This page hosts official announcements from the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (Formerly Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association).

To see news from the university, please visit AUArts.ca

412, 2017

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – December 2017

December 4th, 2017|


Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!! Fill in our draw entry form at https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/healthy-habits-december-prize

Contest closes and winner will be drawn Wednesday, December 13th. Good luck!



What’s inside the set: A how-to guide . . .

Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide explains how to start and keep a dot journal—a planner, to-do list, and diary that will help you get your life together. You decide what goes inside:

  • Lists of your to-dos, to-don’ts, and more
  • Symbols that will make those lists efficient and effective
  • Spreads to plan your day, week, month, or year
  • Trackers for your habits and goals
  • A blank dot-grid journal
  • 208 numbered dot-grid pages that make creative layouts a breeze
  • A rugged, flexible cover with an inner back pocket

An elastic closure and a ribbon to keep your place!

A truly renewing and therapeutic experience for mind and body, this luxurious spa-inspired bath treatment is formulated with premium Dead Sea salts, hand-minded Pink Himalayan salts and pure essential oils of Lavender, Marjoram and Geranium.


  • Transforming aroma of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils instantly stimulate the senses, encouraging a sense of restoration and overall well-being
  • Stimulates circulation and blood flow
  • Soothes tired and sore muscles
  • Draws out toxins and impurities
  • Draws out toxins and impurities
  • 100% natural
An innovative multi-tasker, this 3-in-1 oil functions as an all over body moisturizer, hair and scalp treatment and nourishing bath oil. Rich in Jojoba and Sweet Almond oil with essential oils of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Patchouli. Nourish and hydrate your skin while breathing in the transforming aroma. 100% natural. 50 ml.
Loved for their elegant design and quality construction, Takenaka’s bento bowl makes it easy to enjoy healthy, economical and eco-friendly meals on the go. Made in Japan with the strictest quality-control, it comes with a tight-fitting lid and fork. BPA- and lead-free. 0.65L capacity. 5.31″ × 5.71″ × 3.58″ tall. Body, top, lid: polypropylene. Body is microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Hand-wash top lid and fork.
412, 2017

Marion Nicoll Gallery – Call for Submissions – Winter 2018

December 4th, 2017|


Submissions Open: December 4th, 2017 at 11:00AM
Submissions Close: December 31st, 2017 at 11:59PM

The Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) will be accepting submissions for the month of December 2017. If you are interested in having a show between January-April 2018 in any of our three gallery spaces, now is your time to submit a proposal! All current ACAD students are eligible to submit, as well as recent ACAD graduates within the last three years. Please read through the Submission Guidelines  (marionnicollgallery.wordpress.com/submissions/) carefully and then complete the online submission form. If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, please email the Gallery Coordinator, Laura Pritchard at mng.acadsa@acad.ca. The ONLINE submission form is available here:


Information about the three gallery spaces available can be found at marionnicollgallery.wordpress.com/about/

Again if you have any questions, please send all inquiries to: mng.acadsa@acad.ca

Thank you! The Marion Nicoll Gallery looks forward to seeing your submission!

112, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity: ACADSA Event Committee

December 1st, 2017|



Hi there fellow students!

Would you like to be involved in planning the fun stuff that happens at ACAD? Look no further! Volunteer on the Event Committee and use your creative brain to make ideas for community events come to life!

We are looking for two engaged, dedicated humans to sit biweekly on the Committee for the duration of January 8th to April 25th. In addition to sitting on the Committee, the volunteers are expected to set up and attend the events that they have helped plan.

The call for new volunteers ends on December 26th, and will be chosen by December 28th.

If you are interested, please consult the pdf attached for more details, and then click the link below to fill out the jotform to apply.

APPLY HERE: https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/volunteer-committee

Thank you,

Jenn Herring
Director of Cultural & Community Affairs
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

PDF: ACADSA Event Committee Terms of Reference

2311, 2017

Thank You – Donations for ALS Society of Canada

November 23rd, 2017|


ACADSA partnered with a few students to help raise money for the ALS Society of Canada in memory of instructor Karl Geist’s partner. We did a week long fundraiser, and then donated the money in Karl’s name.

