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Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA)

This articulated degree program offers a unique combination of academic and practical study. It is a four-year degree program that offers the advanced reasoning, research and writing skills of a traditional liberal arts education at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) along with the hands-on experience of studio art and design courses offered by the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD), one of Canada's most respected fine craft and design schools.

Frequently asked questions

Applying to the BAA program

1. Where do I apply for the Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) program?
Apply through UNB. There are no portfolio requirements for admission to the BAA.

2. When do I apply?
The normal deadline to apply is March 31 before the September in which you want to start. You can apply later, but we might not be able to guarantee a place for you after that date. You can apply while studying at either UNB or NBCCD.

3. Can I take the BAA program at UNBSJ?
No. The BAA is only offered on the Fredericton campus. 

4. Can courses taken at other institutions count towards my BAA program?
No transfer credits are accepted for the UNB portion of the degree. NBCCD may count courses taken at other institutions towards their portion of the BAA program. For more information, contact NBCCD's BAA coordinator, Denise Richard at Denise.Richard3@gnb.ca.

Accepted? Getting started

5. What do I do after I am accepted into the program?
If you're starting your program at UNB, email artsreg@unb.ca to start the advising and registration process. If you plan to start your program at NBCCD, please email the NBCCD Registrar at NBCCDRegistrar@gnb.ca

Regardless of where you decide to begin your program, make sure to let the UNB Registrar’s Office know by emailing registrar@unb.ca.

Once you are in the program, you must indicate to the Registrars at both institutions where you want to continue your program in each subsequent academic year before March 31. This is particularly important if you want to go to NBCCD because space is limited. If you inform the registrars after March 31, we cannot guarantee you a place at NBCCD in September.

If you plan to stop taking courses at either institution, please let the Registrars at both NBCCD and UNB know.

6. What courses should I take in my first year?
In your first year at NBCCD you will normally be taking the complete Foundation Visual Arts Certificate (1 year certificate) program, in which all courses are prescribed. Following the successful completion of all courses you will apply for admission to an NBCCD diploma, and again, there are prescribed courses.

At UNB you have lots of choices but also some requirements and one required course (ARTS 1000 or ARTS 1001 & ARTS 1002). If you are planning to take your first year at UNB, email artsreg@unb.ca and see arts advising for more information.

Many of the upper-level courses you might want to take in your second year at UNB have prerequisites. It is important that you plan ahead to envision these possibilities when you choose your first-year courses. If you are planning to take a Bachelor of Education after your BAA, you should check in with the Faculty of Education regarding what teachable courses to take.

You are assigned advisors at each institution who will help you with your decisions. Your advisor at UNB is Dr. Linda McNutt. Your advisor at NBCCD is Denise Richards (denise.richard3@gnb.ca).

7. I have a UNB scholarship. Can I use it while attending NBCCD?
No. UNB scholarships are available only while you are attending UNB. Note that UNB has a number of entrance scholarships that are only available to BAA students who start their studies at UNB.

As an NBCCD student you are eligible to apply to artsnb for their $2,500 scholarships.

There may be other NBCCD scholarships available.

8. If I start at NBCCD, will I be able to have a valid UNB Student Card?
Yes. You will need an up-to-date, valid UNB student number throughout your entire BAA program. The student card gives you access to UNB libraries in the same manner as BA & BAA students taking classes on campus.

Contact the UNB Registrar's Office at (506) 453-4894 or records@unb.ca to confirm that your BAA program is "active". If not, request that it be re-activated. 

Once you have a valid UNB student card, if you have problems accessing library services contact Dr. Linda McNutt.

9. Will I keep my UNB email address during the duration of my program?
Yes, but you must claim your email account when you first register at UNB and do any annual upgrades as necessary to your account. This will be one of the chief ways we communicate with you throughout your program.

10. Will I have UNB health coverage while attending NBCCD?
All UNB benefits that are paid for separately with your tuition are only available for the years you attend UNB.

As a full-time student at NBCCD, you will have health/dental coverage under the NBCCD Student Association plan. There is also a counsellor and other student services at NBCCD for help when needed.

11. Can I stay in UNB residence while attending NBCCD?
Yes, but make sure that you let the residence office know that you are attending NBCCD and need access to residence for a longer period.

12. Can I attend classes at both institutions in one year?
You can, but only after you have successfully completed one year of studies in the BAA.

If you want to do this without additional fees, the course must be a necessary part of your BAA program. You must start by getting approval from the BAA advisor at the institution at which you will be paying full-time fees. Once you have their approval, you need to similarly check with the advisor at the other institution. They will advise you about scheduling and also whether there is room in the course you want to take. If everything is approved, you will be able to register for your course (at UNB, you will register yourself online; at NBCCD, please contact their Registrar - NBCCDRegistrar@gnb.ca).

13. What are tuition costs?

Books and supplies are extra.

14. Where do I pay my tuition and other fees?
You pay your tuition and other fees at the institution you will be attending. Registrars at the respective institutions or the NBCCD Admissions Team will notify you when you need to pay a deposit/seat confirmation fee to reserve your place. NBCCD requires a deposit /seat confirmation fee ($250 for domestic students; $700 for international students) which must be paid days after you receive an acceptance letter in the mail from the NBCCD Admissions Team. Domestic students have 30 days to pay their confirmation fee; international students have 60 days.

Note that the application fee of $50 is waived for your first year (Foundation Visual Arts Program, or FVA) at NBCCD. However, you must pay the application fee in your second year (i.e., the first year of a diploma).

You pay your tuition and fees at UNB through Financial Services. NBCCD tuition and fees are paid at Service New Brunswick.

15. When do I start classes?
There are different start and finish dates at each institution. Academic orientation at UNB usually starts the day after Labour Day in September. See the university secretariat's calendar of important academic dates for the current academic year.

Visit the key-dates page at NBCCD for more information.

After first year

16. Do I participate in convocation ceremonies at NBCCD when I receive my Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA)?
You may participate in convocation ceremonies if you meet the Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) requirements for graduation (i.e., full payment of tuition and fees, no outstanding college equipment, supplies or books, and successful completion of all courses). Upon graduation you will receive a Foundation Visual Arts certificate.

17. How do I apply for the second year of my studies at NBCCD (i.e., the diploma programs)?
To enter your second year of studies at NBCCD, which is year one of the two-year diploma, you will be required to complete a NBCCD application form and pay a $50 application fee ($100 for international students). All documents and payments should be submitted no later than March 31. Apply online.

18. Can I continue and/or return to the NBCCD to receive a diploma from the studio of my studies after my second year?
Yes. This is an option available to all BAA students. You can continue to study at NBCCD for a third year (i.e. second year of your diploma program). This can be done immediately after completing your second year of studies at NBCCD, or you can begin studying/return to UNB for completion of your BAA. You are required to inform both the UNB and NBCCD Registrars no later than March 31 to receive confirmation.

19. What subsequent university or graduate programs can I enrol in after completion of the BAA?
There are lots of different options for more training or education after your BAA. We encourage you to talk with your advisors and teachers at UNB and NBCCD about these possibilities while you are still in the program.

More on moving from NBCCD to UNB

At UNB there are a variety of courses to choose from. Your academic advisor at UNB will help you make appropriate choices for the route you wish to take.

When you have completed your second year at NBCCD you must inform both institutions that you will be registering at UNB by March 31 for the September intake.

However, as March tends to be exceptionally busy, UNB advises that you make contact with them at the end of January so that you can be put in touch with an academic advisor to assist with your course selections.