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First Year Foundation Studies


Intake
  • Fall
  • Spring

  • Program Start Date
    September, January
  • Campuses
    Vancouver

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    30 Credits (First Year of a Four-Year Degree)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $5,800 per year (domestic students); $19,000 per year (international students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $3500 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • University Block Transfer
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

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 EC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

For the Fall Intake (September program entry):

  • Applications open: September 15
  • Applications close: January 15
  • Deadline for supporting documents (including portfolio and official transcripts): January 15

For the Spring Intake (January program entry):

  • Applications open: September 15
  • Applications close: October 1
  • Deadline for supporting documents (including portfolio and official transcripts showing high school graduation): October 15
Verify dates and deadlines directly with Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Application Fee: $70 CAD (online application form) + $12 USD (Slideroom for Portfolio Submission)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

1. Meet the general academic requirements*:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • English Studies12 (C) or English First Peoples 12 (C) or equivalent
  • Two other grade 12 academic courses
  • Two grade 12 electives (can be Ministry Approved, Board Approved or Locally Developed) 
  • At least a 'C+' or 67% or 2.5 overall grade point average

Note(*): Click here to view full details of acceptable admission equivalencies for different types of applicants (including for Indigenous applicants and out-of-province applicants)

Admission Advice

1. This Foundation Studies Program is the first year of all Emily Carr's four-year undergraduate degrees. 

2. Whether you are applying for the first year Foundation Studies or as a transfer student, all applicants to Emily Carr University must submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom as part of the admission process. Before submitting your portfolio, you can get feedback by registering for a portfolio review.

3. If English is not your first language, regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency through one of the following ways:

  •  Test score from one of the English Language Proficiency test options:
    • TOEFL internet-based = overall score of 84 (out of 120 total points), with at least 20 in Speaking, 20 Reading, 18 Writing and 20 Listening
    • IELTS Academic = 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) = 70 overall
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic = 56 overall
    • CPE (Cambridge Proficiency Examination) = 176 overall, with no sub section below 169
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = 81 overall
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Proficiency Index Program) = Academic Level 4L
    • Duolingo English Test = 110 overall 
  • At least three consecutive years* of full-time education in English within Canada with an overall grade of 'C' (excludes ESL studies)
  • At least four consecutive years* of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language 
  • At least Four years* of study in English at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instructions, in a country where the primary language is not English 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition (final grade of 4)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition (final grade of 4)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English Higher Level or Standard Level (final grade of 5)
  • 6 credits of English courses at the post-secondary level
  • Completion of a degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country

Note(*): the number of years of full-time education must be immediately prior to attending Emily Carr

4. International students who do not meet the English Language Proficiency requirements may apply for Emily Carr's Creative Art Pathway Program, as long as they meet the visual art portfolio and academic admission requirements (including at least 5.5 in each band of IELTS). This program allows students to take English upgrading courses while taking Emily Carr's studio courses. 

5. After you are accepted to Emily Carr, you are encouraged to visit Student Services office to clarify expectations of the Foundation Year in relation to your desired degree program.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

Summary

Undergraduate applicants whose first language is not English (regardless of immigration or citizenship status) must meet the English Language Proficiency through one of the following ways:

  •  Test score from one of the English Language Proficiency test options:
    • TOEFL internet-based = score of 84 overall, with at least 20 in Speaking, 20 Reading, 18 Writing and 20 Listening
    • IELTS = score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) = score of 70 overall
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic = score of 56 overall
    • CPE (Cambridge Proficiency Examination) = score of 176 overall, with no sub section below 169
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = score of 81 overall
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Proficiency Index Program) = Academic Level 4L
    • Duolingo English Test = score of 110 overall 
  • At least three consecutive years* of full-time education in English within Canada with an overall grade of 'C' (excludes ESL studies)
  • At least four consecutive years* of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language 
  • At least Four years* of study in English at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instructions, in a country where the primary language is not English 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition (final grade of 4)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition (final grade of 4)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English Higher Level or Standard Level (final grade of 5)
  • 6 credits of English courses at the post-secondary level
  • Completion of a degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country

