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Blacksmithing Studio – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 4 months

Total Credits: 20

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Victoria Street

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Blacksmithing Studio


Program Summary

Blacksmith work can be seen everywhere from wrought iron patio fences to decorative wall hangings and art. Designed to let you explore your personal expression, our program teaches you the necessary blacksmithing and welding techniques to manipulate and join steel for both form and function. You will learn the basics of ornamental metal art design and creation to put you on the road to success in the professional marketplace.

Through the Blacksmithing program, you will be able to reach a level appropriate for a blacksmith apprentice. Gaining control and confidence, you will be ready to produce traditional and contemporary ironwork and begin your career.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, an applicant must meet the following Kootenay Studio Arts programming (KSA) entrance requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Questionnaire

    All applicants must complete and submit a questionnaire at least one week prior to their scheduled interview date. The questionnaire helps us to understand the applicant’s interest and commitment to the studio program.

    Submit the questionnaire using the Kootenay Studio Arts online form at selkirk.ca/blacksmithing.

  • Interview

    All applicants are required to participate in an interview with a program instructor from the Kootenay School of the Arts program. Telephone interviews will be arranged for those applicants who, because of distance, cannot attend in person.

    The interview is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, present their work and discuss their interests within the arts. The instructor will assess the applicant’s preparedness for entry into the program and will ask about commitment, goals and expectations, design knowledge, experience and communication skills. It is also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have about the program and for faculty to recommend upgrading if necessary.

  • Portfolios

    The portfolio is designed to assess your skill level to help instructors increase your chances of success in your studio program. KSA is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill. The portfolio pieces may be of any medium and they need not be specific to studio preference.

    For portfolio guidelines see our website http:// selkirk.ca/program/blacksmithing/admission- requirements or see Kootenay Studio Arts program policy – Appendix F.

Graduation and Promotion

In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Program Courses

Term 1

Required Courses

BLCK121Shop Cultures: Safety and Devices


BLCK123Fabrication Techniques: Welded Forms


BLCK125Design for Fabrication and Blacksmithing


BLCK127Force, Stance, Direction: Primary Hammer Skills


BLCK129Advanced Techniques: Conceptualize and Create


BLCK131Production Processes