Art & Design

Online Application (All Students)

Whether it's your first application, or you are applying to transfer to a different degree, ALL applicants must complete the University of Alberta online application. You can find more information here.

Apply Early!

We recommend that you complete this process as soon as possible; the system opens for applications in October of each year for admission to the following September. If your grades are high enough you may be offered early admission, and even if not, applying early may help your final admission process be completed sooner when the admissions teams are finalizing admissions in the Summer.

Deadlines for online application vary by program and may change slightly from year to year. Please research the online application deadline for your program.

BA application deadline - March 1st

BFA and BDES application deadline May 1st (but we highly recommend you submit your online application prior to March 1st; see below for more information.)

UAlberta Email and Bear Tracks Accounts

After you apply, you will receive a ualberta.ca email account, and access to your Bear Tracks account. You should start using this immediately. It is very important that you monitor your Bear Tracks account, especially your “to do” list.

Transcripts and Other Application Documents - new system this year!

Beginning in October 2019, UAlberta is using a new application system. Applicants should be able to use the online application system to upload transcripts and grades. As we find out more information we will update this section of our website with helpful information for applicants.  For any issues or questions about submitting your official transcripts, please contact Student Connect

Notes for Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Applicants

The Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts program online application deadlines are May 1 of each year.  For these two programs, the Portfolio Application is also due on May 1.

Please note: The order in which you list your program choices are important. Please list your first choice first. We recommend that you list the Bachelor of Arts program, with a major in Art & Design, as your second choice.  If you do this, and if you submit your online application before March 1st, as you will automatically be considered for admission to this program if your portfolio is not competitive for this year. This may also give you early access to registration for ART 134 and DES 135. Note: you can still submit your portfolio after March 1st.

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