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Fine Arts & Design

Explore Fine Arts at NIC

Whether you’re interested in photography, ceramics, or want to explore a wide range of fine arts, NIC’s videos let you experience our studios through the eyes of students. Go on photo shoots, tour the studios, and meet instructors in our program videos!

View our other fine arts and design videos which highlight learning experiences available to fine arts students:

At NIC, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to successfully translate your vision into traditional and contemporary media. You’ll discover a supportive community where you’re encouraged to experiment, innovate, and express your unique voice.    

Highly respected by art organizations and educational institutions throughout Canada, NIC’s Fine Arts and Design graduates are fluent in visual language. Our Fine Arts faculty, many of whom are internationally recognized professional artists, actively encourage students to discover their own style in small, supportive classes. Employers recognize NIC graduates for their extensive knowledge and technical skills in wide variety of media.    

All of my instructors were professional artists used to showing their work. My instructors were aware of the trends and talked about techniques from a personal perspective.
    Heather Koning, 2012 Fine Arts Diploma graduate    

 Coast to Coast Fine Arts Education

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. pdf

Great Resources

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.    

	Professional Potter Advanced Diploma

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. 

Read more in this article from Clay Times. pdf 

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.

Unique Experiences

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.