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 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 10,150
MANDATORY FEES 684
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,391
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD N/A
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 21,806
OTHER 4,760


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 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
N/A
ACCEPTANCE RATE: 86%

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

ATTENDANCE RATE: 75%

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

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,086

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,040
PART-TIME 118

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: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 62

FULL-TIME 36
PART-TIME 78
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
17.60 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
82%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
71%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
0%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
55%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
72% FEMALE
28% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

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

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Mobility and Exchange Programs
AICAD New York Studio Residency Program
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).