ARTS 6008 Digital Photography
ARTS 6010 Mixed Media
ARTS 6011 Life Drawing
ARTS 6012 Studio I
GENE General Education Course (In Class)

Semester 4
ARTS 6007 Printmaking
ARTS 6013 Studio II
ARTS 6015 Life Drawing & Figure Painting
ARTS 6017 Experimental Media
ARTS 6019 The Business of being an Artist (Entrepreneurship)
ARTS 6022 Advanced Oil Painting

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:
  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


What I enjoy most about St. Lawrence College are the small class sizes. The students are able to receive lots of individual attention from instructors. They seem to really care about each student's success and offer constructive criticism to help us reach our potential. The most exciting college experience was exhibiting my work at the Marianne can Silfhout Gallery in the Creative Explorations Show.

Heidi Cornel

Program Contact

Christina Chrysler

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the campus and will be a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area.

Creation of the gallery was made possible by a major half-million dollar bequest from the estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, as well as numerous donors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Behind this gift is Marianne’s belief that wilderness adventure and education and art are inextricably bound together in an experience of enduring value and benefit to humanity. The bequest will also fund bursaries for both part-time and full-time Fine Arts students at St. Lawrence College.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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