Adult certificate programs

ACAD's certificate programs are designed for personal growth, providing you with a solid foundation in the skills, processes, and practices of each discipline.

ACAD's Continuing Education Certificates of Achievement are available in Graphic DesignIllustration, Jewellery, Digital Photography, and Visual Arts.

Our certificate programs are credit-free, less rigorous, and more flexible than degree courses, allowing you to move through your learning pathway at you own pace. All courses are taught by professionals working in their respective fields with real world, professional experience, and knowledge.

Read through our Certificate FAQs to learn more. 

Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Drawing I or Design Drawing

Graphic Design I

Digital Lab for Designers I

Graphic Design II

Digital Lab for Designers II

Typography I

Typography II

Elective courses

Your choice of any other course that is 21 hours or more, from the Bio-Scientific Drawing section OR Design section.

Illustration Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Drawing I or Design Drawing

Figure Drawing

Anatomical Study

Classical Drawing Techniques

Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Perspective

Elective courses

Your choice of any other course that is 21 hours or more, from the Bio-Scientific Drawing section OR Design section.

Jewellery Skills Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Jewellery I

Jewellery II

Jewellery III

Stone Setting I

Stone Setting II

Elective courses

Your choice of any other course from the Jewellery + Metals section (except one-day workshops).

Digital Photography Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Digital Photography I

Photoshop I

Digital Photography II

Photoshop II

Available Lighting

Studio Lighting

Elective courses

Your choice of any other course that is 21 hours or more from the Photography section.

Visual Arts Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Drawing I

Drawing II

Colour Fundamentals

Perspective

Acrylic or Oil Painting I

Acrylic or Oil Painting II

Colour Theory for Painters

Elective courses

Your choice of any other course that is 21 hours or more from the Drawing section OR Painting section.

For more information please contact the Continuing Education office by email or phone at 403.284.7640.