The students and I want to thank the larger student body for donating. For more information about this fundraising effort please see: http://www.acadsa.ca/2017/10/call-for-donations-for-als-society-of-canada/

2211, 2017

Annual General Meeting (November 29 from 1 to 3 pm)

November 22nd, 2017|

2017AGMInsta2“What does ACADSA do anyways?” Attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 29 to find out! Get an introduction to our programming and responsibilities, our advocacy focuses and efforts, and our governing structure, and there will be a discussion period at the end to determine how we should communicate with YOU, our fellow ACAD students.

If you have questions about the meeting, please email Camille Porcheron, Director of Leadership and Governance, at leadership.acadsa@acad.ca

2011, 2017

Life Jacket : Hear/d Residency Exhibition (Nov 23 – Dec 7)

November 20th, 2017|


The Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association (ACADSA) launches the Hear/d Residency exhibition, on Thursday, November 23. Showcasing student artwork that addresses mental health and wellness, the exhibit runs until Thursday, December 7 at the Alberta College of Art + Design, with the reception taking place on November 30 at 6:00PM.

The exhibition, Life Jacket, is a collaboration of unique works crafted by students within the Hear/d Residency program facilitated by ACADSA. The program provides students with a safe platform to communicate their experiences with mental health through their creative practice. The goal of the program is to raise awareness towards the health and well-being of post-secondary students, while creating an ever growing support network for students on campus.

“The Hear/d Residency has been really valuable as it has given me a chance to create and facilitate a space where students feel comfortable being vulnerable and asking for help,” says Brandon Giessmann, print major and current Hear/d Mentor.

The three-month long residency runs biannually, recently transitioning into a student led initiative. Two student mentors facilitate the residency and curate the exhibition. Each year the residency is shaped by a new theme, with an overarching subject of mental health. This semester, residents were guided by the theme of resilience. The residency concludes with this two-week-long exhibition featuring an array of artwork for the public to engage with. The Hear/d Residency seeks to connect students from different disciplines to build a stronger sense of inclusion and comradery in the ACAD community. Ceramics major and current Hear/d Mentor Alisha Marie says, “opportunities like participating in the Hear/d Residency program are why many of us came to ACAD to begin with, the bonds which are built within the residency echo into other parts of our lives and our careers.” After participating in the Hear/d Residency program last semester, Mentor Alisha Marie says, “I believe that the Hear/d Residency helps build a strong community within ACAD, rewarding students in a way which we want to be fulfilled.”

Alongside the Hear/d Residency exhibition, the 2017 SPARK Disability Art Festival will be hosting their reception. The Spark exhibition explores themes of Art & Disability from a variety of perspectives and in all media. This year SPARK received a total of 176 submissions for consideration from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit https://www.sparkdisabilityartfestival.com/spark-festival-2017

ACADSA is a visible and vocal student-run organization that represents a creative community of students. We promote health and well-being, provide professional growth opportunities and champion students’ interests.

For more information regarding the Hear/d Residency program, please visit www.acadsa.ca/heard

2011, 2017

Winter 2017 Show + Sale = Success

November 20th, 2017|


Thanks to participating students and everyone who came to our Winter 2017 Show + Sale for making this event a success! Proceeds from Show + Sale go directly towards supporting individual artists and the student body as a whole. Your contributions enable advancements in art, craft and design education, fostering local entrepreneurship, building community and developing the creative economy in Alberta and beyond.

911, 2017

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – November 2017

November 9th, 2017|


Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!! Fill in our draw entry form at https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/healthy-habits-november-prize

Contest winner will be drawn Wednesday, November 29th. Good luck!



Make lunchtime fun and colourful with Keep Leaf’s stylish insulated lunch boxes. Features exterior zippered pocket. Fully insulated to keep contents fresh and protected. Exterior is made from 100% certified organic cotton with waterproof coating for easy cleaning. Lead, Phthalate and BPA free. Wipe to clean.
Covered in stain resistant faux leather that lets you wipe away small spills, this vintage-inspired binder is filled with everything you need to start recording your family favourites. It features multiple divided sections with pages where you can write down recipes, plus pockets and an accordion folder let you stash those previously written. 8.5” x 9.5”.
The perfect companion for all creative types, The Official Bullet Journal marries function with this classic, thread-bound Leuchtturm1917 notebook. Boasting 240 numbered pages, 8 perforated and detachable sheets, a gusseted pocket, a page marker, and an elastic bound closure, it offers everything you could possibly desire from a daily diary. 240 pages. 5.71” x 8.27”.
An innovative multi-tasker, this 3-in-1 oil functions as an all over body moisturizer, hair and scalp treatment and nourishing bath oil. Rich in Jojoba and Sweet Almond oil with essential oils of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Patchouli. Nourish and hydrate your skin while breathing in the transforming aroma. 100% natural. 50 ml.
811, 2017

