Program Description The Design and Visual Arts program trains students in the fundamental foundational principles of design and creative thinking in the first year of the program, and in the second year, focuses on working in an artist mentored, personal project-based environment to develop and expand visual arts skills in painting, illustration, printmaking, and mixed media. Whether students are beginners or practicing artists, this program will help them prepare a varied portfolio of work to be used for entry into the art/design industry or for entry into advanced design or fine art diploma/degree programs. The first year of the program is the Art and Design Fundamentals Certificate program. In this program, students will experiment with a diverse cross-section of style and media, including drawing, two- and three- dimensional design, illustration, graphic design, web design, digital photography, and multimedia, and portfolio development. This hands-on intensive year allows students to explore a wide range of media, subject, and style to strengthen their creative and artistic talents. The second year of the program offers students the opportunity to further develop their expertise by choosing a focused media direction developed from within the following streams: Drawing/Illustration/Painting, Painting/Mixed (2D and/or 3D), Printmaking/Mixed Media, and Digital Photography/Multimedia potentially combined with aspects of the first three streams to create a more specifically tailored learning experience. The thrust of the work program the student, faculty, and mentor will develop together will be geared towards preparing for a cohesive end-of-year exhibition. Students will be guided and mentored throughout the studio courses by practicing artists who will work with students to achieve a strong, well-rounded body of work. There will be less emphasis on classroom instruction and greater on studio development.