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Art Fundamentals

Available: Summer, Winter, Fall

Program Description

In the Art Fundamentals program you'll gain a strong foundation in the fundamentals of traditional arts. You'll study creative visual and communication skills with subjects 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 subjects, which will provide you with the opportunity to explore different areas of the liberal arts.

Art Fundamentals is ideal for students who wish to develop their artistic skills to access further postsecondary education. 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. Advanced standings should be confirmed with the program and institution of your choice.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Career

The visual art industry is diverse and is fueled by a blend of traditional, digital and multimedia skill bases. Animators, illustrators, graphic designers, digital media artists, art directors and studio artists all channel their skills in different ways. The Art Fundamentals certificate program provides you with the foundations of art, and upon completion, you will be prepared to succeed in further postsecondary education in a variety of communication arts and traditional arts-based diploma and degree programs.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

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

Additional Requirements

  • Drawing exercise

Applicant Selection

  • Details of how to complete and submit the drawing exercise will be mailed to you shortly after we receive your application.
  • Applicants are selected for this program based on the strength of their drawing exercise.
  • Seneca may send offers of admission for the Art Fundamentals program to applicants who have applied to other design programs, such as Animation or Independent Illustration, and who need to develop and strengthen their art skills.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

William Suddick 416.491.5050 ext. 33442

Program Chair

Mark Jones 416.491.5050 ext. 33488

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network