Critical and Creative Studies



Critical and Creative Studies

The School of Critical and Creative Studies (SCCS) teaches historical, critical, and methodological perspectives on the study of art, craft and design, providing students with the historical and contemporary critical contexts you’ll need to build an informed and critical practice.

Subject areas include:
•    Art History and Visual Culture
•    English Literature and Creative Writing
•    Humanities and Cultural Studies
•    Material Culture and Social Science
•    Professional Practices 

Comics Minor

Comics, or storytelling through words and images in sequence, has grown beyond fiction and autobiography to include applications in fields as diverse as journalism, law, medicine, and archaeology. The history and critical study of comics, through the Comics Minor, will serve students whose practice includes communicating critically through sequential combinations of word and image.

Popular Courses

  • AHIS 210 Visual Arts Modernisms
  • AHIS 211 History of Design
  • AHIS 310 Landscape and Place
  • AHIS 311 Canadian Contexts
  • AHIS 317 Critical Contexts in Modern and Contemporary Visual Communications and Design
  • AHIS 319 Memento Mori
  • ENGL 214 Creative Writing 
  • ENGL 217 Introduction to Narrative
  • ENGL 314 International Narrative
  • ENGL 317 Contemporary Narrative
  • ENGL 333 The Graphic Novel
  • PPRL 303 Business
  • PPRL 304 Entrepreneurship
  • PPRL 305 Studio Professional Practice
  • SOSC 203 Media Analysis and Criticism
  • SOSC 301 Material Culture
  • SOSC 380 Design Thinking

Careers Include:

  • Practicing artist
  • Arts administrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Educator
  • Curator 
  • Art writer

Studio Facilities - Environment

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.


Notable Alumni