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1503, 2018

Campaign Statements for 2018/19 ACADSA Election

March 15th, 2018|


For more information about the various positions visit www.acadsa.ca/elections. Meet and greet the candidates at the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 27 (between 1-2PM).


As a potential elect for the Director of Leadership and Governance position, my experience is rooted firmly within team oriented opportunities. For nearly a decade I have produced and performed within Canadian theatre, engaging in the arts community. I find myself fortunate to have acted on stages on a national scale, allowing me to use my voice and participate in team spirit on many different levels.  Attending ACAD- I am in my second/third year split majoring in Fibre with a focus in Printmaking. Currently, I am the Student Groups Coordinator at ACADSA managing 25 diverse and active student groups. Working in ACADSA has nurtured my ambition to run for this position, understanding the positive impact the association has in the school, constantly empowering the student body. Being a part of ACADSA the last year has contextualized the involvement that the Leadership and Governance position demands,gaining experience within this community and understanding what would be expected of me as a leader in the Executive Committee. ACAD is a flourishing and ever-changing community with many changes and challenges on the horizon. I aim to be a voice within that growth, to continue the dialogue that has been put into place. I am committed to being the liaison of communication between the students and ACAD’s administration. I will be aware of the changes and stay engaged within it’s process. I anticipate to be an advocate for the students, to champion the synergy that exists here at ACAD.  Without the students there would be no school, within this position I would be reminded of that every day.
I value the institutional development that ACAD aspires to and has achieved recently. I want my fellow students and myself to gain every advantage possible from our time at ACAD, whether we aspire to Graduate school or public art commissions or anything beyond and in between.

At the same time, we all have different schedules, timelines and responsibilities, so access to studios and flexibility in class schedules is important. I would look to my fellow students for their desires in class flexibility. Classmates have expressed interest in more options for Spring, credit classes, in order to ease or fulfill graduation requirements. I would follow up on that.

I would ask students for their desired content in the professional development classes. I have heard discontent repeatedly on this topic and have recently spoken with the chair of that department, who is open to ideas and to change. I want students to get what we really need from these classes, be it a progressive writing format for improving grant and school applications, or an editing of the content in general, this is something that needs to work for the students.

I would encourage open communication between ACADSA and the student body and would encourage efforts to make your representatives more visible and known to you. I would continue to encourage the open communication that has been fostered between the students and the ACAD governing bodies “ACAD”.

I have sat on juries for the Marion Nicoll Gallery and for student groups. I am currently on the Wellness Committee, Which, aspires to meet campus wellness needs. Wellness and advocacy go hand in hand. I want to advocate for what is in the greatest interest of ACAD Students, which in turn, aids in our wellness.

I am a strong and vocal voice, that is interested in, and will advocate for, what is best for you, the ACAD student.

I want to use my previous experience and interest in the welfare of ACAD students to be able to work with the rest of the ACADSA team to make the student experience as beneficial as it can be. In my several years at the school I have become familiarized with the ways that institutional changes affect students, especially the differences between the experiences of students of different departments. I spent several years as the secretary for my scout troop, which is experience that would allow me to better perform the responsibilities required by the position. This understanding and experience are important for this position because as the Director of Advocacy and Representation I would represent the student body, so I would need to understand and stay in contact with a wide variety of people, while also keeping up to date on the issues that affect them.
I would like to run for Director of External Relations because I would like to continue my mission of reconnecting ACAD to the external world.

In addition to the other post secondaries in the province, I believe ACAD needs to form symbiotic relationships with the post secondaries in Calgary in an effort to provide better services and a more cohesive experience among students.

Additionally, ACADSA needs to continue to be involved in government affairs in order to be taken seriously by the government and assert their presence in the community. This extends to the art community as well. My goal is to create a smoother communication between the various art establishments in Calgary and ACAD’s students.

All around, ACAD needs to build its relationship with the community around it, and I hope to be a part of that.

