Artstream program

Want to attend AUArts but don’t quite meet our academic or English requirements? Our University bridging program, Artstream, could be the choice for you.


The Artstream Program, offered in partnership with the AUArts School of Continuing Education and Professional Development, is designed to provide a bridge to an art, craft and design education for adults who do not meet AUArts’s academic and/or English proficiency requirements but who demonstrate satisfactory levels of art portfolio achievement. 

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The Artstream Program is an upgrading program that combines selected AUArts First Year Studies courses with AUArts’ School of Continuing Education and Professional Development’s academic and learner support services specific to an art and design education. 

The Artstream Program provides concurrent delivery of: 

  • Upgrading of specific academic skills to a post-secondary level; 
  • Specialized courses to complement the objectives of AUArts School of Critical and Creative Studies courses; 
  • A reduced course load of AUArts studio and School of Critical and Creative Studies classes. 

The successful completion of Artstream does not provide students with a high school diploma. However, students successfully completing the Artstream Program will have the diploma requirement waived and be eligible for admission to First Year Studies. For students whose first language is not English and who do not otherwise meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to AUArts, successful completion of the ArtStream Program will satisfy the English proficiency requirement necessary for admission to AUArts. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Artstream Program is based on an assessment of academic transcripts, a Statement of Intent, a portfolio, and, if necessary, an academic assessment may be required. In order to be considered for admission to the Artstream Program, applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have been out of school for at least one year.

Applicants who hold a General Educational Development (GED), hold a High School Certificate, or did not graduate from high school, require an academic assessment. 

Preference will be given to applicants holding a High School Diploma.

How do I apply?

Your application to the Artstream program involves the following steps:

  1. Submit your application form and pay your application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS) by July 1 (
    • If you currently attend high school within Alberta, AUArts automatically receives both in-progress and official transcripts from applicants from Alberta schools through the application process at APAS.
    • If you currently attend high school outside of Alberta, you’ll need to attach your in-progress transcripts to your portfolio (Step 2) in SlideRoom for evaluation. All documents must be in English. If you need to have your transcripts translated, they will also need to be notarized before you can submit them.
  2. Submit your portfolio of original artworks along with your Statement of Intent through AUArts Slideroom. Please refer to the “Portfolio Guidelines” section for more information). Once you have submitted your online application and we have had an opportunity to process it, you will be emailed a link to Slideroom to submit your portfolio and statement of intent.
    • If upon review of your academic transcripts and your portfolio your application shows that you are an appropriate candidate for the program, your application to the Artstream program will be approved
    • If the Admissions team does not have enough information to complete an assessment you will be advised to schedule an appointment for an academic assessment to confirm Grade 10 Level of reading and writing. All international students will be required to complete an academic assessment.
    • If the assessment shows that you are an appropriate candidate for the program, your application to the Artstream program will be approved. At that time. your eligibility for financial assistance may be determined. Admission to the program is offered on a first qualified, first accepted basis, so apply early!

Portfolio + Statement of Intent Guidelines

Your portfolio is a big deal. It reflects you, what you're about, and makes people excited about what you love to do. The work should be a critical selection of recently produced original artworks that show us the full range of your most skillful and ambitious achievements.

Your portfolio should include a variety of media, some examples might include:

  • Photographs, collage, or mixed media work
  • Observational drawings, paintings or print media
  • Animation, video, or audio recordings
  • 3-D work such as sculpture, textiles, glass, jewellery and ceramics
  • Designs for websites and other forms of digital media
  • Documentation of performance or installation art
  • Sample of creative or critical writing

Statement of Intent Guidelines: Write 500 words about why you would be a great student at AUArts. (It’s up to you to define the criteria.)

Additional Notes:

*Applicants are encouraged to submit PDFs of their process work; sketchbooks, notes etc.

*Applicants are encouraged to fill in the “Details” section about their work

*Applicants are encouraged to present their work as professionally as possible

Program Start

Artstream will start in the Fall 2021/22 Academic Term. Application Deadline is July 1, 2021.


Artstream Tuition and Fees