Our Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art brings all nations together in the pursuit of higher education, and sets new standards for aspiring artists. It is the only School of its kind in Canada, focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art.

Coast Mountain College created the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art to honour, recognize and continue the legacy of Haida artist Freda Diesing. She was a master carver, painter, tireless educator and champion of First Nations art and culture.

Programs offered

  • Certificate

    Program length: 1 year

    Intakes: September & January

    Begin with fundamentals of two-dimensional Northwest coast art design, drawing and painting basics. Most students continue their studies direct into the First Nations Fine Arts Diploma.

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  • Diploma

    Program length: 2 years

    Intakes: September & January

    Enhance your design, drawing and painting skills gained in the first year certificateby building and using traditional tools, and traditional work carving techniques.

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  • Advanced Diploma

    Program length: 10 months

    Intakes: July

    Build on the solid foundation laid in the Diploma program in First Nations Northwest Coast Art by learning and practicing the traditional arts of jewelry and sculpture under the mentorship of world-renowned master artists and instructors.

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    Enriched learning experiences

    The School offers the First Nations Fine Arts program, instructed and mentored by world-renowned artists Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian) and Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga'a). Visiting artists, dignitaries and cultural advocates enhance the learning environment with their knowledge, wisdom and experience.

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    Elevate your experience.

    At Coast Mountain College your classroom is connected to place - to rich cultures, rugged landscapes and breathtaking vistas. Here, lifestyle and learning go hand in hand.

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    The NW Passage

    View the Coast Mountain College collection of Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in the NW Passage.

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    CMTN's Indigenous resources

    In partnership with our First Nations Council and Indigenous communities, we develop programs connected to the cultural, social, political, and economic values and realities of their communities. 
    We honour and support the rich traditions of Indigenous culture in the northwest and through education.

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