You march to the beat of your own drum. You’re unique. You love to design, craft, form, and create. You are a Fine Arts student. A Fine Arts certificate can help you to develop your talents while also preparing you should you want to continue on to further education.
This two-semester program exposes you to a combination of visual, language and performing arts courses. The Fine Arts certificate program provides the opportunity to explore your creative side. Students take required courses which give them an overview of history, philosophy and practice.
Some courses in the program introduce you to an overview of history, philosophy and practice while others let you explore and develop your talents in creative writing, acting, painting, drawing, or sculpture.
Our Dual Admission agreement with University of Lethbridge means you can complete the Fine Art certificate at the College, enjoying small class sizes and lower tuition, before moving directly into your guaranteed seat at University of Lethbridge in one of their Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.
We recommend you work with an Education Advisor for course selection.
English 100 focuses on composition for academic purposes and develops a student’s ability to write clearly and effectively. Students also learn the fundamentals of critical thinking, persuasive writing techniques (including rhetorical appeals and devices), scholarly research, and academic reading.
An introduction to the critical reading of literature through the study and analysis of poetry and drama across historical periods from Shakespeare to twenty-first century poets and dramatists. While this course will teach students how to perform college-level literary analysis of canonical texts, it will also teach students how to question and evaluate the cultural narratives that literature circulates. As such, the class will explore questions of gender, class, race, nationhood/nation building, and the problematic literary canon in order to develop strategies for negotiating complex literary texts and to become better, more nuanced readers.
English 102 introduces students to the genre of literary fiction from the origins of the short story in early nineteenth century to the novels of twentieth and twenty-first century. The aim of English 102 is to read fiction with an understanding of genre, technique and form; to apply various critical strategies to literary texts; and to develop analytical writing skills appropriate to essays at the university level. Ultimately, the course encourages students to consider how narrative forms can shape, challenge and respond to their moral, social, and political contexts.
The Introduction to Fine Arts course provides students with an overview of fine arts history, philosophy, and practice, including issues surrounding the creation, display, assessment, and interpretation of art objects in cultural, social, and political contexts. Students may elect to do their major projects in essay form or produce art pieces with appropriate artist’s statements.
This course provides an opportunity to study and interpret significant social, historical, political and philosophical themes of contemporary art as a cultural expression of society. Beginning with Western Art of the 13th century, we will study the influences leading to Modern and Contemporary Art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students explore important developments through the intersection of art, science, technology and the new forms of visual culture that are shaping the contemporary art of today.
The Introduction to Acting course provides students with theoretical background and practical experience in dramatic performance through lectures, workshops, and individual and group assignments. Students will prepare and deliver a monologue and participate in group performances, as well as understand and apply dramatic theories and related factors to various public performance situations.
This workshop course seeks to increase the student’s ability to use language with sensitivity, boldness and precision. Students will be introduced to the craft and skills of creative writing and the dynamics of the writing process from free-writing or first draft to finished work. They are required to write regularly in prose and poetry, present some of their work in class for discussion, and produce a portfolio of finished, polished work by the end of the course.
Creative Writing 102 is a continuation of CRWT 101, designed to build on the skills and creativity developed in that course. Students are required to write regularly both in and out of class, present several pieces of prose or poetry for class discussion, and produce a portfolio of polished work by the end of the semester. Students are encouraged to experiment with new forms, participate in readings, and submit work for publication.
The Studio Foundations course embodies fundamental hands-on experience with art materials and creative processes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and graphics. It provides students with an introduction to concepts and processes used in producing and presenting art through the study and application of creative methods and techniques, specific and multimedia approaches, and other considerations needed in the planning, rendering and presenting of art.
This course provides a magnificent opportunity for student artists to develop a keen, sensitive eye, along with deeper feelings for materials and subjects of drawing. Through lecture and hands on experience, the student-artist explores contemporary and historical drawing practices, bringing their intellectual awareness, emotional responses, skills and capabilities to a new level. Beginning with how one perceives an image, through a broad spectrum and many diverse techniques of drawing practice, the student artist sees the indispensable role of drawing as an important aspect of art making.
The student is introduced to sculpture and 3D thinking through the element of clay, exploring a variety of historical and contemporary methods and styles. Investigation of a number of building techniques, and various embellishment and firing styles, lead the student to experience the processes and qualities inherent in clay as a sculpture medium.
The student is introduced to painting with oil and acrylic on canvas, and acrylic and water-colour on paper. Colour mixing, composition, ideas and concepts, themes, experimentation with painting materials, and problem solving are addressed. Methods of thinking, working and seeing are experienced with an open mind and spirit of exploration.
This course is for students wishing to undertake a substantial project in an area of fine art (video production, fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, theatre, visual arts, performing arts, music, or the sonic arts) under the supervision of a faculty member.
This course provides students with a grounding in the history of film and methods of analyzing cinematic content. This includes discussions of film theory, the use of symbol and metaphor, film adaptation and the interpretation of film in cultural, social and political contexts.
A study of contemporary themes and personal expression in mixed media sculpture, using experience and experimental approaches. The student explores clay, plaster, glass, elements from nature, and various other materials in the creation of 3D forms. In the process, the student develops sensitivity to how each of these materials interrelates in the sculptural process.
Students continue their artistic expression through painting using diverse media including oil and/or acrylic. Students explore and are guided through contemporary, cultural and personal themes. An in depth study with experimental approaches and new concepts are combined with current artistic theory.
The Film Production Workshop provides students with a grounding in screenplay composition and film production. This includes the generation of a short (5 to 15 minute) screenplay, lectures and workshops on production and editing techniques and participation in the shooting and post-production of a work for public screening.
|Student Association Fee:||$69.0|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$88.8|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$229.5|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
|Student Association Fee||$69.0|
|Bus Pass Fee||$88.8|
|Health and Dental Fee||$229.5|
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
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