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Visual and Digital Arts

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 10581 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

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)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $6,948.52
  • international $14,200.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$750 approximately for art supplies; access to a digital camera for third semester; $230 – $350 for a digital tablet for third/fourth semesters – the Wacom Intuos 4” x 5” or 6” x 8” is recommended (6” x 11” for wide-screen format).

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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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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

The two-year training regimen is excellent preparation for students who wish to continue studies in higher education toward a visual and digital arts/media specialization, such as 3D animation or interactive multimedia design and illustration, the graphic arts, and the field of fine and contemporary arts.

Ontario Transfer Options

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Program Contact(s)

Noni Kaur 
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5134


Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor

Lakeshore Campus
WEL 106

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386

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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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In order to continue with your application for Visual and Digital Arts, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This document contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio and a written submission.

i. Portfolio
Please submit 3 to 5 examples of your creative work. This could include: paintings, drawings, sculpture, sound art, dance, written work, music, technological play / prototypes, or any other method through which you have explored your creative
expression. We want to see how you play with art forms.

Also, please include 3 to 5 samples of your rough work which could include: sketches, notes, thumbnails, writing process, thinking process. If you do not have visual artifacts of your process, please write a brief 250 word (max) description of how you approach and work through a creative project. We want to know how you think.

ii. Written Submission
Select three (3) of the pieces in your portfolio. For each of the three (3) pieces, in 150 words, describe why you chose to include that piece in your portfolio. In total, your written submission should not exceed 450-500 words.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit the portfolio and written submission through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,474.26 $6,912.50
Tuition $2,920.75 $6,358.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $50.00 $50.00


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,474.26 $6,912.50
Tuition $2,920.75 $6,358.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $50.00 $50.00


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,474.26 $6,912.50
Tuition $2,920.75 $6,358.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $50.00 $50.00


Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,474.26 $6,912.50
Tuition $2,920.75 $6,358.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $50.00 $50.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

With its focus on experiential learning, Humber’s Visual and Digital Arts diploma program offers you an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop an enhanced skill set applicable to a broad range of disciplines within the spectrum of visual arts. At Humber’s new dedicated art facilities, The Art Commons, you will learn to effectively plan and implement creative visual material and facilitate modes of interactive expression and communication. You will gain knowledge and skills in painting, drawing, illustration, colour, composition, figurative expressions, art history, installations, digital art and photography, and develop projects in both traditional and experimental areas of the arts. State-of-the-art software/technology, including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, is used for the digital content in the program.

A unique aspect of this program takes place across all four semesters when students access and participate in experimental and collaborative projects. Students also have exciting opportunities for exhibiting their work in galleries on campus, locally and taking part in installations and critiques. The program provides a platform for experiential learning and critical thinking before students embark on more advanced creative pursuits upon graduation.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Produce creative life and representational drawings and paintings, illustrating volume, proportion, perspective, mass and texture with descriptive lighting.

  • Create representational digital drawing, paintings and illustrations, using application software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Painter.

  • Assess the artistic merit of artwork using an analysis of the creative application of established principles of design and composition.

  • Construct pictorial compositions using visual perspective to achieve accurate proportional relationships.

  • Light compositions to reveal three-dimensional form.

  • Create figurative pictorial compositions, using principles of human and comparative anatomy.

  • Critique technical principles of composition in representational drawing, painting and illustration, through analysis of rendering.

  • Prepare and present a traditional and creative art portfolio containing both original work and computer generated reproductions.

  • Research and create reference materials to support successful completion of a work of art.

  • Reproduce, with fidelity, colour as encountered in nature, mixing traditional and digital media.

  • Develop a career plan and self-promotion skills suitable to the digital media industry, using materials such as a résumé, cover letter, contact list, e-portfolio.

  • Develop and present a digital art project proposal and manage the project, using effective oral and written communications skills.


The Humber Experience

visual and digital arts video

Watch the video to see student work and hear why students decided to take this program.

Humber Success Stories - Mac Lenters video

Watch the video to find out how Humber prepared Mac for the professional aspects of being an artist. 

Noni Kaur's story video

Watch the video and discover how Noni Kaur inspires her students to think outside the box and create more than what they think they are capable of. 

The Humber Advantage

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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. 

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Your Career

Although the Information Age has created an explosion of career opportunities for visual and digital artists, the competition is keen. It is an exciting career that encompasses creativity, challenges, new insights and new and dynamic ways of critical thinking. But employers agree – professional drawing skills reinforced with fine art principles and critical thinking skills will distinguish an applicant from the crowd.

Enjoy exciting entry-level positions in the visual, graphic and media arts industry with this arts diploma. Use your creative and technical skills as an illustrator, a concept artist, an advertising layout artist, storyboard artist, digital illustrator, visualizer, artist representative, gallery or artist supply assistant, graphic artist, photographer’s assistant, or art teaching assistant. Be gainfully self-employed as a freelance artist, illustrator or art instructor in an arts and crafts association or organization. Many of our graduates also pursue higher education within media studies and the visual arts, given that they will be equipped with a comprehensive portfolio to showcase their acquired skills.

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.