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Visual and Digital Arts

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 10581Length: 4 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 5 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    •  Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Portfolio

  • Please submit three to five complete creative works. Examples of complete creative works include: singular artworks (paintings, drawings, sculpture, etc.), design projects (website, graphic, layout, fashion, concept art,etc.), or small collections of related work. 

    Also, please include three to five examples of "in-process" work. Examples of in-process work include: sketchbook images, maquettes/models, notes/reflections, etc.

    In this program, students are taught skills that empower them to experiment across a variety of artistic and media platforms. Applicants have the freedom to select creative projects across a variety of areas in the visual and digital arts discipline. Areas may include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic arts/digital design, sound art, performance, photography, or video. 

    For all submissions, you have the freedom to interpret what constitutes a creative project or an in-process work and to submit accordingly. 

  • Written Submission

  • Select one complete creative work included in your portfolio and describe its overall concept and process of creation. Consider why this work has been included in your portfolio and what it might tell the viewer about you as an artist. This statement should not exceed 500 words. 

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $6,629.18
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,314.59 $7,727.00
Tuition $2,788.75 $7,201.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,314.59 $7,727.00
Tuition $2,788.75 $7,201.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,314.59 $7,727.00
Tuition $2,788.75 $7,201.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,314.59 $7,727.00
Tuition $2,788.75 $7,201.16
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $469.89 $469.89
Enhanced Student Experience Fee (Optional) $55.95 $55.95
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

Approximately $750 - art supplies; $230 – $350 - digital tablet (for third/fourth semesters); access to a digital camera (third semester).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Law LLB

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma in any field and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Law LLB (Hons) (2-year fast track). International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/Pages/international-students.aspx

Canadian students are also awarded £3,000 (approximately equivalent to $5,000) towards the first year of study at the University of Gloucestershire.   This institution is also OSAP approved.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements

Business Bachelor of Business Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business. 

For more information please contact: admissions@unb.ca.

Please note:  Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Cole Swanson, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3505
cole.swanson@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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Humber’s Visual and Digital Arts diploma program offers you the opportunity to develop a well-rounded skillset applicable to a broad range of visual arts disciplines. At the Art Commons, Humber’s dedicated art facility, you will learn to effectively plan and produce visual material, and facilitate modes of interactive expression and communication.

Using state-of-the-art software and tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, you will develop skills in painting, drawing, illustration, digital art, photography and installation art. While developing your artistic abilities, you will gain knowledge about anatomy, colour, composition, figurative expressions and art history. You will apply your abilities and learn to create traditional and experimental fine art projects. Throughout the program, you will participate in collaborative projects with your peers, gain the opportunity to exhibit your work in campus galleries, take part in installations and join in critiques. With its focus on experiential learning and critical thinking, this program is an excellent launching point for more advanced creative pursuits.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Produce creative life and representational drawings and paintings, illustrating volume, proportion, perspective, mass and texture with descriptive lighting.

  • Create representational digital drawing, paintings and illustrations, using application software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Painter.

  • Assess the artistic merit of artwork using an analysis of the creative application of established principles of design and composition.

  • Construct pictorial compositions using visual perspective to achieve accurate proportional relationships.

  • Light compositions to reveal three-dimensional form.

  • Create figurative pictorial compositions, using principles of human and comparative anatomy.

  • Critique technical principles of composition in representational drawing, painting and illustration, through analysis of rendering.

  • Prepare and present a traditional and creative art portfolio containing both original work and computer generated reproductions.

  • Research and create reference materials to support successful completion of a work of art.

  • Reproduce, with fidelity, colour as encountered in nature, mixing traditional and digital media.

  • Develop a career plan and self-promotion skills suitable to the digital media industry, using materials such as a résumé, cover letter, contact list, e-portfolio.

  • Develop and present a digital art project proposal and manage the project, using effective oral and written communications skills.


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The Humber Advantage

This program is hosting an Information Session in January 2020.

