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Emily Carr University of Art & Design Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Emily Carr University of Art & Design (ECUAD) has a large enrolment of around 1,869+ students each year with 1,855 Graduate and 20+ Undergraduate students. The university offers art, design, and media degree programs, certificates, continuing education courses, graduate studies, and research opportunities.

  • The requirements for International and Canadian applicants are almost the same. However, international applicants have to submit the English proficiency test scores to be eligible for admission.
  • Portfolio requirements for all candidates are the same.
  • The applicants have to submit a portfolio via slideroom.
  • Graduate applicant has to submit their transcripts and English proficiency test scores by January 15.
  • The applicant can apply to only ONE graduate program at Emily Carr.


Application PortalEducationPlannerBC Application
Application Fee$90 CDN
Mode of PaymentVisa or MasterCard
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring season
School code (TOEFL)0032

ECUAD Admissions Deadline

The full-time academic session at Emily Carr University of Art & Design begins in the Fall and Spring seasons. The students may apply up to one year in advance for early decision. Currently, the admission process for the session in the Fall season is ongoing.

Early AdmissionSeptember 2020 intake: January 15, 2020
January 2020 intake: October 15, 2019
GraduateSeptember 15 - January 15

Study Visa Requirements for International Students

After being admitted to the university, the applicant would require to apply for a student permit. To apply for a permit the applicant would need to show the following documents -

  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • A valid passport or travel document
  • Proof of financial resources to study in Canada.
  • After this, the applicant would need to apply online for permit.
  • In the end, the Canada embassy will process the application and an applicant has to schedule an interview with embassy in order to obtain permit.

ECUAD Undergraduate Admissions

Emily Carr University of Art & Design enrols around 1,855 students each year in 11 undergraduate programs. Degree offered by the university is Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Media Arts. The admission requirements and eligibility criteria for undergraduate courses are given below:

How to apply: The students have to apply through the official website.

Application Fees: $90 CDN

Academic Requirements: Official Transcripts, English Proficiency test scores, Recommendation letters, high school degree and required grade average, portfolio.

Portfolio Requirements:

Part 1: Submit examples of your creative practice.

Part 2: Process projects (the applicant have to fulfil three tasks allotted by the university)

Part 3: Written responses (This is not a formal essay, but an opportunity for personal reflection and intellectual honesty.)

English Language Requirements:

Students must have proof of their English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admission at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design:

Test NameScore Required for Undergraduate studentsScore Required for Graduate students
PTE Academic5666
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)176185
CELPIP Academic Test Canadian English Proficiency Index Program4LNA
CPE Cambridge Proficiency ExaminationNA185

ECUAD Graduate Admissions

The Emily Carr University of Art & Design offers the following courses -

  • Master of Fine Arts (Full residency)
  • Master of Design (Interdisciplinary)
  • Master of Design (Interaction)
  • Master of Fine Arts (Low residency)

To apply for admission, the applicant has to fulfil the following requirements-

Application Portal - EducationPlannerBC Application Service

Application Fee - $100

Deadlines - September 15 - January 15

Academic Requirements -

  • Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field
  • GPA - 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (minimum scores mentioned above),
  • Portfolio
    • Portfolio consists of 18 to 20 examples of visual projects.
    • The applicant has to submit a pre-recorded video response to the university’s questions.

The applicant has to create a Slideroom account to submit the portfolio and other supporting documents.

Supporting Documents: Personal statement, a current resume/CV, Three Letters of recommendation, Video question.

The applicants are required to pay $12 for submitting the portfolio and supporting documents. The university will contact about the decision notification no later than April 1.

Once the application is complete, applicants are required to watch inbox for important information that the university will share via email. The university will notify of selection process results by April 1. The admission to the university is totally based on the portfolio. So, it is advisable to present a good portfolio in order to increase the chances of getting admission.

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