Cross Disciplinary Certificate

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Cross-disciplinarity uses knowledge, skills and processes from two or more academic, creative or professional disciplines. In this program, students will have opportunities to creatively integrate diverse backgrounds, practices and contexts, build dynamic, multi-faceted portfolios, and cultivate their own entrepreneurial or industry potential. By merging design thinking and creative inquiry with a wide breadth of skills and techniques, students will be able to approach questions, issues and projects with more inclusive, adaptive perspectives, resulting in responsive, dynamic and exciting practices. This program is suitable to individuals from broad fields of expertise, including academics, professionals, artists, designers, scientists, architects, activists, and beyond.

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Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Cross Disciplinary Certificate program should have the skills and knowledge required to:

  • Demonstrate diverse cross disciplinary visual art and design techniques;
  • Use various tools, materials, equipment, and technologies related to design and visual art methods and techniques;
  • Develop, plan and express concepts through visual art and design practices, including drawing, rendering and/or prototyping;
  • Evaluate work in terms of conceptual, compositional and technical strength;
  • Present and justify one’s work for critique;
  • Communicate ideas and opinions about and through cross disciplinary practices and methods;
  • Produce a comprehensive and curated portfolio of visual art, design and interdisciplinary work;
  • Develop a business/professional practice plan that is aligned with goals.

Program Duration

Students complete the certificate at their own pace, registering in their required courses according to their own schedule and availability. Courses are offered over evenings and weekends allowing for part-time study. Students must complete 468 hours of class-time. Courses range in length from 12 to 36 hours.

Assignments + Assessment

An assessment of the learning outcomes of each student is prepared by the instructor. Student must achieve a Pass (P) grade in every required and elective course to be eligible for a Cross-Disciplinary Certificate.

To receive a passing grade in each of their courses, students must:

  • complete assignments, exercises, and activities to the instructor’s stated requirements;
  • satisfy course learning outcomes. Students can expect to spend a maximum of three hours completing homework for every three hours spent in class. All assignments must be completed to the evaluative standard set by the instructor to satisfy the learning outcomes of the course and program.

Career + Education

Cross Disciplinary Certificate recipients can apply their education to a variety of careers and enterprises. Depending on the level of work they achieve and previous education and experience, they can pursue a range of opportunities, including:

• Studio or Commercial Artist• Media Artist• Freelance or Commercial Designer• Industrial/Product Designer• Creative Entrepreneur• Critical/Cultural Writer• Curator• Cultural Researcher• Project Manager• Educator

Students can use work from their Cross Disciplinary Certificate in an admissions portfolio to apply for the following programs:

• Bachelor of Fine Arts• Bachelor of Design

Courses + Costs

Course Format

All Summer 2021 courses are offered online. Fall 2021 courses are offered on campus or online.

Course No.Required Courses
TuitionTerm AvailableNotes
CEXD 100Approaches to Creative Inquiry$432.50Spring
Summer
CEFA 1002D Composition + Form$432.50Spring
Summer
Fall

CEFA 1013D Materials + Media$432.50Spring
Summer
Fall

CEDR 100Introductory Drawing$432.50Spring
Summer
Fall
CEID 2603D Design Sketching
$296
Summer

CECS 120
Adobe CC for Design + Production

$649Spring
Summer
Fall

CESE 102
Contemporary Critical Theory
$432.50
Spring
Summer
Fall

CESE 103
New Topics in Contemporary Design
$432.50
Spring
Summer
Fall

CEXD 105Cross Disciplinary Theory + Practice
$432.50
Summer
CEXD 225
Cross Disciplinary Self-Directed Projects$216.50Fall


Visual Art Electives (complete at least one):

CEIL 100

Introductory Illustration
$432.50Spring
Summer
Fall

CEPH 100Introductory Digital Photography
$432.50
Spring
Summer
Fall

CEPN 100
Introductory Painting Techniques
$432.50
Spring
Summer
Fall


Design Electives (complete at least one):

CECD 100

Introductory Communication Design
$432.50
Spring
Summer
Fall

CEID 120
Basics of Industrial Design$322.50Spring
Summer
Fall

CEID 122Basics of Architectural Design$344Spring
Summer
Fall

Professional Practice Electives (complete at least 24 hours):

CEPD 200Professional Practices
$432.50Spring
Summer
Fall

CEPD 201Professional Practices for Designers$432.50Spring
Summer

CEPD 202Artist Statement, CV + Portfolio Development$216.50Spring

Summer

CEPD 203Artist Website + Social Media$216.50Spring
Summer

CEPD 204Artist Exhibition, Residency, Grant Applications + Finances$216.50Spring
Summer


Colour Theory Electives (complete at least one):

CEFA 102Colour Theory
$432.50Spring
Summer
Fall

CECD 102Colour Theory for Designers$432.50Summer
Fall


Open Electives (complete at least 4):
Choose from any Visual Art or Design Certificate Course.

Approximate Total
Tuition
$7,649
Approximate Total
Supply Fees
$1,000

Admissions

To register in the required courses, students must be over the age of 18 at the start of their course, have proficiency in spoken and written English and should have completed Grade 12 or equivalent education. No previous experience in fine art or design is required to begin the Cross-Disciplinary Certificate.

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