Welcome ACADSA Students!

Another year of studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design begins! This is a year of growth, as ACAD garnered it’s University Status in Spring of 2018. Stay tuned this Fall for information on campus as to what this growth entails, it’s a very exciting time! Those of you who are first year students, we are delighted to have you on campus. My name is Simone Saunders and I am the Director of Leadership & Governance for the ACAD Students’ Association (ACADSA).

ACADSA is an organization comprised almost entirely of current students, funded by students, and operating for students. We advocate on behalf of students to our ACAD admin and faculty in various councils and committees. We provide programs and services for students to support you during your time here. We famously run the bi-annual ACADSA Show and Sale and Hear/d Student Artist Residency which offer students professional development opportunities! We also provide various wellness and community building events, gallery opportunities, student group facilitation, and your health and dental coverage. For more information on our programs and services, check out our website

This summer, ACADSA’s Executive Committee has been working diligently on a strategic plan for the upcoming year to ensure that you are creating on a safe and lively campus. Our By-Elections are coming up! We have many positions we are still looking to fill within our Student Leadership Committee (SLC). If you are interested in holding a position to represent your department, please check out the available positions on our website: This year our commitment is to providing a positive and productive voice amongst the student body. By engaging with students, hosting bi-weekly meetings and promoting our community on social media, the SLC helps to bridge the gap between our varying departments! The SLC looks fantastic on your resume, pays you to come to meetings and is a reasonable workload to achieve on top of your already busy schedule. The official notice of elections has gone out and nomination packages are due on September 23rd. We look forward to your interest in running!

Please get in touch with us: you can find information about ACADSA, our staff and committee members at Get to know our team! Say hello to us in the halls and we will do the same. Stay up to date on what is happening at the Students’ Association, check out News and Events on our website ( and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ACADSA.

From all of us here at the Students’ Association, welcome to the 2018/19 academic year and we hope you have a great experience here!

Simone Saunders
Director of Leadership and Governance
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association