The ACAD community is like no other – a group of talented, exciting, passionate artists and designers ready to use their creativity to create change in their world. ACAD degree programs are studio-based and hands-on allowing students to excel in our studios; exploring diverse media and applying new techniques every day.
Being an ACAD student is about more than just taking classes. Being an ACAD student is a chance to be a part of a community of emerging artists and designers in Canada’s most dynamic city, and a chance to make your mark on the international arts and culture scene.
Becoming an ACAD student is about more than just attending classes and spending time with faculty in the studio: for many it is also the first time to live in Calgary, or even in Canada. Going away to college is exciting, but we know that you may also feel a little anxious about leaving your family, friends and the comfort of familiar surroundings and practices. We’re ready to support you as you move to Calgary for the first time with information about our city, links to events, housing information, and contacts for getting set up as a new Calgarian. We have also developed an international students’ guide to help you prepare for your arrival in Calgary and to introduce you to our city and our college. Once you have arrived, we will be here to offer support and assistance to ensure a smooth and successful transition into your new environment and college life.
ACAD attracts visually talented art and design applicants from across Canada and around the world. Whether you’re from the local area, or traveling to ACAD from a great distance, you’ll find a global perspective and an invigorating mix of people and ideas.
Our Student Resource Centre is your first stop for getting situated as a new student, and we’re ready to help answer any of your questions. The SRC provides assistance to all new students on a variety of matters, including:
We are glad that you’ve chosen to study with us at ACAD and we are confident that you will enjoy your stay in Calgary – meeting new friends and immersing yourself in the practice and culture of art and design. Going away to college is exciting, but the process of moving to a new country can be a daunting one: that’s why we’re here to help you through the process of coming to study in Canada as an International Student with everything from visa requirements to health care questions.
ACAD is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s most innovative and energetic city. Only in Calgary can you visit a world-class art gallery in the morning, and ski or snowboard in the Rocky Mountains in the afternoon. But where will you live? And how will you get around? We’ve got the answers to these questions and more.