Show + Sale Winter 2017 (Nov 16-18)

November 8th, 2017|


Join us in celebrating the creativity of Calgary’s emerging artists at the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association semiannual student art market.

The Show + Sale Winter 2017: First Night Fundraiser is a ticketed event on November 16th (5-8pm), offering an exclusive viewing and sale of ACAD student work. Proceeds from your $25 ticket purchase directly supports ACAD students with programming.

The Show + Sale Winter 2017: Weekend Market continues Friday, November 17th (12-7pm) and Saturday, November 18th (12-4pm) with entrance by donation at the door. For more information, please visit: www.acadsa.ca/show-sale/

3110, 2017

Happy Halloween from ACADSA

October 31st, 2017|

Halloween - Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween! Stop by the ACADSA Office today for some sweets!

3010, 2017

Call for Donations for ALS Society of Canada

October 30th, 2017|


“Hey everyone, We have recently found out that Karl Geist’s partner has lost her battle with ALS. A group of us are collecting donations to ALS Society of Canada in her name. We will be doing one large group donation. I really hope you guys can help out. Karl is an amazing instructor, and we want to do our best to support him in this sad time. And even if you can’t give a lot, every little bit helps. Thank you all.” – Nikolas Havlock

For more information about ALS please visit www.als.ca/

Times To Donate via Students

Monday, October 30:

  • Niko – Knowledge Centre area, 1 – 6
  • Alexia – 520 from 7 – 9:50 PM

Tuesday, October 31:

  • Niko – Room 562 8:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Alexia – Room 560 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Wednesday, November 1:

  • Both Niko and Alexia 1-2 Main Mall

Thursday, November 2:

  • Niko – Room 560 8:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Alexia – Room 562 8:30 AM – 1 PM
  • *Both are available from 1 PM – 7 PM in the Nest

Friday, November 3:

  • Niko: Room 560 8:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Alexia – Room 560 8:30 AM – 1 PM

ACADSA Office Hours

  • Monday-Thursday 10AM-4PM

Alternatively, if students want to set up a time, they can email either Alexia or Niko directly at Alexialjmitche@hotmail.com or nikolas.havlock@acad.ca

To donate on your own, please visit www.als.ca/

Thank You,

Jenn Herring
Director of Cultural and Community Affairs
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

2710, 2017

Attend ACAD Town Hall – Wednesday, November 1 (2-3:30PM)

October 27th, 2017|


Hello ACAD students,

You hopefully have read your emails and received the invitation from Dr. Daniel Doz to attend the Town Hall meeting next week. The meeting will be held in the Lecture Theater from 2:00-3:30 PM on Wednesday November 1st. The meeting will be lead by a couple members of ACAD’s cabinet, and will have a guest speaker Ron Bond. Ron has been hired by ACAD as a consultant to look at ACAD with fresh eyes, and discuss what ACAD’s options are in order to be financially sustainable in the future.  

This email you are currently reading is for us, the Student’s Association, to weigh in on why we think it’s important for students to attend this meeting.

Some of you may be aware that ACAD is currently facing a tricky financial situation. An article was even written about the financial unsustainability in the Metro newspaper this past Monday the 23rd. The early part of the town hall meeting will discuss that tricky situation. What factors are contributing to the multi-faceted financial trouble, and what are the barriers in our way to crawling out of that financial difficulty.

ACAD spent 2 years (2014-2016) building a financial sustainability plan that focused on growing the institution. It was an ambitious plan that would increase facility space, increase ancillary resources, double the undergrad population of the school, and increase the MFA program to 500 students over the course of 10 years. The plan was submitted to the government in September of 2016 and ACAD received a letter in June of 2017 rejecting the proposal.

