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At the Extension Gallery

April 4-19: Watercolours by Kathryn Murray

Overview

Give your art practice the dedication it deserves by pursuing the Visual Arts Certificate program at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta. Designed so that learners can continue full-time employment during their studies, this program integrates classroom theory and practical studio training in a supportive environment, while also offering opportunities for individual feedback from professional artists and one-on-one guidance from a mentor.

Students develop a solid foundation through a series of common core courses, and then choose to specialize in one of three study streams: watercolour, painting, or drawing. Upon completion of the program, each graduate will have produced a comprehensive portfolio that reflects their artistic vision and highlights their skills and abilities.


Series at a Glance

Program structure

11-12 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.

Duration

3-5 years of part-time study.

Audience

This program is for aspiring and emerging artists of all skill levels who want to develop and refine their artistic abilities through formal art training. Some characteristics common to our students are a passion for creativity, an openness to share and accept constructive feedback, and a desire to develop a solid portfolio.

Program Plan

This part-time program has three study streams, enabling students to specialize in watercolour, painting, or drawing. Each stream is comprised of nine core courses and 60 instructional hours of elective courses, in addition to two portfolio reviews. Each core course is 39 hours in length, and electives are either 21 or 39 hours in length. The program culminates with each student hosting their own solo or small group graduating exhibition at the Extension Gallery. 

Typical course load is one course per term, three terms a year. When following this structure, students can fulfill the certificate requirements within four to five years. This pace can be accelerated by attending two courses per term; at this rate, the certificate can be earned in three years.

Coursework includes exercises, assignments, and in most cases, a final project. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS


Foundation courses (4)
  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Visual Art & Design I
  • Art History
      +
Intermediate & advanced courses (3)

  • Drawing stream

    After completing the foundation courses, students take three core courses (two intermediate and one advanced) in their chosen program stream.


    Landscape & Interior Drawing
    Life Drawing
    Drawing III

  • Painting stream

    After completing the foundation courses, students take three core courses (two intermediate and one advanced) in their chosen program stream.


    Painting I
    Painting II
    Painting III

  • Watercolour stream

    After completing the foundation courses, students take three core courses (two intermediate and one advanced) in their chosen program stream.


    Watercolour I
    Watercolour II
    Watercolour III

      +
Electives
(60 hours)
      +
Visual Arts Portfolio Review
      +
Project Courses (2)
Last set of core courses; students work one-on-one with a mentor in preparation for their graduating exhibition.
  • Project Course I
  • Project Course II
      +
Final Visual Arts Portfolio Review
      +
Graduating Exhibition

Qualifications & Admission

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program, as long as course prerequisites are met. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate.

To enrol, you must have a high school diploma (minimum 100 credits) or equivalent. If you attended a high school in Alberta, transcripts may be ordered from Alberta Education at 780-427- 5732; if you attended high school outside of Alberta, contact the provincial department of education. 

You are still invited to apply if you do not meet the admission requirements. Your qualifications will be reviewed, and conditional entrance may be granted. For details, please contact the program office at 780-492- 3034.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!

THREE EASY STEPS TO APPLY

  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form. 
  2. Obtain an official transcript of your previous studies (high school OR post-secondary education).
  3. Submit your completed application, along with the transcript and a $100 admission fee.

Tuition & Fees

  • A one-time application fee of $100 is required for admission into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Unless specified in the course description, art supplies and textbooks are not included in course fees. Costs range from $100 to $150 for introductory courses and up to $200 for advanced courses.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program, as long as course prerequisites are met. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate. 

If you do not wish to have assignments graded and recorded on your transcript, you may choose to register as an audit student. Audited courses, however, cannot be applied toward the certificate. 

Please note that registration for Visual Arts Portfolio Review, Final Visual Arts Portfolio Review, and Project Course I and II are restricted to certificate students.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

Core Courses

    Elective Courses

      Intermediate & Advanced Courses

        First Portfolio Review

        Advancement to Project Course I is granted based on this portfolio review. To discuss requirements and to schedule a review, contact our program office at 780-492-3034.

          Project Courses

          These courses follow the completion of your stream of specialization and of any courses suggested in the first portfolio review. Work on material in preparation for your graduating exhibition with a mentor of your choosing. First, verify that your preferred mentor is available to do so this term:

          Instructor profiles and mentorship opportunities

           Next, contact our program office at 780-492-3034 to arrange for the mentorship opportunity.

            Final Portfolio Review

            This review assesses the progress of your second project course and is an indication of whether you are ready for your solo exhibition in the Extension Gallery. To schedule a portfolio review, contact our program office at 780-492-3034.

              Graduating Exhibition

              Your artwork is showcased in the Extension Gallery at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton.

              General Interest

              General interest courses are not eligible for credit in the Visual Arts Certificate.


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