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Drawing and Painting Certificate

Show your true colours and finest lines while you build a diverse portfolio of two-dimensional media.

Enhance your artistic abilities with the support of experienced professors who can help you hone your skills and teach you how to market them. With our help, your art can become your career.

Why pursue a Drawing and Painting Certificate at TRU?

Whether your focus is painting in oil, acrylic or watercolour, or drawing in graphite, charcoal or ink, the foundational and experimental techniques you explore in this certificate will provide you with invaluable skills to enhance your artistic practice.


Marrying classical and contemporary techniques as well as theory and history will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Explore new drawing skills
  • Experiment with a range of tools and materials
  • Engage in innovative approaches for your works of art
  • Learn paint mixing
  • Gain a working knowledge of historical and contemporary artistic practices
  • Enhance research and critique skills to address the subject, content and form of your work and other artist in both visual and verbal forms

Show your work!

You will regularly showcase your works of art at shows on campus and local venues. You also have the opportunity to take part in the study abroad program and have your works featured in international galleries while earning credits towards a degree.

Supportive community

Stay productive and creative while surrounding yourself with other artists who will share ideas, constructive criticism and camaraderie. By participating in studio work, group critiques and seminars, you will engage with peers who will support and inspire your personal artistic practice.

Drawing and Painting Certificate
1 years
Woman painting on canvas

What will I learn?

Learn practices and concepts to hone your individual style. This program is suitable for a practiced artist as well as those who have never picked up a pencil or a palette.

Apply your concepts in creation

Drawing is a fundamental skill, essential in all visual art and professional practices and for conceptual expression. In this program, traditional techniques find contemporary applications. You will gain core skills while becoming comfortable with diverse tools and materials. Benefit from the expansive equipment available to you in: the studios, the dark room, lighting room, painting studio, professional gallery, woodworking shop and more.

Elements and principles

Integrate basic fundamentals of design with contemporary ideas about art in your projects. Learn all about line, shape, value, texture and colour, and organizing principles of composition. Enjoy an increasingly creative and individualized approach to your work through a supportive environment and an exploration in a range of media.

Where will this take me?

  • 88% of Certificate graduates were in the labour force after graduation, with 82% of those individuals working in a job related to their Certificate.
  • 28% of students who graduate with a Certificate have used their credential to enrol in further studies.
  • $24 The approximate median hourly wage for Certificate graduates in 2018 for full-time employment.
  • 87% of Certificate graduates said the knowledge and skills they gained from their program was “very useful” or “somewhat useful.”

Source: BC Student Outcomes. The 2018 Highlights. Prepared by BC Stats, interpreted by Planning & Institutional Research. Data reflects the 2018 survey results. For more information visit BC Student Outcomes at

You can apply your painting and drawing education to a diverse set of careers and enterprises.

Depending on the level of work you achieve, your previous education and experience pursue a range of opportunities including:

  • Concept or studio artist
  • Muralist
  • Gallerist
  • Commercial artist
  • Portrait artist
  • Commissioned public artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Educator
  • Arts administration and education illustration and mural work
  • Arts advocacy

Build your portfolio during this certificate program in preparation for laddering into other programs and applying for varied career opportunities. Your education in fine arts can open up a number of career opportunities, from illustration and animation to painting and sculpting. Other career choices include teaching, sales and advertising, commercial design, gallery curators and much more.

Program Details

Graduation requirements

The Drawing and Painting Certificate is a 30-credit program. You have one year to complete the Certificate.

Course List (30 credits)
  • VISA 1010, 2D Creative Design: Thinking & Making (Studio) (3) and VISA 1020, 2D Art Foundation 2 (3)
  • VISA 1210, Drawing 1 (Studio) (3) and VISA1220, Drawing 2 (Studio) (3)
  • VISA 1610, Painting 1 (Studio) (3) and VISA1620, Painting 2 (Studio) (3)
  • VISA 1210 Drawing 3 (Studio) (3) and
  • VISA 1210 Drawing 4 (Studio) (3) or
  • VISA 3610 Painting 3 (CPA) (Studio) (3) and VISA 3620, Painting 4 (CPA) (Studio) (3)
  • VISA 3630, Drawing and Painting (CBA) (Studio) (6)

Tuition & Fees

Cost for this program per semester:

  • Canadian
  • International
Choose the number of courses:
Tuition $0.00
Fees $0.00
Books and supplies
Typically about $150 per course
Total (CDN) $0.00

Does not include a lab fee of $21.29 that may apply to some courses.

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Related programs

Courses taken during this certificate count towards a Visual Arts Diploma, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Visual Arts, or other university degrees at the same time.

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