Critical and Creative Studies


Critical and Creative Studies

Students in the School of Critical and Creative Studies examine historical, critical, and methodological perspectives on the study of art and design. Students gain context for creative work in contemporary society, and are supported in becoming confident art and design practitioners.


SCCS courses include offerings across the following areas:

  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • English Literature and Creative Writing
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Material Culture and Cultural Anthropology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Professional Practices


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.


SCCS instructors represent a broad range of academic specializations. SCCS faculty members thrive on the creative environment at AUArts and are actively engaged in creative practice and academic research.

Permanent faculty

Sessional instructors


AUArts alumni have used their critical and creative skills to become instructors and curators. Meet some of our esteemed alumni.