Hello ACAD! My name is Alena Martin, I’m a fourth-year print major and I am running to

be your director of community and cultural affairs! If elected to the ACADSA executive team, there are several things I will focus on to effect change as a voice for the students. One of the problems I would address while in office is the lack of mental health resources and awareness on campus. ACAD currently only has one councilor available to a school with an enrollment of just over 1000 students. During busy periods, students experience wait times ranging from three weeks to a month between sessions. This infrequency is unacceptable for students in crisis. ACAD was recently granted university status by the Government of Alberta, as well as funding initiatives involving mental health and well-being accommodations. I would like to leverage this to bring more councillors to ACAD and introduce other alternatives for students to seek out help if they need it.  Another important topic I would like to address while seated in this position is bringing change and attention to ACAD’s policies and procedures regarding student health and wellness. In particular, I want to implement a comprehensive sexual harassment policy to be introduced to students through course safety talks and course outlines. I want students to know that there are support systems in place in case of such events as well as promoting the prevention of sexual harassment and assault within ACAD. I also want to introduce free menstrual products to campus, similar to what was done this year at the University of Calgary. For my third task I will improve communications within ACAD, especially among students. Many students at ACAD remain uninformed about important news, policies and events regarding our school. I want to engage with the student body and allow for as much transparency between ACAD, ACADSA and students as possible. Organization, communication, well-being and safety will be my most important tasks in this leadership role in order to guarantee students will be welcomed and accepted into ACAD’s community. Questions? Contact me at alena.martin@acad.ca!

Hello my name is Emily Elizabeth Melaugh, and I am a third year painting major. I was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida where I attended University of North Florida for 2 years prior to coming to ACAD. I am running for Director of Cultural and Community affairs, and as your representative I would be dedicated to growing the student community at ACAD. Ask anyone who knows me, I’m an extrovert who’s always excited to host events and make new friends. I am an organized individual who would be excited to create and enact fun events for our school a couple times a semester. Halloween Party anyone?

In addition, being a part of our health and wellness team, I will help facilitate access to school resources and be an open ear for anyone to reach out to. As someone who understands the struggles of the average art college student, on top of being an international transfer; I can really help with guidance and a fresh perspective to student problems.

ACAD’s community is a melting pot, and my goal is to make it more of a Mosaic. In a melting pot scenario, the artists and teachers assimilate into the culture to blend in and work together. In a mosaic, each artistic discipline is celebrated for its value and diversity, and can be harmonized with other students and teachers to create an overall mosaic image of our community. My goal is to facilitate the building of bridges and friendships between the different subcultures and artistic practices inside our school. If elected, my hope is that I will help us shine brightly together and glitter through the rainbow glass of our school’s dream Mosaic.

The reason why I am choosing to run for General Studies is because I enjoy seeing the diverse works from the various studio classes and works specific to each and everyone’s major. As a very open minded person, I believe that all works of art are truly beautiful, all in their own unique light. This is the reason why I would be a good candidate for General Studies because as an open minded person, I can offer a non biased perspective and will do my best to help anybody out with their concerns or questions that would help the student satisfaction of part or all of the institution if I get elected, specific or not.


My goals for this position is to at least achieve one thing that will help as many students as possible. So, that being said, if I get elected, I will not neglect your help and do my best to offer a different perspective and if needed, forward your concerns to the higher ups to satisfy your experience in this institution. That being said, let me help you with any troubles that are not to student satisfaction. Thank you for your time.

Nikolas Havlock is running for the position of character design representative. If elected this will be his second time holding this position, he is excited to have the opportunity to continue the work that was started during the 2017-2018 school year. Nikolas is dedicated to continuing to strengthen the pathways of communication between faculty and students, as well as working with the Design Chairs to shape the VCD program for the future.
I am interested in running for the position as the SLC Fibre Department Representative in the 2018-2019 academic school year. I believe that I will be able to help create an environment for students at the school that they are happy with, by listening to their concerns, and helping to relay these concerns in the bi-monthly meetings. A position like this is essential to the students of each department, as the representative is responsible for being the fellow student’s voice. This will be an amazing opportunity for me as an incoming 3rd year student to gain some valuable knowledge about ACAD as well as the student body, and allow me to be a voice for other students in the Fibre Department. Recently I have been a part of the Student Groups Jury, in which we decided which groups get funding, as well as how much, and this experience has opened my eyes to the opportunities like this that are available for students in the school. I hope to continue getting more involved in the Fibre Department with this SLC position, as well as hear the concerns of other departments in the meetings to continually gain more knowledge about the school.
I love my department and would love to make it better in every way I know how.  I want to help represent those who have no time to speak up and after four years of being at ACAD I have the skills to communicate and instill trust in my compatriots that I will work hard for them.  We have a great community to build upon with lots of potential to do great things in the school.