Humber Art Commons

The newly constructed Humber Art Commons was designed to foster creative collaboration and experimentation. The flexible space allows Art Foundation students to conceptualize, create, and exhibit work all in the same place.

Launched as a live lab, the Art Commons building provides students with a creative space to explore and discover new techniques. Located at Lakeshore Campus on Lakeshore Blvd, the building acts as a hub for art students. The open concept allows for a modern studio space flooded by natural light. The space has been modelled on the general concept of transformability. Four large multi-purpose rooms on two floors can be turned into any kind of collaborative space depending on need.

Live Labs

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Expert Faculty

Visual and Digital Arts professors are accomplished artists, designers, entrepreneurs and art historians. They represent the full spectrum of creative career paths available to students upon graduation. Program co-ordinator Cole Swanson is an interdisciplinary artist who has been featured in gallery exhibitions, residencies, and festivals on four continents. Professors include Noni Kaur, Marc Colangelo, Golboo Amani, Steven Cober, Eva Kolcze, Neil Harrison, John Stuart, Carolyne Topdjian, and Tobias Williams.

The Humber Experience

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Watch the video to see how the In Situ event was an immersive and interactive evening that showcased music, photography, performance, dance, improv, mime, spoken word, mural and graffiti art, installation art, design and more by some of the GTA’s best emerging artists!

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Watch the video above to learn more about the Winter Stations Competition 2017.

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Watch the video to discover how the Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber helps students explore their creativity and express their ideas. 

Mac Lenters

Watch the video to find out how Humber prepared Mac for the professional aspects of being an artist. 

Noni Kaur

Watch the video and discover how Noni Kaur inspires her students to think outside the box and create more than what they think they are capable of. 

Marc

Watch the video to find out how Marc motivates his students to succeed. 


Explore Humber Art Commons

Take a 360 degree tour!

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Your Career

Although the Information Age has created an explosion of career opportunities for visual and digital artists, the competition is keen. It is an exciting career that encompasses creativity, challenges, new insights, and new and dynamic ways of critical thinking. But employers agree – professional drawing skills reinforced with fine art principles and critical thinking skills will distinguish an applicant from the crowd.

Enjoy exciting entry-level positions in the visual, graphic and media arts industry with your newly acquired skillset. Use your creative and technical skills as an illustrator, a concept artist, an advertising layout artist, storyboard artist, digital illustrator, visualizer, artist representative, gallery or artist supply assistant, graphic artist, photographer’s assistant, or art teaching assistant. Be self-employed as a freelance artist, illustrator, or art instructor in an arts and crafts association or organization. Many of our graduates also pursue higher education within media studies and the visual arts, given that they will be equipped with a comprehensive portfolio to showcase their acquired skills.

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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2020 Lakeshore Open Open

Visual & Digital Arts Program Promo

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Watch the video to see student work and hear why students decided to take this program.


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Jazz Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Jazz Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Humber

Fri, January 24, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 10:15 PM
All Campuses

Humber Music's Jazz Showcase is here!

Featuring:

  • Mike Downes' Humber X Ensemble
  • Kirk MacDonald's Advanced Jazz Ensemble
  • Alex Dean's Enriched Jazz Workshop

Date: Friday, Jan 24, 2020
Time: 8pm
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, A Building Auditorium

Tickets: General admission: $15, senior/student: $10. Humber Music Students are free. Tickets are available in advance here.

*Please note that only debit and credit will be accepted at the door*

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Vocal Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Vocal Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Humber

Fri, February 21, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 10:15 PM
All Campuses

Humber Music presents The Vocal Showcase!

Date: Friday, Feb 21, 2020
Time: 8pm
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, A Building Auditorium

Tickets: General admission: $15, senior/student: $10. Humber Music Students are free. Tickets are available in advance here.

*Please note that only debit and credit will be accepted at the door*

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Artist-In-Residence Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Artist-In-Residence Showcase - Presented by Humber Music

Humber

Fri, March 06, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 10:15 PM
All Campuses

Join us for the Artist-in-Residence Showcase with special guest, Terri Lyne Carrington.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 8pm
Location: Humber College Lakeshore Campus, A Building Auditorium

Tickets: General admission: $15, senior/student: $10. Humber Music Students are free. Tickets are available in advance here.

