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Learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping for the recording of financial transactions, which forms the basis of all the accounting programs used today. Gain an understanding of what the computer accounting programs do by first learning to do it manually. You will learn how to identify, evaluate, record and post everyday financial transactions using basic accounting principles and procedures including journal entries, ledgers, sub-ledgers, control accounts, payroll entries and bank reconciliations. You will become familiar with processes used to ensure accuracy, including how to prepare a trial balance and reconcile accounts. In addition, you will learn to prepare balance sheets and income statements.
Building on your skills and knowledge of bookkeeping basics, you will learn to prepare fiscal/period end statements and reports. You will learn and practice the process for adjusting, closing and reversing entries by the matching of revenue and expenses at a cut-off date, including cash accounts, bad debts, prepaid or unexpired expense accounts, inventory adjustments, fixed assets and depreciation, deferred revenue, temporary investments, accruals and entries for partnerships and corporations. Prerequisite: Bookkeeping Basics or equivalent.
Understanding Financial Statements & Budgets
Learn how to use financial statements to assess the current financial status of your business and to help it achieve its financial goals. By understanding GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), you will learn to read, interpret and understand financial statements and the key forms of communication prepared by accountants. You will also learn how to evaluate financial data to make informed decisions, prepare budgets and perform a breakeven analysis for a new business venture or product being considered.
What are the 10 concepts you need to know to do a basic business tax return? Discover what a business owner needs to know and what they are responsible for under the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act (GST). Learn what accounts to set up in your accounting records to facilitate the preparation of a tax return so you can minimize the costs of using professional advisors and preparers. Upon completion of this course you will understand the importance of the four types of income for tax purposes, general rules affecting deductibility of expenses, as well as be able to gather information required for Reconciliation of Accounting to Taxable Income, Capital Gains, and Capital Cost Allowance (income tax depreciation).
Bookkeeping & Accounting Technology Capstone Project
Put your bookkeeping and accounting knowledge into practice with this hands on, take home project. Apply theory and principles to an assigned scenario using both manual and technical applications. With instructor guidance and feedback, you will have the opportunity to complete the books and financial statements with 100% accuracy. Recommended prerequisite: Bookkeeping Basics. Recommended co-requisites: Accounting Basics, Understanding Financial Statements and Budgets, Sage 50 Accounting or QuickBooks Levels I and II, (Taxation Basics optional).
Plein Air Painting
Learn the essentials of plein air painting using your medium of choice, such as pastel, oil, watercolour or acrylic, to create vibrant landscape paintings. Discover how to compose and create small value studies as a tool to help you plan and improve your work, and investigate how underpainting can add value to your art. Experiment with colour and become bold and decisive in your treatment of light and shadow as you step outside to study and capture nature up close.
Drawing Fundamentals and Portfolio Preparation
Explore the principles of observational drawing including: line, value, tone, volume and light. Gain the knowledge of how to draw in perspective and maintain proportions. Work with a range of subject matter and learn to use materials effectively. Engage in discussions about art that will develop your understanding of how to apply the principles of art to create a compelling composition. Discuss the elements that make a polished portfolio presentation. Some work outside of class time is required to develop and finish projects. This course is for anyone who wants to develop their artistic skills while focusing on complete projects and the preparation of a portfolio presentation for application to fine art, animation, illustration, fashion and design programs. Note: A list of art supplies for students to purchase will be sent via email before the first class. No toxic solvents or mediums permitted.
Develop skills in two-dimensional design and understand the communicative importance of form and composition. Create engaging compositions with line, shape, contour, value, colour, and visual arrangement. Build design principles and concepts, and create visual systems that apply to a range of design needs and media. This studio class includes projects and critiques relevant for those who want to add design to their current skills.
Prerequisite: No previous art experience necessary.
Mixed Media & Painting Techniques
Explore a range of visual art, illustration approaches and design principles through instructor led projects. Experience the effective uses of varied techniques and rendering approaches to create differing tactile effects and styled looks. Strengthen your approach to image creation, by developing your imagery with a distinctive style and then polish your final artwork presentation. You will have the opportunity to stretch your creative expression with instructor support. Note: A list of art supplies for students to purchase will be sent via email before the first class. Various materials will be used, including water-based paint, drawing and mixed media. No toxic solvents or mediums permitted.
