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.

Applications for Fall 2020 will open on October 1, 2019

Transfer applicants

If you've decided that art school is for you, you can transfer from your current post-secondary institution as a First Year Studies student and apply through our regular application process.

Keep in mind our academic requirements, English proficiency requirements and information for mature students if you are over the age of 21.

AUArts may award transfer credit for courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Applicants who have earned course credit equivalency at one or more post-secondary institution and are transferring credit to AUArts First Year Studies, Bachelor of Design, or Bachelor of Fine Arts program requirements. Eligible credit equivalencies must be earned within 10 years from the date of application to AUArts.  Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at AUArts (50% of a degree program) to obtain an AUArts degree. 

If you have taken art or design classes at another post-secondary school, you may be considered for admission to 2nd year courses, provided you've completed at least one year of studio-based coursework that is the equivalent of AUArts's First Year Studies

For students applying to First Year Studies at AUArts, applicants must submit the Advance Credit Request Form provided by Admissions upon completing the online application. This form must be submitted before the May 1, 2020 deadline in order for advance 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.

Transfer students from block transfer agreement partners

Students who have completed a diploma, certificate or another equivalent credential as part of AUArts block transfer agreement with partnership institutions may be eligible for entry to year 2 or year 3 of the AUArts Bachelor of Design or AUArts Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Note that transfer students applying credits from block transfer agreement partner institutions must complete a minimum of sixty (60) credits at AUArts to complete and obtain an AUArts degree. 

How to apply to AUArts in three easy steps:

Step 1: Application

Step 2: Portfolio and Personal Statement

Step 3: Transcripts

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

Priority Application deadline: May 1

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

*please note that general applications will not be considered for entry scholarships

Priority Application Portfolio due May 1

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

Step 1: Application form, fee and supporting documents

Submit your application form and pay your non-refundable $110 application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System by May 1.

AUArts automatically receives both in-progress and official transcripts from applicants from Albertan schools through the application process at Apply Alberta. If you're transferring from a post-secondary school in another Canadian province, you must have the documents forwarded directly to the AUArts Admissions Office in their original, sealed envelope.

For applicants whose transcripts are issued in a language other than English, we require translated and notarized detailed course descriptions to accompany the official transcripts. Canadian applicants may also be required to submit program and course outlines of previous studies to determine official transfer credit.

Priority application and portfolio submission deadline: May 1

General applications for Fall 2020: Open until July 1 (While seats available) *please note that general applications will not be considered for entry scholarships

Are you an international student?

Are you a mature student (over 21 years old)?

Step 2: Portfolio submission

  **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 faculty 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 for Transfer Students

Priority application and portfolio submission deadline: May 1

Step 3: Official transcripts and English 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 are attending a post-secondary 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 proficiency documents: August 1