International Study Centre

Study your passion
in Canada

Choose a program that combines arts and technology, and work towards permanent residency in Canada.

Live and study in Canada

While you study to make your passion your profession, you’ll be living and working in an exciting city and taking steps towards permanent residency.

Centre for Arts and Technology has proven success in preparing students for the workplace, with 92% of graduates from graphic design and web development working in the industry in less than 6 months in 2018.

Gain a professional qualification

You will have access to facilities, studios and the software that is used in the industry so you will be highly employable and prepared for your role when you graduate.

You will have the opportunity to continue your studies towards an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor's degree at one of our partners: British Columbia Institute of Technology or Langara College.

Be supported by a team of experts

Our programs bring industry-leading talent into the classrooms as instructors and mentors and connect students with real-world projects alongside businesses and organizations.

You can also access free personal and academic coaching to prepare for your career. This support continues once you graduate. Workshops are also held throughout the year to keep you updated about the latest technology and hear opinions from industry experts.

Centre update

The International Study Centre at Centre for Arts and Technology will no longer be admitting new students after the Fall 2020 intake. We are committed to serving existing students’ needs, supporting their academic success at Centre for Arts and Technology for the duration of their pathway program.

If you are a prospective international student seeking information about admission to Centre for Arts and Technology, please visit the international admission page of the university’s website.

Online learning

We’ll help you get to where you want to be

Start your program online with confidence and you will have flexibility and control of your academic and career goals. You will benefit from world-class teaching from the same faculty as face to face classes.

Career support

Even after you complete your Diploma you will be able to continue to work on your portfolio and use the equipment and studios while you find a job for six months after graduation. Previous students have gone on to successful careers in:

Network Security



Graphic Design


Interior Design


Step one

  • Improve your English language and study skills at the International Study Centre.
  • Continue your studies at Centre for Arts and Technology and earn your Diploma.
  • Complete your Diploma and either continue your studies to Advanced Diploma or Bachelor's level in 8-20 months at a partner public college, or return to your home country.


Step two

Graduate from a partner public college and apply for your 1-3 year Post Graduate Work Permit to work full time.


Step three

Apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Programs for International Students

English for Academic Purposes Program

Focusing on your academic English language proficiency, this program also covers the skills needed for success in your Diploma, degree and career. Classes include reading, writing, listening/speaking, academic success and test-taking strategies. You will study for 24 weeks depending on your IELTS score (or equivalent).

The English for Academic Purposes Program will also help you to adjust to your new life in Canada. Staff will be able to advise you on your pathway and any questions you have about day-to-day life.


You will study your Diploma for 12-24 months, during which time you will be able to apply for a work permit and find work. Your classes will be scheduled so you can fit work in around them.

The Diploma will be focused on practical skills so you’ll gain lots of experience for your future role. You can choose to progress to one of our partner public colleges to complete your Bachelor's degree.

Prep Plus

If you would like to apply for a Work Permit from the first day of your English for Academic Purposes program, you can choose one of Centre for Arts & Technology’s Prep Plus programs which combine the most popular diploma programs with the 12 week IEP-200 program.

Entry requirements

24-week English for Academic Purposes Program (CCEAP) includes courses IEP-100: 5.0 IELTS
12-week English for Academic Purposes Program (CCEAP) includes IEP-200: 5.5 IELTS
Direct Entry: 6.0 IELTS
Prep Plus Programs (bundle IEP 200 + CAT program*): 5.5 IELTS

*Available for 2D Animation and Digital Art, 3D Animation for Game, Advanced Interior Design and Technology, Event and Promotions Management, Film and Visual Effects, Graphic Design & Web Development, Digital Photography, Graphic & Digital Design, Network Administrator Specialist, Network Security Specialist and Visual Effects for Film & Animation.

Intakes include:

Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Not all programs start at each intake, please view the table below to see which programs start when.


Diploma Program Tuition Intake Start Date
English for Academic Purposes Program (IEP100 + IEP200) (24 Weeks) $10,034 Spring 2020 6 April 2020
Summer 2020 6 July 2020
2D Animation & Digital Art $32,759 Fall 2020 5 October 2020
3D Animation | Game, Film & Visual Effects $53,763 Fall 2020 5 October 2020
Digital Photography $25,021 Fall 2020 5 October 2020
Network Administrator Specialist $19,116 Winter 2020 6 January 2020
Spring 2020 6 April 2020
Fall 2020 5 October 2020
Network Security Specialist $29,229 Spring 2020 6 April 2020
Fall 2020 5 October 2020
Graphic & Digital Design $24,315 Fall 2020 5 October 2020
Graphic Design & Web Development $35,340 Fall 2020 5 October 2020
Prep Plus - 2D Animation and Digital Art $35,685 Summer 2020 6 July 2020
Prep Plus - 3D Animation | Game, Film and Visual Effects $56,690 Summer 2020 6 July 2020
Prep Plus - Advanced Interior Design and Technology $51,098 Summer 2020 6 July 2020
Prep Plus - Network Administrator Specialist $22,042 Summer 2020 6 July 2020
Prep Plus - Network Security Specialist $32,155 Winter 2020 6 January 2020
Summer 2020 6 July 2020
Prep Plus - Digital Photography $27,847 Summer 2020 6 July 2020
Prep Plus - Graphic & Digital Design $27,241 Summer 2020 6 July 2020

Please note: Students have the option to purchase books & supplies through the school which is included in the price of the total program cost. Also, the total program costs are subject to change.

You can continue your studies at one of our partner public colleges universities for a diploma or bachelor’s degree.

Programs include:

  • 2D Animation & Digital Arts
  • 3D Animation | Game, Film & Visual Effects
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Graphic and Digital Design

If your IELTS score means you do not require the English for Academic Purposes Program, you can pursue one of the following Centre for Arts and Technology Diploma programs:

  • 2D Animation & Digital Art
  • 3D Animation | Game, Film & Visual Effects
  • Digital Photography
  • Network Administration Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Graphic & Digital Design
  • Graphic Design & Web Development

Studying in Greater Vancouver

The International Study Centre

Centre for Arts and Technology International Study Centre is located in Surrey, a suburb of Greater Vancouver in British Columbia. Central Vancouver is a 45 minute train ride away so you will have easy access to one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities.


Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live due to its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people. The city is also the third largest Film and TV production centre in North America, with more than 50 TV series filmed there each year.


Surrey is the neighbouring city and has a diverse community that speaks more than 100 different languages. It is surrounded by beautiful views from forest to shoreline so you can always find somewhere to get out of the city to reflect and relax.


Kelowna is the second campus location for Centre for Arts and Technology. Located in Okanagan Valley (a few hours from the ISC campus), it is also the base for Disney Interactive Studios, Bardel Entertainment and Yeti Farm Creative so you will be surrounded by industry experts during your studies.

Contact us

Complete the form to contact our advisors who will review your information and respond by phone or email. Our advisors speak a wide range of languages and will try to contact you in your preferred language.

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