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Graduate Studies

This 1-year certificate program, where you develop and implement a professional career plan in the visual arts, is completed over 3 semesters of study.
The Graduate Studies Program is designed to foster advanced research into elements of professional practice and theory by providing a rigorous yet supportive educational environment. This course of study offers you a framework to refine your studio and entrepreneurial skills while reaching your career goals. In addition, you work with faculty advisors and seek out professional experiences such as marketing opportunities, exhibitions or web based applications.

The program leads to the completion of a professional body of work which is celebrated by a year-end public presentation, making it popular with students looking for an intensive year of graduate study within a specific visual arts discipline.

Mature Students who wish to develop and implement a career plan may be admitted into the Graduate Studies Program. If this applies to you, to be admitted to this program, you are required to have:

• A portfolio and a University degree; or a College Diploma, or a combination of learning and experience equivalent to a degree/diploma.

In addition, you are required to write a letter of intent to support your application.

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You will be working with celebrated instructors in fully-equipped studios, Apple computer labs and classrooms. Coming here, you will learn first-hand why Fredericton is a Cultural Capital of Canada. The galleries, boutiques, universities and many cafés make the College’s downtown location an inspiring and supportive learning environment and an ideal place to obtain an education in the visual arts.

Click here for more information on this program or to enjoy an on-site tour of our facility.

Areas of Study
• Independent Study in the Visual Arts
• Entrepreneurship
• Promotion and Marketing
• Business Practices
• Portfolio Development
• Professional Work Experience
• Applied Research
• Website development

Career Possibilities
As a graduate, you will be well-prepared with a professional portfolio for self-employment in the visual arts or for a successful career in the culture sector in one or more of the following professions depending on your area of study.

Targeted Jobs (including NOC codes)
• Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists (5136)
• Photographers (5221)
• Graphic Arts Technicians (5223)
• Graphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)
• Interior Designers (5242)
• Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers (5243)
• Artisans and Craftspersons (5244)
• Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products (5245)
• Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners (7342)
• Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations (7344)
• Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations (9442)
• Textile Inspectors, Graders and Samplers (9444)
• Sewing Machine Operators (9451)
• Fabric, Fur and Leather Cutters (9452)
• Photographic and Film Processors (9474)
• Labourers in Textile Processing (9616)
National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Articulation Agreements

This program can be used towards your first year of a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) at the University of New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

Certificate - Graduate Studies Course Descriptions


Semester 1

Studio: Strategies
In this course, students initiate a self-directed course of study in the visual arts based on an approved learning contract. Using studio facilities as appropriate and in ongoing consultation with a faculty advisor students develop new products, new ways of working and explore new avenues. The work, research and development in this course will inform the writing of their thesis proposal in the course Research Seminar.

Research Seminar
In this course, students develop a statement of intent which is formalized into a thesis proposal articulating their specific course of creative enquiry for the program. They conduct applied research to draft the initial statement and refine their proposal and its context through exposure to a range of influences such as; readings, class presentations, and group discussions. The finalization of their proposal is achieved by presenting it for critical analysis and feedback from peers and faculty.

Mentoring and Networking
In this course, students develop a mentoring plan by a process of self reflection and goal setting to establish professional relationships needed for a successful career. They examine various mentorship models and through research, discussion and an interview process, they ascertain the model that will provide a challenging environment for their professional growth. With an emphasis on networking and professional presentation skills, students establish a professional activity to be carried out in Integrative Practices.

Arts Entrepreneurship Strategies
In this course, students establish the foundations needed to build their studio-based entrepreneurial practice. Working collectively, they examine various business models and strategies with the goal of defining their individual career plan. Through identifying of a course of action, students prepare themselves for direct retail promotion and sales. In addition, they examine entrepreneurial practice through elements that include, but are not limited to, time management, overhead, cash flow and basic accounting models appropriate their area of interest.

Students may select one 3-credit free elective which has been approved by their faculty advisor.

Semester 2

Studio: Practices
In this course, students continue to pursue a self-directed course of study in the visual arts based on an approved learning contract. In ongoing consultation with a faculty advisor, they use the thesis proposal developed in Research Seminar to guide them. Working in studio facilities as appropriate, students refine their work and clarify their direction towards the execution of a professional body of work which will be presented in the Campus Gallery in their final semester.

Lecture Seminar
In this course, students analyze and evaluate their personal path within a contemporary, interdisciplinary context. This is achieved through interactive lectures, informed dialogue about the nature of the visual arts, and also examining current trends, relevant influences and technological developments. In addition, students begin the initial preparations for their final exhibition which is carried out in Thesis Presentation.

Arts Entrepreneurship Practices
In this course, students learn to manage a business project and do outreach activities appropriate to their discipline. Each student executes several direct marketing opportunities as appropriate to their individual career goals. These may include trade show, gallery showings, self-created events, web based applications or other venues. Through cohort learning, personal planning processes, and the implementation of entrepreneurial experiences, students initiate their personal career plan.

Internet Marketing and Communication
In this course students utilize digital documentation, combined with Internet communication environments, to create a presence on the Internet. By focusing on the entrepreneurial potential of the Internet they investigate the value of e-commerce, specifically marketing and promotion. In addition, students will use these technologies to enhance their visual and written communications with the end result of facilitating professional networking on a global scale. Through individual assignments they select appropriate strategies, refine their abilities and integrate a variety of Internet applications to create a cohesive Internet marketing vehicle in preparation for a career in the visual arts.

Semester 3


Thesis Presentation

In this course, students finalize their thesis which includes the design and installation of their work in a formal presentation, promotional material, visual documentation and the completion of supporting written documentation. It is expected that the written element of this course is rigorous and compiled at a scholarly level. In addition, students collectively prepare their exhibition and defend their thesis by presenting it to a panel of practitioners and faculty who provide feedback in launching their careers.

Integrative Practices
In this course, students acquire entrepreneurial experiences through undertaking a professional activity that was developed in the course Mentoring and Networking. Working independently with a faculty advisor, their authentic learning experience will be customized based on their personalized career plans. The activities may be long or short in duration and span over the 2 semesters of the Program and must represent a minimum of 65 hours practical experience.

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