Before you begin

Admission Requirements

All Applicants Welcome

Whether you’re an international student, mature student, or fresh out of high school, we welcome your applications at NBCCD. Because we’re a small College, we also have a small, attentive admissions team, one who’s ready to listen to you, address your concerns, and receive your application. Our in-house Admissions Officer and NBCCD graduate, Emily Daigle, is ready to answer any questions you may have about the application process.

The following information is designed to help you through the College’s application process.

To learn more, or to check the status of your application, please contact:

NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca

Toll free: 1-855-761-9314

Local: 506-260-6829

Admission Requirements

  • Student Eligibility
    Applicant Type Description
    Regular Applicant If you are in Grade 12 or a high school graduate, or have a GED, Adult High School Diploma or equivalent, you may apply for the Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) or Diploma in Wabanaki Visual Arts (WVA).

    If you are a past student of NBCCD, you may apply for a Diploma program or Certificate in the Advanced Studio Practice program.

    Mature Student If you are 21 years or older at the time of applying and do not meet the regular admission requirements, and you have Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) training or equivalent, you may apply to any Diploma program. You may be contacted for an interview to prove your qualifications.
    Special Admissions If your official transcript of marks has a modified English and/or mathematics, and you are in Grade 12 or a high school graduate, you may apply for the Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) or Diploma in Wabanaki Visual Arts (WVA). After submitting your application, you will be contacted for an interview.

    Special Admissions applications must be received no later than January 1.

    Indigenous Applicant If you are Indigenous (registered with the Government of Canada’s Indian Band Register and in possession of a valid Indian Status Card) you may apply as an Indigenous Applicant for the Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) or Diploma in Wabanaki Visual Arts (WVA).
    International Applicant If you are not a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, go to International Students to learn how to apply.

    Applications received after March 31 may be deferred to the next academic year.

    Please note that we are no longer accepting international applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Interested international applicants can now begin their application for our September 2022 intake.

    University of New Brunswick Bachelor of Applied Arts Applicant To apply for the Bachelor of Applied Arts, apply through UNB. There are no portfolio requirements for admission to the BAA. Learn more here. 
  • Program Admission Requirements
    Program Requirements Checklist
    Foundation Visual Arts Certificate
    • Application fee*
    • High School Diploma, GED, Adult High School Diploma OR equivalent experience**
    • Portfolio submission: Portfolio Requirements
    Wabanaki Visual Arts Diploma
    • Application fee*
    • High School Diploma, GED, Adult High School Diploma OR equivalent experience**
    • Interview
    Diplomas

    3D Digital Design

    Fashion Design

    Fine Craft: Ceramics

    Graphic Design

    Jewellery/Metal Arts

    Photography

    Textile Design

    • Application fee*
    • An official transcript indicating Certificate FVA from NBCCD OR an official transcript indicating at least one year of successful post-secondary education OR equivalent experience**
    • Interview
    • Portfolio submission: Follow the Portfolio Requirements or the Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements
    Advanced Studio Practice
    Bachelor of Applied Arts The BAA is an articulated agreement with the University of New Brunswick.  Refer to UNB.ca for admission requirements. Applicants to the BAA program must apply directly to the University of New Brunswick.
    Notes *All fees are in CAD.

    **We accept a Grade 11 or 12 interim transcript until your final Grade 12 transcript is available. The minimum English levels of 122 or 123 are required and Financial and Workplace Mathematics 110 or Foundations of Mathematics 110. Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years or older at the time of applying and do not meet the regular admission requirements, and you have Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) training or equivalent, you are eligible to apply to any Diploma program. You may be contacted for an interview to prove your qualifications.

  • Language Requirements

    Proficiency in English is required for studying at the College.

    All applicants who are Permanent Residents of Canada: If your language is other than English or you have attended an educational institution where English is not the medium of instruction, you must:

    • Submit original copies of a notarized translated transcript. Scanned and faxed copies of translated transcripts are not acceptable.
    • Meet English competency requirements with acceptable scores as follows:
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: Minimum score of 6.0 with no subject test score less than 5.5
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet based test: minimum score of 80 with no subject test less than 18
      • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 100 out of 160
      • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 169
      • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL): Minimum score of 60
      • The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): Minimum score of 4.5 with no subtest less than 4.0
      • PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic): Minimum score of 65 with no subject test less than 60

    For applicants who are international students, see International Students for more information.

    English for Academic Purposes Program

    Any applicants who do not meet the English language competency requirements are required to successfully complete English for Academic Purposes at the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus, or equivalent.

    In this pathway program, you will develop the necessary academic English skills in order to succeed in full-time studies in your chosen NBCCD program.

    The pathway is as follows:

    The duration of the pathway is relative to the proficiency level upon entry. Students below 5.5 IELTS (or equivalent) typically require more than one term of study.

    To successfully complete English for Academic Purposes and move on to your full-time NBCCD program of choice, you must maintain a B average in each English term course until completion.

    With an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) focus, these options offer maximum benefit to participants wishing to increase their English proficiency for university study. The Intensive English Term Format and the Intensive English Term Segment can equip you with the English language skills you need. The learning targets will improve your ability to write, read, problem solve, study independently, give presentations, and improve note-taking and critical thinking skills.

    Learn more here.

  • Prior Learning Recognition (PLR) and Credit Transfer

    Prior Learning Recognition (PLR): Applicants may request an assessment of prior work and life experience in lieu of a High School Diploma, GED, or Adult High School Diploma. There is a fee for this assessment.

    Credit Transfer: If you have completed similar courses at another post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for credit transfer. Copies of official transcripts and corresponding course outlines for requested credits are required.

    For more information on Prior Learning Recognition, please contact the Registrar’s Office toll free at 1-877-400-1107 or email, nbccdregistrar@gnb.ca