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International Students

All Applicants Welcome

We welcome learners from around the world at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD). With students making up 12% of our campus community, we know NBCCD will quickly become your second home. Here, you will experience a supportive and creative community, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and the safety our charming city. Our College is in the heart of downtown Fredericton—New Brunswick’s capital city—and steps from large-scale music and art festivals, endless food and shopping options, extensive walking trails, aquatic activities on the beautiful Wolastoq (Saint John River), and abundant green spaces.

At our College, you will experience small class sizes and work with celebrated instructors in fully equipped studios, labs, and classrooms. Our programs provide hands-on experiential learning and business training to set you up for a successful, creative, and sustainable career in your field. You will be part of a community of no more than 300 students, which gives you the opportunity to receive the one-on-one instruction you’re investing in.

Our Recruitment Coordinator, Trudy Gallagher, is here to answer any of your questions about NBCCD and life in Fredericton. You can reach Trudy at

Explore our programs in art, craft, and design to see what we offer.

All the information you'll need

  • Admission requirements

    To submit a complete application, please submit your application form, application fee, and supporting documents pertaining to your program requirements. As we have a competitive program with limited seat capacity, you should submit your application as early as possible. We encourage applications by December 1, but this is a soft deadline.

    International applicants must meet our regular academic criteria and English proficiency requirements. Please visit this page for details.

    You can apply for your Canadian Study Permit upon receiving your official acceptance letter from the College. The decision to grant your study permit rests with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. For information and questions, visit

  • How to apply
    1. Complete the International Student Application Form, and pay your Application Fee (CAD $100) when you apply or within 30 days.

    2. Have your educational institution submit an official transcript of marks to NBCCD from an official school email address. If you are applying for direct entry into a diploma program, your transcript must indicate at least one year of post-secondary education. Please have your institution send your transcript of marks via email to or via fax to 506-457-7352.

    3. If your language of instruction was not English, then you will need to submit a notarized translated transcript.

    4. If your language of instruction was not English, you will also need to submit acceptable proof of English language proficiency. See acceptable language requirements in the section below.

    5. Submit your portfolio. Click on the program you’re applying for below and follow the instructions:

    Once your application is complete it will be evaluated. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

    1-(506) 260-6829

    Toll free: 1-855-761-9314

  • Language requirements

    Any applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency 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.


    If your language of instruction was not English, then you will need to submit original copies of a notarized translated transcript. Scanned and faxed copies of translated transcripts are not acceptable.

    If your language of instruction was not English, or you have not attended an English-medium institution, you will also need proof of English-language competency. We can accept any of the following tests:

      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic test: Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no subject test score less than 5.5.
      • Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency: Minimum overall score of 169 with no subject test score less than 162
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: minimum score of 80 with no subject test less than 18. NBCCD’s ETS designated institution code is C993.  Please use this code when writing the TOEFL so your scores will be sent directly to NBCCD’s Admissions Office.
      • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 100 out of 160
      • 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
  • Tuition and fees
    Fee Amount
    Application Fee $100 (Canadian Dollars; non-refundable)
    Full-Time Tuition $8,622* per year
    Part-Time Tuition $637 per credit, 50% of course fee to audit.
    Emergency Medical Insurance ( $600 – Paid within 30 days after you receive an acceptance letter from the College to hold your seat in the program. Emergency medical insurance is required to live in Canada.
    General Fees Amount
    Student Association (SA) $80
    NBCCD SA Transit Pass $155
    Access/Student ID Card $15
    Graduate Services Fee $50 (applies to all graduates)
    NBCCDSA Health Insurance $265
    NBCCDSA Dental Insurance $153
    Technology Fee $300
    Studio Fees  Amount Amount
    Programs Year 1 Year 2
    Foundation Visual Arts $55 n/a
    Diploma – 3D Digital Design $60 $60
    Diploma – Fashion Design $100 $100
    Diploma – Fine Craft: Ceramics $900 $900
    Diploma – Graphic Design $85 $170
    Diploma – Jewellery/Metal Arts $350 $350
    Diploma – Photography/Videography $140 $50
    Diploma – Textile Design $200 $200
    Diploma – Wabanaki Visual Arts $55 $55

    *Advanced Studio Practice: Apply studio fee of specialization
    *Part-time students: Consumable fee varies by course

    When you receive your official acceptance letter from the College, you are required to pay a $700 confirmation fee, a non-refundable payment to hold your seat in the program. This fee is part of your full-time tuition.