Note(*): the number of years of full-time education must be immediately prior to attending Emily Carr

Verify details with the institution directly

Graduate applicants whose first language is not English (regardless of immigration or citizenship status) must meet the English Language Proficiency through one of the following options:

  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the language of instruction
  • Test score from one of the English Language Proficiency test options:
    • A TOEFL iBT= score of 90 overall, with 22 in Speaking, 22 Reading, 22 Writing and 20 Listening
    • A IELTS = score of 7.0 overall, with minimum 7.0 Speaking, 7.0 Reading, 7.0 Writing, and 6.5 Listening
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) = score of 80 across all band descriptors
    • CAE (Cambridge English Advanced) = score of 185 overall, with at least 185 in speaking, 185 in reading, 185 in writing and 176 in listening
    • CPE (Cambridge Proficiency Examination) = score of 185 overall, with at least 185 in speaking, 185 in reading, 185 in writing and 176 in listening
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic = score of 66
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = minimum level of 81

Verify details with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

1. To meet the general academic requirement for admission to Emily Carr University, you need the following:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • English Studies12 (C) or English First Peoples 12 (C) or equivalent
  • Two other grade 12 academic courses
  • Two grade 12 electives (can be Ministry Approved, Board Approved or Locally Developed) 
  • At least a 'C+' or 67% or 2.5 overall grade point average

Note(*): Click here to view full details of acceptable admission equivalencies for different types of applicants (including for Indigenous applicants and out-of-province applicants)

2. If English is not your first language, regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency 

3. Whether you are applying for first-year Foundation or as a transfer student, all applicants must submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom. Please note that instructions for First-Year Foundation Studies Portfolio Requirements vary from Transfer Students Portfolio Requirements.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Graduates from BC and Yukon Secondary Schools can refer to the admissions page for Emily Carr's undergraduate admission requirements. 

Out-of-Province

Graduates from Out-of-Province Secondary Schools can refer to the admissions page for Emily Carr's undergraduate admission requirements. Click on one of the following appropriate headings:

  • Applicants from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Applicants from Ontario
  • Applicants from Quebec

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward a program at Emily Carr University (ECU). Please note that entry to ECU's second and third-year undergraduate programs will be granted on a space availability basis. 

Please refer to Emily Carr University's Transfer Credit web page for more details on application guide for transfer students, block transfer eligibility and prior learning assessment. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward a program at Emily Carr University (ECU). Please note that entry to ECU's second and third-year undergraduate programs will be granted on a space availability basis. 

Please refer to Emily Carr University's Transfer Credit web page for more details on application guide for transfer students, block transfer eligibility and prior learning assessment. 

Mature Student

Non-Matriculated Adult Applicants = applicants who do not have high school graduation to meet the admission requirement. This admission category is limited to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada who are at least 21 years old and who have obtained at least a 'C' grade in a senior level English literature course. Emily Carr University reserves the right to determine whether or not an applicant can apply under this category.

Note: If you have not completed your Secondary School Diploma, it is strongly recommended that you enroll in Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses and complete the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (or equivalent).

International Student

For details on applying to Emily Carr as an International Student, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Aboriginal Admissions Category - Emily Carr University is dedicated to providing access and support for all applicants and particularly underrepresented populations. The University will consider aboriginal applicants who do not meet the academic standing required for admission. Consideration for admission will be based on educational background, cultural knowledge, work experience, academic goals, personal achievements and current artistic portfolio.

Indigenous applicants must submit the following:

  • Follow the standard admissions process
  • Submit two letters of reference from persons able to assess your potential for success
  • Submit a personal applicant statement outlining his/her academic and artistic objectives

How to Apply

For details on How to Apply and start your application process for Emily Carr University, please check here.

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