Friday, September 27, 2013

Developing the groundwork for future careers in animation, graphic design and gaming

Get a head start to your career and develop the fundamentals in your craft by attending an art design college in Toronto to give you the academic and practical background in the arts and media field. Gain a competitive advantage to those applying to focused programs by perfecting your arts portfolio and obtaining relevant course credits that can add value to your future program.

The Centre for Creative Communications campus at Centennial College offers a fundamental curriculum to meet the needs of a wide range of arts and design students. The Art and Design Foundation Studies (6409) is a one-year introductory program to the principles of arts and design, using the advanced technologies to adapt in the digital age affecting the industry.

Program highlights and benefits:

• Personal and career development of a wide array of portfolio samples, including sketches, life drawings, and digitally-produced designs

•Involves a balanced approach in theory and practical applications, understanding traditional and digital art examples

•Classes lead by knowledgeable and experienced faculty mentoring the students

•Short term of one year to prepare for specialized art programs, by introducing art and design for further career development

•Graduate with an Ontario College Certificate from the School of Communication, Media and Design at

•Eligible to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, such as Athabasca University, for a degree in the arts

•Graduates can pursue a career in Graphic Design Media, Fine Arts Studio, Game Art and Design, or Digital Animation more easily

•Flexible program start at either fall or winter semester enrollment

In addition to the arts and design concepts, students will learn how to communicate their masterpieces effectively through a series of presentations and projects in various classes. The Portfolio Development course is meant to collect a student’s best work and to have him or her demonstrate his abilities through presentations, interviews, and critiques. The Professional Practice course then enables students to further develop their portfolio and communications skills with individual mentoring and interviews with the course professor.

Students who wish acceptance to this competitive field will have the following requirements:

•an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)

•a Grade 12 English at a college or university level, or equivalent or Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

•attendance of the Art and Design Foundation Admission Session is highly recommended

•an arts portfolio is not necessary but highly recommended

Centennial College welcomes the Art and Design Foundation Studies graduates to pursue a career in the arts and design field in specialized programs such as Graphic Design – Media (6420), Game Art and Design (6422), and Digital Animation (6423). Graduates will be capable of producing a wide array of artistic talent through the creative and practical skills learned in the design foundation program.

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