Bachelor's degree application process

Congratulations on making the decision to study at AUArts. We’re thrilled you’ve chosen us for your undergraduate degree.

AUArts is operating with our Admissions staff working remotely. For assistance with your application to the undergraduate programs please contact us via email at admissions@auarts.ca. We will do our best to respond to all inquiries within two business days. 

Applications for Fall open October 1

AUArts accepts students on an annual basis in September. January admission is atypical and may impact program progression. For more details on January admission please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office at admissions@auarts.ca

Admission to undergraduate programs is competitive, and is based on academic standing and the merit of your portfolio. 

How to apply to First Year Studies in three easy steps

Step 1: Application

Step 2: Portfolio

Step 3: Transcripts

Fall Priority Admission application deadline: February 1

Fall General Application deadline: July 1 (applications will remain open while seats are available)

Fall Priority Application Portfolio deadline: February 1

Fall General Application deadline:  July 1 (while seats are available)

Official transcripts and English language proficiency documents (if required) deadline: August 1

Step 1: Application form & fee

Review the Academic Requirements, submit your application form and pay your non-refundable $110 application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System  

AUArts automatically receives in-progress transcripts from applicants from Alberta schools through the application process at Apply Alberta.

If you are currently attending high school outside Alberta, you must submit in-progress transcripts as soon as possible through Slideroom (See step 2). 

Note: To be considered for Priority Admission and Entrance Awards, we must receive your in-progress transcripts by Feb. 1. 

Fall Priority Admission application deadline | February 1

Fall General Application deadline | July 1 (applications will remain open while seats are available)

Step 2: Portfolio submission & supporting documents 

Once we have processed your application (Step 1), we will send you an email with a link to submit your portfolio via Slideroom.

Before submitting your portfolio, please review our portfolio requirements.

Fall Priority Application Portfolio deadline | February 1

Fall General Application deadline |  July 1 (while seats are available)

Step 3: Official transcripts and English language proficiency documents

All final high school and post-secondary transcripts must be sent directly from your educational institution to our admissions office by August 1. AUArts automatically receives final official transcripts from applicants from Alberta schools through the application process at Apply Alberta

All transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by notarized English translations.

If you attended a high school where the primary language spoken was not English, you must also demonstrate that you meet the English language proficiency requirements

Official transcripts and English language proficiency documents (if required) deadline | August 1

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear if I have been accepted to a bachelor's degree program at AUArts?

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of a completed application (application, transcripts, English proficiency and portfolio). We will communicate decisions of acceptance or decline as completed applications are reviewed. Entry scholarships will not be assessed until after the deadline of February 1.


I attended high school in Alberta. Do I need to submit transcripts?

No. If you attended high school in Alberta, you won’t need to submit anything at this stage. AUArts will automatically receive both preliminary and official transcripts once applicants complete their applications and pay their fees through Apply Alberta.


What if I attended high school in another Canadian province?

Contact your appropriate educational agency to request your official transcripts be sent to AUArts. Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope issued by your high school or Ministry of Education.

Canadian applicants from outside Alberta can refer to Transfer Alberta or their provincial ministry of education for assistance.


What if I completed Advance Credit coursework in high school or another post-secondary? Will I receive credit towards my degree?

High school direct applicants may be considered for Advance Credit (also known as advanced standing) based on the successful completion of advanced high school coursework (International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement) or AUArts Dual Credit programs. 

Students who have attended a previous accredited post-secondary institution or who have completed advanced high school coursework - Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Dual Credit course credits - may request an evaluation for their coursework to be considered towards their First Year Studies curriculum.

Please note that AUArts does not automatically assess transfer credit for students applying to First Year Studies; This request must be initiated by the student.
You will need to attach a copy of your transcripts that you would like evaluated to this form. You may also be required to submit program and course outlines of previous studies to determine official transfer credit. 

To request evaluation of Advance Credit coursework towards your First Year Studies at AUArts, applicants must submit the Advance Credit Request Form. This form will be provided to you by Admissions upon receipt of your online application. 

The Advance Credit Request form must be submitted before the May 1 deadline in order for transfer credit to be applied towards your degree for the Fall term. Late form submissions will be evaluated for the Winter academic term provided we receive the completed form and supporting documentation prior to October 1.

Those who receive advance credit will avoid repeating course material already completed in their first year.


I am an international student. How do I submit my transcripts?

Contact your appropriate educational agency to request your transcripts be sent to AUArts before February 1. If you’re still attending high school, you’ll need to send us in-progress transcripts as an attachment in SlideRoom. If your official transcripts aren’t in English, you’ll need to send us a translated and notarized copy. Learn more about the requirements for international students.


I attended high school in English. Do I need to submit English proficiency documents?

No. If you attended a high school where the primary language was English you don’t need to provide proof of English language proficiency.


I attended a high school where the primary language of instruction wasn’t English. Do I need to submit English language proficiency documents?

Yes. For your application to be successful, you’ll need to also demonstrate that you meet English language requirements for Bachelor’s degree programs.


Am I eligible to pursue a BFA, BDes or MFA program on a study permit?

Yes. These programs are Designated and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit.


Connect with an AUArts Recruitment Officer online

Do you have questions about our programs or application process? Would you like to discuss your portfolio? You can schedule an appointment to meet with one of our Recruitment Officers via MS Teams video-conferencing or over-the-phone. 

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Academic requirements

Applications open October 1 for Fall admission.

Portfolio requirements

A portfolio of original visual artwork is a requirement for admission to all programs.

What to expect after you apply

All done? Great job! You’ll receive a confirmation letter in two to three weeks, letting you know we received your application and are evaluating it.

Tuition and fees

As one of the oldest, largest, and most highly regarded art and design schools in Canada, AUArts’s tuition and fees are also one of the most affordable in the country.

How to apply if you're a transfer student

We welcome students from other post-secondary schools. If you have taken art or design classes, some of your coursework may be transferrable.

Mature students

Canadian Citizens or permanent residents/ landed immigrants who are 21 years of age or older (as of their first day of AUArts classes) and who have not completed a high school diploma may apply as mature student applicants.