Welcome to Alberta University of the Arts

If you’re looking for the right answers, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re looking for the right questions, welcome to Alberta University of the Arts. 

Ignite your imagination and fuel your curiosity.

For almost 100 years, AUArts has inspired students to pursue their dreams.

As one of Canada’s four innovative universities dedicated to art, craft and design, we’re proud to play an important role in our country’s visual culture.  AUArts graduates have gained significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders.

Our talented community of emerging creatives learns from the best – experts who are among the country’s most acclaimed practicing artists and academics, across a diverse range of degree programs and disciplines. Formerly Alberta College Art + Design (ACAD), AUArts is a place where students can continue their education, earn an undergraduate degree or achieve their MFA. 

AUArts is located in Calgary, Alberta. Close to stunning mountain parks and full of arts and culture, Calgary is a safe, sunny city with a small-town heart. As Calgary’s economy becomes increasingly diverse, the potential for finding meaningful employment and a market for work is high – for both students and graduates. 

In the community

Whether we’re connecting artists with schools, building student work experience programs, hosting symposiums, or participating in festivals and other events in the community, AUArts’s impact can be felt throughout the city. We hope you’ll get involved, too!

AUArts in the community

Publications

Read about AUArts' contribution to the community, learn about our vision for the future, view our annual reports, and see what's going on in our academic calendars.

Publications

Faculty and staff

AUArts' faculty members are some of the most talented artists, designers and critical thinkers in Canada. Several are Governor General’s Award winners, and all of them are gifted practitioners of their respective crafts.

Faculty and staff

Careers at AUArts

Passionate about art and design education? We'd love to hear from you.

Careers at AUArts

Governance

Alberta University of the Arts follows a bicameral or shared governance structure as defined by the Alberta Post-secondary Learning Act.

Governance

History and mission

See where we’ve been and learn where we dream of going next.

History and mission

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Events calendar
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Discover continuing education courses and certificates

See where we’ve been and learn
where we dream of going next.

History and mission

Plan your career with us

Careers at AUArts

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AUArts acknowledges that it rests on the traditional Treaty 7 territories of the Blackfoot people and in the spirit of our efforts to promote reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani and Kainai), the Tsuut’ina (Sarcee), the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley), the Metis Nation (Region 3) and all those who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

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