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First Nations Fine Arts

Overview 

First Nations Fine Arts (FNFA) is a vibrant, successful two-year Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art diploma program that seeks to honour and support the rich culture and tradition of First Nations art in the Northwest.

Students of Aboriginal descent develop a solid foundation in First Nations Northwest coast art while they learn and practice the traditional art of woodcarving alongside world-renowned master artist/instructors Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian), Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga'a), and Dean Heron (Kaska/Tlingit).

The First Nations Fine Arts program includes field trips to important cultural events and sites, museums and galleries. Visiting artists, dignitaries and cultural advocates enhance the learning environment with their knowledge, wisdom and experience. Students mount a number of public art exhibits each year to acquire the skills required by professional artists to display, promote and sell their own creative work.

FIRST NATIONS FINE ARTS CERTIFICATE & DIPLOMA

Students begin with fundamentals of two-dimensional Northwest coast art design, drawing and painting basics, followed by building and using traditional tools, and traditional work carving techniques.

Students carve a number of pieces to build their proficiency. These include small- to medium-sized plaques, spoons, portrait masks and bowls. All students are expected to participate in carving program legacy projects that will remain at NWCC campuses and make the College campuses more welcoming and supportive of First Nations learners.

Students can opt for a one year Certificate or complete two years of study to earn a Diploma. Students who complete the First Nations Fine Arts Diploma with a GPA of B or better will be eligible for acceptance into third year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual or General Fine Arts major) degree program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Program Outline 

First Nations Fine Arts (FNFA) is a two-year Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art diploma program. Students begin with basic drawing and two dimensional design techniques and the history of designs and crests, followed by toolmaking and tradional wood carving techniques to develop a solid foundation in the traditions of Northwest Coast art. All students are expected to participate in carving the program projects.

CERTIFICATE  

ARTH 101 - 3

First Nations Art of the Pacific Northwest I

ARTH 108 - 3

First Nations Art of the Pacific Northwest II

FNFA 110 - 1

Shop Safety Basics

FNFA 112 - 3

Two Dimensional Design-Basic Form

FNFA 113 - 3

Two Dimensional Design

FNFA 114 - 4

Tool Making

FNFA 116 - 3

Elements of Wood Carving & Design I

FNFA 124 - 3

Elements of Wood Carving & Design II

FNFA 126 - 3

Wood Carving  & Design - Traditional Spoon

FNFA 127 - 3

Wood Carving & Design  - Traditional Bowl

FNFA 128 - 3

Wood Carving & Design - Portrait Mask

CPST 021 - 4 Artist  Computer Studies

 

DIPLOMA  

ARTH 201 - 3

Contemporary First Nations Fine Arts of the Northwest Coast

ARTH 210 - 3

Northwest Coast Art Museum and Gallery Studies

FNFA 200 - 4

Intermediate Elements of Two Dimensional Design I

FNFA 213 - 3

Intermediate Elements of Two Dimensional Design II -  Small Panel

FNFA 226- 3

Intermediate Wood Carving & Design - Intermediate Crest Spoon

FNFA 228 - 3

Intermediate Wood Carving & Design - Intermediate Portrait Mask

FNFA 230 - 4

Intermediate Wood Carving & Design - Moon Mask

FNFA 232 - 4

Intermediate Wood Carving & Design - Crest Bowl

FNFA 234 - 4

Intermediate Wood Carving & Design - Crest Mask

CPST 031 - 4   

Artist Computer Studies
 

 

Admission Requirements 

The FNFA Certificate program is open to beginner and advanced carvers.

Applicants will be evaluated on a first-applied basis and must:

Grade 12 is recommended for this program

  • Be of First Nations descent;
  • Be at least 16 years old;
  • Have successfully completed Math 10 or equivalent. 
  • Have successfully completed English 10 or equivalent. 
  • Present a portfolio/samples of the artwork undertaken to date;
  • Complete a successful interview with the Instructional Team

To proceed to the FNFA Diploma (year two), students must have:

  • Permission of Executive Director of House of Learning, based on Portfolio/Skills review as recommended by the coordinator.
Dates and Locations 

Accepting applications for program offered;

  Locations Start Date End Date
FNFA Certificate - FALL Terrace Sept 6, 2016 Dec 16, 2016
FNFA Certificate - WINTER Terrace Jan 9, 2017  April 28,2017
FNFA Diploma - FALL Terrace Sept 6, 2016  Dec 16, 2016 
FNFA Diploma- WINTER  Terrace Jan 9, 2017 April 28, 2017

 

Program Fees 

First Nations Fine Art - Certificate Program Fees

FEES Full Time (35 Credits***)
Tuition: $4,858.00
*Student Union Fees: $81.72
Mandatory Fees: $244.30
Total Tuition: $5,184.02
Additional Costs:  
**Books: $200.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $200.00
**Tools: $800.00
Total Program Costs:
Tuition plus additional costs
$6,384.02

Fees are effective as of August 4, 2017

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

***4 credits are CCP and charged at that rate

First Nations Fine Art - Diploma Program Fees

FEES Full Time (37 Credits***)
Tuition: $5,135.60
*Student Union Fees: $81.72
Mandatory Fees: $258.26
Total Tuition: $5,475.58
Additional Costs:  
**Books: $200.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $200.00
**Tools: $800.00
Total Program Costs:
Tuition plus additional costs

$6,675.58

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2017

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken. 

***4 credits are CCP and charged at that rate