Overlooking the Bow River and the downtown skyline, ACAD is close to Calgary’s light rail transit, which can easily give the students access to the museums and galleries of the city. Its building is adjacent to the Jubilee Parkade and the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and in front of the SAIT Campus Centre. The college’s studios have a lot of spaces, with a small student-to-teacher ratio that encourages more one-on-one interaction. In 2010, ACAD will introduce a mandatory laptop computer program to keep the students in step with the advances of digital technology and practices. This will require all incoming students to own or lease a laptop computer during the first year of their enrolment.
The ACAD Student’s Association (ACADSA) is the student’s advocate and representative. It runs the Marion Nicoll Gallery that gives students the opportunity to exhibit their works. Twice a year, the ACADSA also arranges a Show and Sale that helps students finance their education. ACADSA also manages and operates the cafeteria.
Students can access the athletic facilities of the campus. SAIT Wellness Centre provides students a 35-metre swimming pool, aerobics/dance studio, weight training room, four squash courts, four racquetball, hockey rink, a multi-purpose gymnasium, a diving area, and a 15-person hot tub. In addition, the Wellness Centre also organizes open recreational activities, activity classes, sports clubs, and recreational activities. Student-Athletes who are interested to compete on SAIT intercollegiate teams in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference can take up ice hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and cross-country running. Students who want to eat can go to the Arthole, which offers specialty coffee in the morning and alcoholic beverages after 4:00 pm. The Mastication Station shows the culinary expertise of Chef Dan, while the SAIT has a number of establishments in the campus which are run by professional chefs and students of the University.
The Alberta College of Art and Design offers the following programs to students: ArtStream (The program provides artistically talented students the opportunity to study at the University even if they do not meet ACAD's academic or English proficiency requirements); Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery + Metals, Media Arts + Digital Technologies, Painting, Print Media, and Sculpture); and Bachelor of Design (Photography, Visual Communication Design). It also offers Post Diploma Degree Programs.
Some of the most notable graduates of the University are: Don Simmons, Don Mabie, Derek Michael Besant, Christopher Willard, Kay Burns, Susan Menzies, Katie Ohe, Mary Scott, Dick Averns, Don Kottmann, Alan Dunning, Mitch Kern, Mark Dicey, Laura Vickerson, Rita McKeough, and Joanne Bristol.
Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta, Canada. Calgary's urban scene has changed considerably since the beginning of the city's rapid growth. It is also starting to become recognized as one of Canada's most diverse cities.
Calgary's downtown features an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, cultural venues, shopping, and public squares such as Olympic Plaza. Downtown tourist attractions include the Calgary Zoo, the TELUS World of Science, the TELUS Convention Centre, the Chinatown district, the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Tower, the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.
Calgary has a semi-arid, highland continental climate with long, dry, but highly variable, winters and short, moderately warm summers. As a consequence of Calgary's high elevation and relative dryness, summer evenings can be very cool, the average summer minimum temperature drops to +8°C, and frosts can occur in any month of the year.