Why Pre-College?

There are many benefits to attending our Pre-College Program, besides learning a whole lot about art + design.

Why Pre-College?  We are glad you asked.  Besides learning a whole lot about art and design, you will:

Earn Credits

The Pre-College Program is a credited First Years Studies studio elective, which means you will earn three credits towards an undergraduate degree.  These credits are recognized at any art and design school across North America, giving you a head start on any program you choose.

Build Your Portfolio

During the program, you will have a chance to build an awesome portfolio, engage in critiques, and participate in an individual portfolio review.  You will finish the program with a solid, varied portfolio that will prove impressive for post-secondary admissions and bursary applications.

Prepare for College

The Pre-College Program gives you a taste of what College life is like.  You’ll experience college-level studio classes under the mentorship of professional artists and designers.  Young people who take the program tell us they feel more prepared for the transition from high school to post-secondary studies. 

Join a Community

Over the course of the month, you’ll meet influential members of Calgary’s art and design community.  You’ll also meet other young people who are just as interested in art and design as you are.  Many students who take Pre-College forge a special bond that carries them through their entire undergraduate degree at ACAD. In just one month, you may form friendships that last a lifetime.