How to Apply

How to Apply

Welcome to AMPD! We’re excited that you’re thinking about applying. We are currently accepting applications for our Winter 2023 and Fall 2023 entry. See deadlines below.

Winter 2023 and Fall 2023 Deadlines

Step 1: Submit application
Step 2: Complete evaluation

View application deadlines here

All deadlines are for guaranteed consideration. We continue to accept applications after this date.

View Supplementary evaluation deadlines here

*For BA programs, including the Theatre BA program, evaluation is not required.

How to apply in two easy steps

1 Step 1: Application form

There are two ways to apply to undergraduate study at York – choose the one that best applies to your program.

1. Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application
  1. Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) application

Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Application
Fee Information

Use this application if:
  • You are applying to a program with a supplementary evaluation:
    • Cinema & Media Arts – Production (BFA)
    • Cinema & Media Arts – Screenwriting (BFA)
    • Dance (BFA)
    • Music (BFA)
    • Visual Arts – Studio (BFA)
    • Design (BDes)
2. York University application

York University Application

Use this application if:
  • You want to take courses as a Visiting Student, OR
  • You want to apply to a certificate, OR
  • You are currently taking a York pre-University/”Bridging” course or YUELI course

NOTE: This application is only available for those applying to Digital Media, Cinema & Media Studies, Media Arts, Theatre,  and Art History

Fees: $130 (non-refundable)

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your York reference ID. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. Please complete step 2 once you have your York Reference ID.

2 Step 2: Complete your evaluation

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email containing your York reference ID. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application.

  • Make sure you have your York Reference ID on hand.
  • Complete the questionnaire
  • Read through the program specific evaluation instructions below. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview after the portfolio submission has been evaluated.

Below are the programs that require supplementary evaluations and what is needed to submit..

Cinema & Media Arts – Production (BFA)

Questionnaire: Outline a 6-8 min. no-budget film that you could make this summer, with a specific story you are passionate about. In addition, you will also be asked to describe your favourite filmmaker, what you hope to communicate as a filmmaker, one recent creative project that you were centrally involved in, and what the experience taught you.

Portfolio: We are also looking to see a 5-minute video (no longer) that has been directed by you. Alternatively, you can be the videographer, writer or editor (please specify your crew position). You can also submit photographs, visual art pieces or visual documentations of an artistic project that you created or developed. You may submit a compilation of projects or one single piece. Avoid demo reels cut to music.

Interview: Based on our evaluation of the questionnaire and portfolio submissions, short-listed applicants will be invited for an on-campus or Zoom interview. Interview days are generally scheduled in February and March.

Acceptance is based on all three elements of the supplementary evaluation – portfolio, statement and interview – in addition to your academic qualifications.

We strongly encourage all our short-listed applicants to attend the on-campus interview as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience. However, if extenuating circumstances preclude you from coming to campus, you may arrange for a distance interview via Zoom.

Questions? Email:

Good luck!

Cinema & Media Arts - Screenwriting (BFA)

Screenwriting portfolio: Your writing portfolio should include your strongest creative writing in screenwriting, playwriting, or narrative prose writing. The portfolio should be 8 to 10 pages in length, double-spaced, and consist of no more than three separate pieces of writing. The pieces in your portfolio may be excerpts from larger pieces. Upload your portfolio as a single PDF file.

Questionnaire: Tell us about a story you would like to write for a ten minute film which could be made by a small student crew with limited locations, tell us about a character from a novel, screenplay, TV show, or play which you find particularly compelling, and Describe one recent creative project that you were centrally involved in.

After evaluators review your submission, certain applicants will be contacted to join the next round: a live 2 hour writing exercise hosted on Zoom.

Dance (BFA)

Audition Process The Department of Dance BFA program requires you to complete a dance audition as part of your general admissions process. Typically, we have in-person auditions that take place in February/March, with the option to submit a video audition for those applicants living far away from the university.

For your online audition, upload no more than a 5 minute video of yourself doing the following components:
• Warm-up movement of your choice to get your body ready for this audition (no music) – 2 minutes long.
• Improvise or create a solo for yourself that uses levels and different qualities (with music) – 3 minutes long.

Dance in person: 1.5 hours, mix of contemporary movement, West ​African dance, and improvisation.

Part 1: Questionnaire
Goals, interest, other relevant experience

Part 2: Audition
1.5 hours
After audition: tour, performance viewing, and Student Q&A

Questions? Email:

Good luck!

Music (BFA, BA)

Preparing for your audition:

Read over the audition details below and check out our Audition FAQs here for information specific to your instrument and genre.

The audition: Our application process is designed to help us get to know each other. Our auditions are grouped into four broad categories of performance: Classical, Jazz, World Music, and Digital/Electronic Music. The area you choose to audition for should reflect your interests but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Music. All of our students must demonstrate their musical ability in one of the above areas. If you have a particular interest (such as composition, music education, ethnomusicology or other music studies), please indicate this in the Supplementary Evaluation questionnaire.

Once you have completed the questionnaire you will be directed to choose your audition option and identify your focus further: instrument or voice, and performance category of Classical, Jazz, World Music. (If you wish to audition in Digital/Electronic Music, please be sure to indicate this in the Supplementary Evaluation.)

