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Visual and Digital Arts


Diploma


Program Code: 10581

Campus: Lakeshore

Length: 4 semesters starting in September

With this program, you will develop a well-rounded skill set applicable to a broad range of visual arts disciplines leading to exciting entry-level positions in the visual, graphic and media arts industry. You’ll graduate with professional drawing skills reinforced with fine art principles and critical thinking skills that you can apply to roles such as:

  • advertising layout artist
  • art instructor or art teaching assistant
  • concept artist
  • digital illustrator
  • freelance artist or illustrator
  • gallery or artist supply assistant
  • graphic artist illustrator
  • storyboard artist

At the Art Commons, Humber’s dedicated art facilities, you will learn to effectively plan and produce visual material and facilitate modes of interactive expression and communication using state-of-the-art software and tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in campus galleries, take part in installations and develop a professional portfolio. With its focus on experiential learning and critical thinking, this program is an excellent launchpad for more advanced creative pursuits.

Courses

Semester 3

Fall 2020 Delivery Proposed Winter 2021 Delivery Note
VADA 200: Illustration Materials and Techniques 2 Online

VADA 206: Contemporary Painting In-person

VADA 207: Special Topics in Contemporary Practice Online

VADA 208: The Moving Image Online

VADA 251: Digital Fine Art 2 Online

VADA 256: Figure Painting In-person

Select 1 from the following courses
GNED: General Elective Online Online

Semester 4

Fall 2020 Delivery Proposed Winter 2021 Delivery Note
VADA 150: Structural Visualization and Composition Online

VADA 153: Anatomy for Artists Online

VADA 253: Illustration Rendering Online

VADA 257: Exploring Drawing Online

VADA 258: Professional Practice Online

VADA 259: Interactive Art Online

Select 1 from the following courses
GNED: General Elective Online Online

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 5 requirements:

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    Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    •  Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

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    English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

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    International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

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    Portfolio

    Please submit three to five complete creative works. Examples of complete creative works include: singular artworks (paintings, drawings, sculpture, etc.), design projects (website, graphic, layout, fashion, concept art,etc.), or small collections of related work. 

    Also, please include three to five examples of "in-process" work. Examples of in-process work include: sketchbook images, maquettes/models, notes/reflections, etc.

    In this program, students are taught skills that empower them to experiment across a variety of artistic and media platforms. Applicants have the freedom to select creative projects across a variety of areas in the visual and digital arts discipline. Areas may include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic arts/digital design, sound art, performance, photography, or video. 

    For all submissions, you have the freedom to interpret what constitutes a creative project or an in-process work and to submit accordingly. 

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    Written Submission

    Select one complete creative work included in your portfolio and describe its overall concept and process of creation. Consider why this work has been included in your portfolio and what it might tell the viewer about you as an artist. This statement should not exceed 500 words. 

    Submission Instructions

    https://humber.ca/admissions/office-of-the-registrar/registration/submission-instructions.html

How to Apply

Applications are made through ontariocolleges.ca. See program page for details.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please see admission requirements on the program page to enter your location.

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,615.32
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Domestic Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $2,788.75 $2,788.75
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $3,307.66 $3,168.30
Semester 2 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $2,788.75 $2,788.75
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $3,307.66 $3,168.30
Semester 3 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $2,788.75 $2,788.75
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $3,307.66 $3,168.30
Semester 4 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $2,788.75 $2,788.75
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $3,307.66 $3,168.30

International Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $7,208.09 $7,208.09
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $7,727.00 $7,587.64
Semester 2 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $7,208.09 $7,208.09
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $7,727.00 $7,587.64
Semester 3 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $7,208.09 $7,208.09
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $7,727.00 $7,587.64
Semester 4 Original 2020-2021 Fees Updated Fall 2020 Fees
Tuition $7,208.09 $7,208.09
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $319.30
Compulsory Student Union Fee $64.00 $60.25
Optional Student Union Fee $20.00 $0.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00
Total $7,727.00 $7,587.64

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Equipment & Device Requirements

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Laptop - Intel i5 (Quad 4) Laptop - Intel i7 (Quad 4 or higher)
OS Windows 10 or Mac OS
Memory 16GB RAM
Storage Hard drive 250GB SSD (Solid State Drive) preferable
Other Tablet, Creative Cloud software licensing, Art Supplies - Cole Swanson working with supplier to see if a kit can be created for purchase

Additional Costs

Approximately $750 - art supplies; $230 – $350 - digital tablet (for third/fourth semesters); access to a digital camera (third semester).

Pathways

Humber offers a number of transfer options and pathway opportunities. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions or refer to the program page.

Contact Information

Program Specific Questions

Cole Swanson, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3505
cole.swanson@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Contact the International Centre

international.humber.ca/contact

1-416-675-5067

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Select information only is included in this printable PDF. For complete program details, refer to humber.ca/programs.

Print/Download Date: October 27, 2020