Alberta College of Art and Design

1407 14th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

ACAD offers an exciting and creative undergraduate experience for students in fine art, craft, design, and new media -- an experience set in the context of relevant, complementary liberal studies and practical theory. The result is a rigorous studio program, which produces innovative thinkers, and creative problem solvers who have gone on to change the face of art and design in Canada and beyond. For over 85 years ACAD has graduated some of the most exciting voices in contemporary art and design in Canada.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, B.Des, MFA
ACCREDITATION: Government of Alberta, NASAD Substantial Equivalency Status
MAJORS OFFERED:

Ceramics
Drawing*
Fiber
Glass
Jewelry & Metals
Media Arts & Digital Technologies*

 

Painting*
Photography*
Print Media*
Sculpture*
Visual Communications Design*

MINORS OFFERED:

Print Media*

 

Visual Communications Design*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
All students take two Drawing courses, plus any four introductory studio courses from the Ceramics, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery and Metals, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, and Visual Communications Design (Visual Arts) program areas. First-year students also take Visual Arts Surveys I and II, and Critical Practice: Interpretive Research, which gives students a broader cultural understanding of art and design, and prepares them for future Liberal Studies courses. Art and Design Now is another mandatory course, where students explore current issues and practice in contemporary craft, fine art, design, and media technologies through visiting artists, research, readings, and discussions.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 11,165
MANDATORY FEES 768
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,630
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD N/A
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 5,236
OTHER 1,115


NOTE: Cost of attendance at Canadian schools is shown here in US dollars. The tuition shown reflects the cost for international (non-Canadian) students. If you are a Canadian citizen planning to study at a Canadian institution, tuition costs will be lower. Please check with individual schools.

FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
N/A
ACCEPTANCE RATE: 84%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 69%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,059

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,011
PART-TIME 121

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Not Required
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 80

FULL-TIME 43
PART-TIME 70
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
13.3 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
74%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
76%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
55%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
52%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
73% FEMALE
27% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Pre-College Program
Extended Studies Program
Teen Program
Spring Session
Summer Session
Art Stream Program
Critical Writing Workshop

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Exchange Programs
Peer Helper Program Student Ambassadors
Peer Mentors
International Peer Mentors
Entrepreneurship Centre

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).