Mission, vision and values

AUArts is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. We engage the world and create possibilities. 

Mission statement 

Alberta University of the Arts is a diverse and inclusive community committed to leading education and research in creative practices. 

Vision statement 

To change the world through art, craft and design while enriching creative communities and economies. 

Our values 

At AUArts, we are a diverse community of critical thinkers driven by curiosity and inspired by imagination. We create, make, shape, explore and help emerging artists, craftspeople and designers find a career path while finding themselves. 

Together, our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and our many collaborators transform perspectives, spark discussion, and ignite change. We use visual art, craft and design as powerful vehicles to change the world. 

And that is our real masterpiece, the work we are most PROUD of. 

  • Passion: We are curious and thoughtful risk-takers; we celebrate our creative process. 

  • Respect: We build relationships based on trust and accountability; we are connected to one another’s success and wellness. 

  • Openness: We embrace diversity and inclusivity in culture, identity and perspective; we are transparent, confident, approachable and welcoming. 

  • Unique: We pursue excellence in our studio-based practices, and in our support for our learners, faculty, staff, and external partners. 

  • Daring: We are courageous and deeply committed to experimentation, free enquiry, and research.