Campus tours and events

Come say hello, drop by for a visit, or jump in and get involved – we’re looking forward to meeting you!

Come for a Tour

General Tours

General campus tours are available most Wednesdays @ 4:30 p.m. and Fridays @ 4:30 p.m. tours are led by our very own Student Ambassadors and are most suitable for students in Grade 11 and up. Parents, family, and friends are welcome to attend. Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length and focus on the spots and services of most relevance to new or incoming ACAD students.


Sat-TOUR-days are special, student-led tours of the ACAD campus, that happen on – you guessed it! – Saturdays. They’re a great way to get to know ACAD. You’ll spend about an hour and a half with us, getting an insider’s tour of our studios and facilities by current students who’ll tell you what it’s really like to go to school here. Our student ambassador will be able to answer any questions you might have about our programs and applications process. Do it!

Register for a tour

Please note that our campus will be closed for tours after December 15th, 2018 for the holidays. We will post more tour dates in the New Year. Please check back for more dates and times in January 2019.

Group + School Tours

Group or school tours are available upon request throughout the year and are most suitable for high-school students in Grade 10 and up. For more information or to book a tour time, please contact Crystal Scott, Student Recruitment Operations Coordinator at


There are over $30,000 in prizes to be won – including tuition for ACAD – at this unique competition for students in grade 10, 11 and 12.

Submission Deadline is December 31, 2018 Find out more about Show Off!

Fall OPEN HOUSE + Portfolio Review DAY

Saturday, November 24, 2018  | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


We want to get to know you and have you get to know us!
So how about some face time on-campus at Alberta College of Art + Design? Faculty, staff and students would love to see you at our upcoming Open House + Portfolio Review Day
1. Get Familiar: Get first-hand experience of what it’s like to attend ACAD — meet student artists, participate in fun workshops, take part in activities and take a tour around campus.
2. Tour the Campus: See our state-of-the-art studio spaces, check out the superb proximity of residence halls to classrooms and studios, meet internationally renowned faculty who will become your mentors.
3. Portfolio Reviews: Bring along some examples of your best, most recent work. This could include in-progress or finished pieces such as a sketchbook, prints, drawings or some digital images (we would recommend no more than 15-20 pieces). You will be able to review your portfolio with our faculty, who will sit down with you and provide some constructive feedback. It’s a great way to get some one-on-one time with them, learn how portfolios are evaluated, and get some helpful tips on how to make your portfolio even stronger.
4. Show + Sale: Check out what our students have created during the school year in our Main Mall. Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association (ACADSA) Show + Sale is a unique public art market that invites you to view and purchase over 3,000 pieces of handmade works. The sale features work from each of ACAD's disciplines of study. Whatever your preferred medium, you'll find it here: Paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, glass, fibre, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics and more! 


Do the words “portfolio review” stress you out? Don’t worry, it’s going to be OK. In fact, it’s going to be an amazing experience (trust us).

When attending our Portfolio Review Day you will have an opportunity to review your portfolio with our faculty, who will sit down with you and provide some constructive feedback. It’s a great way to get some one-one-on-one time with them, learn how portfolios are evaluated, and get some helpful tips on how to make your portfolio even stronger.

Please note that the Winter Portfolio Review is best suited for students in Grade 11 (or older) to help you prepare for submitting your portfolio with your application to Fall 2019.

If you are not in Grade 11 or older please stay tuned for more events coming in the New Year. We also encourage you to check out our Teen Programs that run during the summer. 

Winter Portfolio Review Day | Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:00am to 2:00pm 

>>>Register for a time slot at our Winter Portfolio Review Day


If you have any other questions about how to register or about this event, please contact us or call us at 403.284.7617.


Try our pre-college and teen programs

Interested in art and design but not quite ready for college? Check out our programs for teens and high-school students.

Attend an ACAD event

There’s always something going on at ACAD. Check out our events calendar to join us for an artist talk, gala event, workshop, or simply drop in to visit one of our many galleries and take it all in.


Do you have questions about our programs or application process? You can schedule an appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers here on campus. Our Office hours are Monday to Friday 8 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact us to schedule an appointment

Can’t make it to Calgary for a visit?

Don’t worry – you can always catch us on the road, too. Contact us to find out our on the road schedule where you'll be able to stop by to learn about the ACAD experience with our amazing recruitment team.