Step One: Meet Requirements
- Have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or
- Be 19 years of age or over at the time of application, or
- Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal, or
- Be considered by the Admissions & Standards Committee or Registrar to be capable of succeeding in college courses in view of your particular circumstances
Meet the general entrance requirements to Digital Arts:
- High school graduation (or equivalent) with a “C +” or higher in Foundations of Math 11, or Apprenticeship Workplace 11, or equivalent and a “C+” or higher in English 12
- Visual Arts 11 (Media Arts or Art Foundations and Studio Arts) and/or Information & Communications Technology 11 are recommended
Computer and Software Knowledge
Demonstrated competency in computer hardware and software technology, keyboarding, including Internet skills and word processing skills is required prior to entering the program. Basic computer, keyboarding and Internet skills are not taught as part of the Digital Arts curriculum. Applicants who do not possess these skills must consult with the School Chair before making a formal application to the program. Upgrading may be required.
The Digital Arts Program delivers curriculum on both the Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms.
Step Two: Apply
Apply online to Selkirk College through Apply.EducationPlannerBC, the Post-Secondary Application Service of BC.
Step Three: Send Transcripts
Official transcripts of high school grades can be sent to:
Selkirk College, 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar, BC, VIL 4L3
Photocopied transcripts are not acceptable unless notarized or submitted directly from the school to Selkirk College.
Step Four: Questionnaire
All applicants must complete and submit a questionnaire which helps us to understand the applicant’s interest and commitment to the studio program. Submit the questionnaire using our online form.
Step Five: Portfolio
Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio as part of the admissions process. An applicant’s portfolio chronicles your experience and talent as an artist. The portfolio must demonstrate creativity and passion. Once an application to the Digital Arts program has been received applicants will be contacted by the College and given a 4 digit access code. This code is required to submit the portfolio at portfolio.selkirkmedia.com. See below for Portfolio Guidelines…
The portfolio is a critical part of the application process and applicants should take care to ensure that their work is presented as strongly as possible.
A diverse portfolio showcases a comprehensive blend of technical and artistic skill. Artwork should be recent and must include a variety of traditional and digital media. The evaluation committee is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill. Copying the work of another artist is not acceptable.
Applicants should organize their work in a manner that demonstrates development over a period of time or organize their work by media type. Applicants must be prepared to rationalize the inclusion of each piece submitted.
The portfolio must include 10 to 15 pieces that represent skill and talent, with an emphasis on diversity and quality over quantity.
Examples of works that can be included in your Portfolio:
- Digital art
- Traditional art
- Video or animation
- Music or sound design
- Websites or programming
- Graphic design
In addition to the required portfolio pieces, applicants may choose to scan sections of their sketchbooks and journals and submit them as a multi-paged pdf. School assignments and independent explorations will also be helpful to the Evaluation Committee.
Once an application to the Digital Arts program has been received applicants will be contacted by the College and given a 4 digit access code. This code is required to submit the portfolio at portfolio.selkirkmedia.com.
Images should be at least 1600 x 1200 pixels and video files should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
When uploading, each piece must include a title that specifies the media or materials used, size of the piece, title and date.
The portfolio submission site supports the following:
- .jpg, .png, .pdf and .gif
- links to websites
- audio files
- videos (hosted on YouTube or Vimeo)
Please ensure to read the portfolio guidelines carefully as submissions that do not meet the required guidelines will not be reviewed.