Art and Design
Continuing & Professional Education

Citation & Certificate
in Visual Arts

No longer accepting program applications – courses continue to be offered

Please note: effective April 1, 2021, the Visual Arts citation and certificate will no longer be accepting program applications. Students currently enrolled in the programs will be able to continue their studies and should plan to meet their program requirements by June 30, 2023.

Visual Arts individual courses are not affected by these changes and will continue to be offered to anyone who wants to hone their art skills or learn new techniques. Click on the course names below to enrol or to learn more about our offerings—and look for new and exciting art classes coming soon!

All 25 courses are part-time and also open to current practitioners
Program enrolment is optional – register without applying

Take a course
  • aspiring artists
  • designers
  • visual communicators

The Visu­al Arts pro­gram has pro­vid­ed me with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from pro­fes­sion­al artists and estab­lish the nec­es­sary skills to build my own art practice.”

− Jane Armstrong

Give your art prac­tice the ded­i­ca­tion it deserves by pur­su­ing the Cita­tion in Visu­al Arts Fun­da­men­tals, then con­tin­ue your stud­ies by apply­ing to the Visu­al Arts Cer­tifi­cate.

This new cita­tion pro­gram is ide­al for begin­ners and casu­al artists of all lev­els. Explore fun­da­men­tal con­cepts in tra­di­tion­al areas such as draw­ing, paint­ing, design, and his­to­ry. Designed so that learn­ers can con­tin­ue full-time employ­ment dur­ing their stud­ies, this pro­gram inte­grates class­room the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal stu­dio train­ing in a sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment, while also offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for indi­vid­ual feed­back from pro­fes­sion­al artists.

Once you have com­plet­ed the Cita­tion in Visu­al Arts Fun­da­men­tals, you are eli­gi­ble to con­tin­ue your stud­ies by apply­ing to the Visu­al Arts Cer­tifi­cate. This cer­tifi­cate gives learn­ers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther devel­op their skills by con­tin­u­ing to explore tra­di­tion­al art and design con­cepts and tech­niques and par­tic­i­pate in a grad­u­at­ing group exhibition.


I loved the one-on-one instruc­tion and the inter­ac­tion with oth­er stu­dents. Loved watch­ing them learn and per­form in class while I also advanced on my own art.

Visu­al Arts Certificate student

It was great to be able to get a uni­ver­si­ty edu­ca­tion on my own time. I appre­ci­at­ed the feed­back I received and enjoyed see­ing the var­i­ous styles of oth­er stu­dent art­works. Loved the instruc­tors. Loved becom­ing absorbed in the work of the program.

Visu­al Arts Certificate student

Develop your creative thinking and refine your individual mode of expression.

Gain insight into the history of art and find inspiration in pivotal art movements.

Explore different techniques and create a substantial body of work.

Celebrate your growth as an artist by displaying your works in our annual student exhibition.

Build your public profile by hosting your own graduating exhibition at the Extension Gallery (certificate only).

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

Earn a Citation or Certificate
in Visual Arts

You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

The Visu­al Arts Cer­tifi­cate is open to stu­dents who have com­plet­ed the Cita­tion in Visu­al Arts Fun­da­men­tals.

Typical course load is one course per term, three terms a year. This pace can be accelerated by attending two courses per term.

Coursework includes exercises, assignments, and in most cases, a final project.


Complete the four foundation courses plus one elective.


Once you've earned your Citation in Visual Arts Fundamentals, complete three core courses plus two electives. The program culminates with students participating in a group graduating exhibition at the Extension Gallery.


EXGEN 3009 is an optional post-certificate mentorship is a course designed to give Visual Arts Certificate graduates the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor towards a solo exhibition at the Extension Gallery.

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Unless specified in the course description, art supplies and textbooks are not included in course fees. Costs range from $100 to $150 for introductory courses and up to $200 for advanced courses.

Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
Ella May Walker Memorial Award 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation), Residential Interiors Certificate programs

$500 annually
Lieutenant-Governor Lois E. Hole and Harriet Winspear Endowment Scholarship 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-500 annually
Lillian Nunn Scholarship 

ACACA members in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-600 annually
Constance McFarland Memorial Art Award 

Students in the U of A Extension Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-600 annually
instructor nominated
Harry Wohlfarth Memorial Award 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-600 annually
instructor nominated
William F. Lede and Ernest Newman Memorial Bursaries 

Students who are enrolled or preparing to enrol in the Applied Land Use Planning Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I or Level II programs

$1,000 and $800 annually

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