Visual Arts Citation and Certificate

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Citation with an option to earn a certificate. Open for enrolment. 

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At the Extension Gallery

March–April 2019: Oils by Laura David Foster

10th Annual Student Work Showcase

Exhibit runs Jan 21-Feb 6

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May 2018: Graduating Exhibit

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February 2018: Oils by Tamara Evans

At the Extension Gallery

February 2018: Watercolours by Brenda Lang

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June 2017: Watercolours by Elaine L. Hughes

At the Extension Gallery

April 2017: Watercolours by Kathryn Murray


Give your art practice the dedication it deserves by pursuing the Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals. This new citation program is ideal for beginners and casual artists of all levels. Explore fundamental concepts in traditional areas such as drawing, painting, design, and history. 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.

Once you have completed the Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals, you are eligible to continue your studies by applying to the Visual Arts Certificate. This certificate gives learners the opportunity to further develop their skills by continuing to explore traditional art and design concepts and techniques and participate in a graduating group exhibition.

“The Visual Arts program has provided me with the opportunity to learn from professional artists and establish the necessary skills to build my own art practice.”
− Jane Armstrong



Program at a Glance

Program structure

5 courses (citation) or 10 courses (certificate).

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


1-4 years of part-time study.


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. Earn a citation by completing five courses with the opportunity to ladder it into the Visual Arts Certificate.

Program Plan

Typical course load is one course per term, three terms a year. This pace can be accelerated by attending two courses per term.

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 citation & certificate (3.5 or higher earns a citation/certificate with distinction).


Complete the four foundation courses plus one elective.


Once you've earned your Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals, complete three core courses plus three electives. The program culminates with students participating in a group graduating exhibition at the Extension Gallery. 


EXGEN 3009 is an optional post-certificate mentorship is a course designed to give Visual Arts Certificate graduates the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor towards a solo exhibition at the Extension Gallery.



The requirements below apply to students enrolled in and after July 2017. Refer to Notice of Program Change & FAQ for details.

  • ‎Citation

    Complete all four:

    Drawing Fundamentals
    Painting Fundamentals
    Visual Art & Design I
    Art History

    plus one elective course.

  • Certificate

    After completing your Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals, pick any three:

    Contemporary Thematic Development
    Life Drawing
    Painting II
    Visual Art and Design II
    Watercolour Techniques

    plus any two electives, and a group exhibition of graduates. 

Available to both citation and certificate students, as well as for general interest.

  • Drawing en Plein Air
  • Drawing with Mixed Media
  • Developing a Sketchbook
  • Encaustic Painting
  • Oriental Brushwork
  • Figure Painting in Watercolour
  • Abstract Painting
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Special Topics in Art

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 citation.

To enrol in the Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals, 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.

The Visual Arts Certificate is open to students who have completed the Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals. 

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  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.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

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 credential. 

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 will not be considered as meeting prerequisite, course or program requirements.

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.

Foundation Courses (citation)

    Core Courses (certificate)

      Elective Courses (citation/certificate)

        Post-certificate option (certificate)

        Interested in working with a mentor towards a solo exhibition at the Extension Gallery? Once you've completed the Visual Arts Certificate, continue to refine your skills with this optional post-certificate Mentorship:

          Enrichment Courses (not for credit in this program)

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