Do I have to provide my own tools and equipment?
Yes, each studio has its own supply list that’s provided upon admission. Some tools and supplies will be the student’s responsibility. Project materials can be purchased through KSA. Equipment such as kilns, forges, wheels, drill press, etc. is provided.
Do I have to have experience in the Craft studio I want to apply to?
What is the application process like?
The application process involves meeting admission requirements, applying online and then submitting a questionnaire and portfolio. We also require an interview. Find complete instruction here…
Why do I have to interview for Craft Programs?
The interview allows us to discuss the program. We will be asking you questions but our instructors will also give you an overview of the program and scheduling. This is a chance for you to ask questions as well. We want to ensure the best possible match to ensure student success. The interview takes about a half hour and we will be conducting it in person at the Victoria Street Campus or by phone. We are currently not set up for Skype.
How many images can I send in the online portfolio submission form?
The maximum images allowed on the online form is eight. Please send a separate link if you would like to send more than eight images.
Do I need to know Photoshop before I apply for the program?
Photoshop is an incredibly complex program with a lot of capability. Because it is the industry standard for image editing, (but is not very beginner friendly,) we offer an “Introduction to Adobe Photoshop” course that will help you learn basic, through intermediate tools. Knowing Photoshop before starting the Digital Arts program is not required, but it is highly recommended that you explore the software a bit to familiarize yourself with some of the tools, so that it doesn’t feel as intimidating in September.
Can I arrange my classes around a part-time job?
There is only one offering of each class during the semester, so the Digital Arts timetable is set, and cannot be adjusted. While it is possible to have a part-time job while attending the program, it will require excellent time management skills. The program is very fast paced and requires many out of class hours to complete assignments and keep up with the material covered.
Do I have to have a computer at home with all of the software on it that we will be using?
Having a computer at home with Adobe Creative Cloud would definitely be helpful, but it is not necessary. The computer labs are open most evenings and weekends for student use.
What if I don’t have any computer skills?
If you have limited computer skills, taking some introductory courses prior to applying for the program is highly recommended. Our two year program is fun, but intense, and having confidence with the basics will prevent you from falling behind or getting lost.
Do I need to be a computer expert?
You do not need to be an expert, but you do need intermediate skills in file management, word processing, researching online and keyboarding. Experience in any of the Adobe Creative Cloud software applications would definitely be a great asset.
I want to buy a new computer. What should I buy?
We recommend that you wait to buy a computer until you start the program. All of the information you need to make an informed decision on a computer purchase will be discussed during the first week of classes.
What software applications will I use?
You will become proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Animate, InDesign etc).
What is the application process like?
The application process involves meeting admission requirements, applying online and then submitting a questionnaire and portfolio. Find complete instruction here…
Can I start the program in January?
The Digital Arts Program has one intake in September.
Does my portfolio have to be submitted at the same time as my application?
The first step is to complete and submit an application and pay the application fee. Once the application is has been received you will be sent a letter from the Enrollment Officer. This letter will provide you with all the steps in the application process, including a four digit code and link which is required to upload your portfolio.
Can I attend the program part time?
Preference is given to full time students if there is space available part-time applicants may be considered. Part-time applicants must meet the same entry requirements as full time students and are only accepted if space is available after all full-time students are scheduled and with permission of the School Chair.
Do I need to bring my own amplifier or drums to audition?
No you do not need to bring an amp or drums. Bring your personal instrument and amplifiers for bass and guitar are available here. Keyboards (both acoustic and digital pianos) and drum sets (including cymbals and double pedals) are available for warm up and audition. You may bring your own cymbals and/or pedals if you choose. There is limited time for set up so bringing a full drum set is not advisable. Our drums may be set up for both right or left handed playing.
How much does the Music & Technology Program cost?
Your program will cost domestic students $9,650 to $10,500 in tuition and fees for the two-year diploma depending on specialty. International students will pay $35,930 to $26,780.
How many students are enroled in the music program?
There are 85 to 90 students attending the music program across two years.
What type of music will I play at Selkirk College?
Every student will be exposed to many different styles. Jazz, rock, pop, R & B, are common but every style of music is accepted.
What instruments can I study at Selkirk College?
Private instruction is offered on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, voice, saxophone, trumpet, mandolin, violin/fiddle. Every student will take a piano course called basic keyboard. Additional private lessons in more instruments are not available. The private lessons along with the courses are a demanding workload.
What technology is used in the Music Program?
The recording studio uses a Protools HD system with a Pro Control digital mixer.
Are my credits transferable to other schools?
The Berklee College of Music and Selkirk College have an agreement that allows students to continue on in their third year. All schools will assess you for placement into their programs. Former students who have continued their studies at other institutions have received credit for most of their Selkirk College credits. Each student’s skills are different so placement may vary.
What kind of job can I get after music school?
Many students go on to perform, become recording engineers, and/or composers, and teach private lessons.
What is the application process like?
- Step One: Meet admission requirements for Selkirk College and your program.
- Step Two: Fill in Application – in British Columbia all post-secondary institutions use Apply.EducationPlannerBC to receive applications.
- Step Three: Submit extra documents such as transcripts.
- Step Four: Pay seat deposit.
- Step Five: Selkirk will contact you to schedule an audition.
I nailed my audition but didn't meet the theory and ear training requirements. Am I out of luck?
