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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, Jan Brooks:

Accepted? Getting started

5. What do I do after I am accepted into the program?
If you're starting at UNB, email to start the advising and registration process. If you're starting at NBCCD, email NBCCD's registrar:

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

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.

If you plan to stop taking courses at either institution, please let 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 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). If you planning for your first year at UNB, email 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 Jan Brooks:

7. I have a UNB scholarship. Can I use it while attending NBCCD?
No. UNB scholarships are available only while you are actually 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. The student card gives you access to UNB libraries in the same manner as BAA students taking classes on campus.

Contact the UNB Registrar's Office at (506) 453-4894 or 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 can 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. There is 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 timetabling and also whether there is room in the course you want to take. If everything is approved, they will arrange your enrolment with the registrar.

13. What are tuition costs?

Books and supplies are extra.

14. Where do I pay my tuition?
You pay your tuition fees at the institution you will be attending. Registrars at the respective institutions or the NBCCD College Admission Services (CAS) will notify you when you need to pay a deposit/seat confirmation fee to reserve your place. NBCCD has a deposit /seat confirmation fee of $250 which must be paid 30 days after you receive a request-for-payment letter in the mail from the CAS.

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

You pay your tuition and fees at UNB through Financial Services.

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) after completing my first year of my studies at the college?
Yes. You will be allowed to participate in convocation ceremonies once you meet all NBCCD Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) requirements for graduation (i.e., full payment of tuition and fees, no outstanding college equipment, supplies or books, and achievement of the necessary GPA for certification). Upon graduation you will receive a NBCCD 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, pay a $50 application fee for a maximum of two program choices ($100 for international students). All documents and payments should be submitted no later than March 31. Apply online through the College Admissions Service.

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 my 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 you will have 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 have to 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.