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Media Arts Fundamentals

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0981 | Open for International Students
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Overview

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.

Program Details

Code 0981
Start Date January, September
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length 1 Year
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Outline

  • Semester 1:
    2 Electives (choose 2 of the following): DESI 141, MUSC 3R, MCOM 15, GENE 25, GENE 179, GENE 304
  • Semester 2: 
    2 Electives (choose 2 of the following): DESI 142, MUSC 8R, MCOM 5, GENE 165, GENE 300, GENE 304

2020-2021

This course introduces students to the field of media, design, and the arts and examines the basic concepts of visual literacy needed in the development of work in various digital media. In surveying the history of mass/digital media in the past century, students also learn how various forms of media and messaging contribute to communicating cultural meaning. The course emphasizes critical thinking, media criticism and analysis.
The aim of this course is to introduce the design and conceptual fundamentals used by graphic designers. The course emphasizes both the visual forms used to create design compositions, as well as the concept development process. This studio course uses hands-on projects, and incorporates terms and techniques that are taught in other courses including typography, colour, photography and writing. Course content is delivered using a lecture/discussion format, and develops the students’ critical thinking/analysis skills through group critique sessions.

This course is designed for students who are not professional designers or photographers but who have a personal interest in photo and image editing. BCOM17 explores a range of Photoshop tools, palettes, and functions used for creating, editing, capturing, repairing, resizing, and enhancing digital images. The course includes modules on selection techniques, layers, paint and colour techniques, type elements, filters, sharpening and softening, actions, lighting, repairing and retouching, and printing and publishing. (3 hrs. per week)

Prerequisite: None

N/A

An introductory course the fundamentals of digital photography, elements of composition, and basic image editing. Also examined are photography's role in society, and a brief overview of the history of photography. You will learn the practical side of digital photography by exploring the various camera parts, functions and photographic techniques that will lead to producing technically sound images. Digital workflow, including image editing and optimization for various purposes is also covered. There will be series of photographic assignments, which will be edited and optimized in our computer lab, culminating in the production of visually compelling images. You will also gain an appreciation of aesthetics and composition, through discussions, critiques and writing an artist statement.
This course is the first of two drawing courses in the Graphic Design program. Students will learn observational skills required for accurate visual rendering and gain the technical abilities to visualize two and three-dimensional subject matter. Students will be introduced to the process connecting an idea to the expression and development of a finished image. The course will prepare students to conduct research from a variety of sources then synthesize and develop original art pieces and designs. Using various drawing tools, media and surfaces, students will learn several drawing approaches to represent natural and inorganic objects.
This course is designed to study foundational elements of music theory, including notation (treble and bass clefs), scales (major and minor), intervals (simple; upwards only), triads (major and minor in root position), time and rhythm (simple time; regular groupings and triplets), transposition (octave; clef to clef; up to 4 sharps and flats) and select musical terminology (musical terms and signs). Students will begin Analysis by identifying the foundational elements materials studied within short musical compositions.

This course introduces students to the world of marketing communications and the various components of the marketing communications mix. The course will show the relationships between the various forms of communications and how an organization uses them individually and collectively to resolve business problems. Businesses today are searching for integrated solutions, hence the need for coordinated planning of all forms of marketing communications.

This course is designed to enhance knowledge and appreciation of movies. Students will learn about the history of film, how films are made, how the movie industry operates, and how to appreciate and analyze films. The course is essential for anyone who wants to develop a life-long joy for movies. (3 hrs. per week)

Prerequisite: None

Digital citizenship is a new area of study that examines the ways in which we can engage in civic life through online communication. Through the use of case study, online exploration, and discussion you will examine the positive benefits and potential risk factors that affect us as digital citizens. This course will also explore contemporary issues in online communication such as internet surveillance, personal health, and social etiquette in order to promote a more active citizenry of online learners.
This course helps students explore interpersonal skills and styles through the medium of drama. Emphasis is placed on improvisation, situational analysis, use of voice, and use of body language. Students are encouraged to examine how these skills, which are developed in a creative environment, can be transferred to a variety of life situations including interpersonal conflict resolution, building trust, persuasion, presentations, and negotiation.

