If your first language is not English, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, you must submit an English Language Proficiency test.
English Language Proficiency Tests
Creative Art Pathway Program
Frequently Asked Questions
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 CREATIVE ART PATHWAY program
Improve Your English Language Skills while Also Studying Fine Arts
Emily Carr University of Art + Design offers the Creative Art Pathway (CAP) program for potential, International Emily Carr Students who have conditional acceptance but who do not meet the English Language proficiency requirements for admission. This program will provide English proficiency upgrading courses and also allow students to take Emily Carr studio courses.
The Creative Art Pathway (CAP) stream consists of three components:
FNDT 165 Foundation Core Interdisciplinary Studio - an introduction to conceptual, technical and disciplinary approaches that includes 2D, 3D and 4D disciplines. This studio course focuses on the understanding and articulation of core values shared across contemporary art, design, and media disciplines. Foundation Core emphasizes practices and concepts that provide a solid platform for any of the degree-focused studio cores offered in the second semester.
CAPP 098 Reading and Writing for Art and Design - prepares students for their future studies in visual culture and history classes at Emily Carr through an emphasis on the reading and writing skills necessary for art and design programs. After completing this course, students will:
- Demonstrate understanding of Canadian higher education context (syllabi, class culture, student and faculty expectations).
- Draw on academic reading strategies; assess and use appropriate strategies for different reading contexts.
- Understand and use the writing process (especially peer and instructor feedback and revision) to develop academic writing skills (description, narration, summary).
- Understand and use the vocabulary of visual culture to describe the artwork of self and others in writing.
- Reflect in writing on academic reading and writing processes.
- Recognize and use vocabulary related to studio art classes (materials and processes), particularly in relation to FDNT 165.
- Apply academic listening strategies appropriate to different listening contexts.
- Demonstrate understanding of the process of critique; receive and give feedback on artwork in class and in writing.
- Reflect (in speech and writing) on own artistic process.
This program is open to International Students only. 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 may apply for the Creative Art Pathway program.
Tuition + Fees:
Tuition + Fees are approximately $11,000 for one semester.
The CAP program will be offered in the Fall (September to December) term at Emily Carr University. 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.