Undergraduate tuition and fees

Find tuition rates for the 2018/2019 school year here.

Per Credit Base Tuition Amounts 

Tuition and student fees are determined by the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art + Design. The Board reserves the right to change fees and deposits when necessary and without notice. Student fees, other than tuition, are evaluated each year in conjunction with tuition.

Tuition has been set in accordance with the Public Post-secondary Institutions’ Tuition Fees Regulations released by the Government of Alberta, and in consultation with the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association. Tuition for future years will be set in accordance with these regulations.

Canadian Citizen and Permanent Resident Students Per Credit

$149.33

International Students Per Credit

$497.83

ACAD assesses tuition fees on a per-credit basis. The following schedule represents tuition and student fees for a student taking an average course load of 15 credits per semester, 30 credits per academic year. Fees are subject to change without notice. 

 

Canadian and Permanent
Resident Students 

International Students 

  per semester per year per semester per year
Basic tuition fee $2,239.95 $4,479.90 $7,467.45 $14,934.90
Student's association fees        
ACADSA membershipc $140.61* $281.22 $140.61 $281.22
Health + Dental planac $262a $262a $262a $262a
Universal transit pass (U-Pass)b -  $145b $290b $145b $290b
SAIT Wellness Centre $40 $80 $40 $80
Network access fee $62.50 $125.00 $62.50 $125
Student services fee $30 $60  $30 $60
Processing fee (first year and part-time only) $12.50 $25.00 $12.50  $25
TOTAL FEES ‐ First Year Studies students $2,932.56 $5,603.12 $8,160.06 $16,058.12
TOTAL FEES ‐ Upper Level students $2,920.06 $5,578.12 $8,147.56 $16,033.12

*includes $4.49 in CFS Fees 

aAll full-time students must pay this premium for mandatory full year health/dental coverage in September. Students providing proof of equivalent alternate health and/or dental benefits to the Students’ Association Office by Friday, September 21, 2018 will be refunded this amount by the benefits company. NOTE: Alberta Health Care is not considered equivalent coverage. See the Students' Association for opt-out conditions/ deadlines, coverage for family and/or dependents, coverage for part-time students and coverage for students starting in January. The opt-in deadline for students starting their studies in January is Friday, January 23, 2019.

bAll full-time students are assessed a mandatory universal transit pass fee (UPASS) which entitles students to unlimited City of Calgary transit services for the semester. Fall U-Passes are valid from September 1 to December 31, 2016 and Winter U-Passes are valid from January 1 to April 30, 2017. U-Passes are valid on all Calgary Transit buses and CTrains operated by the City of Calgary at all hours of operation. U-Passes are not transferable by the holder, and may be revoked by the City of Calgary if it is misused or presented for transportation by any person other than the person to whom it is issued. The City of Calgary maintains the right to inspect the U-Pass used by a student and to ask the student for another form of identification to ensure that the U-Pass is being used by the person to whom it is issued. The City of Calgary maintains the right to deny a student access to the Calgary Transit system and impose fines in accordance with the City by-laws, if the student does not possess a valid U-Pass or other valid pass or ticket. Students who are caught violating these regulations also face a non-academic misconduct allegation and investigation at ACAD. 

Canadian and Permanent Resident Student Fees (per semester) 

Credits

Tuition

ACADSA* Fees

ACADSA* Health and Dental

UPASS*

SAIT Wellness Centre

Network Access

Student Services Fee

Part Time Processing Fee

TOTAL FEES

3.0

$447.99

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$733.60

4.5

$671.99

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$957.60

6.0

$895.98

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$1,181.59

7.5

$1,119.98

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$1,405.59

9.0

$1,343.97

$140.61*

$262a

 $145b 

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$2,024.08

10.5

$1,567.97

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$2,248.08

12.0

$1,791.96

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$2,472.07

13.5

$2,015.96

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$2,696.07

15.0

$2,239.95

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$2,920.06

16.5

$2,463.95

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$3,144.06

18.0

$2,687.94

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$3,368.05

 

International Student Fees (per semester) 

Credits

Tuition

ACADSA* Fees

ACADSA* Health and Dental

UPASS*

SAIT Wellness Centre

Network Access

Student Services Fee

Processing Fee (part-time and First Year Studies Only)

TOTAL FEES

3.0

$1,493.49

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$1,779.10

4.5

$2,240.24

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$2,525.85

6.0

$2,986.98

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$3,272.59

7.5

$3,733.73

$140.61*

   

$40

$62.50

$30

$12.50

$4,019.34

9.0

$4,480.47

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$5,160.58

10.5

$5,227.22

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$5,907.33

12.0

$5,973.96

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$6,654.07

13.5

$6,720.71

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$7,400.82

15.0

$7,467.45

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$8,147.56

16.5

$8,214.20

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$8,894.31

18.0

$8,960.94

$140.61*

$262a

$145b

$40

$62.50

$30

 

$9,641.05

*includes CFS Fees

aAll full-time students must pay this premium for mandatory full year health/dental coverage in September. Students providing proof of equivalent alternate health and/or dental benefits to the Students’ Association Office by Friday, September 21, 2018, will be refunded this amount by the benefits company. NOTE: Alberta Health Care is not considered equivalent coverage. See the Students' Association for opt-out conditions/ deadlines, coverage for family and/or dependents, coverage for part-time students and coverage for students starting in January. The opt-in deadline for students starting their studies in January is Friday, January 23, 2019.

