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Requirements for Canadian Students

Future Students Current Students Alumni Degrees and Programs Continuing Education About AUArts Faculty and Staff Support AUArts Top Menu You are here HomeFuture StudentsHow to applyAcademic requirements Academic requirements AUArts typically accepts students to begin First Year Studies on an annual basis in September. January admission is atypical and may impact program progression. For more details on January admission please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office at Applications will be reviewed as of the October 1 opening date. Applicants may be awarded full admission, conditional admission, waitlist, or decline. All offers of admission are contingent upon the successful completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) and/or English language proficiency requirements. Final official transcripts are due no later than August 1 to complete the application file. Applicants must possess a high school diploma, have achieved a grade of at least 60% in four grade 12 subjects, including a grade of 60% or higher your school’s highest-level English class (or equivalent), and meet English language proficiency requirements. There are also specific artistic portfolio requirements for all applicants. Please visit for more information about admissions and artistic portfolio requirements.

Requirements for International Students

International applicants are evaluated on the basis of equivalency of an Alberta high school diploma and a minimum of 60% in the final year of study. All final transcripts must be forwarded directly from applicants’ educational institution to AUArts Admissions Office by August 1. All transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by notarized English translations.

English Language Proficiency
Portfolio of visual artwork – 12 pieces
Statement of Intent – up to 500 words

Procedure for Canadian Students

Application form submission online at requires a non-refundable $110 fee, in-progress transcripts and English language proficiency documents (if required)
Priority Application deadline: February 1
General Application deadline: July 1 (while seats are available)
Priority Application Portfolio due: February 1
Official transcripts and English language proficiency documents (if required) due: August 1

Procedure for International Students

The application process for International Students is the same for Domestic Students.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, September
Notes:AUArt's academic year runs from September to May with the possibility of taking classes in Spring Summer if desired. The fall semester starts in September and ends in December and the winter semester starts in January and ends in April. A limited spring/summer semester begins in May and ends in August.
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on July 18, 2023