The government now is expecting ACAD to create a three year balanced budget by the end of May. This budget is expected to be completed with the following assumptions:

  • Using the resources currently accessible to the college
  • Expecting the same level of funding, in a system that already allocates funding for post-secondary inequitably
  • Until this three year balanced budget is completed, no new proposals for programming will be considered.

There is a lot up in the air right now, and everybody (admin, faculty, staff, and students) is deeply concerned or even fearful about what the future holds for this institution, and our invested time and money in it. The upcoming town hall will include some information about what options ACAD has to consider, including ideas like early retirement incentives, program prioritization, and partnerships and collaboration. Nothing is certain, but some decisions need to be made soon about how to address our situation. This is an opportunity for YOU the students to get more informed about the behind-the-scenes workings of the school and have a voice in what decisions are made. These opportunities for students have been few and far-between over the last several years, take advantage of it!

Thank you for your time in reading this message, I know it’s difficult to balance with midterms. I hope to see you all at the Town Hall on Wednesday.

Camille Porcheron
Director of Leadership and Governance
ACAD Student’s Association

2610, 2017

New Career Development Resources

October 26th, 2017|


Check out our Career Development Opportunities & Resources section for a list of meaningful resources designed to foster the professional development of students and help you confidently excel as creative professionals.

2310, 2017

Flu Vaccine Clinic – Oct 25, 2017

October 23rd, 2017|

FluClinicPoster_smGet your flu shot! Students are at risk for contracting the flu due to the amount of time spent in public spaces. Visit our flu vaccine clinic, hosted with the help of Studentcare and Rexall on October 25th in the Alberta College of Art + Design Boardroom from 11 am to 2 pm!

More information will be sent to your ACAD email address.

1810, 2017

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – October 2017

October 18th, 2017|


Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!! Fill in our draw entry form at https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/healthy-habits-october-prize

Contest winner will be drawn Wednesday, November 8th. Good luck!



Food tastes better when it is presented in a beautiful way and now there’s a lunch pot that does just that. Two watertight pots have lids with watertight locking seals so you can separate your yoghurt and granola, noodles and fruit salad. The stackable pots come with a carrying strap that also holds a spork at the ready. When you’re finished eating, the smaller pot fits inside the larger one for compact carrying.
Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.

Featuring vibrant hand-lettering and images that have attracted a large following for her stationery and textile line in boutiques across the country, Meera Lee Patel’s uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more.

Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.

In this eagerly awaited follow-up to the international bestseller Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique large-format approach working from actual photographs to create beautifully detailed line drawings of amazing buildings and other structures from around the world. The globe-trotting selection includes buildings from six continents-including Prague’s Astronomical Clock, Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, a Florentine bridge, a Romanian castle, an Indian palace, and many dozens more-alongside fun-to-color details from iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, and the Chrysler Building. The crisp white pages are conducive to a range of applications, and a middle margin keeps all the artwork fully colorable. A dozen imaginative architectural mandala illustrations round out this gorgeous adult coloring book.
A favourite new pastime among adults, it has been said by researchers that colouring can be therapeutic and a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. That, and it’s also really fun! A broad set of beautiful hues that feature a soft, break-resistant core, these coloured pencils offer superior blending and shading! Go on, unleash your creativity. Set of 24.
Floating in the pod, with no light or sound, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to elicit the body’s natural relaxation response and enter a state of deep relaxation. Your brain responds by removing undesirable chemicals and releasing endorphins stimulating feelings of happiness and well-being. Simply put, floating calms our overly stimulated systems and restores the body’s chemical and metabolic balance.
1310, 2017

ACADSA By-Election Results for 2017/18

October 13th, 2017|

Congratulations to all the successful candidates! The ballots are in and ACADSA is very excited to welcome you to the team! Our new representatives are…

Jennifer Herring – Director of Community and Cultural Affair

Haley Eyre – Photography Representative

McKenna Prather – Painting Representative

Patrick O’Sullivan – Jewelry + Metals Representative

Ankeeta Patel – Glass Representative

Thank you to everyone who participated! If your department still lacks representation, please contact me (at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca) and we can get you appointed by the current SLC!


Dalyce Bryant
Director of Advocacy and Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association