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 for Fall 2020 will open October 1, 2019

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 (while seats are available)

Priority Application Portfolio due: February 1

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?

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.   

 

'm 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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