Applicants must submit their portfolio and program applications through
the online portal SlideRoom.
Please submit no fewer than 15 images of recent work.
We assess portfolios based on drawing, design, and creativity. We
encourage work that uses a variety of mediums (e.g. acrylic, pastel, pen &
Mandatory items are a minimum of 5 drawings rendered directly from
life, without using photographic reference. These can include the human form
(faces / figures), still life, people sitting in a café, your dog sleeping, a
tree in your yard, etc. For the human figure, you may find it useful to attend
Life Drawing classes for a variety of models and poses. Our aim is to assess
how you observe and respond to your living world.
The remaining images can be any combination of traditional or
digital illustration, painting, or design. Up to 1 piece of photography or 2
videos/animations can also be included.
Please photograph your work straight-on, in clear daylight, to a size of
at least 1024 pixels wide. Ensure your photos are clear, faithful to the
original, and saved as jpegs.
In addition to uploading a portfolio, you will also be required to
answer some questions that address your interests and reasons for applying to
the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication program, and to upload two letters of recommendation. Applicants may also have their letters of recommendation sent directly to the IDEA School of Design; have them emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SlideRoom portal for the Late Admission period is now open. Once you create your
account, you can begin uploading your portfolio and other requirements. Take your time; you may edit your submission
as much as you like but remember that we can review it only after you click the
SUBMIT button! SlideRoom will charge you
a small fee to submit your portfolio.
If your portfolio meets the standards of the program you will be
invited to attend an interview conducted by a faculty panel. In addition to the interview, you will take
part in timed tests of drawing, creativity, and communication skills. You will also be required to bring a current
sketchbook for review. Please be
prepared to spend up to four hours at the University on interview day.
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Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.