Dawson College

Visual Arts

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Program Information

School:Dawson College
Faculty:Creative & Applied Arts
Field of Study:Visual and Performing Arts, General
Description:The Visual Arts program is a two-year pre-university program that prepares students for further studies in art. The program provides a strong general education with a visual art focus. Our program includes foundation, intermediate and advanced courses in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, media art, photography, video and the history of art and aesthetics. With this diversity of methods and studio practices Visual Arts graduates acquire a heightened ability for visual expression and creative work.

Dawson College is fortunate to be located in a flourishing cultural environment, close to museums, galleries and artist-run centres. This provides a dynamic context for the Visual Arts Program, where our professors instruct, mentor and support students in their artistic development.
URL:Visual Arts at Dawson College
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Musicians and Singers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Applicants must have a Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or equivalent, including Secondary V Language of Instruction, Secondary V Second Language, Secondary IV Science, Secondary IV Mathematics, and Secondary IV History. Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but may be required to complete remedial courses.

    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Portfolio
    Eligible applicants will be interviewed and are required to present a portfolio. The portfolio should include an assortment of original artworks realized in high school art courses, art centres or through personal experimentation. Sculptural work, large paintings and media work can be presented in digital format (USB key or other) or in printed colour copies. The portfolio should include 10 to 15 artworks in at least two different media, such as: larger drawings from observation and imagination, paintings (figurative and abstract), traditional or digital prints, collage work, sculpture and ceramics, and Media based artwork. The sketchbook should include a variety of sketches that visually explore ideas and/or depict forms from reality or from imagination. Visual journals are also welcomed.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 06, 2017