Prior Learning Assessment

​Now you can get credit for what you’ve already accomplished in the art + design world.

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a formal way to get credit for non-formal education.

As an undergraduate student, you may seek a maximum of 9 PLA credits at Emily Carr for knowledge gained through significant work, life experience or non-formal learning. This is defined as a minimum of five years of professional experience after high school graduation related to your visual art practice, demonstrated by a resume which may include professional public and/or commercial art gallery exhibitions of work that has received critical attention; and or art direction or senior level professional design- or media-related experience in the field of visual art, media arts, communication design, or industrial design.

Please note: Knowledge gained through institutions of higher learning offering non-articulated, non-degree certificates and diplomas are NOT eligible for Prior Learning Assessment credits.

You can only apply for PLA credits after admittance to one of our degree programs.

You'll need to prepare a portfolio directly related to the outcomes of a course(s) for which you are seeking credit. Normally, no more than 50% of the credit required for a degree can be transfer credit and PLA. Qualified faculty assessors review each formal application and assess the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities to determine if course credit may be granted. Your knowledge must be current, verifiable, and of sufficient breadth and depth to equate with University level outcomes. You'll receive credit for demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities, not for experience alone.