Fine Art & Interactive Media

Admission requirements for individual programs can be found in the admissions tab on your program page. For more information, visit Fine Art or Interactive Media.

Have questions? Educational advisors are available to help you through the application process. Call 1-800-715-0914 or email

General Admissions

To be considered for general admission to NIC

  • An applicant must have graduated from secondary school, or equivalent, or be a minimum of 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study and must also meet the program admission requirements.
    • Underage applicants, who are under 18 years of age, may request special admission by contacting their local campus and requesting an appointment with a counsellor.
    • The Office of the Registrar will provide an alternative application process for students who are both under the age of 18 and not a secondary school graduate within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  • An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or provide the following documentation, as applicable, as part of their application:
    • Proof of permanent resident status
    • Proof of convention refugee status
    • Proof of permission to study in Canada as an international student

Admission Process

Step 1: Apply

You can apply to NIC online through Education Planner BC

Step 2: Receive NIC communication

After applying you will receive an email from NIC to your personal email address to confirm that your application has been received. The email will contain instructions for accessing your myNic account. myNIC allows you to register for courses and pay fees. You will also be sent your North Island College email address. All subsequent communication from NIC will go to your NIC email.

Step 3: Submit your transcripts

You must submit your official transcripts to ensure you meet the prerequisites as listed for your course and/or program description(s). Students coming to NIC directly from high school may ask the Ministry of Education to submit final grades electronically. If you don’t have your high school transcripts you may be able to meet the prerequisites by doing an assessment. Details of the assessment process can be found on the assessment page.

Instructors may allow students to register in a course without documented or demonstrated prerequisites. In order to register, students must present an instructor signed Prerequisite Waiver Form.

Step 4: Submit your portfolio and essay (Fine Arts Diploma only)

Portfolio of Works Guidelines

Portfolio submission deadline is the last week in March for a review that takes up to two weeks. Depending on the number of applicants, a second review may take place in May. Portfolios for the second review will be accepted during the last week of April. An admission essay is to be included with the portfolio submission. Drop off portfolios, along with your admission essay, directly to Student Services at the Comox Valley campus.

The Portfolio of Works is your opportunity to present yourself to the portfolio review committee. Since all portfolio submissions are eligible for scholarship consideration submitting a strong portfolio can be of enormous benefit. For a strong presentation, prepare and submit a portfolio of your works based on the following guidelines:

  • Original two-dimensional works
    Original two-dimensional works including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, mixed media, design projects, and computer-generated designs. The maximum size is 56 cm X 76 cm (22” X 30”). Larger pieces should be submitted as photographs or digital files. Do not submit matted or framed work.
  • Three-dimensional works and other media
    Three-dimensional works - including clay, fibre, wood, metals, and so on are to be submitted as photographs or digital files. Media presentations can include audio or video components. Multimedia or time-based work should be a maximum of five minutes in length.
  • Digital submissions
    Work may be submitted entirely on CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Files should be saved as JPEG, PDF, or as a digital portfolio in PowerPoint. Images should be high-resolution JPEG files (with a file suffix of .jpg or .jpeg). Image files in PDF or PowerPoint should be saved at 72dpi screen resolution with a minimum height and width of 1,000 pixels. Digital portfolios should be checked to assure that links work properly and all necessary files are included. Applicants should indicate if any special instructions are necessary for the viewing of digital portfolios.
  • Identify everything clearly.
    In all cases, each work must be clearly identified with name, date, title, size and media. An inventory sheet identifying each piece must be included with your portfolio submission.
  • Show your range
    Your portfolio should contain a representative selection of up to 20 original completed works or works in progress. Original work excludes copies of works created by others; however, it may include variations derived from others. Your sources must be credited.

Submissions may include working studies, research, or technical explorations to illustrate your personal interests and directions. These can be self-initiated works as well as works assigned to you as projects. You should submit your best and most recent work that represents your personal interests and your abilities.

The portfolio committee is looking for demonstrated abilities within a variety of areas, an open, exploratory attitude, energy and a commitment that is consistent with the intense nature of this two-year program.

Admissions Essay Guidelines
State in a brief essay, of one typed page, your reasons for wanting to attend NIC’s Fine Art program. You should discuss the experiences you bring to the college or the reasons that have led you to apply. You may also discuss the skills and information that you hope to gain, where your education might lead, and where you find inspiration or how you presently relate to the world. It should be understood that the admissions essay is not used to determine your suitability for the program, rather it provides the committee with information that may enhance or contribute to our understanding of your portfolio.

Step 5: Qualify

NIC will review your application and determine if you are:

  • Qualified – you meet the requirements to take the program
  • Conditionally Qualified – you are registered in the prerequisite courses needed
  • Not qualified – you do not meet the prerequisites. In this case, you can meet with an educational advisor to discuss upgrading options to help you meet the prerequisites for the course you want to take.

Step 6: Get invited

Qualified and conditionally qualified applicants will be invited to NIC. Normally, students are invited on a first-qualified, first-invited basis.

If a program is full, you may be waitlisted. You will be contacted when a seat becomes available.

Step 7: Pay your deposit and Register

Pay your deposit through your myNIC account or at student services to secure your seat. Sign up for the courses you want to take. See registration for details on how to build your timetable and sign up for your courses.

Step 8: Pay

Tuition and fees are due by deadlines, as outlined in academic schedules and deadlines (Key Dates).