Next year will be my fifth year at ACAD.  I know my way around the school and how I can improve it.  I have always done my best to advocate for my own needs and the needs of others.  Transparency and communication is key to being as efficient in this position as possible. One thing I would love to do is help the Fibre department become more active within the school.  By helping Cloth Club with fundraising, and listening to the ideas of my cohorts we can create something everyone can be a part of.  I would also like to look into opening the Art Hole again.  It is one of the spaces within the school that should be taken advantage of.  It has a lot to offer as another student-lead space for art and fundraising.

I have always been in teaching positions throughout my life, notably when I was an assistant instructor teaching martial arts for people as young as six and as old as sixty-five.  I have helped lead self-defense workshops for Women In Need and All Sport One Day. I have also been an advocate for mental health within my community and my personal relationships.  Acting as someone who supports and encourages individuals to find solutions that work for them instead of all-encompassing suggestions.

Hello, my name is Leia (Shi Jie) Guo, and I would like to run for the Glass Representative position in SLC. I have had experience in high school as part of Student Council, and have volunteered in my community with people of all ages. I have also been one of the First Year representatives for Show+ Sale, as well as a TA for one of the First Year glass classes this semester. I work well with my peers, and I’d like to help make positive change in ACAD, and in the Glass department. As a student, I believe that our time here at ACAD is a time not only to grow, but a time to make the most out of our practices and experiences. For this to happen, there needs to be a strong representative for the student body. I will be a 2nd year Glass major in the fall, and I am eager to learn and listen to everyone in the department to help make our voice heard. Some issues I would like to discuss would be general funding for the glass department, equipment funding, and student/teacher/technician relations. I’d like to learn with my peers about what needs to be discussed, what they care about in the school, and how as a department we can give the best experience for our students.
As the previous illustration representative, I, Alexia Mitchell have had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the position and criteria needed in order to accurately represent the students. I find communication is of vital importance, and I am the type of person that is loud and vocal about issues in my department. There are a lot of concerns that have come up last year, and it’s important that those concerns are presented in a way where there is action or at least acknowledgement about the topics students are addressing. I want the school as a whole to grow and work with, not against, the student body, and only through consistent, honest, and professional communication can we achieve this. Based on my involvement in the last year, I feel that I can continue to bring qualities of leadership, community, integrity, and passion to the position, and hope that the students will support me in my campaign.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Why am I running?

-To give a voice for my fellow students who feel under represented, particularly in the jewellry department.

-To gain a better understanding first hand at the processes in the decision making of ACAD, so that clear lines of communication can reach the students.

Why am I qualified?

-I can speak my mind without fear, knowing that my words echo the sentiments of my colleagues and I am their doubts and praise given voice on the board.

-Able to make informed decisions based on what is presented to me, but also knowing that I need to dig deeper to make sure EVERYTHING is presented to all on the council.

-Served as representative on committees or in unions before, and am prepared for the craziness that comes with this kind of information sharing organization.

What are my key topics?

-The under representation of not only the student voice but ACADSA as a whole, and insuring that ACAD students have a much clearer understanding of what ACADSA is and does for them.

-Saving what remains of the jewellery program and trying to bring some things back to it, while also trying to attract more students to the program.

-Aiding my fellow ACADSA reps and directors in leading ACAD to a better future through negotiation and socialization with other student run organizations like SAITSA and UofCSU.

As a 3rd year painting student who is already established within the ACADSA community, it is a joy to be running for the Painting SLC department representative position. My artistic practice in the relational aesthetics realm propels me to work within communities to increase bonds and communication between individuals.

