How To Apply

Admission to the Interaction Design Certificate program is based on an online application, including academic transcripts and a portfolio, as well as a personal interview. Upon acceptance, students secure their spot with a non-refundable deposit and tuition is paid in full before classes begin.

Unless otherwise indicated, all parts of the application process are mandatory.

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Applications are now open for our September 2017 program. The deadline for applications is August 14, 2017. Please note that applications are processed on an ongoing basis and we encourage you to submit early.

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1. Complete the Online Application

Step 1: Create a personal profile in SlideRoom

SlideRoom is Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s online application review portal. All components of the application (application form, supporting documents, portfolio) must be uploaded to SlideRoom.

Applicants must submit an up-to-date resumé, CV and high school and/or university transcripts as supporting documents. Transcripts must be uploaded through Slideroom and official transcripts are preferred.

Additionally, you may submit one letter of recommendation from someone who supports your application to this program and who has personal knowledge of your skills and abilities. Previous employers or colleagues, professional mentors, teachers, etc. are excellent choices to provide you with a letter of recommendation.

Please note: This program requires English language proficiency. English language learners will need to submit IELTS or TOEFL transcripts. For details, see the university language proficiency requirements.

Please note: As of November 2015, entry to Interaction Design Essentials is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.

Step 2: Upload your portfolio

A portfolio should include approximately 8-15 works that show a diverse range of creativity and reflect your skills and interests. Each portfolio is assessed on its own merits (rather than being judged against other applicants’ work) and a professional calibre of work is not expected.

Your portfolio can include video, photos, graphic design work, music/sound or any other pieces that demonstrate your creative and critical thinking ability or any technical skills you may possess. For specific portfolio questions, please contact

Acceptable portfolio formats include images (.jpg), video (.mov, .wmv, .flv), music (.mp3), and/or PDF files with a maximum of 2 pages. Preferred image quality are files sized to be 1024 x 768px at a resolution of 72 dpi (when possible). All video files must be under 60MB and limited to 3 minute clips. The SlideRoom portal offers additional instructions for submitting your work once you begin your application.

Note: SlideRoom allows for all applicants to log in and edit portfolio submissions at any time, however once you have submitted your application you will no longer be able to make changes. For technical and/or troubleshooting assistance with SlideRoom, submit an email request. You can also access online support.

Step 3: Submit your application

Once you are satisfied with your portfolio and have uploaded all of your supporting documents, you can submit your application for review. A $35 USD non-refundable application fee will be charged at the time of submission.

Note: No applications will be reviewed prior to submission. Applicants must click the SUBMIT button in SlideRoom to finalize the application in order for us to process the application.

2. The Interview

Once the application and portfolio have been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted within two weeks (14 calendar days) for an interview. Only candidates who meet the requirements and have submitted all the necessary components to the application process will be contacted for an interview.

During the interview, you will be assessed for your suitability in the program. Interviews are not a competitive measure against other applicants; they are for informational purposes only. All interviews are conducted through online video chat tools (Skype, Google Hangouts).
Suitable candidates will receive confirmation of their acceptance into Interaction Design Essentials within 10 calendar days from the date of their interview.

3. Secure Your Spot

Upon acceptance students are required to secure their spot with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. This deposit is due within 7 calendar days of receiving notification of your acceptance to the program. Accepted applicants who fail to deliver their deposit on time may lose their place in the program.

4. Accept Offer of Admission

Admission to the Interaction Design Essentials Program is confirmed when the remaining tuition balance is paid. The deadline for your tuition payment will be in your acceptance letter. Tuition payment can be made online, over the phone, or in person at the Continuing Studies department on Granville Island. Accepted methods of payment are cash, credit or debit. Please note that your full tuition will be due before the start of the program.


For additional questions or inquiries, please contact us at or 604 844 3810.