Coast to Coast Fine Arts Education
Tyler Cannon travelled from Comox to Halifax to follow his love of printmaking across Canada.
The Fine Arts diploma graduate is studying printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), one of Canada’s oldest independent fine arts schools. Read more about Tyler's story.
In the Shadbolt Studios, a modern, 7,510 sq. ft building which contains separate ceramics, painting, and sculpture studios, fine arts students enjoy access to a variety of tools and materials.
NIC is one of the only colleges in Canada to provide a commercial-quality silk screen press for student learning. In addition to hinge top table presses, the screen press allows students to gain hands-on experience employers value. Take a virtual tour online.
Fine Arts & Design Shows
NIC’s Fine Arts Event is a much-anticipated events in Comox Valley’s active arts community. Often hosted with great food, a bar, and live DJ talent, these student-run events attract crowds of art enthusiasts – all excited to meet emerging student artists and celebrate their work.
Professional Potter Advanced Diploma
Take your pottery design and production skills to the next level with NIC’s new Professional Potter advanced diploma.
Study full time over 10 months with noted international artists such as Tony Clennell, Gordon Hutchens, and Alan Burgess. Study in NIC’s 7,510 sq. ft studios, access a wide range of kilns, and gain valuable business skills needed to take your work to market. Plus, you'll complete a working internship at Medalta International or with a practicing professional potter.
Each year, ceramics students from NIC's Fine Arts diploma and Professional Potter advanced diploma help fire Gordon Hutchens' Tozan Anagama Kiln, one of only four that exist in the world. Unlike modern commercial kilns, the Tozan Anagama’s intense wood fire-driven heat produces one-of-a-kind creations. The intensive process requires the help of many people over several days, and students gain a complete, hands-on understanding of ceramic firing, from concept to creation.
See and Be Seen
Join a supportive community of artists who show their work at professional venues in the Comox Valley. NIC’s fine arts students regularly join exhibits at Courtenay’s Muir Gallery, the Potters Place Gallery, as well as the Comox Valley Art Gallery and Courtenay and District Museum, which host annual exhibits for students in the Fine Arts diploma and Professional Photography programs.
Digital Visual Arts Students Elevate the Arts
In June 2013, fine arts students from NIC's Digital Visual Arts I class participated in Media = Art = Social Change , a collaborative art project at the Comox Valley Art Gallery and part of the 2013 Elevate the Arts Festival in Courtenay.