Professional Practice for Emerging Artists and Designers

This course explores the entrepreneurial aspects of building a professional career in visual art. Through guest lectures, workshops, discussions, and field trips students should gain an understanding of the visual art community in Toronto including commercial galleries, artist-run-centres, museums, and other public institutions.

Topics include: writing proposals for grants, residencies, and exhibitions; documenting, presenting, and marketing work; legal and taxation issues; acquiring studio space and equipment; networking and collaboration.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Combine this course with four other Online Digital Media & Graphic Design courses to earn a Digital Media Skills Certificate.

Important registration details:

Courses offered in partnership with OCAD U are delivered through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on the OCAD learning management system Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. To learn more about course expectations, visit here.

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at

If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the various components that lead to a professional career in visual art
  • Have been exposed to the different professional opportunities and how to engage them
  • Have developed a better understanding of how to document, present and market their work
  • Have developed a better understanding of how to write about your work
  • Have been exposed to practical elements that lead to a sustainable art practice
Winter 2021
Date & Time:
21 Jan 2021 to 25 Feb 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
January 11, 2021

Course Requirements

Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.

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