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Fundamental Arts

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Fundamental Arts

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Create two and three-dimensional fine art and design projects from concept to finished work using a wide range of materials, processes, and techniques.
  2. Use the design process to develop and solve visual problems using various strategies in generating ideas.
  3. Apply the formal elements and principles of design to create effective compositions.
  4. Integrate physical art techniques, materials, and processes with emerging media art technologies.
  5. Apply creative and critical thinking skills in relation to visual art.
  6. Communicate ideas and feelings effectively through artistic skills and language to a variety of audiences.
  7. Display skill in observational drawing and the use of a range of drawing materials.
  8. Identify, discuss, and critique artworks while considering their social, historical, and conceptual contexts.
  9. Develop a professional art and design portfolio through studio-based projects in a variety of media.


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


2024/2025 Academic Year

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

Students are required to start the program with their own Apple iPad and the official Apple Pencil stylus. You must ensure that your stylus is compatible with your iPad

Fees are Course Based

1 Year



Tuition $4,550 $10,550
Fees $1,428 $2,178
Other Costs $675 $675
Total $ 6,653 $ 13,403

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition and Other Fees

1 Year

Tuition 4,550
Lab Fee $600
Student Union $178
Health Insurance Fee $470
Fitness Centre Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
Total Payable to Holland College $5,978
1st installment due first day of first semester

2nd installment due first day of second semester  $2,600
Other Costs  
Equipment $675
Total $675
Grand Total $6,653


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $10,550
Lab Fee $600
Student Union $178
Health Insurance Fee $1,220
Fitness Centre Fee $80
Graduation Fee $100
Total $12,278
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 10,128
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,600
Other Costs  
Equipment $675
Total $675
Grand Total $13,403

*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.


Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

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 Value:0

Course Code:ARTS-1020

Creativity: An Introduction to Creative Thinking

An exploration of 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.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ARTS-1030

Art History and Criticism

An introduction to the development of art in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the identification of 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.

Credit Value:3

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.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ARTS-1050

Design I

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

Credit Value:3

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.

Credit Value:4

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.

Credit Value:3

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.

Credit Value:3

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.

Credit Value:3

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.

Credit Value:3

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.

Credit Value:3

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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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