Students in the School of Critical and Creative Studies examine historical, critical, and methodological perspectives on the study of art and design. Students gain context for creative work in contemporary society, and are supported in becoming confident art and design practitioners.


SCCS courses include offerings across the following areas:

  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • English Literature and Creative Writing
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Material Culture and Cultural Anthropology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Professional Practices


SCCS courses are supported by the Luke Lindoe Library, dedicated classrooms, and an array of student learning resources and services, including learning management systems and the AUArts Writing Centre. Students can also access resources at other Calgary post-secondary institutions, including the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.


SCCS instructors represent a broad range of academic specializations. SCCS faculty members thrive on the creative environment at AUArts and are actively engaged in creative practice and academic research.

Permanent faculty

Dr. John Calvelli

Dr. Mark Clintberg

Dr. Chris Frey

Dr. Benedict Fullalove

Dr. Alex Link

Dr. Jennifer Salahub

Dr. Ashley Scarlett

Sessional instructors

Cassandra Dam

Gerry Kisil

Julia Krueger

Jane McQuitty

Dr. Julia Petrov

Lynn Calf Robe

Diana Sherlock

Christine Somer

Judy Sterner


AUArts alumni have used their critical and creative skills to become instructors, curators. Meet some of our esteemed alumni.

Anthea Black

Nicole Burisch

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