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Graduate Studies

This 1-year certificate program achieved in 3 semesters of study in which you develop and implement a professional career plan in the visual arts. 

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 is a popular choice for students as it is an intensive year of graduate study within a specific visual arts discipline. Leading to the completion of a professional body of work, it is celebrated by a year-end public presentation. 

Admission Requirements

  1. A portfolio
  2. A University degree; or a College Diploma, or a combination of learning and experience equivalent to a degree/diploma. 
  3.  letter of intent to support your application. 

Graduate Studies Portfolio Requirements

  1. Please contact Craig Schneider at gnb.ca to set up an appointment to talk about the Graduate Studies Program.


  1. Once you have had the opportunity to discuss the Program with Craig Schneider, you may be asked to submit a Portfolio that consists of:

    • Your resumé identifying training, workshops, shows, and related work experience

·       An artist statement

·       A letter of intent, the details of which would be made clear in            the initial conversation

·       Fifteen examples of your best work


Please don’t submit actual examples. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be high resolution images on a CD or jump drive (or use Drop Box and provide us with the link). For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and provide us with the link, keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.


Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed, or delivered in person to Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar.

Mature students with previous experience and/or post-secondary education should contact the coordinating instructor prior to submitting an 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.

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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)
• Artisans and Craftspersons (5244) 

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.

For information on the program contact Coordinating Instructor Craig Schneider at 

(506)453 5941 or craig.schneider@gnb.ca.

Certificate - Graduate Studies Course Descriptions

Fall 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 VADR 3510 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 VADI 3530 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.

Winter 1

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 VADR 3510 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 VADT 5300 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.

Spring 1

Thesis Presentation

In this course, students finalize their thesis which includes a formal presentation of their work 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 VADD 3540 the Mentoring Relationship. 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.