Portfolio preparation

Thinking about attending ACAD? Our college prep courses for teens will help you gain confidence as an artist and develop a strong portfolio.

ACAD's College Preparation courses will boost your confidence and experience before you formally apply. Designed for young adults 15 to 18 years, , these classes will give you hands-on practice developing your portfolio, a key element of ACAD's application process.


You can register online, by phone or in person. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our art and design classes, give us a call at 403.284.7640.



Work hard to strengthen and build your portfolio in this intensive portfolio prep course. The focus will be on creating five works strong enough for portfolio submission for acceptance into ACAD, with an emphasis on observational drawing. Subject matter will include still life, landscape, the human figure, and portraiture. Get your creative juices flowing and your hands moving!

Please see your course supply list online, and come prepared for the first class here at ACAD

Sat, Oct 20 - Nov 24, 10am – 3:30pm

fee  $420 + GST (30 hours)

Pre-College Program: 4 Weeks in July

For students who want a more immersive learning experience that will set them up for success in post-secondary studies, check out our Pre-College Program which is held each July. This is an accredited program for students 16-18 years of age who have completed grades 10, 11 or 12. You get to experience college-level expectations and pacing while earning three ACAD degree credits that count towards a first-year elective course.  This program is also recognized by other art schools, and credits are transferable.

Summer Art Programs for Teens

During the summer, we run a series of summer studio classes for teens ages 13-16. It's a great way to enjoy the summer, learn new skills, and make friends with others who like art and design as much as you do!