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Fine Arts Diploma


  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Comox Valley

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  • Length
    60 credits (2 years full-time; or maximum 4 years part-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $4,250 per year (domestic students); $16,300 per year (international students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1,700 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Course 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 NIC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications should be submitted as early as possible. 

Portfolios may be submitted throughout the year, while the recommended deadline for Fall term intake is March 1st. Portfolios will continue to be accepted while seats remain available.

Application Fee: $25 (domestic students); $100 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

1. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C)
  • English Studies 12 (C)
  • English First Peoples 12 (C)
  • NIC's ENG 096 (C)
  • NIC's ENG 098 (C)
  • Both NIC's ESL 092 (C+) and ESL 095 (C+)
  • NIC's ENG 104 or an English at the post-secondary level
  • Equivalent English
  • Successful English assessment

Non-Academic

  • Portfolio of Works (10 - 15 samples of your artwork)
  • Written Statement (max 500 words), answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to study at North Island College?
    • What will you gain through studying at the School of Fine Art & Design at NIC?
    • Why do you want to study visual art?
    • What mediums or artists inspire you?
    • Which piece in your portfolio is your favorite? Why?

Admission Advice

1. Click to see guidelines for portfolio and written statement

2. Portfolios may be submitted throughout the year, and the recommended deadline for portfolios is March 1st. Portfolios will continue to be accepted while seats remain available. Portfolios along with your written statement can be dropped off at Student Services at the Comox Valley campus or emailed to admissions-CV@nic.bc.ca. International students will submit electronic portfolios and statements to iadmissions@nic.bc.ca.

3. If you do not meet the academic admission requirements, you have the option of taking upgrading courses at NIC to help you gain entry to the program.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

Courses at NIC are taught in English. To be admitted directly into academic programs, you must meet the specific English proficiency requirements for your type of program. 

If you are applying for Undergraduate Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programs at NVIT, you must have completed one of the following:

  • English 12 (C)
  • English First Peoples 12 (C)
  • NIC ESL 092 (C+) and ESL 095 (C+)
  • Academic IELTS = overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5 (note: If you do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing, you will be required to take English 104)
  • TOEFL iBT = 80 overall with no subsection less than 19
  • TOEFL paper-based = 550 (Code 8538)
  • CAEL = 60 overall and writing 60
  • PTE Academic = 54 overall, with no component below 46
  • Equivalency as determined by North Island College Admissions Department

For other type of programs and to verify further details, please click here.

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

General Admission - One of:

  • High school graduation
  • Be at least 18 years old within the year you are applying to study
  • If under 18 years old and have not completed high school, NIC's Office of the Registrar may provide an alternative application for you

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program

Program-Specific Requirement - You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for NIC in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

In addition to general admission requirements, you must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for North Island College (NIC) in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

Out-of-Province

In addition to general admission requirements, you must meet the program-specific admission requirements of your intended program.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for North Island College (NIC) in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NIC. Please refer to NIC's Transfer Credit web page. The BC Transfer Guide allows you to check on the transferability of your courses taken at another BC post-secondary institution.

NIC will grant credit for formal learning gained at post-secondary institutions if the course objectives and material are equivalent to courses offered at NIC. Only credits, not grades, are transferred. Transfer credit may be used to meet program admission requirements or program requirements leading to a credential.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must apply for transfer credit and submit official transcripts directly from the sending institution to NIC, along with Application for Transfer Credit Form.  A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at NIC. Please refer to NIC's Transfer Credit web page. 

NIC will grant credit for formal learning gained at post-secondary institutions if the course objectives and material are equivalent to courses offered at NIC. Only credits, not grades, are transferred. Transfer credit may be used to meet program admission requirements or program requirements leading to a credential.

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must apply for transfer credit and submit official transcripts directly from the sending institution to NIC, along with Application for Transfer Credit Form.  A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

Mature Student

For the purpose of waiving course prerequisite(s) in certain programs at NIC, mature students are defined as students who are at least 23 years old in the calendar year they will be studying and have reasonable potential for success based on previous work experience or other criteria.

Students choosing this option of declaring as a mature student need to meet all of the same academic standards, policies and academic deadline dates as those students who have met the prerequisites.

Students wishing to declare as a mature student for the purpose of waiving prerequisites are strongly encouraged to meet with an educational advisor before registering.

Verify further details directly with NIC. 

 

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

You must normally be at least 18 years old to attend North Island College. If under 18 years old, you may be admitted:
  • if you have secondary school graduation and will turn 18 years old before the end of the first calendar year of your post-secondary studies; or
  • by special request and discussion with an NIC counsellor.

How to Apply

For details on applying to NIC, please check here.