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Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts

Available at: Brockville


This two-year diploma program provides you with the flexibility to explore the areas of visual arts most appropriate to your abilities and interests. The program combines a balance of theory, studio and application skills that prepares graduates for a variety of Fine Arts related employment opportunities.

The program provides important practical experience relating to business and professional practices necessary to successfully operate within the various Fine Art professions. The program also prepares students for more advanced studies at universities or art colleges.

Study in Ireland: earn a Degree in one year

Graduates of the Visual & Creative Arts – Fine Arts program can turn their diploma into a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Degree in just one year (two academic semesters) in Ireland at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Or graduates may earn a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art in two years (four academic semesters.

Students are also eligible to attend the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art. To learn more, please visit our Study in Ireland page. 


The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

Students benefit from the the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, a state-of-the-art community art gallery located on St. Lawrence College's Brockville campus, through the utilization of the Gallery as a learning laboratory, studying curatorial practices, with the program culminating in an exhibition of graduating students' work.

Creation of the gallery was made possible by a major half-million dollar bequest from the estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, as well as numerous donors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Behind this gift is Marianne’s belief that wilderness adventure and education and art are inextricably bound together in an experience of enduring value and benefit to humanity. The bequest will also fund bursaries for both part-time and full-time Fine Arts students at St. Lawrence College.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts program may find full-time and part-time employment as self-employed fine artists or may find work in galleries, commercial art studios, retail outlets and educational institutions.

Alumni Profiles

Bernard Clark - Photographer

Fraser Radford - Abstract and Conceptual Artist

Program Name

Visual & Creative Arts - Fine Arts

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

September (Fall) 2021

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Bursary Opportunity: Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support available to the Fine Arts program. These awards have been made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout. For full details regarding the Marianne van Silfhout bursaries, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
ARTS 10 Art History and Appreciation 1
ARTS 6000 Drawing 1
ARTS 6001 Watercolour 1
ARTS 6005 Acrylics 1: Colour Theory
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
GENE General Education Course (In Class)

Semester 2
ARTS 6002 Oil 1
ARTS 6004 Acrylics 2
ARTS 6010 Mixed Media 1
ARTS 6020 Watercolour 2
ARTS 6021 Drawing 2
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 3
ARTS 20 Art History & Appreciation 2
ARTS 6006 Life Drawing 1
ARTS 6008 Digital Photography for Artists
ARTS 6012 Studio 1
ARTS 6017 Mixed Media 2: Experimental
GENE General Education Course (In Class)

Semester 4
ARTS 6007 Printmaking
ARTS 6011 Life Drawing 2
ARTS 6013 Studio 2
ARTS 6018 Computers for Artists
ARTS 6019 The Business of Art
ARTS 6022 Oil 2

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.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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
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


What I enjoy most about St. Lawrence College are the small class sizes. The students are able to receive lots of individual attention from instructors. They seem to really care about each student's success and offer constructive criticism to help us reach our potential. The most exciting college experience was exhibiting my work at the Marianne can Silfhout Gallery in the Creative Explorations Show.

Heidi Cornel

Program Contact

Christina Chrysler

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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