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Media Arts Fundamentals

Available at: Kingston


This one-year certificate program in Media Arts Fundamentals provides students with an opportunity to explore the exciting variety of disciplines and careers in media, design, and the arts.

Courses in professional communications, digital media applications, and academic preparation provide a foundation for the program, while a variety of media-arts electives allow students to earn credits toward specialized two- and three-year diploma programs in Graphic Design, Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts, Music & Digital Media, Advertising & Marketing Communications, and General Arts & Science.

Courses in the final semester focus on professionalism, career exploration and the preparation of a media-arts portfolio that students can tailor to academic or career pathways that interest them most. Interesting community partnerships with Kingston's rich and vibrant arts community, as well as guest speakers and mentors with careers in the media arts will help students decide their next steps into this vibrant sector of the economy.


Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Art History
  • Gallery/Museum Curation
  • Art Conservation
  • Animation
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Fine Arts/Creative Arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital art, etc.)
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interaction Design (Web Design)
  • Multimedia Design
  • Photography/Photojournalism 

Program Name

Media Arts Fundamentals

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Each student will require a digital camera, preferably with some manual capabilities. The camera should offer the following exposure modes: full manual control, program, aperture priority, and shutter priority. Any model or manufacturer offering the exposure modes mentioned above will be adequate for the course.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
BCOM 17 Introduction to Photoshop
DESI 120 Digital Photography
TBD Introduction to Media Arts
2 Electives (choose 2 of the following):
DESI 141 Drawing for Designers I
MCOM 15 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications
MUSC 3R Music Rudiments I
GENE 25 Film Studies

Semester 2
BCOM 18 Basic Video Editing
TBD Careers in Media Arts
TBD Media Arts Portfolio
GENE Online General Education Elective
2 Electives (choose 2 of the following):
DESI 142 Drawing for Designers II
MCOM 5 Writing for Marketing Communications
MUSC 8R Music Rudiments II
GENE 301 Acting for Real Life

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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 at the C, U or M level

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    Health Requirements


    I am using my Music and Digital Media skills in the real world.

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