All Art Institute of Vancouver applicants are evaluated for admission on the basis of their previous education, background, and stated or demonstrated interest in one of our education programs. An applicant must be a high school graduate, possess a recognized high school equivalency (GED ®* - General Education Diploma), or qualify as a mature student of not less than 19 years of age as of the start date of the program.
In lieu of documenting high school graduation, applicants who have graduated with a postsecondary diploma, associate’s degree or higher earned degree at an accredited institution of postsecondary education (or its equivalent if earned at an institution located outside of Canada), can provide official academic transcripts for the credential granted. An applicant who is home-schooled must be able to present a high school credential evidencing that the applicant completed secondary education or complies with applicable Provincial requirements for homeschooling in the Province in which the student resided during home-schooling. Other proof of high school graduation or its equivalency may be considered under special circumstances and must be approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs.
High school seniors who have not yet graduated should submit a partial transcript which indicates their expected graduation date. Additionally, the applicant is required to independently conceive and write an essay describing the applicant’s career goals and how The Art Institute of Vancouver can help the applicant achieve those goals. Portfolios are welcomed, but not required.
Applicants who have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), and/or Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are encouraged to submit scores to Admissions for evaluation.
* GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.
Individuals seeking admission to a full-time program at The Art Institute of Vancouver are required to complete and submit the following:
Each applicant’s academic transcript, completed essay, and any other submitted documents will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. The Committee determines the compatibility of the applicant with the programs at The Art Institute of Vancouver and ultimately makes the final decision regarding acceptance to The Art Institute of Vancouver.
Applicants who are unable to submit all transcripts and/or other required documentation before classes start may be allowed to begin class conditionally, but must provide all required transcripts and documentation by 30 days after the class start date. The Director of Admissions has the discretion to extend this deadline, not to exceed one quarter. Under these circumstances, applicants who are unable to submit required documentation and/or meet the requirements for the program for which they have applied, but who otherwise meet all the entrance requirements (including all required documents) for another Art Institute program, may request to have their application changed to that program. Courses completed under the original program may or may not transfer into the new program. Changes in program may also impact eligibility for student financial aid.
Although a visit to The Art Institute of Vancouver is not a requirement for submitting an application form and enrolment agreement for acceptance, prospective students are encouraged to schedule a visit with one of our admissions representatives to discuss special needs, long-term or short-term goals, and lifelong employment aspirations.
Applicants who wish to receive advanced standing in the Graphic Design diploma program must submit a portfolio that demonstrates proficiency in foundation-level skills. For current portfolio submission guidelines, please contact an Admissions representative.
Canadian applicants (citizens, permanent residents) to The Art Institute of Vancouver who do not have a high school diploma or hold a GED certificate may qualify for admission as a mature student if they meet the following criteria:
Applicants must achieve minimum scores on all three sections of the Accuplacer test in order to pass. If an applicant is unable to pass the test, they can make one re-attempt after 24 hours or more have elapsed. Applicants can petition for additional attempts if the candidate can provide evidence of some instructional intervention that would suggest that score improvement would be possible. Applicants who admitted under mature students status are deemed to have also met minimum English requirements for admissions.
Prospective students who wish to attend The Art Institute of Vancouver and do not qualify as a mature student must have successfully completed the requirements for secondary school graduation or equivalent, such as the General Education Development (GED) certificate, as set by the recognized legal authority in the jurisdiction where secondary school was completed. In the absence of such legal authority, The Art Institute of Vancouver reserves the right to examine academic credentials on a case by case basis. For students in British Columbia, a high school completion certificate is not considered to be equivalent to graduation. Applicants must provide documentation in the form of official school transcripts sent directly from the institution to The Art Institute that clearly indicate that the requirements for graduation have been met and the date of graduation. Documentation from outside of Canada will be evaluated by The Art Institute of Vancouver prior to acceptance. For countries where it may not be possible to have official documentation sent directly from the institution, applicants should consult with their Admissions representative to determine what forms of documentation are acceptable. In some cases, evaluation by a credential evaluation agency may be required. An applicant who holds a postsecondary diploma, associate’s degree or higher may submit proof of that credential as evidence of satisfying the secondary school graduation requirement. Secondary school applicants who have not yet graduated should submit a partial transcript that indicates their expected graduation date in order to be evaluated for early conditional acceptance. Applicants who are unable to provide documentation of having completed a high school diploma or GED due to a natural disaster destroying the records or the institution having been closed may submit the following for consideration in addition to completing an attestation of High School Diploma or GED completion:
All students must provide official transcripts of high school and college attendance, and must provide proof of high school graduation on the official transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for scheduling and testing purposes (if official transcripts have not been received). However, the official transcript is required by 30 days after class start and will be verified by the Registrar and placed in the student file. The Director of Admissions has the discretion to extend this deadline, not to exceed one quarter.
The Art Institute of Vancouver will notify the applicant, in writing, of his or her acceptance. In the event the student is not accepted, the Application Fee and the Enrolment Fee, if submitted, will be refunded.
Acceptance does not guarantee enrolment in a chosen program or course, which may require an additional application process.
A student must demonstrate literacy, defined as the ability to read and write at a level that allows him or her to be successful in a college level course, with reasonable remediation allowed, in order to be accepted into The Art Institutes. The admission essay will be assessed by a faculty/academic committee (ADCOM) and scored at one of two levels: Meets standard or Does not meet standard. No student may be admitted to an Art Institute without an essay that Meets Standard. An essay may only be rewritten one time for each start, and any appeal decision by the Dean or his or her designee is final. The evaluation of writing ability is useful in determining the applicant’s compatibility with the program’s course of study and in determining the applicant’s ability to write and develop ideas according to the rules of Standard English.
I. Essay Requirements
Appeals Process (Rewrite).