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Alberta College of Art & Design

Alberta College of Art & Design
1407-14 Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4R3

Alberta College of Art & Design provides students with a solid studio-based experience in fine art, design and new media. The ACAS experience is one that balances relevant liberal studies with practical theory. Graduates are innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers.

Located in Calgary overlooking the Bow River and the downtown skyline, ACAD provides an ideal setting for creative thinking, both inside and out. The 245,000-square-foot building was designed specifically for use as an art college in 1973, complete with spacious studios and some of the most diverse facilities in Canada, including lithography, relief, intaglio and silkscreen studios, a metal shop and foundry, hot glass and photography studios, and more.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Design or a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which prepares students for successful careers as professionals in the discipline, practice and culture of photography and design. The fine arts program is recognized as one of Canada's most prestigious studio-based fine art programs. Alberta College of Art & Design offers courses in ceramics, drawing, glass, metals, media arts, digital technologies, painting, print media, sculpture, fine arts and photography.

Small class sizes at Alberta College of Art & Design allow for regular one-on-one interaction both with esteemed faculty and talented peers. ACAD's faculty is composed of a diverse group of professional artists, designers and scholars, all recognized leaders in their fields and dedicated to passing on their knowledge and talent to the next generation of artists. A small faculty to student ratio at ACAD means close contact with these talented instructors, included studio classes, which provide six hours of faculty contact time each week.

Quick Facts

  • ACAD is close to downtown, which is easily accessible via light rail transit, meaning students have the advantage of proximity to Calgary's galleries, museums and cultural events.

  • The five-level college houses facilities for alll walks of artwork: lithography, relief, intaglio and silkscreen studios; a metal shop and foundry; hot glass and photography studios, ceramic kilns, a glaze kitchen, jewellery and metalsmithing labs, areas to dye and pattern fabric, weave, sculpt and paint, and a virtual reality lab and computers for digital imaging, audio, video and 3D modeling.

  • Enrollment at ACAD more than 1,000 but the faculty to student ration remains one to nine.

  • ACAD is associated with various other prestigious groups and institutions including Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, Association of Canadian Institutes of Art and Design, ssociation of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, Canadian Art Association, and more.

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts program may be completed on a full-or part-time basis.
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