Before you begin

Admission Requirements

All Applicants Welcome

Choosing where and what to study can be a scary process for many and takes a lot of deliberation. The following information is designed to help you get through the College’s application process as smoothly as possible. We’ll work together to assess your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning and determine your admission eligibility.

Before applying to the College, you have to determine the applicant group you fit into. It helps you understand: a) The programs you are eligible to apply for, showing you the educational path you should follow at the College. b) The manner by which we will work with you to evaluate your acceptance into our programs.


To check the status of your application, please contact:

NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca

Admission Requirements

  • Student Eligibility
    Student 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 are eligible to apply for the Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) or Diploma in Wabanaki Visual Arts (WVA).
    Past Students at NBCCD
    1. You have attended the College and graduated from Foundation Visual Arts (FVA). You can apply to our Diploma Programs.
    2. You have attended the College and graduated from our Diploma Programs. You can apply to our Advanced Studio Practice Program.
    Mature Student You are 21 years or older at the time of applying and do not meet the regular admission requirements. You have training and experience in the discipline you’d like to study, making you eligible to apply for any of our programs. You must also show you’re ready to successfully complete the program.

    After submitting your complete application, you may be contacted to assess your prior learning qualifications and an interview.

    Special Admissions Your official Transcript of Marks has a modified English and/or Mathematics, plus you can show you are ready to successfully complete the program.

    If you are in Grade 12 or a High-School graduate, you will be eligible to apply for the Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) or Diploma in Wabanaki Visual Arts (WVA). After submitting your complete application, you will be contacted for an interview.

    Special Admissions applicants must apply by January 1.

    Non-Public You have been educated in a context other than a public-school environment. Typically, you would have not taken any standardized tests and do not have transcripts that have been validated by a government-recognized educational authority. You must be able to show you are ready to successfully complete the program.

    After submitting your complete application, you will be contacted to assess your prior learning and an interview will be conducted.

    International You are not a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada. You can show you’re ready to successfully complete the program. Go to International Students to learn about how you can apply.

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

  • Program Admission Requirements
    Program Requirements Checklist
    Foundation Visual Arts Certificate
    • Application Fee (1)
    • Successfully completed – High School Diploma, GED, Adult High School Diploma (2) (3)
    • OR  Equivalent experience (4)
    • Portfolio Submission: Portfolio Requirements (5)
    Wabanki Visual Arts Diploma
    • Application Fee (1)
    • Successfully completed – High School Diploma, GED,  Adult High School Diploma (2) (3)
    • OR  Equivalent experience (4)
    • Interview
    Diplomas

    3D Digital Design

    Fashion Design

    Fine Craft: Ceramics

    Graphic Design

    Jewellery/Metal Arts

    Photography

    Textile Design

    Application Fee (1)

    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 (4)

    Interview

    Portfolio Submission: 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 (1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

    (2) If your official public high-school transcript indicates a modified level in English and/or Mathematics, your application will be processed under Special Admissions.

    (3) 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.

    (4) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

    (5) For applications into Foundation Visual Arts 2020, applicants will be required to submit a portfolio. Please read our Portfolio Requirements.

  • 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:

    • Have your official Transcripts of Marks translated and notarized. Original copies of the notarized translated transcript must be provided(scanned copies 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

    Any applicant who does not meet the English language competence requirements is required to successfully complete the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton, or equivalent, prior to registration.

    All applicants who are international students: See International Students for more information.

    English for Academic Purposes Program

     

    Any applicant who does not meet the English language competency requirements is recommended to successfully complete the English for Academic Purposes Pathway program at the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus.

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

    The pathway is as follows:

     

    *To successfully complete the English for Academic Purposes Pathway and move onto your full time NBCCD program, you must maintain a B average in each English term course until completion.

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

    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.

  • Prior Learning Assessment And Recognition (PLAR)

    Prior Learning Recognition (PLR): Applicants may request an assessment of prior work and life experience relevant to their program of study. Even if you haven’t completed high school, you may be eligible for acceptance into the Certificate — Foundation Visual Arts program or for advanced standing in certain courses. There is a fee for this assessment.

    Credit Transfer: You may have completed courses at other post-secondary institutions, which might be assessed as equivalent to those in your proposed program of study, and therefore may be eligible for credit transfer. Copies of official transcripts and course outlines that correspond to the courses for which credit is requested are required.

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