Admission to the Interaction Design Program is a competitive selection based on:
- Grade 12 graduation, GED or equivalent
- Proficiency in the English Language*
- Canadian citizenship or permanent resident of Canada
- Portfolio Review and Interview - The interview, resume and portfolio submission is a means to assess the likelihood of successful program completion.
- Students must be over the age of 18 and should have completed Grade 12 or equivalent education.
As a result of the interview, resume and portfolio review students may be offered a seat in the program, placed on a waitlist until a seat becomes available or may be asked to reapply for the next intake.
No previous experience in interaction design is required to apply.
*As a guideline, we expect applicants to have an IELTS score of 4-5 for studio courses and 6.0 for lecture courses.
Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, must submit one of the following English Language Proficiency tests.
- TOEFL iBT - Emily Carr institution code: #0032
- Internet-Based Test
- minimum of 84 out of 120 total points including a minimum score in each of the four skills; Speaking 20/30, Reading 20/30, Writing 18/30, and Listening 20/30.
- IELTS Academic Module
- International English Language Testing System
- minimum band 6.5, with no component less than 6.0
HOW TO APPLY
The deadline to apply for September 2017 is August 14, 2017.
Applications are not assessed on a competitive basis, but rather, they are assessed on their own merits in the order they come in. This is why we recommend applying as soon as possible to have the most advantage in securing your spot.
Start Your Application
1. Complete the Online Application
STEP 1: CREATE A PERSONAL PROFILE IN SLIDEROOM
SlideRoom is Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s online application review portal. All components of the application (application form, supporting documents, portfolio) must be uploaded to SlideRoom. [ https://ecucs.slideroom.com/#/Login ]
Applicants must submit an up-to-date resumé, CV and high school and/or university transcripts as supporting documents. Transcripts must be uploaded through Slideroom and official transcripts are preferred.
Additionally, you may submit one letter of recommendation from someone (employers or colleagues, professional mentors, teachers, etc ) who supports your application to this program and who has personal knowledge of your skills and abilities.
STEP 2: UPLOAD YOUR PORTFOLIO
A portfolio should include approximately 8-15 works that show a diverse range of creativity and reflect your skills and interests.
Your portfolio can include video, photos, graphic design, art work, web sites, music/sound or any other pieces that demonstrate your creative and critical thinking ability or any technical skills you may possess. Consider submitting works that demonstrate creative process as well, such as mind-maps, wireframes, concepts, sketchbook content, ideas, or presentations.
In SlideRoom, you can add a short caption that describes each piece: how you created it and the intention behind it.
Acceptable portfolio formats include images (.jpg), video (.mov, .wmv, .flv), music (.mp3), and/or PDF files with a maximum of 2 pages. Preferred image quality are files sized to be 1024 x 768px at a resolution of 72 dpi (when possible). All video files must be under 60MB and limited to 3 minute clips. The SlideRoom portal offers additional instructions for submitting your work once you begin your application.
Note: SlideRoom allows for all applicants to log in and edit portfolio submissions at any time, however once you have submitted your application you will no longer be able to make changes. For technical and/or troubleshooting assistance with SlideRoom, submit an email request. [ https://support.slideroom.com/customer/portal/emails/new ] You can also access online support [ https://support.slideroom.com ].
STEP 3: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Once you are satisfied with your portfolio and have uploaded all of your supporting documents, you can submit your application for review. A $35 USD non-refundable application fee will be charged at the time of submission.
Note: No applications will be reviewed prior to submission. Applicants must click the SUBMIT button in SlideRoom to finalize the application in order for us to process the application.
2. The Interview
Once the application and portfolio have been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted within two weeks (14 calendar days) for an interview. Only candidates who meet the requirements and have submitted all the necessary components to the application process will be contacted for an interview.
During the interview, you will be assessed for your suitability in the program. All interviews are conducted through online video chat tools (Skype, Google Hangouts).
Suitable candidates will receive confirmation of their acceptance into Interaction Design Essentials within 10 calendar days from the date of their interview.
3. Secure Your Spot
Upon acceptance students are required to secure their spot with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. This deposit is due within 7 calendar days of receiving notification of your acceptance to the program. Accepted applicants who fail to deliver their deposit on time may lose their place in the program.
4. Accept Offer of Admission
Admission to the Interaction Design Essentials Program is confirmed when the remaining tuition balance is paid. The deadline for your tuition payment will be in your acceptance letter. Tuition payment can be made online, over the phone, or in person at the Continuing Studies department on Granville Island. Accepted methods of payment are cash, credit or debit. Your full tuition will be due before the start of the program.