In addition to the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, applicants must meet the following criteria set by the Digital Arts & New Media Department.
High school graduation (or equivalent) with a “C +” or higher in Foundations of Math 11, or Apprenticeship Workplace 11, or equivalent and a “C+” or higher in English 12. Visual Arts 11 (Media Arts or Art Foundations and Studio Arts) and/or Information & Communications Technology 11 are recommended.
All applicants must complete and submit the following questionnaire at least one week prior to their scheduled interview date.
Please download using our online form to submit the questionnaire.
Describe your creative and educational experiences that you believe will make you a successful student in the Selkirk College Digital Arts and New Media program.
This industry requires that people work within a group environment. Personal responsibility and respect for others is essential for the success of any project. Explain how you would work towards bringing conflicting ideas together when working towards a shared successful outcome.
Please outline details of your computer literacy (beginner, intermediate, advanced), including software applications and operating systems you are familiar with.
The Digital Arts & New Media program requires an extraordinary commitment of time and energy. Explain why you feel you are prepared to make this commitment at this time in your life.
Success in this program involves receiving constructive criticism and feedback from peers and instructors. Explain how you have dealt with constructive criticism in the past. Provide examples.
Portfolio Submission Guidelines
Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio as part of the admissions process. An applicant's portfolio chronicles their experience and talent as an artist. The portfolio must demonstrate creativity and passion.
A diverse portfolio showcases a comprehensive blend of technical and artistic skill. Artwork should be recent and must include a variety of traditional and digital media.
The portfolio is a critical part of the application process and applicants should take care to ensure that their work is presented as strongly as possible. The Portfolio Evaluation Committee is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill. Copying the work of another artist is not acceptable.
Applicants should organize their work in a manner that demonstrates development over a period of time or organize their work by media type. Applicants must be prepared to rationalize the inclusion of each piece submitted.
The portfolio must include 10 to 15 pieces that represent skill and talent, with an emphasis on diversity and quality over quantity.
Examples of works that can be included in your Portfolio:
Video or animation
Music or sound design
Websites or programming
In addition to the required portfolio pieces, applicants may choose to scan sections of their sketchbooks and journals and submit them as a multi-paged pdf. School assignments and independent explorations will also be helpful to the Evaluation Committee.
Once an application to the Digital Arts program has been received applicants will be contacted by the College and given a 4 digit access code. This code is required to submit the portfolio at portfolio.selkirkmedia.com.
Images should be at least 1600 x 1200 pixels and video files should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
When uploading, each piece must include a title that specifies the media or materials used, size of the piece, title and date.
The portfolio submission site supports the following:
.jpg, .png, .pdf and .gif
links to websites
videos (hosted on YouTube or Vimeo)
Please ensure to read the portfolio guidelines carefully as submissions that do not meet the required guidelines will not be reviewed.
All applicants are required to participate in an interview with a program instructor from the Digital Arts & New Media Program. Applicants must submit their portfolio via the link provided above prior to requesting an interview. In situations where a face-to-face interview is not possible, a telephone interview will be arranged. The interview is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, present their work and discuss their interests within digital media. The instructor will assess the applicant’s preparedness for entry into the program and will ask about commitment, goals and expectations, computer and software skills, design knowledge, experience and communication skills.It is also an opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have about the program and for faculty to recommend upgrading if necessary.
COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE
Demonstrated competency in computer hardware and software technology, keyboarding, including Internet skills and word processing skills is required prior to entering the program. Basic computer, keyboarding and Internet skills are not taught as part of the Digital Arts & New Media curriculum. Applicants who do not possess these skills must consult with the School Chair before making a formal application to the program. Upgrading may be required.
The Digital Arts & New Media program delivers curriculum on both the Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms.