Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)

Alberta College of Art + Design is located in Calgary on the North Hill overlooking the Bow River and the downtown skyline, in a 245,000 square foot building that was designed in 1973 specifically as an art college. ACAD's close proximity to downtown, via light rail transit, is a distinct advantage to our students, providing them with easy access to Calgary's galleries, museums and cultural events.


ACAD is committed to a solid studio-based experience for students in fine art, design and new media - an experience balanced with relevant, complementary liberal studies and practical theory. The result is a rigorous studio program, which produces innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and visually talented students. ACAD creates a learning environment rich in character and extensive in quantity, quality and professional capability for its student body of artistic thinkers.


ACAD studios are extremely spacious and classes are small, allowing for regular one-on-one interaction. Faculty and space-per-student ratios are among the best in the country. Within this environment, students receive the techniques, tools, intellectual stimulation and encouragement to discover and develop their own personal voice and passion.




ACAD Mission

ACAD is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities.



Undergraduate programs

ACAD prides itself in being flexible and functional in offering degree programs. Students can study full-time, part-time, and study a wide variety of in-studio fine arts techniques; such as, ceramics, drawing, fibre, glass, jewellery and metals, digital art, painting, photography, print media, sculpture, and other technologically advanced methods of art.


ACAD offers a Bachelor of Design program and a Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Graduates from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program create successful and fulfilling careers in Canada and throughout the world as fine artists, scholars, cultural workers, inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Bachelor of Design program serves to prepare students for successful careers as professionals in the discipline, practice, and culture of photography and design.


All of the school’s degree programs are studio-based and very hands-on. The professional faculty at ACAD are successful artists in many different domains of artistry. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:13 with an average class size of 15. Students receive individual, personal attention from a faculty made up of a diverse group of over 115 professional practicing artists, designers, and scholars.