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Aboriginal Art Certificate

Portage College

Portage College

Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle. 

Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.

Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Entrance Requirements: English Language Arts10-1 or 10-2, Placement evaluation (CAAT-C), score of Stanine 4 or greater, interview. Strong interest in Native arts and culture. Assessment if required. Computer literacy is recommended.

Program Description: The Aboriginal Art Certificate is a one year certificate that will provide learners with the unique opportunity to study Aboriginal art forms as well as other media and to experience learning in a studio environment. This program is designed to provide a solid knowledge base in traditional Aboriginal art forms as well as introductory level theory and skills in a variety of other fine art and craft media. Students will learn traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art forms such as beading, carving, footwear, sewing and hide tanning as well as the cultural and historic significance of these art forms. Learners will be given the opportunity to work with a number of mediums in order to explore and discover their own artistic passion and interest through project-based study. Included in these exploratory courses is Digital Art which will offer learners the basics in this exciting and growing art form. The courses are designed to introduce and develop specific techniques and design so that learners create works inspired by traditional and contemporary approaches. The focus of the program is on developing skills and exploring media. Knowledge and skills in professional practice will be taught for promotion of the artist's work through exposure and sales. In addition learners will have the opportunity to work with an artist from the visiting art's program. This certificate prepares learners for further study in Portage College diploma programs through the development of a portfolio that documents artistic and professional development. The certificate also provides learners with prior post-secondary education the opportunity to study and learn traditional Aboriginal art forms and culture for work in Aboriginal communities, with Aboriginal populations, for their own artistic development or a variety of other situations.

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Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2019/08/01 to 2020/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,558.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,699.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $577.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 18, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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