Diploma-General Arts and Science - Introduction to Fine Art

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  • Objectives
    Two-Year Diploma Program The two-year General Arts and Science diploma begins in September (after successful completion of the certificate program) and in January. On successful completion of Year Two, students receive an Ontario College Diploma. Year Two provides a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. Students who graduate from the diploma program may transfer some credits towards a university degree.
  • Academic title
    Diploma (2 years)
  • Course description

    Level 1

    ART0009 Drawing as Expression I

    This course provides a stimulating introduction to general drawing principles and how they apply to various genres. Students are introduced to different media and creative concepts to enable unique visual self expression.

    ART0010 Introduction to Acrylic Painting I

    This course introduces students to the versatile painting medium called "Acrylic". Students have the opportunity to learn about the characteristics and capabilities of this amazing medium through a variety of practical exercises.

    ART0011 Life and Costume Drawing

    Drawing the human form in a clothed and unclothed manner is the focus of this course. Knowledge of anatomy and drapery is gained through practical exercises.

    DAT5758 Computer Foundations I

    This course provides an introduction to the use of a current word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet, Internet browser, email and operating system.

    ENL1813G Communications I

    Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.

    HIS0009 Canadian Art History I

    This course explores the evolution of Canadian art from 1665 in New France to the Group of Seven in 1920. Aboriginal art created within this same time period is also examined, as well as the European influence upon architecture, furniture design and high craft.

    Level 2

    ART0012 Drawing as Expression II

    Through a variety of practical exercises, students continue to explore the dynamic and sensitive world of drawing using assorted media. A range of methods and materials are examined and utilized to create powerful visual statements.

    ART0013 Acrylic Painting II

    This course builds on Acrylic Painting I and introduces students to material and methods employing this highly versatile medium.

    ENL1823G Communications II

    This course develops critical elements of workplace communication with emphasis on clear writing techniques. In addition, students give presentations supported by technology and assess their own communication skills.

    HIS0010 Canadian Art History II

    This course is an extension of Canadian Art History I and focuses on the fine art produced in Canada from The Canadian Group of Painters to the present time, including performance video, installations, and contemporary photography.

    SSC0041 Fundamentals of Creative Photography

    This course provides an introduction to photography using digital technology. Students explore the functions, operations and formats available through camera technology. The business, design and artistic merits studied enable students to appreciate and execute photographic work demonstrating proper composition, colour and lighting techniques, image manipulation and photo presentation skills. Students are required to have access to a basic digital camera for this course. Specifications for the camera are as follows: minimum 4-5 megapixels, exposure modes-program, auto, manual, and shutter.

    SSC1714 Ethics

    Through examination of the basic components of ethical thought and moral decision making, students learn to identify areas of ethical concern, discuss those areas with respect and sensitivity to divergent views, and make decisions on ethical issues using these components. This process increases and enlivens the moral sense and sensitivity of students, enabling them to conduct themselves with integrity in their professional and personal lives.

    Level 3

    ECO0001 Economics and the Global Marketplace

    We have all heard the terms, global economy, world markets, trade deficits and free market democracy. We hear them used regularly in newspapers and on the news, and yet their precise meaning is often vague. In this course, we will look at precisely what is meant by terms like the global economy and how it affects our lives and the world in which we live.

    ENL1981 Reading and Writing Prose

    This course focuses on prose forms, with a specific emphasis on the personal essay. Student writers will read, discuss, and practise writing essays in a variety of styles. They will consider their own writing techniques and processes (including editing, revision and peer feedback), with a view to refining and enhancing their work. Literary form, technique and purpose will also be discussed and applied to specific works of fiction.

    PSY1775 Psychology of Growth and Development

    Change is inevitable throughout the lifespan. Humans deal with challenges arising from within as well as from the world around them. This course provides tools to enable a person to meet these challenges in a way which is life enhancing. This is a hybrid course.

    SSC0051 Evolution of Western Civilization

    This course will examine the beginnings, rise, influence and demise of the West's oldest civilizations. Concepts studied will include the various theories addressing why some cultures urbanized while others did not. In addition, the role of religion, science, technology and the various forms of government will be analyzed. Special attention will be placed on the ancient Greeks and Romans and their impact on shaping the world of today.

    SSC0061 Methods of inquirí

    This course builds on existing skills for conducting research on the Web, in common databases, and in actual and virtual libraries. Advanced skills in research are essential for job choice and for success in further studies. Students will set research objectives, design personal interviews, conduct data reviews, create and administer questionnaires, and perform basic data analysis. The successful student will experience a significant increase in their research skills and knowledge by the completion of this course and be better prepared for the challenges of further academic studies or the world of work.

    Elective: MUST choose one

    ENV0010 Environmental Citizenship

    Based on the general principles of national citizenship, environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities - to focus on both conservation of and planned sustainable use of our planet's resources, as well as the recognition that environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Environmental citizenship is a personal commitment to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. This course is a journey into adopting attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.

    SSC0044 Tools of Social Science

    Every day we are called upon to make decisions, weigh alternatives, and accept information from a variety of sources. These sources, which include advertisers, politicians, the media, medical and educational workers, attempt to influence our attitudes and behaviour. Through a combination of probability theory, statistics, and applied analytical skills, this interdisciplinary course discusses how we can effectively interpret and respond to this vast array of information. This is not strictly a math course, although there are some numbers involved. The emphasis is on what to do with those numbers once you arrive at them. Nothing beyond basic computational skills is required.

    LEvel 4

    PSY1772 Organizational Psychology

    An organization is a group of people working toward a common goal or objective. People are the common denominator in organizations regardless of size or purpose. The study of organizational psychology lets us predict, explain and manage individual and group behaviour in the workplace to achieve organizational objectives. Using an examination of personnel functions such as job analysis, employee selection, performance evaluation and training and development, students will develop an understanding of the theories and key factors influencing employees in the workplace. Students will also look at how to direct employee performance toward organizational objectives through a review of motivation, job satisfaction and stress factors. The effective facilitation of work groups to achieve common objectives will be the focus of an examination of group processes, communication, leadership, power and influence and conflict resolution.

    SSC0045 Roots of World Conflict

    The media is filled with stories and images of conflict between and within groups, cities, and countries. Understanding events such as war, terrorism, claims of genocide or refugee status can be difficult without knowledge of the issues underlying those events. We will examine the relative contribution of a number of factors, including religion, history, politics, geography, and economics in order to increase students' appreciation of the complex and often forgotten sources of some of these conflicts.

    SSC1767 The Cultural Mosaic

    The media is filled with stories and images of conflict between and within groups, cities, and countries. Understanding events such as war, terrorism, claims of genocide or refugee status can be difficult without knowledge of the issues underlying those events. We will examine the relative contribution of a number of factors, including religion, history, politics, geography, and economics in order to increase students' appreciation of the complex and often forgotten sources of some of these conflicts.


    Elective: MUST choose one

    ENL0034 Literary Currents

    SSC0025 Fundamentals of Philosophy

    Electives: MUST choose one

    PSY0012 Abnormal Psychology

    SCI1596 Nutrition

    Choose one from equivalencies:

    GED0438 General Education Elective

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