Wabanaki Visual Arts

In Wabanaki Visual Arts, you will:

  • Take part in a program that is unique in Canada. This is the only Diploma that focuses on traditional craft mediums of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik and Passamaquoddy peoples.
  • Be immersed in the First Nations history of this region, and work one-on-one with Indigenous artists, both in-studio and on culturally-significant field trips.
  • Engage in thoughtful dialogue about cultural appropriation, and experience responsible and sustainable harvest of natural materials.
  • Learn a wide range of traditional and contemporary skills before choosing your path, be it quillwork or beading, wood carving, wampum making or basketry.
  • Create a portfolio and learn entrepreneurship skills to launch your career in visual art.


2 Years | 6 Semesters | September-June

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

Areas of Study
  • Ash and Birch Bark Basketry
  • Quillwork and Beading
  • Drum and Traditional Paddle Making
  • Wood Carving and Sculpture
  • Archaeology and Indigenous History
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Practices
Admission Requirements


  • $50 Application Fee CAD (1)
  • An official Transcript of Marks indicating 1 of the following:
    • High school diploma (2)
    • GED
    • Adult High School Diploma
    • Equivalent experience will be considered (3) Review of the above may lead to a personal interview

(1) The $50 non-refundable application fee applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, and is 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 adjusted level in English and/or Mathematics, your application will require additional evaluation. (see below)

(3) Equivalencies to all academic admission requirements are evaluated through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).


In addition:

    • You must meet our English language proficiency requirement.
    • We accept a Grade 11 or 12 interim transcript until your final official Grade 12 Transcript of Marks is available.
    • Applicants Requiring Additional Evaluation
      • Mature Applicant: If you are at least 21 years of age and do not meet the academic requirements but are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant. Mature Applicants may be required to show through an interview that they posses the potential to proceed with their studies.
      • Non-Public: If you have been educated in a context other than a public-school environment, have not taken standardized tests and do not have transcripts that have been validated by a government recognized educational authority, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor.
      • Special Admissions: If you have a High School Transcript of Marks indicating adjusted English and/or Mathematics, you will be assessed through our College Counsellor.
Career Possibilities
  • Professional Craftsperson/Entrepreneur
  • Basket Weaver
  • Wampum Maker
  • Wood Sculptor or Paddle Carver
  • Beaded Jewellery Designer
Apply Now

Apply Here: Canadian Students

Apply Here: International Students

Go to the Admission Requirements to learn more. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

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