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About ACAD Alberta College of Art + Design students explore their passion for creative thinking with an undergraduate degree in Design or Fine Art. With a comprehensive curriculum filled with a range of programs sure to inspire, challenge and stimulate emerging artists and designers, ACAD is the leading choice for students who go on to work in a spectrum of creative industries – doing what they love while building impressive careers that impact the world of art and design. ACAD has been a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development for over 85 years. Located in Calgary, Canada and overlooking the downtown core, ACAD provides a unique undergraduate experience for students in fine art, design and new media – an experience set in the context of relevant, complementary liberal studies and practical theory. Our Photography and Visual Communications Design majors prepare students for successful careers as professionals in the discipline, practice and culture of photography and design. And our Bachelor of Fine Arts program is one of Canada’s most prestigious studio-based fine art programs. ACAD degree programs are studio-based, which means hands-on. In our studios students explore multiple media, applying new techniques and immersing themselves in the practice and culture of art and design. Our students have access to a wide range of unique opportunities, including a strong international exchange program and a robust scholarship and awards offering for incoming students. Most importantly, with a 1:9 faculty-to-student ratio, our average studio class is kept to 15 students so students receive individual, personal attention from a faculty made up of a diverse group of over 115 professional practicing artists, designers and scholars.

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ACAD offers four-year undergraduate degrees in eleven program areas: Bachelor of Design Degree Photography Visual Communications Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Ceramics Drawing Fibre Glass Jewellery + Metals Media Arts + Digital Technologies Painting Print Media Sculpture

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Bachelor of Design (BDES)

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ACAD Admissions Office 1407 – 14 Avenue N.W. Calgary, AB Canada T2N 4R3 Phone

403. 284.7617 403. 284.7644 Toll Free 1.800. 251.8290 (in North America) Email admissions @ Online + Fax

Visual Communications Design

The next four years could change your life. As a student at ACAD, you can experience one-on-one mentorship with some of Canada’s most talented and renowned professional artists and designers. You can explore your potential in our world-class studio settings, and in your own private studio space. You can develop your art and design practice through exploration, experimentation and collaboration with award winning faculty and exciting students. And you can join a community of people passionate about art and design, excited about the power of creative thinking to change the world, and willing to take risks.

Visual Communications Design

Bachelor of Design Visual Communications Design majors prepare students for successful careers as professionals in the discipline, practice and culture of design.


An outstanding track record of alumni from both majors has established a reputation of excellence that continues to create opportunities for graduates in the newest Photography and Visual Communication Design fields. Alumni work in a broad range of careers in advertising, editorial, corporate, entertainment, new media, publication, television, film, environmental and character design. Both Bachelor of Design majors (Photography and VCD) are four-year, full-time programs, with courses offered throughout the academic year, including a number of select credit evening classes.

The Visual Communications Design (VCD) major provides a professional background for students in advertising, graphic design, illustration, and character design through specialized program streams.

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3 Derek Langille Beaver (2010) Illustration 4 Hunter Bonyun Untitled (2010) Illustration

Each stream is grounded in a commitment to practice, solid drawing and visualization skills, and industry relevance. The VCD program curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive, and prepares a new generation of professionals for the ever-evolving “creative economy�, for which innovation and creativity are core competencies. Through course work complemented by Liberal Studies courses in design history, writing and storytelling, students develop an understanding of design as not only a powerful strategic business tool, but also as a positive and tangible contribution to society and culture.

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ACAD Visual Communications Design Program Guide 2011 - 2012  

Alberta College of Art + Design Program Guide | 2011-12

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