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
  • Resume
  • 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


The deadline to apply for the April 2018 intake has been extended! ***February 23, 2018.****

A detailed schedule is released to successful applicants before the program start date. (Schedules are subject to change).

Start Your Application

1. Complete the Online Application


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. [  ]

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.


A portfolio should include approximately 8-15 works that show a diverse range of creativity and reflect your skills and interests. 

We value work that demonstrates your creative and critical thinking ability and technical skill. Pieces can be in the form of video, photos, graphic design, art work, web sites, or music/sound. We also value examples of creative process, such as mind-maps, wireframes, concepts, sketchbook content. How you develop and give form to your portfolio will be important to the faculty assessing your portfolio.

ECU recognizes that some applicants may not possess artistic or design portfolios. ECU welcomes lifelong learners who seek opportunities for career change or rigorous personal enrichment.

Technical considerations:  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.

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. [  ] You can also access online support [ ].


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

Upon submitting your application through ECU’s online platform, SlideRoom, applicants will be asked to schedule an in-person interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidates’ likelihood of successful program completion. 

Arrive promptly, plan to stay for the duration of the appointment and be prepared to answer a series of questions about your goals and portfolio submission. For those outside of the local area, alternate online interviews may be arranged. Interview location details will be emailed prior to the interview date. 

As a result of the interview and portfolio review applicants may be offered a seat in the program, placed on a waitlist, or asked to reapply to the following intake. Applicants will be notified of their admissions status via email within 10 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 and directions 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. Accepted methods of payment are cash, credit or debit