With over 86 years of history, the Alberta College of Art + Design has been an important part of Canada's art and design community since 1926. This year, we celebrate our 86th year as a College, and our 26th year as an autonomous school. Find out more +
ACAD students explore their passion for creative thinking with an undergraduate degree in Design or Fine Art. With courses in Photography, Visual Communications Design, Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery + Metals, Media Arts + Digital Technologies, Painting, Print Media and Sculpture, ACAD a wealth of programs. Find out more +
ACAD has been the home of some of the most exciting voices in Canadian art and design for the past 86 years. With a comprehensive curriculum filled with a range of programs sure to inspire, challenge and stimulate emerging creative thinkers, ACAD is the leading choice for those going on to work in a spectrum of creative industries Find out more +
ACAD is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. Located in Calgary and overlooking the downtown core, ACAD provides a unique undergraduate experience for students in fine art, design and new media. Find out more +
What does an undergraduate degree at ACAD look like? Our degree programs are studio-based, which means hands-on. In our studios students explore multiple media, applying new techniques and immersing themselves in the practice and culture of art and design. Find out more +
Alberta College of Art + Design is located in Calgary on the North Hill overlooking the Bow River and the downtown skyline, in a 245,000 square foot building that was designed in 1973 specifically as an art college. ACAD's close proximity to downtown, via light rail transit, is a distinct advantage to our students, providing them with easy access to Calgary's galleries, museums and cultural events.
ACAD is committed to a solid studio-based experience for students in fine art, design and new media - an experience balanced with relevant, complementary liberal studies and practical theory. The result is a rigorous studio program, which produces innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and visually talented students. ACAD creates a learning environment rich in character and extensive in quantity, quality and professional capability for its student body of artistic thinkers.
ACAD studios are extremely spacious and classes are small, allowing for regular one-on-one interaction. Faculty and space-per-student ratios are among the best in the country. Within this environment, students receive the techniques, tools, intellectual stimulation and encouragement to discover and develop their own personal voice and passion.
ACAD is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities.