Certificate program
Full-time study
32 Weeks

Program starts in January 2020

*This program is a pre-requisite to the Graphic Design and Video Game Art programs and may be required for those with no formal post-secondary training in Fine Art or Art Fundamentals.

Building a dream career in any creative field requires a solid educational foundation to build upon. During the Visual Arts Foundation program, students are taught key skills and techniques that will lay that foundation into further studies.

A prerequisite to other McKenzie College diploma programs, this eight-month certificate program is for aspiring artists and designers who wish to advance their artistic skills and build an extensive fine art portfolio.   

Our creative studio environment allows students to learn critical thinking and time management skills through a series of hands-on projects. They will also have the opportunity to explore various media and art styles while developing new techniques and approaches to their work.  

Upon successful completion, students are highly recommended to further their studies at McKenzie College. Further studies increase opportunities to a career in areas of fine arts, game and animation, marketing and advertising, and design.

McKenzie College helped me build a strong visual portfolio that enabled me to apply to prestigious and competitive programs such as Laval’s Bachelor of Arts and Sciences of Animation. The first and most important stepping stone in my career path has been firmly established thanks to the Visual Arts Foundation program.
— Vincent Rochette, Class of 2016

Areas of study

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

Student work