Compiled by RDC Academic Advisors in co-operation with the Visual Art Department. Information in this guide is current at the time of printing and is subject to change.
This Academic Planning Guide highlights only major points regarding admission and transfer. Students are advised toread the university and RDC calendars, and the Alberta Transfer Guide for other necessary information. Some of thecourses listed in this guide have prerequisites. Please refer to the Course Descriptions section of the RDC calendar forfurther information.
Academic Planning Guide for
VISUAL ART DIPLOMA& BACHELOR OF FINE ART
(Updated January 27, 2009)
Objectives of this program are:1. To provide a two-year diploma program in Visual Art designed to prepare students with knowledge, skillsand attitudes for employment in Visual Art positions.2. To prepare students to continue their education in a Bachelor of Fine Arts program.Creativity takes innovative thinking, determination and visual talent. By choosing either the Visual Art Diploma Programor the Bachelor of Fine Art Program, you will be challenged over two years to develop your ideas and push your artisticlimits.Studio courses in drawing, painting, ceramics, visual fundamentals, and sculpture sharpen your sense of sight,enhance your skills of visual expression, and broaden your creative abilities. The instructors in the Visual Art De-partment are themselves practicing artists. Studios are fully equipped for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing,printmaking, and design. English and Art History courses offer equal strengths in visual arts vocabulary and criti-cal thinking while making art of your own.In the subsequent year, immerse yourself in the sort of learning opportunity that will enable you to acquire thetechnical skills to realize your inner vision. Two electives are chosen from full-year studio courses with Printmak-ing also being offered.Within a unique and creative environment, you will acquire the specific technical skills and experience directed tothe exciting visual art field. Our program offers a smaller, more personal college atmosphere, the opportunity towork closely with faculty and fellow students, and the opportunity to produce meaningful art.The following employment-related fields require a general art foundation, followed by more specialized training,ending in a four-year undergraduate degree or Master's degree:
Fine Art - sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and drawingCommercial Design - lay-out, illustration, display, model-making, and photographyPhotography - creative, commercial, industrial, and freelanceOther - art galleries, framing shops, etc.Crafts Design - ceramics, textiles, glass, and jewelleryEnvironmental Design - architectural, urban, environmental, and industrial design Art Education - secondary and post-secondary