Coast Mountain College is adding a third year Advanced Diploma to the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art.
The 10-month program is meant to enhance both the skills and confidence of graduates from the First Nation Fine Arts diploma through a mix of business courses, jewellery, and sculpture.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous artists to continue growing their skill sets in jewellery making and carving while learning more about the business side of marketing their work,” says world-class Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian carver and instructor, Stan Bevan in a news release. “We are really excited to see a third year offering in this unique program.”
Students will participate in field trips and public art exhibits to build on skills of displaying, promotion, and selling of their work.
“Having completed the first and second year program, I wanted to hone my skills in terms of jewellery making,” says award-winning Nisga’a/Tahltan student Jamie Nole. “Being able to continue learning under world-class artists in a studio that feels like home is amazing.”