Pre-College Program

Want to get creative and experience a slice of university life this summer? You’ve come to the right place.

Post-Secondary Credit Course

2020 Online Gallery 
July 6 - 31, 2020

Pre-College is an intensive four-week summer program where students earn 3-credits towards their post-secondary education. Usually, students are on campus getting a feel for university life and our studios, but of course, we made a pivot to take this program fully online this summer. 

Thank you to all the students and instructors who took the leap online with us! We are so proud of the work our students have created. It is no small feat to stay creative and connected with your classmates completely virtually! We encourage you to explore our virtual gallery and join us in congratulating our 2020 class.

Why Pre-College? We're glad you asked.
Besides immersing yourself in art and design, you will:

Earn Credits

The Pre-College Program is a credited First Years Studies studio elective, which means you will earn three credits toward an undergraduate degree. These credits are recognized at any art and design school across North America, giving you a head start on any program you choose.

Build Your Portfolio

During the program, you will have a chance to build an awesome portfolio, engage in critiques, and utilize feedback to actively improve your work.  You will finish the program with a solid, varied portfolio that will prove impressive for post-secondary admissions and bursary applications.

Prepare for University

The Pre-College Program is your chance to experience what post-secondary life is like. You’ll participate in university-level studio classes under the mentorship of professional artists and designers. Students who participate in this program are more prepared for the transition into post-secondary studies. 

Join a Community

Over the course of the month, you will meet other young people who are just as interested in art and design as you are. Many students who take Pre-College forge a special bond that carries them through their entire undergraduate degree at AUArts. In just one month, you may form friendships that last a lifetime. 

This program is also recognized by other art schools, and credits are transferable.

For more information please contact the Continuing Education office by email or phone at 403.284.7640.

What will I do?

Learn more about what’s involved, the schedule, and activities over the month.


How much will it cost?


Mark your calendar for these important Pre-College deadlines!


Stay at SAIT residence while attending Pre-College.

Pre-College Program Bursaries

Need financial assistance? Apply for a Pre-College Program bursary and get the support you need.

Ready to apply?

The Pre-College Program application process involves four steps.