Application and Registration FAQs
Applications and admissions
How do I apply for a program or residency?
Please complete an online application on the program page at The Banff Centre’s website and then submit your support materials via SlideRoom. In order to submit your support materials, sign up or log in to an existing account in our online portal.
Are International applicants eligible to apply for programs?
Yes and no. Programs with a duration of over six months are limited to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only. However, if a program is less than six months anyone can apply, pending eligibility details as outlined on individual program webpages.
When can I expect to hear about my results and how will they be delivered to me?
Most programs have an adjudication turnaround of 6-10 weeks from the deadline date. However, this timeline is subject to change based on the number of applications received and the program's scheduled start date. The Office of the Registrar will inform you via email of the final decision.
What is the SlideRoom portal?
SlideRoom is an online portal that Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity uses to adjudicate applications. This is where you will upload all supporting material for your application. Click here to log in, or sign up for the first time.
What if my references do not meet the deadline in SlideRoom?
The reference grid will show you the status of your references and allow you to resend the request if you need to.
In order to edit your reference, click on the Edit link next to the reference that you wish to edit. You will then be able to edit any information that you input for the reference initially. If you change the email address, a new reference request will be emailed to your reference.
How old must I be to apply to a program?
Adjudication is not based on age; many decisions are based on artistic merit. However, the majority of our applicants are post-secondary and some programs do require applicants to be of a minimum age. Please check the Eligibility information on the webpage for any particular program to find out more about any specific applicant requirements.
Is The Banff Centre a college-based institution? Can I receive University credit?
Banff Centre is a non-degree granting institution. Prior to attending programs here, participants seeking university credit should consult with their college or university to confirm whether Banff Centre programs will be accepted for credit. Banff Centre assumes no responsibility for such acceptance for credit. Students wishing a transfer should refer to the Alberta Transfer Guide, which lists all course and program transfer agreements between post-secondary institutions. Transfer information is available online at www.acat.gov.ab.ca or by contacting:
Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer
11th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Phone: 780.422.9021 or 403.310.0000 (toll-free within Alberta)
Do I have to pay a deposit to accept my spot in the program?
Yes, once accepted into a program, a deposit is often part of your acceptance process to hold your place. Details regarding this deposit and payment methods will be outlined in your acceptance package (sent to you by email from the Registrar).
Where and how do I pay these fees? What methods of payment do you accept?
Processing or registration fees are payable online. Deposit and final balance information should be written on your confirmation package with your signature.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover Cards and cheques in Canadian currency. In person, we can accept cash as well as debit card payments.
Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel your acceptance if fees are not fully paid by the due date. Contact the Office of the Registrar if you are unable to meet the deadline. Banff Centre cannot issue a deferment on the basis of a grant/loan application. To meet the payment deadline for your program, you may have to arrange alternative financing. However, if you have payments pending from guaranteed loans or grants, with written evidence from the loaning or granting agency, you may request a deferment through the Office of the Registrar.
What if I need to cancel my spot in a program?
Please contact your Registrar to cancel and discuss any potential cancellation charges or refunds (if applicable).
Participants in fixed-date programs are not eligible for an adjustment in program fees due to early departure, late arrival, or withdrawal from a program. Participants in flexible date programs (such as self-directed programs) may be eligible for an adjustment in program fees if they withdraw or change their dates of attendance; any adjustments will be made at the discretion of the programming area and the Banff Centre reserves the right to charge a $200 cancellation fee in this case. Participants withdrawing for compassionate reasons must speak directly with their programming area. Any adjustments or refunds will be made at the programming area's discretion.
Where/How can I book a tour of the campus?
Feel free to visit public spaces around The Banff Centre and/or contact Jim Olver, Director of Guest Services: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 1-403-762-6123 and he will be pleased to assist you. Tours are limited to specific days and based on availability.
What are the on-campus facilities available to participants and/or faculty?
All participants have access to the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives, Sally Borden Fitness Centre, Vistas Dining Room, Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar, Maclab Bistro and Le Café. In addition, all the arts disciplines have respective creative spaces available according to your program. Contact any arts department for more information or see our specific facilities pages:
What are my meal plan options on campus?
The program fee for most Residency and Workshop programs at The Banff Centre includes a meal plan with access to our on-campus dining facilities, offering artists a range of meal options during their stay.
- Light Meal Plan: this credit amount is equivalent to two meals (breakfast and lunch) in Vistas Dining Room.
- Regular Meal Plan: this credit amount is equivalent to two meals (lunch and dinner) in Vistas Dining Room.
- Full Meal Plan: this credit amount is equivalent to three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Vistas Dining Room
Documents from the Office of the Registrar
Can you provide any additional information with my Confirmation Package to assist with entry into Canada?
We will issue you a zero balance statement to provide proof of your attendance once all program fees have been paid for within the Office of the Registrar. Anything more specific must go through your Program Registrar. For general information about immigration, please see the immigration page for more information, or go to the Canadian Immigration website.
Where can I get a description of a Residency or Program I participated in?
You search for the program on The Banff Centre’s website, or speak to our Archives Department
Where do I get my ID from and what does this card do?
All participants will be issued a Banff Centre Identification Card (ID card) commonly referred to as your Artist Card. Keep this card with you at all times to access services, performances, lounges, dining rooms, library and the recreation facilities. Photographs for ID cards are taken at the recreation desk in the Sally Borden Building. If you lose your card you will be charged $5 to have the card reissued.