Admission to Kootenay Studio Arts programming (KSA) is by interview, online questionnaire and portfolio review.
All applicants must complete and submit the following questionnaire at least one week prior to their scheduled interview date. The questionnaire helps us to understand the applicant’s interest and commitment to the studio program.
Submit the questionnaire using the Kootenay Studio Arts online form.
All applicants are required to participate in an interview with a program instructor from the Kootenay School of the Arts program. Telephone interviews will be arranged for those applicants who, because of distance, cannot attend in person. These applicants must mail their portfolios to the school and ensure that they are received one week before their scheduled interview date. The interview is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, present their work and discuss their interests within the arts. The instructor will assess the applicant’s preparedness for entry into the program and will ask about commitment, goals and expectations, 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.
The portfolio is designed to assess your skill level to help instructors increase your chances of success in your studio program. KSA is looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill. The portfolio pieces may be of any medium and they need not be specific to studio preference. Applicants should give special attention to the following guidelines when preparing their portfolios.
The number of pieces in an applicant's portfolio will vary depending on the manner in which the applicant works. Generally, the admissions committee would like to see a minimum of eight and a maximum of twenty-four pieces.
Portfolios should be brought to the interview and only mailed if, because of distance, the applicant is unable to attend their interview in person.
Two-dimensional works may be presented in their original form. Three-dimensional pieces or any works on a large scale should not be brought to the interview but represented by slides or photographs.
An applicant's portfolio must be the applicant's own original work. It can include variations and modifications of existing work.
Applicants should organize their work and set it out so that it shows development over a period of time or group it according to type.
Applicants should bring their workbooks and journals. School assignments and independent explorations will also be helpful to the Admissions Committee.
Applicants must keep their presentations simple and neat. Work should not be matted or elaborately framed.
If an applicant includes slides or photographs, each must include a list of the materials used, size of the piece, title and date.
Submit Your Portfolio in One of the Following Formats
Attach photo's directly at the bottom of questionnaire.
Portable storage device
CD or DVD (jpeg format)
Online portfolio (Tumblr, Behance, Flickr) emailed to Erin Potulicki.
Hard Copy Portfolios for Telephone Interviews Mailed to
Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College
606 Victoria Street
Every precaution is taken to ensure that portfolios are handled with care. KSA does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to submitted materials. All portfolios that the school has not been able to return to applicants by November 15 will be recycled.