Welcome to Alberta University of the Arts
If you’re looking for the right answers, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re looking for the right questions, welcome to Alberta University of the Arts.
Ignite your imagination and fuel your curiosity.
For almost 100 years, AUArts has inspired students to pursue their dreams.
As one of Canada’s four innovative universities dedicated to art, craft and design, we’re proud to play an important role in our country’s visual culture. AUArts graduates have gained significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders.
Our talented community of emerging creatives learns from the best – experts who are among the country’s most acclaimed practicing artists and academics, across a diverse range of degree programs and disciplines. Formerly Alberta College Art + Design (ACAD), AUArts is a place where students can continue their education, earn an undergraduate degree or achieve their MFA.
AUArts is located in Calgary, Alberta. Close to stunning mountain parks and full of arts and culture, Calgary is a safe, sunny city with a small-town heart. As Calgary’s economy becomes increasingly diverse, the potential for finding meaningful employment and a market for work is high – for both students and graduates.
Read about AUArts' contribution to the community, learn about our vision for the future, view our annual reports, and see what's going on in our academic calendars.Publications
Faculty and staff
AUArts' faculty members are some of the most talented artists, designers and critical thinkers in Canada. Several are Governor General’s Award winners, and all of them are gifted practitioners of their respective crafts.Faculty and staff
Careers at AUArts
Passionate about art and design education? We'd love to hear from you.Careers at AUArts
Alberta University of the Arts follows a bicameral or shared governance structure as defined by the Alberta Post-secondary Learning Act.Governance
History and mission
See where we’ve been and learn where we dream of going next.History and mission
Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is situated on the ancestral land of the Siksikaitsitapi – Blackfoot (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani) and the shared territories of the Tsuut’ina – North Dene Sarcee, Iyarhe Nakoda-Stoney (Bearspaw, Chiniki, Good Stoney) and homeland of the Métis Nation of Alberta Region III. The City of Calgary has long been called Moh’kins’tsis by the Siksika, Guts’ists’i by the Tsuut’ina, and Wîchîspa by the Nakoda.