Start your creative career at CNC
This intensive one-year certificate can lead to careers in the visual arts.
Taught by professional artists and educators, this program fosters individual development in creative thinking, problem solving, technical skills, and management for the business side of your career — copyright, contracts, commissions, and more.
A career is like a blank canvas. A year of fine-arts education will empower you to recognize and make the most of career pathways available to you.
Some fine arts graduates become artists working in any number of mediums. Full-time artists are usually self-employed and highly entrepreneurial. Many fine arts graduates also work as educators or instructors, either full-time or part-time.
Careers you might choose to pursue after include:
- Arts educator/instructor
- Illustrator (in publishing)
- 3D artist/modeller (in animation and digital games)
- Storyboard artist or concept artist (in film/TV and digital games)
- Advertising art/creative director
- Gallery curator
Take your second year at Emily Carr
CNC has an official block transfer agreement with Emily Carr University. Students who complete the Fine Arts Certificate with a 3.00 GPA or higher can transfer directly into their second year at Emily Carr in Vancouver.
You also have the option to apply for second-year status in a number of other post-secondary visual art programs throughout the province.
See bccat.ca for details.
What you will learn
This foundation-level Fine Arts Certificate will help you:
- Sharpen your drawing and painting skills
- Deepen your knowledge and appreciation of art history
- Learn strategies for making a living as an artist
- Practice using digital tools like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
- Build a creative portfolio
Fine Arts Certificate Courses
This intensive one-year certificate can lead to careers in the visual arts. Taught by professional artists and educators, this program fosters individual development in creative thinking, problem solving, technical skills, and management for the business side of your career - copyright, contracts, commissions, and more.
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
Entrants to the Fine Arts program must meet the following requirements. The program admits a maximum of 20 students.
- Successful completion of one of the following:
- Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples) or
- ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate or
- GED Certificate or
- Grade 11, with an outstanding academic record, in the year of application.
Note 1: It is recommended that high school students consult their counsellors to ensure they select the most appropriate high school courses for their chosen career paths.
Note 2: The GED certificate meets the general admission requirements but does not meet specific program or course prerequisites.
Note 3: You will need to comply with the prerequisites of the specific courses you select.
Additional program-specific admission requirements
Please note the program admits a maximum of 20 students.
- Applicants who submit a qualifying portfolio before the deadline will receive priority admission to the program; however, applications will be accepted until the program is full or classes begin. Portfolios must consist of at least 10 and no more than 20 examples in several of the following: paintings, drawings, carvings, sculptures, crafts, digital art, photography, sketchbooks, videos or other types of art.
- Submission of a typed personal statement (500 – 700 words) explaining why you want to enter the program.
Note: Students who do not meet the general academic requirements above may be admitted to selected studio courses based on evaluation of their portfolios and personal statements. Such students must immediately start the English requirements for the program. After successfully completing English 12 or English 12: First Peoples or English 045 or equivalent, students can enter the certificate program.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Applicants who submit a qualifying portfolio before the deadline will receive priority admission to the program. However, applications will be accepted until the program is full or classes begin. Portfolios must consist of at least 10 and no more than 20 examples in several of the following: paintings, drawings, carvings, sculptures, crafts, digital art, photography, sketchbooks, videos or other types of art.
- Portfolios must be either mailed or brought to the College by April 30. They can be dropped off at the Office of the Registrar during regular office hours.
- All artworks in the portfolio must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, a unique identifying number, the date created, and the date submitted. CDs or USB drives must also be labelled with the title of the work.
- The portfolio should include a list of all pieces submitted, including dimensions and materials used; for example: “Item #6, sculpture, mixed media, 2 x 3 m.”
- If pieces are larger than 20” x 26”, or are three-dimensional or fragile, send good quality photographs or slides rather than the original pieces.
- If digital work is submitted via CD-ROM, USB drive or website URL, include information about the software and file format. Include an image list with each work labelled with its file name or its location on the website.
- Artworks must be produced, drawn, designed or photographed by the applicant, unless the work was part of a collaboration with others. If applicants submit work that was part of a collaboration, they must clearly indicate what part they played in the process.
- If mailing a portfolio from outside Canada, applicants should Note on the outside of the package: “Temporary Entry” and “Goods are to be Returned.” To avoid customs brokerage fees, the work should also be Noted as having “No commercial value.”
- Applicants are responsible for all postage and shipping costs, including return postage/shipping. Portfolios must include a self-addressed return label and sufficient postage, in Canadian funds, for return mail. Portfolios will not be returned COD.
- Applicants should insure their pieces. CNC is not responsible for anything lost or damaged in shipping or storage. CNC takes every precaution to ensure that portfolios are handled carefully but does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, materials submitted.
- Portfolios may be picked up from Office of the Registrar after the second week of June (during regular office hours).
- Applicants are encouraged to use and explore a variety of media and images; however animation, manga, or cartoon images often fall under the realm of Illustration and therefore should not make up more than 20% of the images in the applicant’s portfolio.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost for this program is $3,128. (Supplies extra)
These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.
Salaries and employment
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.
The estimated cost for this program is $15,444.
This cost is an estimate and subject to change. This does not include registration fees, text books, medical insurance or living expenses.