Admissions Information

What We Have To Offer

Admission to the Specialized Visual Art Program is competitive and the space is limited.

Therefore, admission decisions are based on:

  • the applicant’s portfolio
  • the interview
  • personal essay (min. of 150 words – to be handed in at the interview)
  • academic standing


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Round 1 Application Deadline:

Dec. 16, 2016 for interviews January 12 and 13, 2017.

Round 2 Application Deadline:

January 13, 2017, for Interviews January 26 and 27, 2017.

All applicants that submit a completed application on time will be contacted for a portfolio interview by email.

Location: Art Centre (located on Lennox - one block south of Bloor - off Bathurst)
Phone: 416.393.0070 extn. 20100
Website: ctsartcentre.ca
E-mail: trish.boon@tdsb.on.ca


Space permitting we do accept students into these grades for the specialized program, provided they have completed the requisite art credits. Please contact the Art Department directly for information and a portfolio meeting.


Successful applicants from round 1 will be notified by January 20, 2017.

Successful applicants from round 2 will be notified by February 1, 2017.


The personal essay is intended as an introduction of yourself. Your essay could include such topics as; what inspires you as an artist, a brief description of your life, or why you want to come to our program. We want to get a good idea of who you are by reading your words.


The portfolio interview is an important part of the application process. We here are looking for a demonstration of visual awareness, creativity and technical skill, but above all we are looking for students who will be committed to learning the visual arts through practice and perseverance.

Applicants should give special attention to the following guidelines when preparing their portfolios:

  • Portfolios should be brought to the interview
  • Please have 7 to 10 pieces
  • Two-dimensional works may be presented in their original form. Large three-dimensional
  • pieces or any works on a large scale should represented through photographs.
  • An applicant’s portfolio must be the applicants own original work
  • Applicants should bring their sketchbooks and journals
  • Work should not be matted or framed