From being one of the 8 students who attended the student Painting department meeting, I have found that the communication between the students and the ACAD government needs improvement. It is because of this that I would make it my primary initiative to increase communication within the painting department. Alongside this, I am determined to bring awareness to the entire department, especially in relation to the uncertainty of the Painting Show, that seems to be going around.

I am a liaison, a bridge that connects the politics of ACAD to the everyday life of the students. My energy and enthusiasm to be the representative for the students will make our community a more unified and celebrated one.

My experience being part of ACADSA this past term has been a great one. ACAD is in a critical moment right now and my top priority is to distribute information and help make important decisions on the behalf of the students. I believe that I would be the best choice for photography representative, as I have been up to date on the happenings of ACADSA and other school committees. As the photography representative, I plan to have monthly or bi-monthly department meetings, as it’s extremely important to me that all students in the Photography program are up-to-date on all the things happening in our department and the school. I want our program, school, and students to excel and be the pillars of the community we all know we are.
1503, 2018

ACADSA 2018/19 Election Candidates (Vote on April 4-5)

March 15th, 2018|

Hey ACADSA members,

Here are your candidates for the 2018-19 ACADSA Election. Voting will take place on April 4th + April 5th. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2018/19 academic year. For more information visit www.acadsa.ca/elections.

For Director of Leadership & Governance, Executive Committee

  • Simone Saunders

For Director of Advocacy & Representation, Executive Committee

  • Fiona Couillard
  • Jenna Van Buekenhout

For Director of External Relations, Executive Committee

  • Kayla Gale

For Director of Cultural & Community Affairs, Executive Committee

  • Alena Martin
  • Emily Elizabeth Melaugh

For BFA General Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Jay Orion

For Character Design Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Nikolas Havlock

For Fibre Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Eva Birhanu
  • Victoria Nagy

For Glass Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Leia (Shi Jie) Guo

For Illustration Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Alexia Mitchell

For Jewellery + Metals Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Josh Howard

For Painting Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Francesca Flaskay

For Photography Representative, Student Leadership Council

  • Haley Eyre

If you would like more information on these candidates you can look at their platform/campaign statements at www.acadsa.ca/2018/03/campaign-statements-for-201819-acadsa-election/, or you can attend the meet and greet Candidates Forum that will be happening on Tuesday, March 27 (between 1-2PM) in the cafeteria.

There are no candidates running for the following positions:

  • Advertising Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Ceramics Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • First Year Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Graduate Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Graphic Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Drawing Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • International Student Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Print Media Representative, Student Leadership Council
  • Sculpture Representative, Student Leadership Council

If you have any questions please email (the official elections officer at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca. Thank you!

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

803, 2018

#showandsale Promotion + Prizes

March 8th, 2018|

Instagram5 Show and Sale Spring 2018It’s time for Show + Sale! ACAD Students: We would love your help promoting the event! From now until the end of Show + Sale, we will be tracking the hashtag #showandsale. (*Posts must be public so that we can see them) Participating students who promote Show + Sale using the hashtag on their social medias will be entered to win various prizes, ranging from ACAD swag bags to Bookstore gift cards! We especially want to see the work you will be selling! An important part of participating in art markets is learning how to self-promote. Think of this as an opportunity to hone your promo skills!
ACADSA has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.

Per Facebook rules, we must mention this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to ACADSA, not Facebook.

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

203, 2018

From Books to Business: RBC Entrepreneurship Advice (March 5, 2018)

March 2nd, 2018|

RBC Entrepreneurship Advice

Do you want to start your own business but don’t know where to start? Are you curious about the next steps in transitioning out of school?

ACADSA is pleased to invite you to a fun, interactive session with RBC’s entrepreneurship team! On Monday, March 5th, they will be on campus over the lunch hour to provide students with tips and practices when looking at entrepreneurship as your next career step. Light lunch will be served to all attending students!

Royal Bank of Canada Entrepreneurship Session
Monday, March 5 | 1:00-2:00pm
ACAD Boardroom (next to the Welcome Desk)

We hope to see you there!

103, 2018

The Alberta College of Art + Design is Now a University

March 1st, 2018|


This morning, the Alberta government announced that the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has achieved university status, based on the high-quality programs it offers. The school has 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 craft media.

