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Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art

The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art brings all nations together in the pursuit of higher education, and sets new standards for aspiring artists. It is the only School of its kind in Canada, focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art, with the view of developing skills into fine art.

Northwest Community College created the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art to honour, recognize and continue the legacy of Haida artist Freda Diesing. She was a master carver, painter, tireless educator and champion of First Nations art and culture.

The School offers the First Nations Fine Arts program, instructed and mentored by world-renowned artists Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian), Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga'a) and Dean Heron (Kaska/Tlingit). Visiting artists, dignitaries and cultural advocates enhance the learning environment with their knowledge, wisdom and experience.

First Nations Fine Arts  |  Certificate

Begin with fundamentals of two-dimensional Northwest coast art design, drawing and painting basics.  Most students continue their studies direct into the First Nations Fine Arts Diploma.

Program Length:  1 year

Intakes:  September and January

First Nations Fine Arts  |  Diploma

Enhance your design, drawing and painting skills gained in the first year certificate by building and using traditional tools, and traditional work carving techniques.  Graduates may ladder into our new Advanced Diploma or transfer into a degree program at the Emily Carr School of Art + Design.

Program Length:  2 years

Intakes:  September and January

First Nations Fine Arts  |  Advanced Diploma

NEW!  Build on the solid foundation laid in the Diploma program in First Nations Northwest Coast Art by learning and practicing the traditional arts of jewelry and sculpture under the mentorship of world-renowned master artists and instructors.

Program Length:  10 months

Intakes:  New program starts July 2018!

Learn more about NWCC's First Nations education and services

Enter the NW Passage

View NWCC's collection of Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in the NW Passage.