Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, if English is not your first language (is not the first language you learned at home as a child), you will need to provide evidence of adequate English proficiency for admission consideration, unless you qualify for an exemption. See below for possible exemptions - only applicable when official transcripts are submitted.
See deadlines on the How to Apply page.
If you meet any one of the following conditions, you may be exempt from having to submit an English proficiency test. Official transcripts must be submitted for exemptions to be considered.
American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Eligible International Secondary Schools:
1. International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
2. Council of International Schools
3. British Curriculum (A Levels + GCSEs)
4. Indian Secondary School Curricula
Emily Carr University reserves the right to exclude schools from exemption.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Vancouver Community College CREATIVE ART PATHWAY program
Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD) and Vancouver Community College (VCC) are pleased to announce the Creative Art Pathway (CAP) program for potential Emily Carr Students who have conditional acceptance to ECUAD, but who do not meet the English Language proficiency requirements for admission. Students admitted to this program will attend both campuses and be co-registered at VCC and ECUAD. This program will provide English proficiency upgrading at VCC and also allow students to take Emily Carr studio courses, providing a sense of community and connection to ECUAD.
The Creative Art Pathway (CAP) stream consists of three components:
Candidates who meet Emily Carr’s visual art portfolio and academic admissions requirements but do not meet the minimum IELTS score and whose IELTS score is not lower than 5.5 in any skill area will receive a conditional offer of admission from ECUAD to attend the Creative Art Pathway program.
The CAP program will be offered in the Fall (September to December) term in conjunction with the Emily Carr University and Vancouver Community College academic schedules. Students may be required to take one or two terms depending on their skill level and academic progression through the program.
Prospective Students interested in applying to this program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
My current courses are not yet completed, can I still apply?
Have you received my transcripts yet?
Due to the heavy volume of documents being received, we are not able to determine if your documents have arrived. If you require notification that we have received your transcripts, you can either drop them off in person or send them by a courier service through which you can personally track receipt.
My English proficiency test will not be complete by the application deadline. What can I do?
All educational documents must be received by Emily Carr including English Language Proficiency Tests by the application deadline, however, you may email a scanned copy of your documents to admissions[at]ecuad.ca which will suffice until the original documents arrive.