An official new name for the university has not yet been chosen but is expected to be announced in the coming months.

This is an exciting first step in ACAD dynamic and eventful future.

“Alberta is made richer by the many exceptionally talented artists, designers and creators that call our province home. Changing ACAD to a university not only demonstrates how much we value them and their work, but reflects the school’s role as the primary fine arts institution in our province. This is a historic day that recognizes the high-quality degree programs the school offers, the type of education its students are receiving and the significance of the arts, craft and design to our province.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

“Today’s announcement officially acknowledges that ACAD has been offering degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level for some time. Aligning our title, university, with our programming, demonstrates this government’s commitment to the pivotal role we play in the social, cultural and economic fabric of our province. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are the creators, makers, artists and designers who strengthen Alberta by diversifying it through the development of the creative industries within the knowledge economy.”

Daniel Doz, President + CEO, Alberta College of Art + Design

“The government granting ACAD university status reinforces our institutional track record for excellence. Although our name will change, our focus to educate and nurture the next generation of artists and designers in Alberta remains the same. The ACAD Board of Governors appreciates the Government of Alberta for their ongoing support in securing ACAD’s future as they recognize the university we have become.”

M. Carol Ryder, Chair, Alberta College of Art + Design Board of Governors

“For me, this is validation of all the hard work students do here. Finally having this recognition of all the time, money, effort and research that we accomplish is a breath of fresh air. It will be nice to have wider recognition to make transfers easier and a more accurate picture of what we have accomplished when we move on to whatever we pursue post-ACAD.”

Camille Porcheron, Director of Leadership + Governance,
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association

The change in status means that ACAD will be able to set up a General Faculties Council (GFC) similar to those in place at other universities in the province. Once established, the GFC will expand upon the existing academic oversight at the institution, ensuring the school’s programs continue to meet provincial, national and international standards of quality.

In order for the school to officially become a university, amendments to the Post-secondary Learning Act are required. The proposed changes to the act will be brought before the legislature at a future date.The Alberta government is currently reviewing other aspects of the post-secondary system and will share more information about its modernization of the system over the coming months.


For more information please contact: 

Steven Hodges, Alberta College of Art + Design
t. 403.284.7656
c. 403.472.5756
e. steven.hodges@acad.ca

About Alberta College of Art + Design

Founded in 1926, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. In addition to credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College offers a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only institution in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs in art, craft and design.

2002, 2018

Notice of Elections

February 20th, 2018|


ACADSA is looking for students who are interested in representing their department for the Student Leadership Council (SLC) and Executive Committee (EC).

We have made some changes to our team based on feedback we received at our Annual General Meeting and from your current representatives; we hope that this change will be better suited to represent the unique qualities of our campus. As a member of the SLC/EC you will be provided exciting professional development opportunities and participating on a governing board is a wonderful addition to your CV and can propel your career in many ways. Please note that these positions are all paid opportunities for students!


Nominations Open: February 26th-March 9th

Nomination forms DUE: March 9th

Mandatory campaign regulations meeting: March 13th

Campaign Forum – March 27th

Voting days: April 4th-5th

Polls Close April 5th by 5:00pm

Winners Announced on April 6th

The following representative positions are available, please see website for more details and nominations package:

Executive Committee

– Director of Leadership and Governance

– Director of Advocacy and Representation

– Director of Community and Culture

– Director of External Relations

Student Leadership Council

– Advertising

– BFA General Studies

– Ceramics

– Character Design

– (2) First Year Studies

– Glass

– Graduate Studies

– Graphic Design

– Illustration

– Jewellery + Metals

– Media Arts + Digital Technologies

– Painting

– Photography

– Drawing

– Fibre

– International Student

– Print Media

– Sculpture

Please carefully read all the documents included in the Elections Package (available at www.acadsa.ca/about/elections/)

Please drop off your election package into the ACADSA office. Our regular office hours are Monday – Thursday 10 to 4PM, but we will make sure someone is in the office on Friday for all those last minute submissions.

If you have read the documents and still have questions please email the official elections officer at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca, or just come into the office and ask!