Approaches to Drawing
Enrich your drawing using layered imagery, surface manipulation, mark-making and alternative tools. Experience a thoughtful way to making decisions about how to draw out objects and ideas. Take the opportunity to try an open concept approach while thinking about conceptualizing and creating your art work. You may consider questions like: ‘Will I set a goal?’ ‘How can I best express beauty?’ ‘What elements can I add to create an engaging image?’ Or, you may prefer to use an experimental, free approach to looking at the same subject from different viewpoints. You may decide to interpret that subject through expressionism, visual storytelling or high realism style. You may also choose to be inventive by playing with visual approaches like flatness, volume, texture, exaggerated perspective or optical tricks. Through this methodology, you will enhance your experience and your portfolio with a range and variety of unique projects. Recommended prerequisite: Previous drawing course. Note: A list of art supplies for students to purchase will be sent via email before the first class. Various drawing materials will be used.
This course is a must for those training as visual artists, animators, designers, illustrators and fashion designers. Draw the live model and gain a solid understanding of form, proportion, body masses and skeletal landmarks. Learn observation techniques to determine good proportions and accommodate for perspective views. Draw the figure with confidence and fluidity using various drawing materials. Note: A list of art supplies for students to purchase will be sent via email before the first class. Recommended: Drawing Fundamentals and Portfolio Presentation or well-developed drawing skills.
Focus on advanced perspective drawing techniques including one-, two- and three-point perspective from observation. Explore techniques for creating the illusion of space, atmospheric perspective and shadows and reflections in perspective. Improve your ability to illustrate the sense of architecture and objects in space. Create dynamic drawings based on your new understanding and enhanced skills. Gain insight into the way artists, comic book artists, illustrators and animators approach space, viewpoints and dimension in their art, graphics and object creations. Note: A list of art supplies for students to purchase will be sent via email before the first class. Recommended prerequisite: Drawing Fundamentals and Portfolio Preparation or equivalent.
Adobe InDesign Level I
Get acquainted with Adobe InDesign – the industry-standard page layout and design application, and a key component of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Guided in-class projects will provide introductory-to-intermediate use of InDesign’s tools, panels and processes, including printing and PDF export options. Through hands-on instruction you’ll produce a variety of real-world design solutions such as posters, advertisements, and multiple-page layouts such as brochures or magazine spreads. In addition to integrating graphics, controlling colour, and basic preparation for commercial printing, InDesign’s extensive typographic controls will be covered in detail. Recommended: Basic Macintosh operating system experience.
Web Design and Development Level I
Discover the basics of web design and development with a practical hands-on introduction to HTML, CSS, image editing and web design and development software. Design principles, content creation and proper navigation are covered along with usability issues, site structure and planning. You will have class time to practice the techniques. Required prerequisite: Basic computer skills.
Photoshop’s powerful set of tools, filters and functions are essential editing tools for professionals from designers to photographers. Learn to adjust, enhance and alter digital files and photographs. Become familiar with selections of colour palettes and working in layers, determining resolution and retouching techniques. Recommended prerequisites: Basic computer skills.
Adobe Illustrator Level I
Used primarily in the creation of logos, illustrations and 2D graphics, Adobe Illustrator is an industry-standard software for graphic design. As you work on in-class projects, apply this software’s features and functions which include sophisticated drawing tools. Recommended prerequisite: Basic computer skills.
Digital Marketing 101
Reach your target audience and achieve results for your business by learning digital marketing methods and implementing progressive digital marketing techniques. Build your marketing tool-kit by learning digital marketing methods and effective ways to implement the components of digital marketing, including search engine optimization (SEO), online advertising, social media, content marketing, and analytics. Through case studies and examples, you will also learn about emerging trends and best practices in digital marketing.
Adobe InDesign Level II
Refine your Adobe InDesign skills by harnessing its advanced tools and features to layout and design complex documents. In this intermediate-to-advanced hands-on course you’ll produce a series of real-world documents for print and online use. Emphasis will be placed on best practices for longer document layouts including type handling, master pages, style sheets, colour theory, and the creation and use of layout grids. Prerequisites: AVDM 0138 Adobe InDesign Level I.
WordPress for Web Page Publishing
Discover how to create your own user-friendly website, web page, photo site or blog tailored to your unique goals. You will learn to create, install, customize and publish in WordPress through hands-on activities, as well as how to work with themes, plug-ins, widgets and dashboard. Note: This course does not include theme development which is discussed in Web Design & Development Level III. Required prerequisite: Basic computer skills. Recommended prerequisite: Web Design and Development Level I.
Web Design and Development Level II
Build on the knowledge you acquired in Web Design and Development I and gain more in-depth experience using HTML5 and advanced CSS. Use existing jQuery plugins, or write your own to discover new ways of adding interactivity, animation and better usability. Create, design and implement web layouts focused on design principles and utility. Learn about site structure and web planning issues. You will have class time to practice the techniques. Required prerequisite: Web Design and Development I. Adobe Photoshop is an asset.