Dawson Fine Arts Department


Visual Arts is a two-year pre-university program that prepares students for further studies in the arts. The program provides a balanced education that includes a general education component and a visual arts (specific education) component that is focused on painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, media art, photography, video and the history of art and aesthetics.

Through diverse study methodologies and studio practices Visual Arts graduates acquire a discriminating ability for visual expression and creative processes, culminating in the production of a portfolio of original artwork.

Dawson College is fortunate to be located in a flourishing cultural environment, close to museums, public art institutions, commercial art galleries and artist run centres, providing a dynamic cultural context for the Visual Arts Program.Motivated teachers, all of whom possess a strong and vital interest in their own art production, respect and support the artistic development of students in an atmosphere of creativity. This two-year program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) and prepares students for further studies in Visual Arts, Studio Arts, Painting and Drawing, Art History, Art Education, Creative Arts Therapies, Design Arts, Photography, Intermedia Cyberarts, Set Design, and other art related fields. Dawson Visual Arts students and graduates have been regularly awarded scholarships and bursaries, winning prizes in art competitions throughout the country. Our graduates have been successful in gaining entrance, often with advanced standing, to both English and French speaking universities around the world.

Our faculty also teaches a cross-section of Dawson students from other programs. For students enrolled in the Arts and Letters program, we provide an introduction to the visual arts as a preparation for University or to supplement studies in cinema, music, theatre and communications. Students outside the visual arts disciplines may take a studio and/or art history course to fulfill their complementary requirements.


Careers in Visual Arts

The study of Visual Arts prepares the student for a variety of professions. Studio work - the production of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and multi-media work for exhibition in galleries and museums - is the ultimate goal of many Visual Arts students and often our graduates enjoy success at this level.

Others choose careers that use art as a foundation for working with people. Professions related to teaching such as early childhood education, art education, occupational therapy, art therapy, or teaching at university or college level are open to students who go on to masters' level programs. Other possibilities include careers in art history, art restoration/conservation, museology and a myriad of art-related industries. Some graduates decide to write about art, in weekly newspaper columns or art journals. They may eventually write books about art history or art criticism.

Visual Arts studies can also lead to a number of professions in the applied arts. These include working in advertising, communications, photography, cinema, television and theatre. Some of our graduates freelance as illustrators and designers.


If you would like more information about the Visual Arts Program, please call 931-8731, local 3213.


Department Chair: Naomi London
Office: 2G.6-2
Local: 3213


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