Thank you!

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

1602, 2018

Office Closed – Monday, February 19, 2018

February 16th, 2018|

Remember that it is reading week February 19-23! No classes are scheduled.

We hope everyone has a great break! Our office will be closed on Monday, February 19th, but we will be back to regular hours on Tuesday, February 20th.


1202, 2018

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – February 2018

February 12th, 2018|


Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!!

This will be an in-person draw entry at two of ACADSA’s events.

Fill in our draw entry form at the Valentine’s Bazaar (February 14) and Kinky Bingo (February 15) in the ACAD Cafeteria.

Contest closes and winner will be drawn Thursday, February 15th. 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
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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.
902, 2018

Sexual Health Week – February 13-16

February 9th, 2018|


“Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.” – World Health Organization

Stop in at the ACADSA Office for free resources or check out our Health Habits Campaign!

What is drag all about? Come learn with us at the Drag 101 Workshop. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/285105075354499/

Join us on your lunch break at the Valentine’s Bazaar. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1953643101552599/

Secure your spot for Kinky Bingo through Eventbrite (https://acadsakinkybingo.eventbrite.ca/). Remaining spots on the day of will be available on a first come, first serve basis. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/122159581935277/


202, 2018

Win a $75 Visa Giftcard!! 2017-18 Advocacy Survey

February 2nd, 2018|

Website_survey_page_banner_1718ACADSA is looking for your feedback to help guide the incoming Executive Committee and Student Leadership Council in their advocacy efforts for the 2018/19 academic year. ACADSA recognizes that student feedback is essential for ensuring that the Executive and SLC represent your interests and voice to the decision making bodies of the college. In order to do that effectively, we need to hear from as many of you as possible! Please fill out this short survey to help us determine the best way to better serve, represent, and advocate for you!

There are questions in the survey regarding course workload, contact time with your instructors, accessing services, and ACADSA programming initiatives. It is so important that ALL students fill this survey out so we can get a better understanding of how your overall experience at ACAD could be improved, and what changes you’d like to see moving forward that we can advocate for on your behalf.

Personal identification information is not required, however if you would like to provide your name and email at the end of the survey you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $75 visa gift card!

*Survey data is kept separate from the survey entries so your submission will still be kept anonymous.

Please note: General survey results may be shared with administration, the Board of Governors and the ACADSA team. Your individual answers will be kept anonymous and will not be shared with anyone.

If you have a grievance that you’d like to report, please see the ACADSA website under “Get Involved/Student Rights” for more information on how to submit a formal complaint through our Action Forms.

Survey Link: https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/advocacy-survey-2017-18

Estimated Time To Complete Survey: 10-15 minutes

Deadline: Monday, February 26th at Midnight

2301, 2018

Spring 2018 Show + Sale: Important Dates For Student Participants

January 23rd, 2018|

Thursday, February 1 | 1pm
Show + Sale Info Session (Lecture Theatre)

Wednesday, February 7 | noon
ACADSA Career Development Fair

Monday, February 12 | midnight
Registration deadline 

Thursday, February 15 | 10am
Inventory sheets distributed to participants

Monday, March 5 | midnight
Deadline to submit inventory sheet

Thursday, March 8 | 10am
Registration for volunteer service opens

Tuesday, March 13 | 10-4pm
Inventory tag pickup | ACADSA office

Wednesday, March 14 | 10-4pm
Inventory tag pickup | ACADSA office

Thursday, March 15 | 4pm
Deadline to register for volunteer service

Monday, March 19 | 10-5pm
2D work drop off: Painting, Photo, Print, Drawing, Design, MADT

Tuesday, March 20 | 10-5pm
3D work drop off: Sculpture, Ceramics, Fibre and Glass

Thursday, March 22 | 5-8pm
First Night Ticketed Fundraiser Event

Friday, March 23 | 12-7pm
Show + Sale entrance by donation

Saturday, March 24 | 12-4pm
Show + Sale entrance by donation

Saturday, March 25 | 4-8pm
De-install of Show + Sale

Monday, March 27 | 10-4pm
Unsold work pick up

Click here to view full Show + Sale guidelines

2201, 2018

ACADSA Career Development Fair – February 7 (12-3pm)

January 22nd, 2018|


Find a summer internship! Discover community resources! Get to know the local organizations that are here to support your professional development as emerging artists!

