This is an overview of our Admissions Process, please speak with your Program Advisor if you have questions about the process. If you are already prepared to apply, please use the direct links below:
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1. Completed Application Form
Please complete the form online or print the application form and complete in ink and sign where indicated. (If applying online, this will be a digital signature). The checklists are provided to assist in ensuring that all information is included with the application. If an application is received unsigned it will be returned. APPLY NOW for Full Time Studies.
2. Non-Refundable Application Fee and Assessment Fee
Applications will only be processed when accompanied by all documents and the non-refundable application fee and assessment fee. All fees must be submitted in Canadian Funds. Visit our Payments page.
Official or original transcripts are required for all secondary and post-secondary courses taken prior to attending the Centre for Arts and Technology. Copies will not be accepted. All applicants 18 years or younger must have completed high school and submit a transcript. Official copies of their post-secondary transcripts are suggested for applicants 19 years or older because they are educationally informative to the Department Head, but they are not required. Please note, you do not need to provide transcripts at the time you apply, and if you can fulfill all other admission requirements you may be granted conditional acceptance, full acceptance pending your submission of official transcripts.
4. Letter of Reference
The academic or professional letter or character reference must be an original, preferably written by an employer, instructor, or close family friend. The letter must be signed by the individual who wrote it, and it is recommended that the letter is typed on company or school letterhead. If a letter is not submitted on letterhead, then contact information for the reference must be provided, as Department Heads will personally call the reference to verify authenticity.
The essay must be typed and a minimum of 250 words. It should outline your previous experience and incorporate how your educational goals relate to your intended career direction. The essay should highlight any extracurricular activities related to the program(s) applied for, your computer skills, and all activities that demonstrate your teamwork abilities.
6. Portfolio for Admission (Digital Photography & Animation Only)
2D Animation & Digital Art
A portfolio is required with the application for admission into the 2D Animation & Digital Art program. This portfolio must include original, recent drawings of:
- A perspective drawing of one of the rooms in your home
- 2 drawings of animals
- 2 shaded drawings of a person you know
- Character design – a design of one original character in 3 different action poses
- 5 pieces of original artwork – the pieces selected should best demonstrate a range of artistic abilities and sensibilities
Animation for Game, Film, & Visual Effects:
To gain admission to the Animation for Game, Film, & Visual Effects program, the following portfolio is required:
- A portrait of a person you know
- A perspective drawing of one of the rooms in your home
- A drawing of an animal
- A drawing of your hand
Please list the date and approximate time it took you to complete each drawing. These drawings must be completed with the subject in front of you and NOT from a photograph. Please note that after the portfolio has been reviewed and signed off by the Department Head, the portfolio must either be picked up, or if mailed, return postage must be paid by the applicant.
To gain admission to the Digital Photography program, 20 images in JPEG format must be submitted. Required images include:
- 2 landscape photos
- 2 action/sports photos
- 2 architectural photos
- 2 portraitures
- 2 creative photos
- remaining photos are at the applicants discretion
Images are to be delivered on a CD/DVD preferably, however, a printed portfolio of 4×6 or 5×7 photos will also be accepted. The CD/DVD must have a printed label with your contact information and what camera was used. All images must be a minimum of 3 Megapixels. Use of a reasonable amount of Photoshop is allowed. The CD/DVD or printed portfolio of 20 photos must accompany your application.
7. Seat Deposit
Upon acceptance into a program at the Centre, a $500 payment is required to complete the registration and reserve a seat until your first tuition payment is due. This deposit is treated in accordance with the General Directives under the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) and will be deducted from your tuition. This is not an extra cost as it is part of the full tuition. This $500 payment is refundable if students are accepted and they do not sign their contract. Upon signing of the enrolment agreement, this deposit becomes payment towards tuition. Visit our Payments page.
8. Admissions/Selection Procedure
Students who meet our admission requirements are notified within two weeks of the school receiving completed application packages. Upon acceptance into a program, a seat deposit is required to complete the registration process and reserve a seat until the balance of the tuition is due. Applicants who have not met the requirements for admission will be contacted in writing by the Admissions Officer at the Centre.
9. Tuition Payments
The total balance of tuition is due up front based on the enrolment agreement each student receives pending acceptance. There is a 2% discount for students paying their tuition in full up front.(Discount does not apply when paying with credit card). A payment plan may be set up by making an appointment to speak with a Financial Services Coordinator (OAC*). Please note that this option is subject to service fees. All cheques must be made payable to the “Centre for Arts and Technology”. All fees must be submitted in Canadian Funds. *OAC – On Approved Credit.
10. Applications by Fax
Please fax all written requirements with a letter authorizing the Centre to debit your Visa or MasterCard. Mail or courier the original information along with the completed application form, official transcripts, and letter of reference. Please note, if you are paying by cheque, include the mailing date on the faxed application form. Your application will be date-stamped on the date of transmission. The non-refundable application assessment fee must be received by the Centre before the application will be considered (preferably within three business days of receiving the faxed application). Late applications by fax must be accompanied by a signed cover letter authorizing the Centre to debit your Visa or MasterCard for both the application assessment fee and the relevant deposit as outlined herein.
All programs at the Centre are designed through extensive research and consultation with instructional staff and industry professionals. Content, texts, course times, instructional staff, etc., are reviewed on a continuous basis. The Centre reserves the right to make ongoing changes to these elements to reflect current industry trends and to ensure and maintain high educational standards. While every attempt is made to offer courses and programs on a regular quarterly schedule, the Centre reserves the right to suspend or delay the offering of a program, course or courses, due to insufficient enrolment or for reasons that are beyond the school’s control. Should a course be suspended or delayed, the Centre reserves the right to offer said course(s) as soon as enrolment dictates or to substitute a course of similar value and content.
The Centre for Arts and Technology will not establish requirements for admission that are either implicit or explicitly based on personal characteristics such as race, ancestry, colour, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, or physical disability. We assess each applicant on the basis of attitude, motivation, professionalism, dedication, perseverance, and a desire to develop superior technical and artistic skills. We are committed to maintaining high academic standards while upholding a principle of accessible education. The Centre for Arts and Technology admits students based on the expectation that students will be successful in achieving their professional goals or other objectives, and make significant personal and professional contributions to the school, their work and communities. If under some exceptional circumstance the Centre should accept an applicant prior to meeting all of the admissions requirements, an agreement with conditions will account for criteria and timing by which the student will acquire or demonstrate adequate competence to remain in the program and the applicant will acknowledge their formal gaps in a signed release that also holds the institution blameless should the student fail to satisfactorily complete the program of study or find employment. Prompt and equitable attention will be given to all applications. In programs where there is considerable competition and limited seats, the Centre for Arts and Technology will select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success.