This course looks at the question: what media arts career would be a good fit for me? The course begins with a deeper understanding of self: personality, passions, values, interests, aptitudes and aspirations. Next is an exploration of leading-edge careers in media, design, and the arts in Canada, as well as general workplace trends and opportunities. Further individual research focuses on finding a realistic academic or career option that is a good personal fit, reflecting both an understanding of self and the changing nature of the media/design industry, work, and the economy.
This course gives students the opportunity to develop a personal portfolio for preparation for entry into diploma programs in Media Arts. Reflecting on personal strengths, academic interests and career goals, students generate a digital portfolio, which demonstrates their skills in the use of digital media tools, professional communication, and college- and career-readiness. Peer and instructor critiques, as well as feedback from industry mentors, guide the personal, professional, and portfolio development of each student.

This course is a computer lab based practical course that is a study and introduction to video editing and post-production. Students will demonstrate through the Adobe Creative series basic non-linear editing techniques to produce visual montages and sequence-based instructional videos.

This course further develops basic design fundamentals for a professional graphic designer. Students learn fundamental design concepts through the completion of hands-on projects. The topics include steps in the design process, the development of design layouts, and the role of the critique process.

Prerequisite(s): DESI 101 + DESI 131 + DESI 151 + DESI 181

N/A

This course is the second of two drawing courses in the Graphic Design program. Students learn fundamental drawing techniques and explore a variety of materials and tools. Students develop skills of observational drawing, with emphasis on proportion, composition and style. Students refine ideation sketches into original designs through brainstorming and testing multiple alternatives of a single concept. They learn drawing strategies enabling them to visually develop ideas and concepts as part of the process of producing effective artworks.

Prerequisite(s): DESI 141

This course is designed to continue the study of the foundational elements of music theory begun in MUSC 3R. All the topics covered in MUSC 3R are expanded upon and new components are added. The course content includes: Notation (all accidentals), scales (major and minor with technical names of degrees: relative and parallel relationships; enharmonic relationships; select synthetic scales), intervals (all simple intervals above and below), triads (major and minor in root position and inversions), time and rhythm(simple and compound time with regular and irregular groupings), transposition (major keys upwards by any interval), cadences (authentic, plagal and half), and select musical terminology(musical terms and signs). Analysis will involve identifying materials studied within short musical compositions.

This course is designed to improve your communication skills in the field of marketing communications. You will learn how to read and write creatively. Reading and writing creatively will help prepare you to write advertising copy, news releases, reports, as well as scripts for broadcast or video productions. You will learn how to research topics through traditional means by searching the Internet. To succeed in this course you will need an open mind, positive attitude, willingness to change, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Prerequisite: COMM34

This introductory online course highlights the complex and dynamic components of cultural groups and their interactions. Students reflect on their own cultures and learn about others through various theoretical perspectives including Social Science, Interpretive Approach, and Critical Approach. Based on concepts of history, power, and identity, students learn how intercultural communication is affected by language, non-verbal communication, culture shock, popular culture, relationships, and conflict. Students discuss how these theories can be used to examine differences between cultures.

*For students in the GAS-EAP program, this course counts as a General Education credit in any regular academic program.

Focusing specifically on the visual arts, this course develops visual thinking and literacy through the study of visual elements, principles of design and style in two-dimensional and three-dimensional arts.

This course helps students explore interpersonal skills and styles through the medium of drama. Emphasis is placed on improvisation, situational analysis, use of voice, and use of body language. Students are encouraged to examine how these skills, which are developed in a creative environment, can be transferred to a variety of life situations including interpersonal conflict resolution, building trust, persuasion, presentations, and negotiation.

Requirements

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.

Fees

2021-2022

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,360.92 CAD
Total
$4,082.28 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$14,600.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$2,072.25 CAD
Total
$16,672.25 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

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 Contacts

Program Contact
Jonathan Sugarman

jsugarman@sl.on.ca

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514