ACAD receives prestigious designation from NASAD

ACAD is pleased to announce that it has received the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) designation of Substantial Equivalency – their highest designation for a post-secondary institution not located in the United States.

The institution is the only independent art, craft and design post-secondary institution in Canada to receive this prestigious designation and only one of seven outside of the United States.

NASAD is an association of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with more than 350 accredited institutional members in the United States. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design disciplines.

“The NASAD Substantial Equivalency raises the bar for ACAD and for art, craft and design education in Canada,” said Alison Miyauchi, Vice President of Research and Academic Affairs at ACAD. “With this designation, our degrees are fully recognized in the United States allowing easier transition for our students to pursue graduate-level opportunities and to work within their field both in the United States and around the world.”

ACAD received its initial designation in 2009 – making it the first post-secondary institution to receive Substantial Equivalency outside the United States. After a year-long internal analysis and review of every aspect of the institution, ACAD has now been granted the Substantial Equivalency designation for the maximum period of ten years.

The institution is proud of its NASAD designation and the recognition it receives. We are engaging the world and creating possibilities.