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    Art Fundamentals

Program Code:AFD
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Summer 2014: Suspended. Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

In the AFD program you’ll gain a strong foundation in the fundamentals of traditional arts. You’ll study creative visual and communication skills with courses that include drawing, illustration, design, colour theory, photography and art history. Most importantly, you’ll grow and improve as an artist, expanding your knowledge and appreciation of the arts with each day. Our strong, hands–on curriculum was created and continues to be taught by working artists. During the course of the program, you’ll benefit from general education courses, which will provide you with the opportunity to explore different areas of the liberal arts.

AFD is ideal for students who wish to apply their artistic skills to a wide variety of disciplines. It’s also well suited for professionals currently employed in media and communication industries who would like to improve or update their skills.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to apply to other art programs. Transfer Credits should be confirmed with the program and institution of your choice.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection:

  • As this is an oversubscribed program, applicants will be required to attend an orientation session and complete a mandatory $55 pre-admissions screening test. Please click here for a practice test. Applicants will also be required to complete program related assignments. A pamphlet with your testing information is available here.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Grade 12 Art;
    • Basic computer skills including Windows or Macintosh operating systems, word processing software (preferably Microsoft Word), and spreadsheet software (preferably Excel).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The Communication Arts industry is fuelled by art. Animators, multi–media artists and graphic designers all channel their strong art foundations in different ways. The Art Fundamentals certificate program provides you with this foundation in art. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to succeed in further post–secondary education in a variety of communication arts and traditional arts– based programs.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Currently under review:

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AFD111 Figure Studio I 4
AFD120 Colour Studio 3
AFD131 Design I: Composition and Creativity 3
AFD141 Digital Design I 3
AFD181 Drawing I 3
AFD191* Portfolio - Cultivating Creativity 2
EAC150 College English 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AFD211 Figure Studio II 4
AFD216 Applied Art History 3
AFD220 Painting Studio 3
AFD232 Design II: Manufacturing Meaning 3
AFD242 Digital Design II 3
AFD282 Drawing II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Completion of the Arts Fundamentals program is not a guarantee of acceptance into any other School of Creative Arts and Animation diploma programs.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Bridget De Vries
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22807
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Phillip Woolf
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33422
Program Chair: Mark Jones
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
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