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, and Visual Art.

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. Some changes will be coming to our Certificate of Achievements. Please rest assured that we remain committed to supporting students who want to complete these certificates. The Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewellery and Visual Art will continue to be available in its current format until June 30, 2020 to students already working towards this certificate.  Following June 2020, changes to the certificate, courses and the course schedule may affect future course options and availability. Please feel free to contact us if you require assistance in planning your program.

To help us plan this change and ensure that your needs are met., we require students to self-declare their desire to complete the Certificate of Achievement in one of the specializations. If you are working towards completing the Certificate of Achievement, please complete and return the Self-Declaration Form by December 21, 2018.  Completed forms can be returned in one of the following ways: 

  • Email the completed form to coned@acad.ca
  • Mail to: ACAD, School of Continuing Education + Professional Studies, 1407, 14th Ave., Calgary, AB., T2N 4R3
  • Drop off your completed form to our kiosk in ACAD’s campus, located at the Knowledge Centre

Read through our Certificate FAQs to learn more. 

Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Drawing I

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 Drawing section OR Design section.

Illustration Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Drawing I

Figure Drawing

Anatomical Study

Classical Drawing Techniques

Illustration

Perspective

Elective courses

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

Jewellery Skills Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Jewellery I

Jewellery II

Jewellery III

Gem Setting

Elective courses

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

Visual Art Certificate of Achievement

Required courses

Drawing I

Drawing II

Colour Fundamentals

Perspective

Acrylic or Oil Painting I

Acrylic or Oil Painting II

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.