*Please note that only debit and credit will be accepted at the door*

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Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Tue, January 21, 2020

Fadi Sara graduated from 3D Animation in 2015 and is now the Tracking and Layout Department Lead at Mr. X in Toronto. 

Fadi was recently featured in The Focus Magazine for his team's work on the dramatic scene where Brad Pitt's character plummets 80,000 feet to Earth from an antenna that extends outside the planet's atmosphere.

We caught up with Fadi to find out more about what he does and how Humber helped him get there.

What is your current job title and what does that mean on a daily basis?

My current job title is "Tracking and Layout Department Lead" at Mr.X Inc in Toronto, Ontario. The tasks I perform in a day can vary, so here are some of the things that I do:

Lead - I oversee a team of 8 others on a daily basis as part of my duties as lead. I work with them to address any issues or concerns they have, as well as just general supervision, support, and direction.

New Show Setup – I work with the technical leads in the studio to set up new shows. I help ingest the data that’s been given to us by clients and set up the foundation required for each show so they’re ready for our artists to work with. This includes things like dictating render resolutions, color spaces, and software templates.

Interviews – I conduct interviews alongside my manager to scout for potential new hires in the Toronto tracking and layout department.

General Troubleshooting – I work alongside all the artists in my department to help them with any issues they may have. This can be related to the specific shot/show that they’re working on, or it could be one of our proprietary tools that needs bug fixes.

Pipeline Overseeing – I manage and oversee the pipeline for the Tracking and Layout department across all 3 locations. The "pipeline" is the technical term for the proprietary toolsets that allow for the transfer of data from one department to the other. I discuss, oversee and approve any development that affects the data coming into or going out of the tracking and layout team.

Training – Having worked with a team to pioneer the current training system in place for Tracking and Layout, I still oversee the training to this day. New hires for Toronto are seated next to me and get 1-on-1 time as they are introduced to the tools and workflow. Once they’re at a comfortable level, we put them into production. During this phase, they continue to sit next to me so I can oversee their work and troubleshoot any hiccups they may experience.

Shot Work – If there’s nothing from the above list on my plate for that day, I work on individual shots alongside my team.

What was your career path to get where you are now?

My career path after leaving Humber has been fairly single track. I was hired at Mr. X while still in my third year and have been here ever since. I was brought in as an "Entry Level Tracking Artist". Over the years, I was presented with more responsibility and higher-level tasks as my skillset, knowledge, and experience grew.

In the fall of 2017, I worked with my supervisors to restructure and establish an entirely updated training program for new hires in our department. This training has been widely successful. Over 10 artists have gone through it since and almost all are now at a senior level.

In the spring of 2018, I was given the opportunity to travel to India. We opened a branch in Bangalore and I was sent there to train the staff of the tracking and layout department in our proprietary toolsets and workflows. I held live demos, recorded hours of video training documentation, established personal connections and rapport with the individual artists, and continued communication with them afterwards, overseeing their work and progress.

In the fall of 2019, the position for department lead became available and I was presented with the promotion. I’ve been in that role since.

How did your time at Humber prepare you for what you’re doing now?

Humber did a fantastic job of preparation me for my career.

The education I received allowed me to build a portfolio that helped me acquire the position in the first place.

The outreach to former students and industry professionals prepared me by helping set up an in-depth network of resources and contacts. This helped me understand the importance of communication and references. It was a Humber grad I met through this networking that recommended me for the position at Mr. X, helping me secure the job.

Studio tours and guest speakers hosted by the professors gave me insider knowledge about the workings of the industry, and supported everything the instructors were telling us. Humber also helped prepare me with useful pointers on how to set up my demo reel, website, and resume to stand out more than other applicants.

