Applications open October 1 for Fall 2024

Want to pursue your creative dreams but don’t quite have the marks yet? Artstream can help you get there

Artstream is a university transition program for adults providing a bridge to art, craft and design applicants with accepted portfolios who do not meet AUArts’ academic or English proficiency requirements.

Delivered by AUArts School of Continuing Education & Professional Development

Artstream Program provides concurrent delivery of:

  • Bridging of specific academic skills to a post-secondary level;
  • Specialized courses to complement the objectives of AUArts Liberal Studies courses; and
  • Reduced course load of AUArts studio and Liberal Studies classes.

Artstream graduates receive a certificate from AUArts, conferred at convocation, and become eligible for AUArts’ First Year Studies.

Please Note: Completion of Artstream does not provide them with a high school diploma. Instead, AUArts will waive diploma requirements and high school course minimum grades.

For students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement for acceptance into AUArts. Artstream completion will satisfy the English proficiency required for AUArts admission.


Admission Requirements

Artstream admission is based on assessment of the following:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Statement of Intent
  • Artistic Portfolio
  • Academic assessment (necessary for holders of GED, High School Certificate, or did not graduate High School)

How do I apply?

Application open October 1 and close June 1 or until no more seats are available.

Your application to the Artstream program involves the following steps:

  1. Submit your application form and pay your application fee via the Apply Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS).
    • If you currently attend high school within Alberta, AUArts automatically receives both in-progress and official transcripts from applicants from Alberta schools through the application process at APAS.
    • If you currently attend high school outside of Alberta, you’ll need to attach your in-progress transcripts to your portfolio (Step 2) in SlideRoom for evaluation. All documents must be in English. If you need to have your transcripts translated, they will also need to be notarized before you can submit them.
  2. Submit your portfolio of original artworks along with your Statement of Intent through AUArts Slideroom.
    • Once you have submitted your online application and we have had an opportunity to process it, you will be emailed a link to Slideroom to submit your portfolio and statement of intent.
      • If upon review of your academic transcripts and your portfolio your application shows that you are an appropriate candidate for the program, your application to the Artstream program will be approved
      • Artstream applicants may be required to complete an academic assessment
      • Admission to the program is offered on a first qualified, first accepted basis, so apply early. 

Portfolio + Statement of Intent Guidelines

Your portfolio is a big deal. It reflects you, what you're about, and makes people excited about what you love to do.

The work should be a critical selection of recently produced original artworks that show us the full range of your most skillful and ambitious achievements.

Your portfolio should include a variety of media, some examples might include:

  • Photographs, collage, or mixed media work
  • Observational drawings, paintings or print media
  • Animation, video, or audio recordings
  • 3-D work such as sculpture, textiles, glass, jewellery and ceramics
  • Designs for websites and other forms of digital media
  • Documentation of performance or installation art
  • Sample of creative or critical writing

Statement of Intent Guidelines: Write 500 words about why you would be a great student at AUArts. (It’s up to you to define the criteria.)

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Artstream, students must achieve the following:

  • A minimum of a grade of C in all required courses
  • A minimum of a grade C in CCST 100
  • A minimum of a grade C in either AHIS.100 or AHIS.101
  • A minimum of a grade C in either DRWF 110 and DRWF 120 or DRWF 115 and DRWF 125
  • A minimum of a grade C in a 100-level studio course or equivalent, as determined by AUArts' Artstream Director.

Please note: Artstream students must apply to First Year Studies. Should they successfully complete the Artstream program, they will automatically be admitted to First Year Studies after applying and given credit towards their bachelor’s degree for all applicable courses taken. No portfolio or transcripts are required.

Program Start

Artstream will start in the Fall Academic Term. Application Deadline is June 1 or as seats are available.

What's next?

Tuition & Fees

Take a look at the cost breakdown for all of the components included in Artstream.

Artstream tuition and fees

Learn more

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Artstream brochure

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