Want to pursue your creative dreams but don’t quite have the marks yet? Artstream can help you go there.


Artstream Certificate Program

The Artstream Certificate Program is a university transition program designed to provide a bridge to an art and design education for applicants who do not meet AUArts’ academic and/or English proficiency requirements for First-Year Undergraduate Studies, but who demonstrate satisfactory levels of art portfolio achievement. 

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The School of Continuing Education and Professional Development is thrilled to be delivering this program.

The Artstream Program provides concurrent delivery of:

  • Bridging of specific academic skills to a post-secondary level;
  • Specialized courses to complement the objectives of AUArts Liberal Studies courses; and
  • Reduced course load of AUArts studio and Liberal Studies classes.

Students successfully completing the Artstream Program will receive a Certificate from Alberta University of the Arts, conferred at convocation, and will be eligible for admission to Alberta University of the Arts’ First Year Studies. Students should note, however, that completion of Artstream will not provide them with a high school diploma. Rather, AUArts will waive the diploma requirements and high-school course minimum grades - on the basis of the student’s graduation from the Artstream program. For students whose first language is not English and who do not otherwise meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to AUArts, successful completion of the Artstream Program will be considered to be the equivalent of at least one year of full-time study at a post-secondary institution where English is the language of instruction. This will satisfy the English proficiency requirement necessary for admission to AUArts. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Artstream Program is based on an assessment of academic transcripts, a Statement of Intent, a portfolio, and, if necessary, an academic assessment may be required.

Applicants who hold a General Educational Development (GED), hold a High School Certificate or did not graduate from high school, require an academic assessment. 

Preference will be given to applicants holding a High School Diploma.

How do I apply?

Your application to the Artstream program involves the following steps:

  1. Submit your application form and pay your application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS) by July 1 (
    • If you currently attend high school within Alberta, AUArts automatically receives both in-progress and official transcripts from applicants from Alberta schools through the application process at APAS.
    • 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.
  2. Submit your portfolio of original artworks along with your Statement of Intent through AUArts Slideroom. Please refer to the “Portfolio Guidelines” section for more information). Once you have submitted your online application and we have had an opportunity to process it, you will be emailed a link to Slideroom to submit your portfolio and statement of intent.
    • If upon review of your academic transcripts and your portfolio your application shows that you are an appropriate candidate for the program, your application to the Artstream program will be approved
    • Artstream applicants may be required to complete an academic assessment
    • Admission to the program is offered on a first qualified, first accepted basis, so apply early. 

Portfolio + Statement of Intent Guidelines

Your portfolio is a big deal. It reflects you, what you're about, and makes people excited about what you love to do. The work should be a critical selection of recently produced original artworks that show us the full range of your most skillful and ambitious achievements.

Your portfolio should include a variety of media, some examples might include:

  • Photographs, collage, or mixed media work
  • Observational drawings, paintings or print media
  • Animation, video, or audio recordings
  • 3-D work such as sculpture, textiles, glass, jewellery and ceramics
  • Designs for websites and other forms of digital media
  • Documentation of performance or installation art
  • Sample of creative or critical writing

Statement of Intent Guidelines: Write 500 words about why you would be a great student at AUArts. (It’s up to you to define the criteria.)


Artstream Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Artstream, students must achieve the following:

  • A minimum of a grade of C in all required courses
  • A minimum of a grade C in CCST 100
  • A minimum of a grade C in either AHIS.100 or AHIS.101
  • A minimum of a grade C in either DRWF 110 and DRWF 120 or DRWF 115 and DRWF 125
  • A minimum of a grade C in a 100-level studio course or equivalent, as determined by AUArts' Artstream Director.

Please note – Artstream graduates don’t receive high school diplomas. Instead, Artstream graduates are accepted into First Year Studies at AUArts and are given credit towards their Bachelor’s degrees for all applicable courses taken.

Program Start

Artstream will start in the Fall Academic Term. Application Deadline is July 1.