Bachelors degree application process

Congratulations on making the decision to study at ACAD. We’re thrilled you’ve chosen us for your undergraduate degree. Let’s get started!

How to apply in three easy steps

The application process at ACAD consists of three steps.

Step 1: Application

Step 2: Portfolio

Step 3: Transcripts

Application form, fee,  due February 1

*Waitlist is now open for those who have missed this deadline.

 

Portfolio and in-progress transcripts and English proficiency documents (if required) due February 15

 

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

Step 1: Application form + fee (Waitlist now available for late Fall 2017 applications)

Submit your application form and pay your application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System by February 1.

ACAD 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.

Application deadline: February 1 (Waitlist is now available for late applications)

Are you an international student?

Are you transferring from another post-secondary institution?

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

Step 2: Portfolio submission + supporting documents

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, following the instructions on how to photograph your portfolio, and learning how to submit your portfolio.

ACAD 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.

 

Portfolio + supporting document deadline: February 15 

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 attended a high school where the primary language spoken was not English, you’ll need to also demonstrate that you meet English requirements for Bachelors degree programs.

Deadline for official transcripts and English proficiency documents: August 1

FAQ's

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. ACAD 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 ACAD. 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 eduction for assistance.

I'm an international student. How do I submit my transcripts?

Contact your appropriate educational agency to request your transcripts be sent to ACAD before February 15. 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 requirements for international students.

International transfer applicants seeking credit from international post-secondary institutions must have their transcripts assessed by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). Please note the processing time for IQAS assessment could take up to 12 weeks.

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 proficiency.

I attended a high school where the primary language of instruction wasn’t English. Do I need to submit English proficiency documents?

Yes. For your application to be successful, you’ll need to also demonstrate that you meet English requirements for Bachelor’s degree programs.

Academic requirements

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, ACAD’s tuition and fees are also one of the most affordable in the country.

How to apply if you're an international student

Whichever program you choose to pursue, there are many benefits to being an international student at ACAD, including a relatively simple application process.

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.

Mature students