New GPRC agreement with ACAD increases opportunities for Fine Arts students


Photo Courtesy: Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) and the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) are increasing options for Alberta students to continue to pursue their careers in the arts.
GPRC President and CEO President Don Gnatiuk and ACAD President and CEO Dr. Daniel Doz signed an agreement today that provides the opportunity for GPRC Fine Arts students to transfer directly into ACAD’s degree programs.
“This new partnership with ACAD means our GPRC Visual Arts and Design students can apply to directly to transfer into some of ACAD’s professional Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. This means the courses students take at GPRC in are recognized by ACAD so our students can seamlessly continue to pursue a degree in Fine Arts,” said Gnatiuk. 
“ACAD is known for its excellence and is sought out by many of our graduates,” he said. “Creating this opportunity for students is a great example of how two institutions can work together and meet the needs of students.”
Dr. Doz remarked, “Formalizing an articulation agreement with GPRC puts the needs of Alberta students first and makes it easier for students to navigate their own unique learner pathways in the province. It is a pleasure to work with a team player such as GPRC who is a leader in spearheading new system approaches.”
Danielle Ribar is a 23-year-old Fine Arts student whose plan is to continue with her education and complete a degree. GPRC negotiating this agreement demonstrates the both colleges’ commitment and willingness to work with partners to increase options to help students succeed.
“GPRC is the perfect place to get a foundation for a career in the arts. My instructors took my skills and developed them to a where I can purse my passion further,” said Ribar. “This agreement with ACAD is just one more opportunity for me to take my GPRC education and achieve my goals.”
GPRC is a comprehensive community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. Established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, GPRC now includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, and learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. For more information visit
Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities. Founded in 1926, 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. The college is home to some of the most exciting and authoritative voices in Canadian art with many profoundly shaping the contemporary art movement in Alberta, Canada and around the world. ACAD offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Design undergraduate degrees and as of 2015 a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Craft Media. 
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