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Alberta University of the Arts

Alberta University of the Arts

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

AUArts 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.

AUArts offers the following degree programs:

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

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.

MFA in Craft Media is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, studio-based program that gives you the freedom to explore possibilities, push limits, and reimagine your practice. The core of the program is practice-led, autonomous research. Students may concentrate upon a specific discipline: Ceramics, Fibre, Glass or Jewellery + Metals, or they may augment their primary craft discipline to build an interdisciplinary or hybrid program of study. During the course of their study, students may initiate mentorships with faculty from AUArt's other program areas, such as Print Media, Drawing, Media Arts and Design. 

 

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Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4R3, Canada

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Application Date

BFA and BDes

Fall applications open: October 1

Prospective students must submit a portfolio and personal statement as part of the application process.

Priority application deadline for scholarship consideration: February 1

Priority application portfolio and personal statement deadline: February 15

General application deadline: July 1

Final document (transcript and English language proficiency) deadline: August 1


MFA

Fall applications open: October 1

Priority application deadline for scholarship consideration: January 15

General application deadline: July 1

Standard Admission Requirements

Admission to the Alberta University of the Arts is competitive and is based on an academic standing, demonstrated skills and commitment to undertake a rigorous program in visual arts or design. AUArts admits students in September.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents and materials:

  1. Application form (apply online at www.applyalberta.ca)
  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, statement of intent, portfolio guidelines, application fees and admission procedures, please refer to https://www.auarts.ca/future-students/how-to-apply/how-to-apply-for-a-bachelors-degree

MFA Applicants are required to submit the following documents and materials:

  1. Application form (apply online at www.applyalberta.ca)
  2. Application fee ($110.00 non-refundable)
  3. Academic transcript(s)
  4. Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  5. Statement of Intent
  6. CV
  7. Letters of Recommendation
  8. Portfolio

For complete and current information regarding academic and English proficiency requirements, statement of intent, CV, letters of recommendation, portfolio guidelines, application fees and admission procedures, please refer to https://www.auarts.ca/future-students/how-to-apply/how-to-apply-for-a-masters-degree

  

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