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Technical Arts: Advanced Diploma

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Applications are submitted externally through the BCIT website.

  • Fall

  • Program Start Date
  • Campuses


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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    12 months, full-time.
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    Domestic: $17,300. International: $25,300. See Full-Time Studies tuition fees website for more information
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Approx $500.
  • Credential Granted
    • Advanced Diploma
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out BCIT's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).

Application Fee: $90 Domestic / $154 Intl

1) Program Admission Requirements

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements
  • Post-secondary education: diploma or degree (or equivalent post-secondary program of a minimum of 60 credits) in any discipline or alternate entry*

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a basic evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). A comprehensive report may be required under certain circumstances. If you wish to clarify which report is required, please contact Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered.

*Alternate entry: If you do not meet the post-secondary education requirement listed above you may qualify for admission if you meet the English requirement, and the following:
    • Work experience: 5 years in a related field or sector such as gaming, animation, film, visual effects, or computer programming, in one of the following roles (or similar):
      • Animator
      • Effects artist
      • Lighting artist
      • Character modeling
      • Props modeling
      • Game level artist
      • Game designer
      • Game developer
      • Producer
      • UI/UX designer
Contact the Program Head to discuss your particular situation.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Once you have met the entrance requirements, the program area will review your application and contact you for the following:

    • In person or online face-to-face interview session
  • A digital portfolio or reel demonstrating aptitude in technical or artistic skills consisting of 4-7 pieces of the applicant's best work including, for example: drawings, paintings, photography, graphic design, storyboards, visual effects, 2D image composition, 3D artwork, models, or animation, or programming projects related to web, mobile, games, or desktop applications.

Recommended for success

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session before applying to this program.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy BCIT's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Review the full English Language Requirements policy here.

There are two ways to meet the English requirement:

1. Complete both of the following:


2. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening:

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

The English Language Proficiency requirement for studies at BCIT is detailed here.

Applicants to BCIT are also required to have completed two years of full-time study in a high school or post-secondary program in English in an English-speaking country.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

For details on BC/Yukon High School credit equivalencies click here

Review BCIT Entrance Requirements and Application priority .


You will need to meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. Most programs require Grade 12 graduation with specific Grade 11 and 12 courses. Some programs also have non-academic requirements such as submitting a resume or participating in an interview.

Learn about Canadian high school course equivalencies here.  

For more information about admission, please review BCIT Entrance requirements and Application priority 

BC Transfer Student

For details on how to transfer credits from BC post-secondary institutions to BCIT visit this website.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission with Advanced Placement into BCIT programs, click here .


Mature Student

If you have not graduated from secondary school you may still be admitted to BCIT based on your relevant experience. To gain Mature student status, you must also meet BCIT's English-language requirements as well as any prerequisites for your desired program. Please contact BCIT Admissions to discuss your situation further. 

Note: there are several Upgrading options through BCIT.

For other information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of BCIT's Admissions website.

International Student

For details on applying to BCIT as an International Student check here.

Note: some BCIT programs with a post-secondary entrance requirement will necessitate a comprehensive ICES evaluation for applicants who completed their post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States or the United Kingdom. Please review your program’s entrance requirements and contact BCIT Admissions if you have further questions. 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

The Technology Entry Program is for students who want to improve their skills in core areas such as communications, Math, Chemistry or Physics to meet the prerequisites of their intended BCIT Technology Program.

Learn about other BCIT Upgrading options here.



How to Apply

For information on applying to BCIT's programs check here.

BCIT’s application website provide a step-by-step process to help you identify the program that is right for you, find the entrance requirements to your program of choice, prepare your application, submit your application in a timely manner, and track your application status online.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

Follow the links to learn more about these careers on WorkBC's career profiles.