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.

Working with your OCAD U Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course.

Contact for assistance with using your account.

Certificate options

Many OCAD U courses can be applied towards a certificate. Explore to learn more.

Note that students seeking a certificate must register with OCAD U via the APPLY link on the page for the certificate concerned.  

Contact for questions concerning certificates available or to confirm your chosen set of courses will qualify.

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
Spring 2024
Date & Time:
10 Apr 2024 to 15 May 2024
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
Registration Deadline:
March 31, 2024

Course Requirements

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


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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