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Media Arts Fundamentals

Available at: Kingston


This one-year certificate program in Media Arts Fundamentals provides students with an opportunity to explore the exciting variety of disciplines and careers in media, design, and the arts.

Courses in professional communications, digital media applications, and academic preparation provide a foundation for the program, while a variety of media-arts electives allow students to earn credits toward specialized two- and three-year diploma programs in Graphic Design, Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts, Music & Digital Media, Advertising & Marketing Communications, and General Arts & Science.

Courses in the final semester focus on professionalism, career exploration and the preparation of a media-arts portfolio that students can tailor to academic or career pathways that interest them most. Interesting community partnerships with Kingston's rich and vibrant arts community, as well as guest speakers and mentors with careers in the media arts will help students decide their next steps into this vibrant sector of the economy.


Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Art History
  • Gallery/Museum Curation
  • Art Conservation
  • Animation
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • Fine Arts/Creative Arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital art, etc.)
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interaction Design (Web Design)
  • Multimedia Design
  • Photography/Photojournalism 

Program Name

Media Arts Fundamentals

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Each student will require a digital camera, preferably with some manual capabilities. The camera should offer the following exposure modes: full manual control, program, aperture priority, and shutter priority. Any model or manufacturer offering the exposure modes mentioned above will be adequate for the course.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
TBD Introduction to Media Arts
DESI 101 Graphic Design I
BCOM 17 Introduction to Photoshop
COMM 110 Communications for College
DESI 120 Digital Photography
Choose one of the following:
2 Electives (choose 2 of the following):
DESI 141 Drawing for Designers I
MUSC 3R Music Rudiments I
MCOM 15 Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications
GENE 25 Film Studies
GENE 179 Digital Citizenship
GENE 304 Acting for Real Life

Semester 2
TBD Careers in Media Arts
TBD Media Arts Portfolio
BCOM 18 Basic Video Editing
GENE General Education Course
Choose one of the following:
2 Electives (choose 2 of the following):
DESI 142 Drawing for Designers II
MUSC 8R Music Rudiments II
MCOM 5 Writing for Marketing Communications
GENE 165 Intro to Intercultural Communications
GENE 300 Language of Visual Experience
GENE 304 Acting for Real Life

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    Health Requirements


    Ellen Foster, SLC Graphic Design grad, 2013
    Front end developer and designer, JIC Design, Kingston

    Developing a close relationship with teachers has always been important for Ellen, so she chose St. Lawrence because of its atmosphere. “It felt a lot more welcoming and supportive than other colleges. The professors wanted to learn about my interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses even before I stepped foot into the classroom. I've always appreciated a strong student-teacher relationship, and I knew I would get that at SLC,” she said.

    Now into her career, Ellen feels like her learning experience at SLC really prepared her for her chosen career path by taking fundamental skills learned and applying them directly to her work. “I currently work as a front-end developer and designer here in Kingston. I learned the fundamentals of front-end development, as well as web design, which is a combination most front-end developers don't have.”  

    Ellen has a word of advice for incoming students to Graphic Design: “To take chances, don't be afraid to fail, and get in over your head. College is the perfect place to realize you're terrible at something and not get fired for it. We may not all be illustrators or web wizards, but you're not going to find out what you are until you take a chance on everything else.”


    Ellen Foster

    Program Contact

    Jonathan Sugarman

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