Informed By History, But Not Bound By Tradition: Alberta College of Art + Design Boldly Launches New MFA Program

March 16, 2015

Calgary, AB – We have a lot to be proud of at ACAD. We are an international institution and the pre-eminent voice for art and design education in Alberta. On the eve of our 90th anniversary, and in the Canadian Crafts Federation Year of Craft 2015, we are proud to boldly move ACAD’s legacy forward and announce our first graduate program, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Craft Media.

ACAD’s studio-based MFA program in Craft Media gives artists the opportunity to engage and experiment with material and ideas, to push the boundaries of what is possible. Our world-class ceramics, fibre arts, glass, and jewellery and metal studios form the backdrop for this voyage of discovery.

This program launch now makes ACAD the only college in the Province to offer university-level undergraduate and graduate degree programs.   

We are seeking the best students from Alberta, Canada and around the world. Admission to the MFA program is competitive and will be based on excellence in portfolio and a body of work, academic standing, and a commitment to undertake a rigorous program of study.  

President + CEO Dr. Daniel Doz is proud to share the news that so many at the college have been working towards. “Many dedicated individuals and teams in the college have come together to take ACAD’s MFA in Craft Media from a vision to reality. This exciting endeavor has relied on collaboration and collegiality at all levels and will continue to do so as the reputation of the program builds.”

William Russell Pensyl, Director of Research + Graduate Studies speaks to the kind of experience applicants from across disciplines will have in the MFA program. “Students will experience an intellectually rigorous program balanced with skill development and unfettered exploration in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary environment.” Pensyl continues, “The program is one of a kind, with international caliber facilities. Small class sizes encourage interaction and opportunities for mentoring by exceptional faculty who are acclaimed artists, and respected scholars.”

To apply, visit the ACAD website or contact the Graduate Studies office.

Please see the MFA Launch Media Kit for more information.

Media: For more information and to arrange interviews or obtain a full media kit, contact:  
JoAnn Reynolds, External Communications Specialist, Alberta College of Art + Design 
t. 403.284.7656 c. 403.892.5394 joann.reynolds@acad.ca