Applicants who perform an exceptional audition but do not meet the theory and ear training standard will be required to attend a two-week theory preparation course in August. This class will provide basic level entrance requirements for the applicant. The applicant must have a minimum final grade of 75% in both the ear training and the theory sections to be accepted into the Music Program for September. However, applicants who do not meet the minimum standard in matching pitch will not be accepted into the Music Program.
I don't live near Nelson, BC. How do I audition for the Music Program?
Don’t worry, if you live a long distance from the College, other arrangements can be made.
What technologies will I be learning?
What are the hardware and software requirements for this program?
The computer labs will be provided for student learning. Students will have the option of using their own laptop for the course material and content.
Do I need previous web experience?
Previous web experience is not necessary, but preferred. Students will require above average skills on the computer.
What is a full stack web developer?
A full stack web developer has the ability to develop with both front-end and back-end web development languages, including an in-depth knowledge of how to deploy and manage servers & databases.
How much does the Web Development Program cost?
Semester one tuition is $2,600 and semester two tuition is $2,655. Your yearly fees are included in that cost at approximately $950.
What is the application process like?
The application process involves meeting admission requirements, applying online and then submitting a questionnaire. Find complete instruction here…
How do I apply at Selkirk School of the Arts?
- Meet admission requirements for Selkirk College and your program.
- Fill in Application – in British Columbia all post-secondary institutions use Apply.EducationPlannerBC to receive applications.
- Submit extra documents such as transcripts, questionnaire, and portfolio.
- Pay seat deposit.
- We will contact you to schedule an interview.
I am interested but not quite sure about School of the Arts at Selkirk College. What if I want to book a Campus Tour?
If you’re the kind of person who values real-life learning and the opportunity to see things for yourself, we are happy to offer individual tours of Selkirk College. You’ll have the opportunity to tour classrooms, facilities and check out student housing. Hear about our many services that are here to support you outside the classroom. To schedule a tour please fill out the Campus Tours form or Contact Us.
Tuition & Funding
Yikes! That still seems beyond my budget. Does Selkirk College have any scholarships or bursaries I can apply for to help me afford my education?
We sure do! If you are a new graduate from highschool, Selkirk College offers Entrance Scholarships valuing up to $1500. With the help of our donors, we also give out Bursaries based on financial need and Scholarships based on academic performance. Students in Digital Arts, Craft or Web Development qualify for Southern Interior Development Initiative Awards based on financial need. There are a lot of options! Learn more about all of these… There are also many program specific scholarships that you can ask your instructors/program chair about once on campus.
I’ve heard Selkirk College is an affordable option for pursuing my post secondary. How do I find out what my program will cost?
Selkirk College is affordable. According to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Universities cost an average $5, 249 while Selkirk College averages $3,315. Actual tuition and fee amounts will be identified through the registration process but you can see all our program tuition and fees posted online.
Life on Campus
It’s important to me to stay active while I am pursuing my studies. What’s available at Selkirk College?
Campus Recreation offers students free access to modern fitness facilities as well as drop in classes such as yoga, soccer, cricket, badminton, basketball and Zumba among others. Check out the gym schedule… Selkirk College’s campuses are also located in some of the richest outdoor recreation there is. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing just a few minutes from your classroom door. Find out more about off campus recreation…
How can I find out more about living on campus in Student Housing?
Selkirk College has Student Housing available at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson. Living in Student Housing supports you academically and socially, giving you opportunities to meet creative, intelligent people and develop lasting friendships. You can find out more at Tenth Street Campus
If any, what are the other programs offered on my campus?
On our Tenth Street Campus, Digital Arts, Web Development and Music programs share campus space with Selkirk College’s School of Hospitality & Tourism. Expect to see “Sroamies” (Ski Resort Operations & Management) students in the hallways. They will be wearing toques and plaid. Professional Cook training students also work the cafeteria so expect to enjoy some great food at even better prices.
The School of the Arts’ Victoria Street Campus is exclusively for Craft students.
Are there any campus events that are recommended?
At the beginning of the fall semester, Selkirk College hosts a Get Connected event. Students are invited to start off their college experience by learning about college and community services. We serve up great free food, offer tours of the campus and host a live music stage.
Meet other students with similar interests and have some fun participating in orientation activities.
It’s important to me that I find a sense of community. Will I easily be able to meet people?
One of the fantastic things about Selkirk College School of the Arts is our small class sizes and cohort-based learning model which helps you form friendships on campus. You will also find the West Kootenay to be a friendly and accepting community that welcomes and supports newcomers.
I can get stressed out and may need to talk to someone. Who can help?
Stress and anxiety can come from numerous sources in our lives. Whether you’re in a personal crisis or stressed out due to academic overload, Selkirk College offers mental health supports to students and faculty alike. If you’d like to speak with someone, you can book an appointment with a counselor through the Welcome Centre. Learn more about Counselling… Another resource is Healthy Campus, which include sexual violence support, student and employee bystander training, strengthening LGBTQ inclusion, mindfulness practices and other supports. Learn more about Healthy Campus here…
I have concerns about my workload. Where can I get help with study skills and managing school/life balance?
Learning Skills Coordinators provide support to students in the following areas: Time and stress management, organizational skills, reading comprehension, note taking, exam anxiety and more. Get connected to these supports…
I am an Indigenous Student. Does Selkirk College have services to support me?
At Selkirk College you will find friendly and helpful support with our Indigenous Services department. We provide support to all prospective and current Indigenous students and can help connect you with financial aid advice, community support, career counselling, cultural activities and much more. Check them out…