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Our programs are created for individuals who wish to cultivate their passions and turn them into healthy sustainable careers. Our unique approach to learning helps prepare our students to navigate real-world projects while developing the skills and techniques needed to excel in their respective fields.

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Visual Arts Foundation

Certificate program
32 Weeks
Full Time Study
Program starts in January 2022

Description:

A prerequisite for other McKenzie College diploma programs, this eight-month certificate course is for aspiring artists and designers who wish to advance their visual literacy skills.
Our creative studio environment allows students to learn design fundamentals, critical thinking and time management skills through a series of hands-on projects. They will also have the opportunity to explore various media while developing new techniques and discovering their artistic voice.
Upon successful completion, students will have built an extensive fine art portfolio that can be used to further their studies at McKenzie College or another college of their choice. Continuous learning increases opportunities to flourish within your chosen career field, whether that be fine arts, game and animation, marketing and advertising, design and more.

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    Course modules

    • Drawing fundamentals
    • Colour theory
    • Character design & development
    • Exploration with acrylic
    • Life drawing
    • Water colour techniques
    • Storyboarding
    • Pastel & charcoal studies
    • Intro to classical animation
    • Traditional graphic design

    Admission Requirements

    • Application Form
    • Application Fee/ Seat Registration Fee
    • Academic Transcripts
    • Profile Letter
    • Interview
    • Portfolio/ Resume

    Admission dates

    January, September

    Career Paths

    • Small Business Owner
    • Freelance
    • Art teacher
    • Tattooist
    • Artist
    • Artistic painter
    • Portrait painter
    • Silkscreen artist
    • Watercolourist

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    Past Placements

    Program eligibility post course completion

    • Graphic Design
    • Video Game Art

    Testimonials

    Skylar Richard
    Skylar Richard
    Graphic DesignGraphic Design Graduate

    “Confidence, I think, is the most important quality you can have as a designer, and it’s something I was able to acquire while studying at... Read More

    Emilie Cormier
    Emilie Cormier

    My experience at McKenzie college gave me the confidence to pursue my dream career in the arts. I was excited every day to go to school and I loved... Read More

    Chelsey Coppel
    Chelsey Coppel
    Visual Arts Foundation & Graphic DesignClass of 2015

    “After attending the Graphic Design program at Mckenzie College, I acquired a Junior Designer position at Ginger Design - a design firm located in... Read More

    Sumin Lee
    Sumin Lee
    South Korea

    “Hi, my name is Sumin. I’m from Korea. I learned English at McKenzie for 60 weeks. Actually I couldn’t speak English when I came to Canada,... Read More

    Colleen Shannon
    Colleen Shannon
    Graphic DesignClass of 2014

    “In the classroom, my instructor effectively communicated to a varying range of students who were at many different stages in their lives and who... Read More

    Tan Yiee Her
    Tan Yiee Her
    Language

    “When I arrived in Moncton a few years ago, my English fluency was lacking. After completing the English Skills Study program at the McKenzie... Read More

    Tuyet Nguyen
    Tuyet Nguyen
    LanguageVietnam

    “I’ve spent a great time with good teachers and made nice friends! I’ve improved my pronunciation and enjoyed the atmosphere here.”

    Pauline Falque
    Pauline Falque
    LanguageFrance

    “I have spent 8 weeks and after 2 weeks I could feel a large improvement. I am now confident in my linguistic abilities. Great teachers and a great... Read More

    Mauricio Collao
    Mauricio Collao
    English Skills StudyClass of 2014

    “I’m a Graphic Designer and an Advertising Photographer. I came from Chile to expand my knowledge and my family horizons. The Language Centre at... Read More

    Vincent Rochette
    Vincent Rochette
    Visual Arts FoundationClass of 2016

    “McKenzie College helped me build a strong visual portfolio that enabled me to apply to prestigious and competitive programs such as Laval’s... Read More

    Megan Eppell
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    Andre Viel
    Small Business Owner and Social Entrepreneur

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    Photography Media Arts Program Graduate

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