bUpasses for fall and winter are $140. All full-time students are assessed a mandatory universal transit pass fee (UPASS) which entitles students to unlimited City of Calgary transit services for the semester. Fall U-Passes are valid from September 1 to December 31, 2018 and Winter U-Passes are valid from January 1 to April 30, 2019. U-Passes are valid on all Calgary Transit buses and CTrains operated by the City of Calgary at all hours of operation. U-Passes are not transferable by the holder, and may be revoked by the City of Calgary if it is misused or presented for transportation by any person other than the person to whom it is issued. The City of Calgary maintains the right to inspect the U-Pass used by a student and to ask the student for another form of identification to ensure that the U-Pass is being used by the person to whom it is issued. The City of Calgary maintains the right to deny a student access to the Calgary Transit system and impose fines in accordance with the City by-laws, if the student does not possess a valid U-Pass or other valid pass or ticket. Students who are caught violating these regulations also face a non-academic misconduct allegation and investigation at ACAD.

Academic Year

The 2018 fall semester begins Monday, September 10 and ends Saturday, December 15, 2018.

The winter 2019 semester runs from Tuesday, January 8 until Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Estimated Materials Costs by Program

The following figures reflect approximate costs of books, supplies and materials for the majors at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Due to the individual nature of art education, costs may vary substantially from student to student. 

Major/Area of Study

100‐level

200‐level

300‐level

400‐level

First year studies

$3,400.00

     

BFA general studies

 

$3,400

$3,400 $3,400

Ceramics

 

$3,400

$3,400

$3,970

Drawing

 

$3,400

$3,940

$4,430

Fibre

 

$3,430

$3,400

$3,940

Glass

 

$3,350

$4,020

$4,280

Jewellery + Metals

 

$4,210

$6,270

$5,960

Media Arts*

 

$1,700

$1,700

$1,700

Painting

 

$4,460

$4,020

$4,460

Photography*

 

$5,260

$1,890

$1,960

Print Media

 

$1,990

$2,190

$2,370

Sculpture

 

$3,280

$3,760

$3,920

Visual Communication Design*

 

$3,410.

$2,870

$3,400

NOTE: All studio courses carry a per-credit supplementary fee that will be assessed at the time of registration. Students will be charged $14.75 per credit in all studio courses. Supplementary fees have been incorporated into the above estimates. 

NOTEComputer costs including software, internet costs, printers, paper, ink etc. are not reflected in the Program Material Costs listed above. Students who are applying for student loans, should enter the full amount of their computer and related costs. While student loans will not cover the full cost of computer and related expenses, students will receive the maximum allowable amount if their computer costs are $500 or higher. 

Miscellaneous Student Fees

Application Fee

$110

Non-Degree Application Fee

$112.50

Non-Refundable Confirmation Deposit (new students)

$300

Orientation Fee

$60

Non-Refundable Registration Deposit (for current + returning students)

$100

Grade Appeal

$50

Graduation Fee

$127.50

Late Payment Penalty
(prior to November 1 for fall semester and March 1 for winter semester)

5% of the amount owed

Additional Late Payment Penalty (as of November 1 for fall semester and March 1 for winter semester)

2.5% of the amount owed

Locker Fee ($20 refund with lock return)

$40

Mobility + Exchange Program Application Fees
  • First Application: $102
  • Subsequent Applications: $51
    (Max of 3)
Letter of Permission Fee (per institution per request)  $30.60

Initial Exchange + Travel Study Program Application Fee

$100
Additional Exchange + Travel Study Program Applications Fee (Maximum of Three) $50

Official Transcript (4 to 5 work days for processing)*

$25.50

Official Transcript RUSH (2 days processing, if staff can process it)*

$76.50

Prior Learning Assessment Fee

$76.50

plus 1/2 tuition per credit 

Replacement Diploma* or Degree*

$102

Replacement ID Card*

$25*

*plus U-Pass fee for replacement if student qualifies 

Supplementary (Materials/Supplies) Fees for all studio courses per studio credit

*In addition to this supplementary fee, students may be required to pay a consumable materials fee at the bookstore to participate in studio courses, specifically in glass, print,fibre, photography or other studio courses.

$14.75

Ceramics - Casting - Studio Materials Share $40
Fibre - Papermaking Kits Deposit (Non-Refundable) $26.50
Fibre - Papermaking Kits Deposit (Refundable) $50
Fibre - Silk Screen Rental Deposit (Non-Refundable) $31.20
Fibre - Silk Screen Rental Deposit (Refundable) $30
Glass Blowing - Studio Materials Share - 100 level $40
Glass Blowing - Studio Materials Share - 200 level $80
Glass Blowing - Studio Materials Share - 300 level $120
Glass Blowing - Studio Materials Share - 400 level $160
Glass Casting Studio Materials Share - All Levels $65
Jewellery + Metals Tool Kit Deposit (Non-Refundable) $85
Jewellery + Metals Tool Kit Deposit (Refundable) $170
Media Arts Tool Kit Deposit (Non-Refundable) $30
Media Arts Tool Kit Deposit (Refundable) $130
Photography - Chemical Darkroom User Fee $30
Photography - Equipment Loan Program Deposit (Non-Refundable) $30
Photography - Equipment Loan Program Deposit (Refundable) $225
Print Media - Silk Screening Equipment Rental Deposit (Non-Refundable) $31.20
Print Media - Silk Screening Equipment Rental Deposit (Refundable) $30
Print Media - Studio Materials Share - Lithography Course Materials $46.50