We are holding online auditions in February/March 2022. You have a choice of: 1) an Online option, where you record your performance (of two contrasting pieces) and include links to the recording with your application (you will be contacted for a follow-up (zoom) interview); or 2) Virtual option, where you perform and have your interview together, virtually, though zoom.

In both the Online option and Virtual option, the audition includes both performance and a conversation/interview, since we would still like to meet you!

What happens at an audition/interview?

Your audition will take 15 to 20-minutes and will generally include:

  • A performance of your two contrasting pieces
  • A discussion of your musical knowledge, experience, goals and aspirations
  • Some assessment of theory and musicianship (you may be asked to identify intervals, scales and chord types, and sing pitches, intervals or scales)
  • Some sight reading and additional exercises if further information is needed to make a complete assessment

Helpful information regarding choosing appropriate repertoire for your specific audition type may be found in our Audition FAQs.

Questions? Email:

Good luck!

Visual Arts - Studio (BFA)

Part 1: Comprise 8 artworks that illustrate your technical and creative abilities.

At least two different media should be presented from the following:

  • drawing
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • digital art
  • printmaking
  • computer-generated imagery
  • Painting
  • audio-video
  • experimental work

Slides or photographs are acceptable for large or awkward pieces but original, unmounted artwork is preferred. Your portfolio may include work carried out for class assignments as well as independent projects.

Part 2: Sketchbook
A current sketchbook, idea book or journal is required and will count as one of your 8 pieces.

Questionnaire: Why do you want to study Visual Arts? What strengths and skills do you bring with you? How will York’s Visual Art Program help you achieve you goals as an artist?

Questions? Email:

Good luck!

Design (BDes)

Assembling Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should comprise 10 to 12 samples of original work that demonstrate a wide range of ideas and competency with different media and tools. At least one piece in your portfolio should present word(s) and image(s) that communicate a message.

In addition to the types of work listed below, 8-10 images from a sketchbook or concept/idea book are required.

Your portfolio should contain your best work from at least 3 of the following areas (areas 1-6 are highly recommended for inclusion):

  1. Two-dimensional design work e.g. designs for posters, logos, letterheads, book/magazine covers and interior page spreads.
  2. Typography e.g. poetry or words using an expressive font or page layout, typeface designs, expressive lettering, projects with text settings designed for clear communication. Drawings and experiments with typographic form.
  3. Interactive media e.g. web site design and/or other interactive work.
  4. Motion graphics e.g. video or animation using images and typography. Short pieces with a strong message are preferred.
  5. Drawing & Illustration e.g. direct observational drawings are preferred (not drawn from photographs). Imaginative drawing is also welcome. It is good to demonstrate the use of a wide variety of media (pen & ink, charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil, marker pen, collage, digital drawings).
  6. Photography e.g. B&W prints, colour prints, hand-tinted prints, digitally manipulated.
  7. Painting e.g. representative and/or non-representative in oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache.
  8. 3D Design/Sculpture e.g. scale models from plan drawings, craft and fibre experiments.

The sketchbook or concept/idea book is a very important component of the portfolio. It should contain a variety of studies and examples of your media/tools experiments and demonstrate an exploration of visual and annotated ideas, comments and critiques. It will represent a variety of things that interest you and the ongoing development of ideas. Include 8-10 pages from your sketchbook as a single file.

Questionnaire: Why Design? Briefly describe your training or background in the visual arts/design. Briefly describe your reaction to a piece of design seen in the last year and explain why you feel it was effective. Tell us about a book, film, a piece of music, play or dance you have experienced within the last year that has had an impact on your understanding about art and design, and list some extracurriculars.

Questions? Email:

Good luck!

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Have Questions?


When is my supplementary evaluation due?

The supplementary evaluation deadline is February 4th 2022 for guaranteed consideration.

What is a “Supplementary Evaluation”?

Supplementary evaluation is an additional application process you must undergo after applying through the OUAC portal. The evaluation takes different forms and looks at an applicant’s creative abilities necessary for success.

Not all programs have supplementary evaluations.  To see if a program has a supplementary evaluation visit

What if I do not submit my supplementary evaluation by the due date?

The deadline dates are for guaranteed consideration. Applications will continue to be processed and reviewed following these dates until the program capacity is filled.

It is recommended all students submit their supplementary evaluation before the due date. ​​

What am I required to submit for my supplementary evaluation?

Each program has different requirements for supplementary evaluation, and not every program requires one. Note that BA programs (except for BA Theatre) do not require a supplementary evaluation.

Above, under “Step 2” we have listed the programs that require supplementary evaluation and what is required for each program.

My desired program does not require a supplementary application, can I still submit one?

No. If you have not applied to a program requiring a supplementary evaluation, you are not permitted to submit one.

Is there a different supplementary evaluation process for mature students?

No. All applicants applying for the same program will complete the same evaluations.

Is there a different supplementary evaluation process for international students?

No. All applicants applying for the same program will complete the same evaluations.

Is there a different supplementary evaluation process for internal transfer students?

No. All applicants applying for the same program will complete the same evaluations.

Is there a different supplementary evaluation process for external transfer students?

No. All applicants applying for the same program will complete the same evaluations.

How do I submit my supplementary evaluation?

To begin and submit your supplementary evaluation, please register at

For detailed instructions, visit How to Apply – AMPD (

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