Emily Carr University Guaranteed Admission

Two-year guaranteed admission degree pathway 

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Guarantee your admission to Emily Carr University's Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts or Critical and Cultural Practices) when you achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher in NIC's Fine Arts diploma.
  • Or; Study two years (up to 63 credits) at NIC, maintaining a GPA between 2.0 and 2.99 while creating a portfolio for submission to Emily Carr University of Art + Design to be considered for admission into year three of various majors.

  • Learn to apply analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills to challenge yourself as a dynamic member of the knowledge-based, creative and cultural economy.

Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for employment as an artist, gallery assistant, teaching assistant, community arts programmer and community arts educator. You will have the skills to pursue a career in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, illustration, video, film and more.

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  • Let NIC inspire you. Develop critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills while being encouraged toward experimentation and individual expression. NIC’s beautiful setting and studios provide you with the resources and foundation for a successful art practice.
  • Community presence. NIC staff and students consistently exhibit work and play a major role in the Comox Valley’s lively arts and culture community. You will create a portfolio of work and accumulate experiences to build your career in the visual and creative art sectors.
  • Unique places, inspiring spaces. Explore a variety of mediums in Shadbolt Studios, a modern, 7,510 square foot building which contains separate ceramics, painting and sculpture studios. You will also have access to one of only four Tozan Anagama kilns in the world as well as a large-format jaguar printing press and textile screen print lab.
  • A great education, an affordable price. NIC has some of the low tuition and lab fees in the province while providing you with high-quality instruction and a substantial amount of materials and resources to encourage exploration and experimentation. 

What is Guaranteed Admission

The NIC-Emily Carr Articulation Agreement provides NIC students with guaranteed admission and course transfer to many Emily Carr University of Art + Design programs. 

Guaranteed admission is a great choice for anyone interested in completing Emily Carr's Bachelor of Fine Arts (visual arts, critical and cultural practices). The agreement bases university admission on your academic performance at NIC rather than your high school transcripts. This creates a previously unavailable admission guarantee for mature students, current NIC students, individuals who may not have previously completed Grade 12 or students whose final high school grades may not have met Emily Carr's competitive first-year entry levels.

How does it work? Upon completing the Fine Arts diploma program with a cumulative GPA of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher you will be automatically accepted into Year 3  of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in visual arts or critical and cultural practices) degree program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Please book an appointment with an educational advisor to learn more.

Which Emily Carr Programs Are Eligible?

Through guaranteed admission, Emily Carr offers NIC students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher an opportunity to complete:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Majors include visual arts; and critical and cultural practices

Or, if you have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, be considered for admission into Year 3 of following programs on the basis of academic standing and portfolio review:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Majors include visual arts; and critical and cultural practices; film, video + integrated media; photography; and illustration (if you are interested in the illustration major, apply to second year visual arts to access Emily Carr's specialized second-year illustration courses) 
  • Bachelor of Design
    Majors include communication design; industrial design; and interaction design
  • Bachelor of Media
    Majors include animation; and interactive + social media arts

Make sure your courses count.

Each degree pathway has its own unique deadlines, portfolio requirements, course prerequisites and transfer requirements.



Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for North Island College’s Fine Arts Diploma are available on the program page.
To be eligible for ECUAD Guaranteed Admission, you must:
  1. If you are considering transferring to Emily Carr from NIC you should contact their Admissions Advisor, Ms. April Goodwin-Smith at
  2. Use the BC Transfer Guide online to check transferability AND meet with an NIC student advisor for guidance BEFORE registering in courses.
  3. Admission to programs at ECUAD requires completion of specific English courses.
  4. Complete the Fine Arts Diploma at North Island College with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher and be automatically accepted into year three (3) of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) (Visual Arts, Critical and Cultural Practices) degree program at Emily Carr University. If your cumulative GPA is between 2.0 and 2.99 you will be considered for admission to year three of Emily Carr's Bachelor of Fine Arts on the basis of your academic standing and a portfolio review.
  5. Complete the Fine Arts Diploma at North Island College with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher to be considered for admission to the programs noted below on the basis of their academic standing and a portfolio review. It should be noted that these programs have competitive entry, and therefore the portfolio should reflect work that is consistent with the intended major
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, Video + Integrated media)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography)
  • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)
  • Bachelor of Media (Animation)
  • Bachelor of Media (Interactive + Social Media Arts)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Illustration) Note: Apply to second year in order to take Emily Carr’s specialized second-year illustration courses

To Be Successful

  • Prepare for transfer to Emily Carr by reviewing their website for information on degree options and academic transfer agreements.
  • Fine arts and design students at NIC are dedicated as well as creative. Course work is intense and requires focused effort and commitment.
  • If you are in the program full time, you will be in class for 22 hours per week with homework and extra studio time requiring almost that amount of time again. You will be challenged to see the world around you from different perspectives and are invited to interpret those experiences originally and creatively.
  • We encourage you to do much more than simply complete assignments. There is an expectation that you will push the limits and bring more to your assignments than is being asked of you.

Students in the following North Island College program are eligible to apply for transfer to Emily Carr University of Art + Design

  • Fine Arts Diploma