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Art Foundation

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 04691 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreClosedClosed
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,816.58
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Cole Swanson, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3637



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

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Our Program

Humber’s Art Foundation certificate program offers you the opportunity to investigate different areas of creative media and, while doing so, develop portfolios for entry into further study through comprehensive training in the basics of current visual arts exploration within a diverse studio environment. Integrating creative processes across several media, the program is designed to encourage you to explore a range of artistic skills and concepts. Working closely with respected faculty from a variety of creative industries, you will prepare a portfolio to support your personal pursuits or to further your education in the visual/media arts. The program includes the application of fundamental skills in visual, photographic, animation and digital arts to prepare you to potentially pursue related programs at Humber.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Analyze, simplify and deconstruct complex forms to solve artistic problems.

  • Employ basic measurement systems to produce accurate proportional and perspective renderings.

  • Create traditional and digital artwork which reflects adherence to accepted design principles.

  • Apply basic principles of visual perception, simplification, organization and the nine-point value scale to create realistic images.

  • Identify types and applications of drawing, painting and photographic tools and equipment used to produce original artworks.

  • Apply basic principles of colour observation, colour and pigment mixing, and digital colorization to accurately depict value, hue and saturation.

  • Create the illusion of three dimensions on a plane surface by applying techniques of texture, shading and linear perspective.

  • Discuss and present a range of critical issues of visual culture, examining how images gain meaning in cultural arenas.

  • Develop, refine and present drawings, digital images, animated images, video and photographs in professional portfolio format suitable for presentation to higher education admission panels or employers.

  • Research and pursue opportunities for on-going artistic development.

  • Define and use correct terminology to discuss and critique the impact of historical and contemporary visual, digital, animated, video and photographic images.

  • Create photographic and video art for specific purposes using basic technical capabilities of cameras and computer imaging software.

  • Plan and design animated sequences using basic classical animation.


The Humber Experience

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Watch the video above to learn more about the Winter Stations Competition 2017.

Pulp art installation

Watch the video above to learn more about Pulp, the collaborative art installation at the Humber Art Commons.

The Humber Advantage

Art Commons Building

Student sketching in Art Commons facility

Student painting in Art Commons facility

Humber Art Commons

The newly constructed Humber Art Commons was designed to foster creative collaboration and experimentation. The flexible space allows Art Foundation students to conceptualize, create, and exhibit work all in the same place.

Launched as a live lab, the Art Commons building provides students with a creative space to explore and discover new techniques. Located at Lakeshore Campus on Lakeshore Blvd, the building acts as a hub for art students. The open concept allows for a modern studio space flooded by natural light. The space has been modelled on the general concept of transformability. Four large multi-purpose rooms on two floors can be turned into any kind of collaborative space depending on need. 

Art Commons logo

Explore Humber Art Commons

Take a 360 degree tour!

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Student Work

Your Career

The Art Foundation certificate program offers you your first step into a creative career. The generalized training in many aspects of art will be a launching pad to more study or into the world of work. Some of the areas that you may choose to pursue include web design, multimedia design, animation, and advertising and graphic design.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.