Coast Mountain College

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First Nations Fine Arts

Coast Mountain College

Faculty:Terrace Campus
Degree:Diploma; University Transfer
Field of Study:Fine/Studio Arts, General
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,666


First Nations Fine Arts (FNFA) is a vibrant, successful two-year Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art Diploma program that seeks to honour and support the rich culture and tradition of First Nations art in the Northwest. Students of Aboriginal descent develop a solid foundation in First Nations Northwest coast art while they learn and practice the traditional art of woodcarving alongside world-renowned master artist/instructors Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian), Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga'a), Nathan Wilson (Haisla), and Nakkita Trimble (Nisga'a).

The First Nations Fine Arts program includes field trips to important cultural events and sites, museums and galleries. Visiting artists, dignitaries and cultural advocates enhance the learning environment with their knowledge, wisdom and experience. Students mount a number of public art exhibits each year to acquire the skills required by professional artists to display, promote and sell their own creative work.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •   Principles of Mathematics 
  •   English 
Both of the prerequisites must be completed at the Grade 10 level. Students must be at least 16 years old and of First Nations decent.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio
Applicants must complete a successful interview with the Instructional Team and present a portfolio/samples of the artwork undertaken to date.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 13, 2021