Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art and Design Foundation Studies Launches Creative Educations and Careers

A love of the arts, a passion for creativity, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); and Grade 12 English C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or the willingness to take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission are all you need to hone your artistic abilities at Centennial College.

The Art and Design Foundation Studies program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for specialized arts-based programs (Animation, Interactive Digital Media, Fine Arts Studio, Game Design, Graphic Design-Media, and Product & Industrial Design) by developing their portfolios and creative knowledge.

This is achieved through a range of courses that balance traditional and digital art and media. As such, students develop a familiarity with digital media that is complemented with a practical understanding of drawing, colour theory and 3D art and design. In large studios and fully-equipped computer labs, students attend 15 art design college courses. Among these courses are:

Digital Imaging: In this course, students are introduced to creative photography as it is applied to digital imaging. Not only do student use both film and digital cameras to shoot but they also edit and manipulate images using the Macintosh operating system and Adobe Photoshop. There is also an introduction to incorporating images within Adobe Illustrator.

Colour Studio: To examine the practice and theory of colour, this course uses a workshop/studio approach. It consists of exercises and assignments that ultimately create a portfolio of artwork that demonstrates students’ artistic competencies and skills.

Drawing 1 and 2: The first of the two courses introduces students to drawing from the human figure. As such, they develop drawing skills in a number of media and learn to apply traditional freehand drawing techniques. Students also become familiar with figure drawing as a contemporary and historical discipline. Drawing on what they have learned in the first course, in the second course student focus shifts to design. It includes perspective drawing, illustration and basic rendering.

Digital Art and Design Studio: Design fundamentals make up this course and are applied to extend students’ use of image editing, illustration and page layout techniques. Introduction to web-design and animation and multimedia design is part of this course. Part of the hands-on application sees students team up with their peers to address realistic design and communication problems through in-class assignments.

Visual Design Fundamentals: Fine arts, design and illustration fundamentals meet in this course. As do hands-on projects, written assignments and critiques in order for students to design original artwork using principles of design, colour, and typography. Students apply all stages of design process, and focus on research, multiple solution, constructive criticism, and presentation skills.

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