Find out more about Fadi Sara on IMDB and read the articles where he and his team were featured: 

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-fall-brad-pitt-mr-x-fall-from-space

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-brad-pitt-fall-mr-x-visually-chaotic

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Grad Spotlight: Ross Munro

Grad Spotlight: Ross Munro

Tue, January 21, 2020

Ross Munro graduated in 1986 from the Film & Television Production Program. We asked Ross about his journey from Humber student to filmmaker.

What are you doing now and what was your career path to get here?

After gaining valuable experience in all facets of film work, I decided to specialize in Screenwriting and, a few years after graduating, found myself writing and directing my first feature film "Brewster McGee" which was shot on 16mm black and white film. Over the next several years, I continued my filmmaking journey here in Vancouver with my documentary short "Broken Palace" as well as my most recent feature film "A Legacy of Whining" (which I also acted in). I have just completed (along with my Producer/wife Maria) our new documentary "European Tour '73".

Tell us some of your favourite Humber memories.

The memories that I cherish most from my time at Humber are of the many great friendships that I made with my fellow Humber film students and the amazing (and sometimes nerve wracking) moments we spent getting our film projects across the finish line in time!

Also, upon arriving at Humber College, I immediately found the offices of the campus newspaper "The Humber Voice" and became the film critic for the paper for the next three years. This allowed me to received a press pass to cover the Toronto International Film Festival which was enormously exciting ("Hey! Is that Roger Ebert getting on the elevator...!).

How did Humber help you get where you are now?

I think the best thing about studying film at Humber College was how well it prepared me for real life in the film world. Just like in the film business, we had to learn how to exist and get along within a group of fellow crew members and be able to respect and listen to each other's creative ideas and to balance and be productive amongst all the different personalities and viewpoints involved. Also, the course's expectation of having us learn all the different functions and duties in the film world gave us a very well-rounded and valuable opportunity for some incredible hands-on learning.

Share a tip for upcoming filmmakers.

I think it's important for potential filmmakers to get a solid understanding of their craft - whether it's going to film school or learning online or especially going to as many movies as possible - that's key. When I went to Humber, I used to jump on a bus downtown almost everyday after class and see as many movies as I could (they used to have a collection of very cool repertory movie houses that featured amazing film titles from North America and around the world!).

Also, I think it shouldn't be overlooked just how important it is for filmmakers to get out and meet as many like-minded individuals as possible (yes, that dreaded word "networking"!). Making a film is a social experiment at all times and you will need as many people pulling in the same direction as you as possible. Get out of your comfort zone and start being part of your chosen community! Help other filmmakers on their sets, support other filmmakers and creatives - the love will make its way back to you!

Watch the trailers for Ross's films "A Legacy of Whining" and "European Tour '73".

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Grad Spotlight: Steve Onotera, The Samurai Guitarist

Grad Spotlight: Steve Onotera, The Samurai Guitarist

Tue, January 21, 2020

Steve Onotera AKA The Samurai Guitarist graduated from Humber's Bachelor of Music program in 2012.

Back in his third year at Humber, Steve made a case for a business which, he happily reports, has been his full time job for nearly 5 years. He told us a bit about the business and how Humber helped him make it a reality.

What are you currently working on and what was your career path to get there?

In 2014, I started a YouTube channel called the Samurai Guitarist. Since then I have built a following of 500k followers with over 54 million views. I've branched out to doing sponsored deals, merchandising, an online guitar course and a number of other things that have built a comfortable and fulfilling life in music. I've traveled the world because of this and can't go into a guitar store without being recognized (this is still weird for me).

What other projects have you worked on since leaving Humber?

A failed country band.

How did your time at Humber prepare you for what you’re doing now?

It was very beneficial, many of the skills I learned at school I still use on a regular basis. From working in the studio to my music business class with Andy Scott, there is very little I learned that I don’t use regularly. 

 

Photo credit: Jenny Marrin

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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News

Humber a Designated Industry Partner with Telefilm

Humber a Designated Industry Partner with Telefilm

Thu, January 23, 2020

Are you a Humber Film graduate? You may be eligible for financing through Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program!

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Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

Thu, June 13, 2019

96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.

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