What does it mean to study to be an artist? A designer? At ACAD, it’s a chance to apply creative thinking to imagine a new set of possibilities, and to use your talents to express new ideas. It’s a new way of thinking about what a University degree can mean to you, and the possibilities for what you can explore at ACAD are endless.

Become an Alberta College of Art + Design student, and explore your passion for creative thinking with an undergraduate degree in Design or Fine Arts. With 11 unique programs including Photography, Visual Communications Design, Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery + Metals, Media Arts + Digital Technology, Painting, Print Media and Sculpture, ACAD offers a rigorous studio program which produces inventive thinkers, visually acute learners and leading problem solvers for today’s creative economy.

ACAD has been the home of some of the most exciting voices in contemporary art and design in Canada for the past 85 years. With a comprehensive curriculum filled with a range of programs sure to inspire, challenge and stimulate emerging artists and designers, ACAD is the leading choice for students who go on to work in a spectrum of creative industries – doing what they love while building impressive careers that impact the world of art and design.

The Alberta College of Art + Design 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 - an experience set in the context of relevant, complementary liberal studies and practical theory. Our Photography and Visual Communications Design majors prepare students for successful careers as professionals in the discipline, practice and culture of photography and design. And our Bachelor of Fine Arts program is one of Canada’s most prestigious studio-based fine art programs.

What does an undergraduate degree at ACAD look like? Our degree programs are studio-based, which means hands-on. In our studios you’ll explore multiple media, applying new techniques and immersing yourself in the practice and culture of art and design. You’ll have access to a wide range of unique opportunities, including a strong international exchange program and a robust scholarship and awards offering for incoming students. Most importantly, with a 1:13 faculty-to-student ratio, our average studio class is kept to 15 students so you’ll receive individual, personal attention from a faculty made up of a diverse group of over 115 professional practicing artists, designers and scholars.

We know that you take your decision for an art and design education seriously. So we want to provide you with all of the information you need to make the best and most informed plans for your future.

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to contact us anytime at:
Email | 
Phone | 403.284.7617
Toll Free (in North America) | 1.800.251.8290
Facebook | /AlbertaCollegeofArtandDesign
Twitter | @acadonline

How to apply

We know that searching for the right art and design education can be a daunting task, so we've done our best to simplify the process so your decision is an easy one. From our perspective the choice is simple: We think ACAD is the best place to enter the world of Art + Design - and we're not alone, so do our students, faculty, technicians and alumni.

ACAD Guidebook

Are you ready to begin your creative process as an art and design student? Find out more about what it’s like at ACAD by downloading our Guidebook.

Love the feel of an old-fashioned paper copy? Contact us, and we’ll be happy to mail you an admissions kit including the guidebook, program guides, and our sketchbook too.