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

Applications will be reviewed as of the October 1 opening date.  Applicants may be awarded full admission, conditional admission, waitlist, or decline.  All offers of admission are contingent upon the successful completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) and/or English language proficiency requirements.  Final official transcripts are due no later than August 1 to complete the application file. 

Applicants must possess a high school diploma, have achieved a grade of at least 60% in four grade 12 subjects, including a grade of 60% or higher your school’s highest-level English class (or equivalent), and meet English language proficiency requirements. There are also specific portfolio requirements for all applicants.

Domestic applicants

Canadian applicants must possess the following:

  • High School Diploma from a Canadian secondary school
  • Minimum 60% in English 30-1 or Minimum 65% in English 30-2 or provincial equivalent
  • 3 courses (minimum of 9 credits) in Fine Arts, Humanities, Math, Science or Career and Technology Studies (CTS) – with a maximum of 3 credits from CTS – all with a minimum grade of 60%
  • Portfolio of visual artwork – 12 pieces
  • Statement of Intent – up to 500 words 

English requirement 

Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut

English 30 or English 30-1 (ELA 30-1) with a minimum grade of 60%; or

English 33 or English 30-2 (ELA 30-2) with a minimum grade of 65%;


English Grade 12 U (ENG4U) course with a minimum of 60%

British Columbia and Yukon

English 12 with a minimum of 60%; or

English 12 First Peoples


English 40S (ELA40S) with a minimum of 60%

New Brunswick

English 121 or 122 with a minimum of 60%


English 3201 with a minimum of 60%

Nova Scotia

English 12 Academic (English 3201) with a minimum of 60%

Prince Edward Island

English 611 or 621 with a minimum of 60%

Quebec CEGEP

English Literature 603 series with a minimum of 60%


English A30 and B30 with a minimum of 60%

For the other 3 required grade 12 courses, you may refer to the Grade 12 subject chart from the Alberta Transfer Guide for information on acceptable grade 12 courses for admission. Please be advised that this list is not exhaustive, and that AUArts may accept other courses, as determined by the Admissions Office. For specific questions about unlisted courses, please contact the admissions office.

First-year studies | Deadline | February 1

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

Priority application deadlines are offered to high school applicants (including those with advance credit), mature applicants and international applicants.

First Year Studies applicants apply online through Apply Alberta selectinFirst Year Studies as the program choice.

ArtStream Certificate Program | Deadline | July 1

If you demonstrate artistic achievement, but have not met the academic or English Language Proficiency requirements for First Year Studies, you may apply for the ArtStream Certificate programArtstream enables you to earn university credit by taking select AUArts First Year Studies courses in combination with other courses designed to support an art and design education. Students who complete Artstream will earn eighteen (18) credits or six, 100-level courses of First Year Studies advance credit.  

ArtStream program applicants apply through Apply Alberta to Alberta University of the Arts, selecting the ArtStream Certificate program as the program choice.

Transfer Applicants | Deadline | July 1

Transfer Applicants, including applicants from Block Transfer partner institutions are required to apply online through Apply Alberta. Transfer Applicants who have earned 30 credits or more at a post-secondary institution or partner should apply directly to the Major of choice. Transfer Applicants who have earned less than 30 credits at a post-secondary institution should apply to First Year Studies and then submit a digital Transfer Credit Evaluation Form from the Admissions Office (available once the application is received).

Non-Degree Applicants | Deadline | August 1

Applicants who are not seeking to complete a degree and wish to enrol in one or more undergraduate courses at AUArts are required to apply directly to AUArts – please contact admissions@auarts.caNon-degree applicants are expected to meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to the Bachelor’s degree program of choice.

Exchange & Study Abroad Applicants | Outgoing

Please visit for detailed information on the application process for outgoing AUArts students.

Exchange & Study Abroad Applicants | Incoming students from partner institutions

Please visit for detailed information on the processes and timelines for incoming exchange students. 

Visiting Student Applicants | Deadline | August 1

Visiting students should contact for application information. 

Visiting Student Applicants | Deadline | August 1

MFA Applicants | Deadline | January 15

Please visit for application information.

Mature Applicants

If you’re 21 or over, you are considered a mature student and have different academic requirements. Learn more about being a mature student.