Q: Do I need prior formal training to apply to Central’s PVA Media Design Arts program?
No. Previous training is not required to apply to our MDA program, but a portfolio that demonstrates your skills and abilities is. Please refer to our “how to apply” section for details and examples of what we look for in a portfolio.
Q: Do I have to have a portfolio when I apply?
Yes. A portfolio is a collection of your work that will represent you and your artistic/technical background. It will give us insight into your skill level, your potential, your creativity and your past experiences. Please refer to our “how to apply” section for more information regarding portfolio requirements.
Q: When do PVA MDA students take Professional Development in the Arts 35?
PD35 is a five credit, self-directed course that does not run during the regular school day. Students will experience a combination of teacher-directed assignments and activities combined with student-directed or on-line projects. PD 35 sessions usually occur outside of the regular school day for Media Design Arts students and will involve the creation of a final grade 12 portfolio. Students will learn about careers in communication and design, attend workshops, meet industry professionals, participate in community initiatives and complete all other course requirements outside the regular timetable. For PVA Media Design Arts students, this course begins in grade 10 and finishes at the end of grade 12 with a final exit interview and portfolio celebration.
Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.