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.

Once your application has been evaluated, you’ll receive another letter letting you know we’ve either provisionally accepted, waitlisted, or declined your application. Here’s what it all means.

Conditionally Accepted

Congratulations! You’re almost there. Conditional acceptance means we’ve received your application and portfolio but need your confirmation fee and any outstanding documents required to complete our evaluation. This includes official transcripts and English proficiency documents (final copies are due by August 1 for first year students, and May 31 for transfer students).

If your letter didn’t specify any documents, great! Just pay your confirmation fee before May 1 and you’re good to go.

If your letter requests official transcripts or English proficiency documents, make sure these reach us by August 1 (May 31 for transfer student applicants).

Don’t miss those deadlines! If we don’t receive your documents in time, your conditional acceptance will be withdrawn and you’ll have to reapply to the college at a later date.

Waitlisted

Waitlisted means you’ve been provisionally accepted, but our classes are full. The good news is, you’ll be contacted by our admissions team as soon as a spot becomes available for you. This could happen during the first week of classes, later in the fall semester, or in the winter semester.

Declined

If your letter says your application was declined, don’t worry – there are several things you can do to increase your chances of being accepted next time.

If your application was declined because of your portfolio score, book a portfolio review or attend a National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) event. This will give you the chance to review your portfolio with ACAD faculty or Admissions staff and learn how you can strengthen it.

You might also want to take a Continuing Education portfolio preparation or drawing course to develop your portfolio and become more familiar with ACAD. Most of all, we encourage you to try daily observational drawings on your own, so carry a sketchbook with you and just draw what you see. It often takes time to develop as an artist, so give yourself the time you need and get practicing!

If your application was declined because of academic or English proficiency requirements, we highly recommend our Artstream program. It’s a joint program between Bow Valley College and ACAD, designed especially for applicants with artistic talent who don’t meet academic or English requirements.

Artstream combines some of ACAD’s First Year Studies course with others from Bow Valley College designed to support an art and design eduction, so you earn college credit while you study.