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  • Cinema and Media Arts (BA)
  • Cinema and Media Arts - Media Arts (BFA)
  • Cinema and Media Arts - Production (BFA)
  • Cinema and Media Arts - Screenwriting (BFA)
  • Dance (BFA)
  • Design (BDes)
  • Digital Media (BA)
  • Integrative Arts (BFA)
  • Theatre (BA)
  • Visual Art - Studio (BFA)
  • Visual Art - Art History (BA)
  • Music (BFA | BA)
  • Creative Technologies (BFA)

Cinema and Media Arts (BA)

Learn to understand, think and create in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of cinema and media.

For more details, visit Cinema and Media Arts (BA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply to this program, either through (1) the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Application (OUAC) or (2) the York University Application.

Apply through only ONE application only. Applications will receive equal consideration regardless of the application portal used.

OPTION ONE: APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YEB
OPTION TWO: APPLYING THROUGH THE YORK UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

You MUST 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 Language course at the York University English Language Institute.

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

This program does not have a supplementary application component. After submitting either the OUAC or York University application, you have completed the application process.

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Cinema and Media Arts - Media Arts (BFA)

Learn to understand, think and create in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of cinema and media.

For more details, visit Cinema and Media Arts (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply to this program, either through (1) the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Application (OUAC) or (2) the York University Application.

Apply through only ONE application only. Applications will receive equal consideration regardless of the application portal used.

OPTION ONE: APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YJD
OPTION TWO: APPLYING THROUGH THE YORK UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

You MUST 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 Language course at the York University English Language Institute.

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

This program does not have a supplementary application component. After submitting either the OUAC or York University application, you have completed the application process.

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Cinema and Media Arts - Production (BFA)

Learn to understand, think and create in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of cinema and media.

For more details, visit Cinema and Media Arts - Production (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YEA

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION
  • Questionnaire: Submit a one-paragraph proposal for a short documentary or fiction film that you would like to produce and that can be made without a budget. In addition, you will also be asked to describe your favourite film or director, and 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.

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Cinema and Media Arts - Screenwriting (BFA)

Learn to understand, think and create in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of cinema and media.

For more details, visit Cinema and Media Arts - Screenwriting (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YEF

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION
  • Screenwriting Portfolio: Your writing portfolio should include your strongest creative writing (i.e. screenwriting, playwriting, narrative prose writing). You will be able to upload three (max.) original writing samples. Each sample should be 4 to 6 pages in length, double-spaced. The pieces in your submitted portfolio may be excerpts from larger works. 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 that you find particularly compelling, and describe one recent creative project that you were centrally involved in.

After evaluators review your submission, select applicants will be contacted to join the next round: a live 2-hour writing exercise followed by a Q&A hosted on Zoom.

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Dance (BFA)

Explore the synergy of Theatre and Dance in the Department of Theatre, Dance & Performance. Through studio techniques, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary exploration, graduates emerge ready for diverse roles in the performing arts. AMPD’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of theatre, dance and performance. For more details, visit Dance (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YB

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

The 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.

For in-person auditions at the York University Keele Campus:

  • Part 1: complete a questionnaire about your goals, interest and other relevant experiences.
  • Part 2: audition: 1.5 hours mix of contemporary movement, world/global dance, and improvisation.

After your audition you will be invited on a tour of our facilities, performance viewing Q&A with current students.

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Design (BDes)

Learn to understand, think and create in the language of the moving image across all media. Through studio techniques, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary exploration, graduates emerge ready for diverse roles in the performing arts. AMPD’s Department of Design offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of design. For more details, visit Design (BDes) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YD

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

Complete the supplementary application using this portal: suppeval.ampd.yorku.ca. Log-in using the email address used for your York University application and your York Reference ID.

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):

  • Two-dimensional design work e.g. designs for posters, logos, letterheads, book/magazine covers and interior page spreads.
  • 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.
  • Interactive media e.g. web site design and/or other interactive work.
  • Motion graphics e.g. video or animation using images and typography. Short pieces with a strong message are preferred.
  • 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).
  • Photography e.g. B&W prints, colour prints, hand-tinted prints, digitally manipulated.
  • Painting e.g. representative and/or non-representative in oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache.
  • 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 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 impacted your understanding about art and design and list some extracurriculars.

If further follow-up is required, select students may be invited for an interview.

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Digital Media (BA)

Explore and create technology that drives the evolution of our interconnected world. Representing a broad range of interdisciplinary activity that intersects art and science, AMPD’s Department of Computational Arts offers a shared environment that enables students to develop expertise across computational science and artistic practice. For more details, visit Digital Media (BA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply to this program, either through (1) the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Application (OUAC) or (2) the York University Application.