    Residents of the state of Maine are eligible for domestic tuition rates while studying at NBCCD.

    Maine applicants may apply to any program open to international applicants, however, applicants to programs that fall under the Maine Community College System and New Brunswick Community College Memorandum of Understanding may apply as a Canadian student and benefit from domestic rates.

    Maine residents must still purchase the international student emergency medical insurance (

  • Payment timeline and method
    1. All applicants are required to pay a $100 non-refundable application fee when submitting an application.
    2. Both confirmation ($700 CAD) and emergency health insurance fees ($600 CAD, specific to international applicants) must be paid within 30 days of receiving an acceptance letter from NBCCD. Payment of these fees confirms your acceptance and seat at the College. Confirmation fees are non-refundable.
    3. General and studio fees are required no later than the first week of classes.

    Fees are subject to change without notice.


    Tuition and fee payments can be made online at the following link: Confirmation fee and application fee payments can be made online by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of this page. 
    Payments can also be made at any Service New Brunswick Service Centre.  You must show a copy of your tuition and fees invoice and/or your confirmation fee notice statement for payments to be processed.  There is a Service New Brunswick Service Centre at 432 Queen Street, across the street from the Fredericton campus.  Cheques and money orders are to be made payable to: Minister of Finance.

    All requests for Confirmation of Enrolment will be processed 3 – 5 days after registration.

  • Supplies and materials

    Supplies and materials cost approximately CAD $2,000 annually and vary depending on the program. Many of these supplies are available in the College store.

    Foundation Visual Arts students are able to purchase an FVA starter kit with most of the materials they’ll need for their studies.

    Laptop Programs

    Students in the Graphic Design and Photography/Videography diploma programs are required to purchase their own laptops. Visit each program page to view the specific technology requirements for each diploma program. 

  • Estimated living expenses

    Living expenses will depend upon individual preference, but here are some annual estimated costs:

    • Accommodations & Utilities  — $13,200 (CAD, based on solo accommodations) to $8,400 (CAD, based on shared accommodations)
    • Food and incidentals — $6,000 (CAD, or more depending on lifestyle)

    Housing and Accommodation Resources

    NBCCD does not offer on-campus housing. However, we are located in the heart of downtown Fredericton, making it very convenient to find housing and giving you access to many shops, galleries, parks, restaurants, and other amenities. Here are some sites and tips to help you secure living arrangements:

    • Try searching “Apartments for rent” in Fredericton. You can make your search more specific by adding in key words like “one bedroom” or “two bedroom.” There are also often ads from other students in Fredericton who are looking for a roommate. If that interests you, try looking for “Room for rent.”
    • Facebook Marketplace: You can search the same suggestions as above, just make sure you set your location to Fredericton, otherwise it will base it on where you’re currently located.

    If you’re looking for the residence life experience and wish to live in a dorm with a meal plan, students can take advantage of our agreement to live in student housing at St. Thomas University (STU), a 20-minute walk from our campus or 5-minute bus ride. Learn more here.

    If you’re coming to visit Fredericton, or you have a parent, guardian, or friend coming to down, check out the links below for places to stay:

  • Interested in finding out more?

    Our Student Services team offers programming and events to help make the transition to college as smooth as possible and help you discover Canadian culture throughout the year. Please contact if you have any questions. We can’t wait to welcome you to NBCCD!