Announcing Alberta’s Newest University

The Alberta College of Art + Design will officially become the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts), the province’s first university dedicated to fine arts and design.

Minister Schmidt and Simone Saunders, student association director of leadership and governance, unveil the new name and logo for the Alberta University of the Arts.

The new name and status formally comes into effect on Feb. 1.

Since 2015, the institution has received about $4.6 million in additional provincial funding to support its operations and long-term sustainability. The increase is part of the two per cent additional funding provided yearly to all public post-secondary institutions through the Campus Alberta Grant. To ensure students have access to modern learning facilities, government also provided $2.5 million to the university this past year.

“Creative minds have come to Calgary for nearly a century to launch international careers in graphic design, fashion and traditional media. By granting this iconic school university status, we’re cementing an already sterling global reputation. And by investing in AUArts, we’re ensuring it remains a destination for Alberta’s artists, designers and creative leaders.”

~Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

The announcement comes during Alberta’s Month of the Artist, the first in Canada dedicated to the celebration of artists.

“This historic day recognizes our government’s commitment to the arts and artists, and the important role they play in our society and economy. For more than 90 years, this institution has helped make Alberta become a more creative and artistic province. It is so fitting that this announcement be made during Alberta’s first Month of the Artist, a month dedicated to celebrate Alberta’s artists, and the valuable contributions they make to our province.”

~Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Last year, the Alberta government granted university status to the institution to more accurately reflect the mandate and high-quality degree programs available. The university offers a number of degree programs, including a bachelor of fine arts and a bachelor of design at the undergraduate level, as well as a master’s degree in fine arts.

“This is a historic and most exciting moment for our 92-year-old post-secondary institution. We have been offering professional degrees in fine art, craft and design for decades, and this coming May, students set to graduate will now proudly convocate from Alberta University of the Arts.”

~Daniel Doz, president and CEO, Alberta University of the Arts

These changes are one of many actions the Alberta government is taking as part of its commitment to ensuring the post-secondary system is accessible and affordable.