Admission requirements

Requirements

Entrants to the Fine Arts program must meet the following requirements. The program admits a maximum of 20 students.

  1. Successful completion of one of the following:
    • Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples) or
    • ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate or
    • GED Certificate or
    • Grade 11, with an outstanding academic record, in the year of application.

Note 1: It is recommended that high school students consult their counsellors to ensure they select the most appropriate high school courses for their chosen career paths.

Note 2: The GED certificate meets the general admission requirements but does not meet specific program or course prerequisites.

Note 3: You will need to comply with the prerequisites of the specific courses you

Additional program-specific admission requirements

  1. Applicants who submit a qualifying portfolio before the deadline will receive priority admission to the program; however, applications will be accepted until the program is full or classes begin. Portfolios must consist of at least 10 and no more than 20 examples in several of the following: paintings, drawings, carvings, sculptures, crafts, digital art, photography, sketchbooks, videos or other types of art. (Please see “Portfolio guidelines,” below).
  2. Submission of a typed personal statement (500 – 700 words) explaining why you want to enter the program.

Note: Students who do not meet the general academic requirements above may be admitted to selected studio courses based on evaluation of their portfolios and personal statements. Such students must immediately start the English requirements for the program. After successfully completing English 12 or English 12: First Peoples or English 045 or equivalent, students can enter the certificate program.

Portfolio guidelines

Applicants who submit a qualifying portfolio before the deadline will receive priority admission to the program. However, applications will be accepted until the program is full or classes begin. Portfolios must consist of at least 10 and no more than 20 examples in several of the following: paintings, drawings, carvings, sculptures, crafts, digital art, photography, sketchbooks, videos or other types of art.

  1. Portfolios must be either mailed or brought to the College by April 30. They can be dropped off at the Office of the Registrar during regular office hours.
  2. All artworks in the portfolio must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, a unique identifying number, the date created, and the date submitted. CDs or USB drives must also be labelled with the title of the work.
  3. The portfolio should include a list of all pieces submitted, including dimensions and materials used; for example: “Item #6, sculpture, mixed media, 2 x 3 m.”
  4. If pieces are larger than 20” x 26”, or are three-dimensional or fragile, send goodquality photographs or slides rather than the original pieces.
  5. If digital work is submitted via CD-ROM, USB drive or website URL, include information about the software and file format. Include an image list with each work labelled with its file name or its location on the website.
  6. Artworks must be produced, drawn, designed or photographed by the applicant, unless the work was part of a collaboration with others. If applicants submit work that was part of a collaboration, they must clearly indicate what part they played in the process.
  7. If mailing a portfolio from outside Canada, applicants should Note on the outside of the package: “Temporary Entry” and “Goods are to be Returned.” To avoid customs brokerage fees, the work should also be Noted as having “No commercial value.”
  8. Applicants are responsible for all postage and shipping costs, including return postage/shipping. Portfolios must 122 University Studies For the most current information on fees, courses and programs visit www.cnc.bc.ca 2017-18 College of New Caledonia Program Guide and Course Calendar 18.01.18 include a self-addressed return label and sufficient postage, in Canadian funds, for return mail. Portfolios will not be returned COD.
  9. Applicants should insure their pieces. CNC is not responsible for anything lost or damaged in shipping or storage. CNC takes every precaution to ensure that portfolios are handled carefully but does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, materials submitted.
  10. Portfolios may be picked up from Office of the Registrar after the second week of June (during regular office hours).
  11. Applicants are encouraged to use and explore a variety of media and images; however animation, manga, or cartoon images often fall under the realm of Illustration and therefore should not make up more than 20% of the images in the applicant’s portfolio.

Selection Process

  1. Portfolios are reviewed by a Fine Arts program committee and will be assessed on the basis of skill, design, and creativity. Portfolio evaluations are valid for four years.
  2. In the event that the program is oversubscribed, the following selection process will be used:
    • Student portfolio: 7 points
    • Geographic location (awarded to students who are residents of northern, rural, and remote areas): 2 points
    • Typed personal statement: 1 point

For January entry into the program, applicants will be admitted on a “first qualified, first accepted” basis

Part-time Students


The Fine Arts program is pleased to offer a limited number of seats for part-time study. Students wishing to take longer than two semesters may do so, but all courses must be completed in a maximum of ten years to be eligible for the certificate. Students applying for part-time study must do so before each academic year to be considered for the program. Students entering part-time study must meet all of the admission requirements outlined above.

If there are more people interested in part-time study than seats available, a special selection process will give priority to those persons who have already started the program.

Course completion

Courses must be completed no more than 10 years prior to the date of graduation in order to count toward the Fine Arts Certificate. This policy applies to CNC courses and to all courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions for credit at CNC. Courses more than 10 years old may be considered for unassigned credit. Students should contact the Dean to discuss this option. (Please note that professional certification or accreditation bodies and receiving institutions may have different criteria.) For the complete policy, see Ten Year Timeline for Program Completion Policy #E-1.37 available on the CNC Policy web page.

Selection process for part-time students

In the event that part-time seats are oversubscribed, the following will be used as selection process:

  1. Students who have successfully completed a FINE course in the previous academic year will receive first priority. They will be ranked in order of portfolio grade.
  2. Second priority is given to students who have completed a FINE course within the previous three academic years. They will be ranked in order of portfolio grade.
  3. Third priority is given to new part-time applicants. They will be ranked in order of portfolio grade.
  4. In the event of a tie, decisions in the three categories above will be considered in the part-time selection process.

Only those courses which are a part of the FINE certificate program will be considered in the part-time selection process.

When all of the above processes are exhausted, the final selection will be done randomly.

Portfolios are reviewed by a Fine Arts program committee and will be assessed on the basis of skill, design, and creativity. Portfolio evaluations are valid for four years.

Fine Arts

  • Credential: Certificate
  • Type: Full or part-time
  • Length: 1 year
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $2,974 (supplies extra)
These fees are an estimate.