Apply through only ONE application only. Applications will receive equal consideration regardless of the application portal used.

OPTION ONE: APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YFA
OPTION TWO: APPLYING THROUGH THE YORK UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

You MUST 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 Language course at the York University English Language Institute.

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

This program does not have a supplementary application component. After submitting either the OUAC or York University application, you have completed the application process.

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Integrative Arts (BFA)

Foster self-discovery and critical thinking through interdisciplinary studies in the arts. Through worldwide interest in the hybridization of art and science practices and methodologies AMPD’s Integrative Arts offers a shared environment that enables students to develop expertise across computational science and artistic practice. For more details, visit Integrative Arts (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply to this program, either through (1) the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Application (OUAC) or (2) the York University Application.

Apply through only ONE application only. Applications will receive equal consideration regardless of the application portal used.

OPTION ONE: APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YJE
OPTION TWO: APPLYING THROUGH THE YORK UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

You MUST 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 Language course at the York University English Language Institute.

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

This program does not have a supplementary application component. After submitting either the OUAC or York University application, you have completed the application process.

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Theatre (BA)

Explore the synergy of Theatre and Dance in the Department of Theatre, Dance & Performance. Through studio techniques, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary exploration, graduates emerge ready for diverse roles in the performing arts. AMPD’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of theatre, dance and performance. For more details, visit Theatre (BA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply to this program, either through (1) the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Application (OUAC)* or (2) the York University Application.

Apply through only ONE application only. Applications will receive equal consideration regardless of the application portal used.

OPTION ONE: APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YJ
OPTION TWO: APPLYING THROUGH THE YORK UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

You MUST 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 Language course at the York University English Language Institute.

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)

*Please note, if you are applying to a program that requires a supplementary application you must submit your application through OUAC.

SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

For Fall/Winter 2025-26supplementary applications will be required for direct, first-year entry to the BFA Hons Performance Creation program. The BFA Hons Acting & Performance and BFA Hons Production & Design programs will require participation in the Next Steps process at the end of the first year.

For those who apply to the BA Hons Theatre program, there is no supplementary application required. In the spirit of equity and access, we encourage all interested students to apply, and we feel confident that our program, faculty members, and facilities can help you realize your potential toward a career in theatre, the arts, and beyond.

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Visual Art - Studio (BFA)

Immerse yourself in the global world of art, architecture, art criticism and curatorial studies to create change at the intersections of visual art, society, and culture. AMPD’s Department of Visual Arts offers a chance to explore practical applications of museum and gallery studies. For more details, visit Visual Art - Studio (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YM

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

Complete the supplementary application using this portal: suppeval.ampd.yorku.ca. Log-in using the email address used for your York University application and your York Reference ID.

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: 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?

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Visual Art - Art History (BA)

Immerse yourself in the global world of art, architecture, art criticism and curatorial studies to create change at the intersections of visual art, society, and culture. AMPD’s Department of Visual Arts offers a chance to explore practical applications of museum and gallery studies. For more details, visit Visual Art - Art History (BA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YN

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

This program does not have a supplementary application component. After submitting either the OUAC or York University application, you have completed the application process.

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Music (BFA | BA)

Combines flexibility with personalized attention in areas including vocal or instrumental performance, music creation, or various musical practices and cultural forms.. AMPD’s Department of Music offers a chance to explore  music studies in jazz, world, gospel, contemporary improvisation, and digital music. For more details, visit Music (BFA|BA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

Submit your application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application. Ensure that you apply by the application deadline. Once received, we will contact you via e-mail and grant you access to view updates about your application using our online platform, MyFile.

APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YH

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

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. Complete the supplementary application using this portal: suppeval.ampd.yorku.ca. Log-in using the email address used for your York University application and your York Reference ID.

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 Application.)

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 the appropriate repertoire for your specific audition type may be found in our Audition FAQs.

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Creative Technologies (BFA)

Apply creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to address real-world problems in fast-changing industries. AMPD’s Creative Technologies offers a chance to explore creative applications. For more details, visit Creative Technologies at Markham (BFA) program page.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

HOW TO APPLY

There are two ways to apply to this program, either through (1) the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Application (OUAC) or (2) the York University Application.

Apply through only ONE application only. Applications will receive equal consideration regardless of the application portal used.

OPTION ONE: APPLYING THROUGH OUAC
  • Please visit www.ouac.on.ca for information on the application process
  • OUAC program code: YME
OPTION TWO: APPLYING THROUGH THE YORK UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

You MUST 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 Language course at the York University English Language Institute.

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.

  • Fees: $130 CAD (non-refundable)
SUPPLMENTARY APPLICATION

This program does not have a supplementary application component. After submitting either the OUAC or York University application, you have completed the application process.

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