ACAD School of Continuing Education + Professional Development embarks on new partnership with OCAD U

Calgary, Alta. - The Alberta College of Art + Design’s (ACAD) School of Continuing Education and Professional Development (ConEd) is thrilled to launch a complement of online courses in partnership with OCAD University. This collaboration is ACAD’s first virtual offering and is designed to elevate learner’s professional and personal development, increase creative potential and allow exploration into areas of self-expression.

“ACAD’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Development is delighted to be launching our first ever online course offerings in partnership with OCAD U. The merging of our institutions to deliver these courses reinforces a Pan-Canadian educational service,” said Nicole Hamilton, Executive Director of ACAD’s School of Continuing Education + Professional Development. “This type of flexible delivery speaks to the new mandate in ACAD’s school of continuing education, which includes broader appeal with working professionals.”

Courses being offered include Introduction to Web Analytics, Web Art and Design, Digital Photography, Adobe Photoshop, Basic Design Principles and more. An entire list of courses can be viewed HERE.

Evan Tapper, Director of the Office of Continuing Students at OCAD University looks forward to future collaborations between the two art and design institutions. “In light of our mutual interest in providing educational opportunities for art and design professionals across Canada, The Office of Continuing Studies at OCAD University is excited about this new partnership with the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development at ACAD to offer online studio art, design, and digital media courses to ACAD students,” said Tapper.

Early-Bird registration for Fall + Winter courses is now open and students save $25 when they enrol before Friday, September 7. Visit for more information.


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About Alberta College of Art + Design

Founded in 1926, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. In addition to credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College offers a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only institution in the province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs in art, craft and design. ACAD achieved university status on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

About OCAD University

Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.