The mission, vision, values and goals of the Alberta College of Art + Design were developed through a rigourous process of consultation and collaboration, and together they represent our foundation as a College.
In 2005, the Alberta College of Art + Design's faculty, staff and students came together in a series of intensive workshops to find a way to better articulate our vision for the College, our mission in our every day work, and the values that we uphold as a community. From this visioning exercise, ACAD's guiding principles were born - principles and values that form the basis for all our work as educators, administrators and ambassadors for the College.
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.
The Alberta College of Art + Design, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a public, board-governed college operating as a Specialized Arts and Culture Institution under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act of Alberta. As the only post secondary institution in the prairie provinces devoted exclusively to advanced education, practice, and research in visual culture, design, and associated and emergent fields, the Alberta College of Art + Design offers four-year undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees, preparing learners for careers in visual culture and design. The College is a center of excellence in education and research in fine arts, crafts, design, media arts + digital technologies, and related liberal studies, and supports lifelong learning through its credit and non-credit continuing education programming. The College is committed to the principles outlined in the framework of Campus Alberta which calls for an approach to advanced learning in Alberta that is responsive, innovative, high-quality, accessible, and focused on meeting the needs of the learner. Acting as a local, provincial, national, and international visual culture resource and through research, the College is a producer of original knowledge leading to cultural development. Its public activities are designed to enhance the general awareness of the College and advance knowledge and understanding of the importance of visual culture and design to the economic, cultural, and social life of the communities and society that it serves.
Approved by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Technology, October 6, 2010.
Alberta College of Art & Design will be a preeminent catalyst institution for cultural development locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. We will manifest unconditional excellence in our programs, practices, and policies in a laboratory environment that is committed to unconstrained inquiry and collegiality. As a place of cultural research, we are all colleagues on a journey of discovery while enhancing our leadership role within the cultural field. We aspire only to the highest level of excellence in what we endeavor, measured not by our past accomplishments but by our imaginations and what is humanly possible.
The strategic planning process at the Alberta College of Art + Design is built on our external, internal, governance, research, academics and learning, ethos and viability College goals, and our shared vision of ACAD's role as a preeminent catalyst institution for cultural development locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally, and for educational excellence in the fields of art and design. As we plan for the future of the Alberta College of Art + Design, we welcome your feedback and contribution.
Since 1926, the Alberta College of Art + Design has been a leading destination for culture, creative thought and studio based art and design education in our Province. With a history of over 85 years of graduating some of Canada's most remarkable artists and cultural contributors, ACAD is proud to celebrate our 25th year of autonomy as a freestanding institution, and our 15th year of granting Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees to students from around the world.