Learn from professional artists in a supportive, hands-on environment. Build your skills without pursuing a degree. Showcase your artwork at a public exhibition.
The Community Arts and Artisanship Certificate and Advanced Community Arts and Artisanship Certificate are community level certificates designed for people who want to develop their art practice without pursuing a degree. They provide a structured learning environment where art students can chose to learn a specific technique in depth with successive classes, work on broadening their skills by exploring many techniques, or a combination of both.
Our non-credit courses focus on developing skills and techniques in a hands-on way, and are taught by professional artists who are knowledgeable, supportive, and enthusiastic. All our classes are open to the public. The certificate programs are for students who would like formal acknowledgement of their studies, who are looking to build a portfolio before pursuing an art degree, or who simply enjoy creating art while working towards a goal.
Arts and Artisanship Certificate
Students are required to successfully complete 10 full courses, or an equivalent combination of full, half, and quarter courses; plus the Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition. Full courses require a minimum of 30 hours of instruction; half courses require a minimum of 15 hours of instruction; and quarter courses require a minimum of 7.5 hours of instruction.
- Drawing I
- One of Visual Art Foundations or Perspective and Composition
- Glass Art
- Mixed Media
Advanced Arts and Artisanship Certificate
The Advanced Community Art and Artisanship Certificate will allows students to be recognized for this higher-level study, and provide them with an opportunity to have a second mentorship and exhibition experience, both of which are valuable for artist development.
Students must have completed the Certificate in Community Arts and Artisanship, the Certificate in Art and Design (for students admitted 2015 or earlier), or a B.F.A in Studio Art to be eligible for admission.
Students are required to successfully complete 10 full courses, or an equivalent combination of full, half, and quarter courses; plus one of the Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition options detailed below. Full courses require a minimum of 30 hours of instruction; half courses require a minimum of 15 hours of instruction; and quarter courses require a minimum of 7.5 hours of instruction.
Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition options:
- Extended Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition (equivalent to two full courses); or
- Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition, and one additional full course in any of the areas of concentration. This option is available only to those students who have completed a juried show of their work. Documentation of the show must be provided.
Considering courses taken for both programs, students must complete a minimum of 6 full courses (or equivalent in full, half and quarter courses) in one of the following areas of concentration:
- Glass Art
- Mixed Media
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admission requirements?
- $75 admission fee.
- Students admitted to the USCAD program, offered previously, will not be require to pay a second admission fee.
- Students must be at least 18 years old to enrol in courses, and must be at least 19 years old to participate in the Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition.
When should I register?
Anytime! You do not need to have taken classes with us yet, or you can take as many as you want before registering.
Will my classes taken previously with you count towards my certificate?
Yes. Any classes that have been taken through Community Arts will count towards these certificates. For classes taken prior to 2008, students must provide documentation.
If I am a current USCAD student, should I transfer into the Community Arts and Artisanship Certificate program?
Yes. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will not need to pay the admission fee again, and your past classes will count towards your certificate.
If I am an "expired" USCAD student, can I transfer into the Community Arts and Artisanship Certificate program?
Yes. Contact us at email@example.com. You will not need to pay the admission fee again, and your past classes will count towards your certificate. Unlike the previous USCAD program, students will no longer be subject to having courses “expire” after five years prior to completion of the program, a change which aligns with the college’s policies for degree-level courses and programs.
While you can no longer "expire", students taking more than 10 years to complete their Community Arts and Artisanship Certificate or Advanced Community Arts and Artisanship Certificate will usually be required to meet current certificate and graduation requirements.
When are your classes offered?
We have fall, winter, and spring terms. Weekday classes are 3 hours/week for 10 weeks and we also have intenstive weekend classes.
What levels do you offer and what are the prerequisites?
Courses in each of the areas of concentration can be offered at three levels: I, II and III. Prerequisites:
- Level I class or a portfolio submission is required as a pre-requisite for any level II class.
- Level II class or a portfolio submission is required as a pre-requisite for any level III class.
Can I take the same class twice and have it count towards my certificate?
- Students may take the same class more than once for credit toward certificate requirements, as long as the content/techniques differ significantly.
- Students may choose to take the same class more than once, with the same content/techniques, but such enrolments will only be counted once toward certificate requirements.
Do you give number grades?
No. The final grade mode for all courses will be Completed or Incompleted (CMPT/INC).
How can I get my transcript?
Log in to the registration system and click on My Reports. This is also where you can get your tax receipts.
Can I take more than ten classes and have them appear on my graduating transcript?
Yes. Many people choose to take more classes before making the committment to register for the Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition. They will all appear on your final certificate transcript.
Can I get credit for classes taken elsewhere?
Yes. Both certificate programs are structured to allow for transfer credit and acknowledgement of prior learning when reasonable, to ensure that students have the greatest access and the largest number of pathway options that we can make available.
What should I know about getting transfer credit from an accredited post-secondary institution?
- No fee will be charged.
University of Saskatchewan:
- Any ART course taken at the University of Saskatchewan, in one of the listed areas of concentration, will be accepted for credit toward program requirements.
- There is no limit on the number of University of Saskatchewan courses which may be transferred.
Other accredited post-secondary institutions:
- A maximum of 5 full courses, or equivalent, may be used to fulfill program requirements.
- A copy of the course syllabus and the student’s transcript must be submitted to Community Arts in support of the transfer credit application.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your documentation to get credit for classes taken elsewhere.
What should I know about Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR)?
- Courses taken from non-accredited art schools may be evaluated for credit toward the certificate requirements.
- A limit of 3 full courses, or equivalent, will be accepted for credit toward program requirements.
- A non-refundable application fee of $40 per full course (30 hours), $35 per two-thirds class (20 hours), $30 per half course (15 hours), and $20 per quarter course (7.5 hours) will be applied to evaluate courses for PLAR.
- A copy of the course syllabus and proof of successful completion (such as a certificate, report card, or a letter from the instructor/school) of the course must be submitted to Community Arts in support of the PLAR application.
Contact us at email@example.com to submit your documentation and apply for PLAR.
What happens during the Mentorship and Graduation Exhibition?
The mentorship consists of 6 hours of private mentoring with one of our art instructors, usually over 6 to 9 months, and the joint graduation exhibition show takes place at the Snelgrove Gallery. Typically this will include:
- Review of portfolio: Your mentor will take a look at all your work and help you determine your strengths and interests, your voice as an artist, and the direction you are heading in. This will include recommendations for what to put in an artist statement.
- Theme and work for final show: Your mentor will outline the process of putting together a show and what elements are needed to make it cohesive and impactful. They will make recommendations for a theme to unify your graduation show, and also make suggestions for new work to round out and strengthen your show.
- Professional development: Where do you want to go next as an artist? Your mentor will give you tips and tools to help you continue to grow, get your art out there into the community, make a living through your art practice, or explore other options like teaching.
- Studio, show or gallery tour: Your mentor will host you at their studio, go to a show, or visit a gallery with you to give you an inside look at the art world, and a chance to understand what happens behind the scenes at all stages of the process, from the first idea for new work to the final show.
- Review of final show work: Your mentor will work with you to finalize the pieces to be included in the show, including new pieces you may have created, and talk about the practical aspects of presentation, framing, and hanging. Your mentor will also look at your artist statement, and suggest any edits to improve it.
- Hanging the show: Your mentor will help you hang your show at the Snelgrove so that your pieces truly shine and that your commitment to art, your hard work, and your creativity are displayed in the very best way.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are registered as a Certificate or Advanced Certificate student and are ready for us to help you find a mentor and get started on planning your graduation exhibition.