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Fundamental Arts

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Fundamental Arts

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Prepare for a Career in the Arts!

The Fundamental Arts program provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your skills as an artist through courses in art history, drawing, design, animation, digital photography and more. You will explore mediums such as lino-printing, etching, sculpture, collage, acrylic and watercolour paint.

Strong emphasis is placed on learning the basics of effective design and enhancing your drawing skills. This program helps you develop your portfolio and prepare yourself for a future in the visual arts.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre. Click here to take a virtual tour.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program. 


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
NSCAD, Halifax, N.S. Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates with a minimum cumulative average of 75% receive up to 30 credits toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Submission of a portfolio. Your portfolio will be a significant factor in gaining admission to the program. See the portfolio requirements here. 
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1 Year



Tuition $4,450 $9,550
Fees $1,597 $2,347
Other Costs NA NA
Total $ 6,047 $ 11,897

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition and Other Fees

1 Year

Tuition $4,450
Lab Fee $800
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
Total $6,047
1st installment due September 5 $3,497
2nd installment due January 8 $2,550


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $9,550
Lab Fee $800
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
Total $11,897
1st installment due September 5 $ 9,347
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,550

*Includes the International Student Fee.

By the end of this program, you will have gained the skills required for acceptance into more advanced training in your chosen area.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:ARTS-1020

Creativity: An Introduction to Creative,Thinking

Explore divergent thinking to see possibilities,for creative expression in the everyday, and,perceive the world in a multi sensory way.,Through employing brainstorming, using analogy,,and open-ended problem solving, students will,build a toolkit of solutions to assist them as,they approach artistic problems.


Course Code:ARTS-1030

Art History and Criticism,

Learn about the development of art in the 19th,and 20th centuries and to identify well-known,artists throughout history. Explore the key,stylistic characteristics of major artistic,movements. Using the Feldman method of art,criticism learn to discuss and evaluate various,forms of creative expression. Gain a wide variety,of artistic experiences to help move from the,role of observer to one of active engagement in,the world of art.


Course Code:ARTS-1041

Drawing I

Learn drawing terminology and improve,observational drawing skills. Develop the,technique of sighting, apply the rules of,perspective and create drawings using line,,shape, value and tone. Learn the proportions of,the figure and the face using gesture drawing and,more sustained drawing employing both clothed and,nude figures.


Course Code:ARTS-1050

Design I,

Learn about the elements and principles of,design. Become familiar with design terminology,and utilize it when discussing professional,artists' work. Additionally, students will begin,to successfully employ these elements and,principles in their own personal work.


Course Code:ARTS-1071

Drawing II

Learn to apply drawing terminology and improve,observational drawing skills. Develop the,technique of sighting, apply the rules of,perspective and produce shaded drawings. Learn,the proportions of the figure and the face using,gesture drawing and more sustained drawing,employing both clothed and nude figures. Explore,the proportions of the face culminating in a,series of portraits and figure drawings utilizing,expressive line and colour.


Course Code:ARTS-1080

Design II: Colour

Learn basic colour theory while gaining the,ability to distinguish and utilize variations in,colour such as highlight, shadow and reflection.,Gain an understanding of the impact of colour in,our lives.


Course Code:ARTS-1090

Introduction to Animation

Learn to identify and apply basic techniques and,principles of animation. Develop an,understanding of animation language by using,animation terms and tools such as: Keys and,extremes, inbetweens, exposure sheets, timing,charts, slo-in and slo-out, cycles, arcs, squash,and stretch, descending energy, weight, follow,through, and secondary action.


Course Code:ARTS-1100

Media Exploration

Learn to use organizational principles and,different media to solve specific visual art,problems and to help express ideas and feelings,through art. Explore different types of media,such as: collage, paint, print making, and,sculpture.


Course Code:COMM-1205

Communication and Technology in the Arts

Develop the ability to communicate effectively,through exploration and application of various,forms of communication including verbal,,nonverbal, written and interpersonal. Develop,competency with relevant digital technology. Learn,to use various digital tools to create and manage,information including: word processing, desktop,publishing, web design, spreadsheets, and,electronic presentations. Explore the ethics and,code of conduct necessary when utilizing,technology.


Course Code:PHOT-1061

Digital Photography,

Learn how to use a digital camera, construct a,usable composition, arrange appropriate lighting. ,Produce a body of work exploring various themes ,ie, landscape, nature detail, formal portraiture,,wedding, sports, news events, candid photography,,animal, still life, product, abstract, figure,study, and architecture.


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My instructors not only focused on theories, but more importantly, they paid attention to students’ hands-on experiences on art. We had lots of fun and meaningful projects to finish week by week.

Sherry, Class of 2021


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