Vancouver Art Institute Admissions Essay

All LaSalle College Vancouver applicants are evaluated for admission on the basis of their previous education, background, and stated or demonstrated interest in one of our education programs. An applicant must be a high school graduate, possess a recognized high school equivalency (GED ®* - General Education Diploma), or qualify as a mature student of not less than 19 years of age as of the start date of the program.

In lieu of documenting high school graduation, applicants who have graduated with a postsecondary diploma, associate’s degree or higher earned degree at an accredited institution of postsecondary education (or its equivalent if earned at an institution located outside of Canada), can provide official academic transcripts for the credential granted. An applicant who is home-schooled must be able to present a high school credential evidencing that the applicant completed secondary education or complies with applicable Provincial requirements for homeschooling in the Province in which the student resided during home-schooling. Other proof of high school graduation or its equivalency may be considered under special circumstances and must be approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs.

High school seniors who have not yet graduated should submit a partial transcript which indicates their expected graduation date. Additionally, the applicant is required to independently conceive and write an essay describing the applicant’s career goals and how LaSalle College Vancouver can help the applicant achieve those goals. Portfolios are welcomed, but not required.

Applicants who have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), and/or Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are encouraged to submit scores to Admissions for evaluation.

* GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.

To enroll in our full-time diploma programs, you must be at least 19 years of age OR a high school graduate. Admission is based upon a comprehensive review of your completed application.

After you have applied online, you must complete your application by sending us the materials listed below by email to or by post to VanArts, 570 Dunsmuir Street, Suite 600, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1Y1.

Admission Materials Required for Full-Time Programs

1. Portfolio (or Audition) Portfolios should consist of 12 examples of your best artwork, from whatever skill level you are at. Click the program names below for specific guidelines, and more tips are available here.

2D/3D Character Animation
5 samples of drawing from life (location sketches, figures, still life or portraits); the other 7 samples can be anything you want such as photography, photos of sculptures or crafts, graphic design, architectural designs, cartoons or character designs.
Visual Effects for Film & Television
1-3 film or video projects with the option of submitting additional art work, or a 12 piece visual arts portfolio that can include graphic design, 3D design, animation, and/or photography.
Web Development & Interactive Design
graphics portfolio optional, not required.
Broadcasting & Online Media (AUDITION)
Successful completion of a vocal audition and personal interview (either in-person or by phone). Applicants must showcase high proficiency in general broadcasting knowledge, industry awareness, and the English language.
Acting for Film & Television (AUDITION)
2 Audition pieces required – Contrasting monologues (must be from a play), 1 contemporary and 1 Shakespeare, or 2 Contemporary (1 dramatic and 1 comedic). Each piece should be no longer than 2 minutes; applicant should know both monologues without use of text (on paper or computer). In person audition is preferred, followed by an interview; we will accept videotaped auditions which will be followed by a Skype Interview.
12 pieces of visual arts that can include traditional art, digital painting, 3D modeling and/or animation.
12 samples of your best digital or traditional photography.

2. Letter of Intent (A one page personal statement describing: your career goals, what sparks your interest for your chosen program of study and why you have chosen VanArts.)

3. Resume

4. Proof of age with Photo ID (photocopy of passport or driver’s license)

5. Transcripts (VanArts encourages applicants to submit all recent secondary and post-secondary transcripts. High school transcripts are required for candidates under 19 years of age.)

6. English Proficiency Requirement For students who are not fluent in English these are the options available for you to demonstrate English language proficiency. We may also require a telephone or in-person interview with you.

English Proficiency Details
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): minimum score required is overall 6.0 on the Academic test.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score required is 68 for iBT – internet-based test, 190 for CBT – computer-based test and 520 for PBT – paper-based test.
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC): minimum score required is 700.
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE): minimum level achieved B2.
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: minimum score required is overall 54.
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): minimum score of 60 required.
  • Pre-Arrival Learning English Course -Vital English: Completion of VanArts Intermediate Level 2.
  • ELS Educational Services Program: completion of level 108.
  • EC Language Centres: completion of Upper Intermediate level.
  • Inlingua Vancouver Language School: completion of Upper Intermediate – Level 3B.
  • Study English Canada SEC: completion of English for Academic Preparation EAP program.
  • PGIC Studies Inc.: completion of Upper Intermediate – UTP program.
  • VGC International College: completion of Intermediate University Preparation program level 6.
  • Students who have completed their high school education and/or two years of post-secondary where English was the main language of instruction can meet the English Proficiency Requirement through submission of transcripts from their high school and/or college.

Program admission requirements may not be waived by either the institution or the student.

If you have any questions please email or call (604) 682-2787.

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