Bachelors degree application process

Congratulations on making the decision to study at AUArts. Admission to the undergraduate program is competitive, and is based on academic standing and the merit of your portfolio. We’re thrilled you’ve chosen us for your undergraduate degree. Let’s get started!

Applications remain open for Fall 2020

PLEASE NOTE: AUArts is currently undergoing a system upgrade that is impacting some aspects of APAS. If you are encountering difficulties, please email admissions@auarts.ca and we will assist you with completing your application for admission. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Although the situation in our province with COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly, AUArts is operating with our Admissions staff working from home to provide continued supports to our valued students. For assistance with your application for Fall 2020 please contact us via email at admissions@auarts.ca. We will do our best to respond to all inquiries within 2 business days. We appreciate your continued understanding and patience - we look forward to seeing you on campus this Fall. 

Please note some adjustments to our application procedures at this time to avoid delay in processing your application for Fall 2020.

1. All transcripts must be sent to AUArts electronically. Once you have applied our Admissions team will send you a link to electronically send us your interim transcripts. You can also request this link by emailing admissions@auarts.ca

2. Once you are conditionally accepted Payment of the $340 Confirmation Fee can be done through your online banking.

3. We are reviewing applications for admission with interim transcripts, and/or incomplete English Language Proficiency test results and may offer conditional admission based on interim electronic transcripts for academic achievement, portfolio submissions and a statement of intent. 

4. Given the current circumstances of students being removed from high schools globally we will be flexible with final transcript deadlines. 

5. Admissions Decision Letters will be sent to you via email. 

Should the situation change, we will be in touch with updated information and options if at all possible.

How to apply to First Year Studies in three easy steps

Step 1: Application

Step 2: Portfolio

Step 3: Transcripts

Application form, non-refundable $110 fee, and in-progress transcripts and English language proficiency documents (if required) due

Priority Application deadline: February 1

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

Priority Application Portfolio due: February 1

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

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

Step 1: Application form + fee

Submit your application form and pay your non-refundable $110 application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System  

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

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. Please review the Academic Requirements before beginning Step 2.

Step 2: Portfolio submission + supporting documents 

 **Once we have processed your application (Step 1) we will send you an email with the link to your portfolio program in slideroom** 

Because the admissions committee reviewing applicants won’t have an opportunity to meet you during the admissions process, your portfolio serves as your personal introduction to them.

Ensure yours is the best it can be by reviewing our portfolio requirements.

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

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.

Step 3: Official transcripts and English language proficiency documents

All final transcripts must be forwarded directly from your educational institution to our admissions office by August 1. 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’ll need to also demonstrate that you meet English language requirements for Bachelors degree programs.

Deadline for official transcripts and English language proficiency documents: August 1

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear if I have been accepted to a bachelor 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 attachement 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.

Academic requirements

AUArts typically accepts students to begin First Year Studies 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.

Portfolio requirements

A portfolio of original visual artwork is a requirement for admission to all programs at Alberta University of the Arts. A portfolio submission should include the applicant’s most imaginative, best and most recent work (within two years), and it should include a variety of mediums (two-three minimum) that demonstrate range as an artist. 12 pieces of work are required, including at least one observational drawing.

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 some art or design classes, some of your coursework may be transferrable.

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