Top 10 reasons

Small class sizes make a world of difference in the quality of education. AUArts’ diverse programs and world-class studio facilities ensure you have everything you need to fuel your creative drive. 

1. Amazing arts facilities and studio space 


As an AUArts student, you’ll enjoy one of the best – and biggest – arts facilities Canada has to offer, with each of our shared studios supervised by skilled professionals. So you get a helping hand when you need it, as well as your own studio space in your third and fourth year. 

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2. Acclaimed, practicing artists as faculty 


AUArts’ classes are led by some of the most talented – and prominent – practising artists in the country, with some of the smallest class sizes (we’re talking a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1). These exceptional practitioners and dedicated teachers make studying at AUArts a rich, inspiring, and personal experience for emerging artists and designers. 

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3. Diverse degree programs 


AUArts offers Bachelors of Fine Arts and Design degree programs, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts. With 11 areas of concentration and the flexibility to work across disciplines, you can expand your skills or hone right in on the details that inspire you. Because options are a good thing, right? 

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4. Location, location, location 


Close to stunning mountain parks and full of arts and culture, Calgary is a safe, sunny city with a small-town heart. Plus, as Calgary’s economy becomes increasingly diverse, the potential for finding meaningful employment and a market for your work here is high – for both students and graduates. 

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5. Student travel programs 


Got a travel bug? AUArts students can enrich their studies through student travel programs. Spend a semester studying elsewhere in North America, the UK, continental Europe, or Australia, do a studio residence, or find travel funding to create your own voyage of discovery. 

Find out about our student travel programs

6. Visiting Artist program 


You can also stay put and have the world come to you. AUArts’ well-established visiting artist program brings some of the world’s top creative minds to campus to speak and conduct workshops. 

7. Support for students 


Everyone needs a hand sometimes. To make sure you get the help you need, AUArts offers academic support, writing assistance, and professional counselling services for all students, free of charge. All students, including international students, also receive government health care, medical prescription coverage, and dental benefits. 

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8. Affordable tuition 


AUArts’ tuition and fees are among the least expensive of Canada’s art and design colleges. We also award hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to students through scholarships and awards, accept FAFSA student loans, and provide multiple financing options to ensure everyone can access our programs. 

Learn more about tuition and fees at AUArts and our scholarships and awards.

9. MFA program in Craft Media 


Our MFA program in Craft Media brings graduate students to campus, enriching AUArts with new energy, a higher level of research, and creating new conversations about contemporary craft. 

Learn more about AUArts’ MFA program

10. Tools for a successful career 


At AUArts, you’ll not only develop critical-thinking abilities and advanced creative skills you need for your career, you’ll also be mentored by accomplished, active professional artists who’ve been there. We also provide career development courses and programs to help you acquire the practical tools and business skills you’ll need for a successful career. 

Learn how AUArts helps prepare students for their careers and see what AUArts alumni are up to