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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. 

Laddering Opportunities

NEW! First Nations Fine Arts Advanced Diploma

Graduates of the FNFA Diploma can now ladder into NWCC's First Nations Fine Arts Advanced Diploma.  Our new 10 month Advanced Diploma specilizes in business courses, jewelry and sculpture with a mentoring approach that increases confidence for students moving forward in their artistic careers.

Students who complete the First Nations Fine Arts Diploma with a GPA of B or better will also be eligible for acceptance into the 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  

FNFA 104 - 3

Professional First Nations Artist Development I

FNFA 106 - 3

Exhibtions and Curating I 

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

 

DIPLOMA  

FNFA 204 -3

Professional First Nations Artist Development II 

FNFA 206-3

Exhibitons and Curating II

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

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 Graduation, or Mature Student
  • 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 an interview with the Instructional Team
  • It is recommended that applicants have basic computer skills. Instructors may recommend students take a co-requisite computer course. 
Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.

Campus location:  Terrace 

Program Fees 

First Nations Fine Art - Certificate Program Fees

FEES Full Time (32 Credits)
Tuition: $4,530.56
*Student Union Fees: $83.04
Mandatory Fees: $227.84
Total Tuition: $4,841.44
Additional Costs:  
**Books: $200.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $200.00
**Tools: $800.00
Total Program Costs:
Tuition plus additional costs
$6,041.44

Fees are effective as of August 7, 2018
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

First Nations Fine Art - Diploma Program Fees

FEES Full Time (32 credits)
Tuition: $4,530.56
*Student Union Fees: $83.04
Mandatory Fees: $227.84
Total Tuition: $4,841.44
Additional Costs:  
**Books: $200.00
**Supplies/Clothing: $200.00
**Tools: $800.00
Total Program Costs:
Tuition plus additional costs

$6,041.44

Fees are effective as of August 7, 2018

*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.