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Alberta University of the Arts

Alberta University of the Arts

Dream. Study. Create. Repeat. Welcome to life at ACAD.

ACAD is where creativity thrives. It's a haven for makers, designers, and artists. A testing ground for a future shaped by your unique vision and drive. A place where just about anything is possible.

ACAD offers the degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Design (BDes)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

BDes students, studying visual communications design or photography, benefit from an extensive design based curriculum developed to exceed design industry expectations.

Students engaged in the BFA degree program choose to focus their studies in 1 of 9 studio areas, and each student benefits from the interdisciplinary approach of a diverse variety of media, ideas and people interacting in one comprehensive space. BFA majors include: ceramics, drawing, fibre, glass, jewellery + metals, media arts, painting, print media and sculpture.

The BFA and BDes programs begin with First Year Studies - a common year-long experience that provides a critical foundation of technical and problem solving skills. It's also your opportunity to explore a variety of creative directions and studio experiences. Upon completion of First Year Studies you'll choose to apply to a major in the BDes program or enter studies at the 200 level of the BFA program.

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1407 - 14 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4R3, Canada

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Application Date

First Day Applications Accepted

Applications accepted year-round. Prospective students must submit a portfolio and personal statement as part of the application process.

Last Day Applications Accepted

February 1

February 15 Portfolio and personal statement deadline

Standard Admission Requirements

Admission to the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is competitive and is based on an academic standing, demonstrated skills and commitment to undertake a rigorous program in visual arts or design. ACAD admits students in September.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents and materials:

  1. Application form (apply on-line at
  2. Application fee ($110.00 non-refundable)
  3. Academic transcript(s)
  4. Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  5. Statement of Intent
  6. Portfolio

Standard First-Year Admission Requirements

Alberta high school diploma with a minimum of 60% in four Grade 12 subjects, including either English 30-1 with a minimum 60% or English Language Arts 30-2 with a minimum 65%.

For complete and current information regarding academic and English proficiency requirements, the statement of intent, portfolio guidelines and admission procedures, please refer to

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