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Steps to Complete Your Application

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application. Avoid submitting an incomplete application and get things organized before the deadline closes. 

Before You Apply 

  1. Find your Program
  2. Review "How to Apply" Section
  3. Read the Application and Registration FAQ document

Start Your Application

  1. Submit your online application form 
  2. Pay your application fee
  3. Submit financial aid forms
  4. Upload your supporting materials
  5. Ensure all steps are completed before the deadline 

Before You Apply 

Find Your Program 

  • Browse our Programs page to find the Programs that are open for application  
  • In the Who Should Apply / Who should Register section you will find any training or experience that is necessary for the program
  • You can view any restrictions on immigration status
  • If you have questions call or email the Admissions Team who will be happy to assist

Review 'How to Apply' Section

  • You have read the Program Information and want to put in an application
  • Find the 'How to Apply' section of the Program
  • Please read carefully before beginning the process of submitting your application. Many Programs at Banff Centre have unique application requirements in the Upload Your Materials section

Start Your Application

1. Submit Online Application Form 

On the program page - click the Complete Online Application Form Button. 

This will direct you to the application form for that specific program to complete. 
Tip: Enter the email on the application form that you check regularly as Banff Centre will primarily communicate via email.

Once the Application Form is submitted, you will be sent a link to the Applicant Portal. 
Tip: If you don't see the email check all folders in your email account (Junk, promotions, etc.) 

2. Pay Your Application Fee 

Log-in to the portal and pay your non-refundable application fee. Payment in the Portal is a 2 step process. 

  1. Put your card on file in the portal 
  2. Pay the relevant application fee 

Not all programs require an application fee so please check the financial information tab in the Portal for details.

3. Financial Aid Forms

If you are requesting financial aid, this is when you submit your request. You will find financial aid forms in different places depending if the program is Arts or Leadership. 

Leadership Financial Aid Form: Leadership Programming form is in the Student Portal
If you requested YES to financial aid on your Leadership Application form you will find this in your Portal in the 'My Documents' Tab. 
My Documents > Document Centre

Arts Programming Financial Aid: For Arts programming, the Financial Aid question is included at Step 3, How to Apply, in SlideRoom .

4. Upload Your Materials 

For all programs that are adjudicated, you will be required to submit a portfolio of work and a set of additional materials to assist the adjudication team in making their decision on whom to select for acceptance, waitlist, or not accept.

Some other programs may also ask for additional materials to assist in the setting up of cohorts or to tailor content.

Examples of supporting materials you may be asked to provide depending on the program include: 

  • Resume, Cover Letter & References
  • Proposals, Statements & Biographies 
  • Videos, Photos & Technical Equipment 

5. Submit Before the Deadline

Ensure that you complete all steps before the end of the deadline or as soon as possible for first come, first served programs. 

  • Deadlines are displayed on the Program page and are unique to each Program
  • Deadlines are 11:59 PM MST on the specified date 
  • If your application is not completed you will be notified and your application will be cancelled. We do not refund application fees for incomplete applications. 

First come First Served Programs often fill up well before the deadline. To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend that you complete all the required steps as soon as you can. Once full, we do accept applications for the waitlist but there is no guarantee that a spot will become available. 



Supporting Materials - Tips

  • Refer to the program-specific guidance, expand each section for additional information
  • Give yourself time to prepare any materials ahead of the submission deadline 
  • SlideRoom will guide you on what is requires, please read carefully as your process through the submission process 

File Types accepted in SlideRoom 

Images - jpg, jpeg, png, gif, tif, tiff, bmp, tga 
Videos - m4v, mov, mp4, wmv, flv, asf, mpeg, mpg, mkv 
Audio Files - mp3, wma, ogg, flag
Documents - pdf, word docs

File Size Limits in SlideRoom 

Images - 10 MB max per file
Video - 250 MB max per file 
Audio - 30 MB max per file 
PDFs - 10 MB max per file 

For select programs, these file maximums are larger. If so, this is indicated in the media section of SlideRoom. 
We also accept links from YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, and Sketchfab. 

The Admissions Office aims to provide responsive services to all Banff Centre participants and alumni. Specifically, the Admissions Office is responsible for the application process, enrolment and registration, fee assessment, preservation of participant records and protection of privacy, transcripts, residency determinations, and provides assistance with deferments, bills, and financial aid.

If you need additional assistance during the application process please contact us;

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST