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How to apply

international students

apply to NBCCD in6 simple steps

Next intake:  Fall (September) 2024

Priority application deadlines:

Foundation Visual Arts (FVA): December 15, 2023
Diploma: January 15, 2024

Important Note: Almost all students at NBCCD begin in the one-year FVA program to hone the skills needed for success in our two-year diploma programs. If you have previous academic experience in visual and fine arts, you may be eligible to apply directly into the diploma program of your choosing. We encourage any applicants who are unsure of their eligibility to apply Direct Entry before December 15 so we can pre-assess your portfolio. If it’s determined that your portfolio does not meet direct-entry requirements, we will email you and offer to change your application to FVA. By applying before December 15, you ensure your amended application is considered within the priority deadline for FVA admission assessments. If you do not hear from the admissions office, you will be assessed for direct entry with all priority candidates after the January 15 deadline.

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international students


  • 1

    Identify the PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS for your program of choice, including the specific transcript and portfolio you will need to apply.

    Important Note: Unless you can demonstrate equivalent visual arts training, you must enter the College through our Foundation Visual Arts program to continue into a studio diploma.

  • 2

    Pay your application fee within your applicant portal as you complete your application form or click this link to pay directly and we’ll match your payment to your online application.

    Please complete your payment by the priority deadline (Foundation Visual Arts: December 15 | Diplomas: January 15). Although we accept applications all year, seat capacity is competitive and admission is offered to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure your application is competitive, and you have enough time to apply for your Canadian Study Permit if accepted, we encourage early applications.

  • 3

    If your language of instruction was English, your transcripts must be sent via email to NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca from your current/former school(s) to be considered official.

  • 4

    If your language of instruction was not English, you must arrange for your school(s) to submit NOTARIZED TRANSLATED TRANSCRIPTS via email to NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca. Your transcript(s) must be sent via email to NBCCD.Admissions@gnb.ca from your current/former school(s) to be considered official.

  • 5

    Upload your portfolio within your applicant portal by clicking “Add Files.” You can find portfolio requirements and instructions by clicking here.

  • 6

    Submit proof of ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY. Visit the Admission Requirements page to see the acceptable language tests and minimum scores.


Your application is not considered complete until all steps are fulfilled. Your decision letter will be emailed; and if accepted, will include the required next steps to become a student at NBCCD.

  • I have been accepted to NBCCD. What's next?

    You can find details of next steps in your decision letter from NBCCD. Any changes will be communicated via email.

    1. Pay CONFIRMATION FEE of $700 (CAD) and EMERGENCY HEALTH INSURANCE FEE of $600 (CAD) within 30 days of receiving an acceptance or conditional acceptance letter. Click here to pay.
    2. If you receive a CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE, submit any outstanding items as soon as they are available. They must be received before you register in the fall.
    3. Apply for your Canadian Study Permit and any required travel visa as soon as you receive your accepted letter at cic.gc.ca.
    4. Receive your ORIENTATION PACKAGE by email in early August. Attend your first day of classes in early September.
    5. Pay your TUITION & FEES no later than the first Friday of classes. Pay here.

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At NBCCD, we believe in nurturing creativity, innovation, and strong business skills, ensuring that our graduates are not just skilled artisans but also savvy entrepreneurs, ready to make their mark in the ever-evolving world of craft and design.