ACADSA’s Career Development Program is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Career Development Fair! On February 7th, we will be hosting over 20 organizations that drive the Calgary arts scene, from artist-run centres, nonprofits, guilds, maker spaces, coalitions, and more!

Wednesday, February 7th
ACAD Main Mall

Check out ACADSA’s Facebook Event for more information about the organizations that will be joining us.


1801, 2018

REMINDER Call for Residency Submissions: ACADSA Hear/d Residency

January 18th, 2018|


ACAD Students’ Association is seeking applications for the 2018 Hear/d Residency program. Part of the ACADSA mandate is to provide professional development opportunities for students while also helping to facilitate the development of a strong student artist community + culture. The ACADSA Hear/d Residency invites individuals and collectives from all discipline areas to work together to collaborate on the research, development, creation and curation of an exhibition.

We are also looking for mentors for the program

The residency will have its own central theme of resilience, relating to the journey of mental health issues currently experienced by many post-secondary students. Given this theme, participants are invited to explore and share their journeys in a creative and innovative way. Through group discussions, reflection, individual studio time, critiques, and workshops, this residency will provide a platform for a diversity of creative activity. The residency will aim to raise awareness towards the health + well-being of post-secondary students, while also connecting members from different disciples who will help to build a stronger sense of inclusion and comradery in the ACAD community.


Being in good health means more than feeling physically well; it also means feeling mentally well. Today, we are more aware of how our mental and physical health affect each other. Setting aside time to focus on mental health is important – to you and those who care about you. Life is full of change, risks and challenges. Good mental or emotional health helps us find our balance and stay in control, even during turbulent times. – Canadian Mental Health Association (2017)


ACADSA will provide each of the participants with a $250.00 honorarium to  support the time, resources, and materials required to participate in the program.


The application process is entirely electronic. Direct email and paper submissions will NOT be accepted. Due to the number of submissions received, the quantity of support material in the application is restricted. The jury will not review additional materials beyond the required documents. All documentation must be submitted through the online submission form:

The following materials should be included in your application:

  1. Statement of interest:
    • Discuss how the theme of this program relates to your current artistic practice and the broader context of your work, research, and interests.
    • Outline your interest in the program and understanding of the importance of mental health support.
  2. Curriculum Vitae: Describe your creative background to a maximum length of two pages. Please include all relevant contact information and a personal website, if applicable.
  3. Support: Please submit up to ten pieces of additional support material, including digital images, videos, or audio clips with a corresponding numbered image list. Our programming committee will review up to a maximum of five minutes of time-based work.

Images must be RGB .jpg files with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 dpi and no larger than 1 MB in size. ACADSA accepts links to video and audio work hosted online.



1101, 2018

Welcome Back! <3 - Student’s Association

January 11th, 2018|


Hello Acadians, and welcome back to the Winter semester!

I hope you all had a lovely break and feel rested and refreshed, ready to take on the new semester. This semester you can expect to see the 2017-18 Advocacy Survey from ACADSA, please consider taking the time to fill it out because it is all about how your Student’s Association can serve you better by giving us a clearer picture of what you want and expect from us.

Also keep in mind that all of the Student’s Association’s elected positions will be available again soon. Consider running in the elections to represent your department as a Student Leadership Council member in the following year, or commit yourself to earning a salary and serving ACAD students as an elected representative on the Executive Committee for a year’s term, including the summer. Check our website for details and job descriptions for all of these positions, and remember they are all paid.

Thank you for taking the time to read our welcome, and good luck with your semester at ACAD!

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


1001, 2018

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – January 2018

January 10th, 2018|

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-january-prize

Contest closes and winner will be drawn Wednesday, January 31st. Good luck!


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”.
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.
1412, 2017

Office Closed for Winter Break

December 14th, 2017|

Wishing everyone a great winter break! We will be back to regular hours on Monday, January 8th.