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This page hosts official announcements from the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association.

To learn about all that’s going on at ACAD and in the world of art and design, please visit ACAD.CA

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.

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1412, 2017

Grade Appeal Process: Quick Summary

December 14th, 2017|

Do you want to appeal your grade? Are you unsure about how you would go about this process? We at ACADSA have compiled this summary on how to do so.

If you would like any further assistance in understanding this process, please feel free to reach out to Dalyce Bryant, ACADSA’s Director of Advocacy & Representation, at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.

This is only a brief explanation of how the grade appeal process works, and all students who will be proceeding with a grade appeal should read the Grade Appeal form and Procedure 500.08.01 in full.

Here is the link: https://www.acad.ca/sites/default/files/Documents/Grade%20Appeal%20Form%20and%20Procedure.pdf

Grade Appeal Procedure (Steps):

A student may appeal a final grade if he/she believes that:

  • an instructor has applied inappropriate criteria in evaluation, and/or
  • that an instructor has unfairly interpreted the student’s work in light of stated criteria, and/or
  • the student believes the instructor has made a calculation error in weighing the components which comprise the final examination mark.

All steps in the process must be followed in sequence.

There is no fee associated with Steps 1 and 2. If the process proceeds to Step 3, a Grade Appeal Fee must be paid but will be refunded if the grade is changed.

Grade appeals must be objective in nature and based on evidence.

Step 1:

The first section of the Grade Appeal form (Step 1) must be filled out and given to the Registrar’s office within 14 working days from the end of the semester for which the grades were issued (Monday, January 15 2018). To complete this step the student must meet and/or contact the instructor, if emailed to the instructor, the student must copy the Registrar’s Office and the Chair of the School which offers the course, within the 14 days.

        Items for discussion in the email or the meeting…

– whether there was an oversight or a mistake in grading

– the reason(s) for the student’s request for a grade change

– the criteria used to determine the grade

– the possibility of a change of grade to an “I” incomplete with specific conditions that have to be met to satisfy the course requirements or to any other grade.

The instructor may agree to a change of grade or may decide to uphold the original grade as a result of the discussion. If the student is unsatisfied, they may continue with step 2.

Step 2:

This step in the process must be initiated within 7 calendar days of the completion of the Step 1.  (The completion date shall be the date the completed form was returned to the Registrar’s Office).

The student must complete Step 2 section of the Grade Appeal Form, outlining in writing his/her grounds for the appeal, and submit it to the Chair of the School of Program of the area of the contested grade (where the Chair of the School is the instructor, the Chair of another school shall conduct the review).

Program Resolution Panel:

The Chair of the School will serve as Chair to the Program Resolution Panel and shall appoint two other members as follows:

– 2 instructors from within the Program area (or familiar with the area of study in dispute)

All three members have voting privileges.

The Program Resolution Panel shall:

– Review the student’s written submission (provided by the Chair of the School)

– Review the official course outline, the instructor’s course guideline, plus the instructor’s written account of how the student’s grade was determined relative to the outlined objectives of the course and the evaluation criteria

– Interview the parties (if deemed necessary)

– Review the student’s work in light of course expectations to assess whether the work has fulfilled the requirements of the course.  (In reviewing the student work, only that work produced for the course may be included in the review).

The Panel will decide by majority vote if the original grade should be retained, raised or lowered. The Chair will then return the form within 10 working days of this step being initiated.

If the student is unsatisfied with the outcome of this step of the grade appeal procedure, he/she may proceed to Step 3.

Step 3:

This step must be initiated within 7 calendar days of the date of completion of Step 2 and requires the payment of a grade appeal fee: (the completion date shall be the date the completed form was returned to the Registrar’s Office). The grade appeal fee must accompany this step of the appeal process but will be refunded if the grade is changed.

This third step of the grade appeal process, involves a review of the student’s appeal by members external to the program.  This may result in the overturning of the instructor’s original grade.

Grade Appeal Committee:

The Chair of School will serve as Chair to the Committee and will appoint two other members on an ad hoc basis as follows:

– One instructor who is familiar with the area of study in dispute and has not participated in step 2 of this procedure

– One instructor who is outwith of the area being contested

– One student who is an executive member of the Students’ Association.

All three members have voting privileges.  The Chair of the School is a non voting member.

The Grade Appeal Committee shall:

– Review all written submissions (as provided by the Chair of the School in the area of the contested grade) from Step 2

– Review the recommendations  of the Program Resolution Panel

– Interview the student and the instructor.

Upon review of all written and verbal submissions, the Grade Appeal Committee will decide by majority vote if the original grade should be retained, raised or lowered. The Registrar shall advise both the student and the instructor of Grade Appeal Committee’s decision.

Given no procedural irregularities in the appeal process, the Grade Appeal Committee’s decision is final and no further appeal is possible.

If you would like any further assistance in understanding this process, please feel free to reach out to Dalyce Bryant, ACADSA’s Director of Advocacy & Representation, at advocacy.acadsa@acad.ca.

– Updated December 14, 2017

1312, 2017

Call for Submissions: New and Continuing Student Groups Winter 2018

December 13th, 2017|

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Winter 2018 Call for Submissions: ACADSA Student Groups

Want to start a club, travel group, or student run gallery? ACADSA will be accepting new applications till January 21, 2018 for funding for Student Groups to run January 21 – April 30. Student Groups are eligible to receive up to $300 per funding period (max of $600 per year) through ACADSA.

Applications are due Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ midnight

The submission process is done through an online form. The applications for new and continuing groups can be found on the ACADSA website here: http://www.acadsa.ca/programs/studentgroups/registration-package/

Want to know more about the process and what kind of groups you can create? Visit www.acadsa.ca/groups and attend our information session on Wednesday, January 17, 1pm – 2pm in the ACAD Boardroom.

Looking to join an existing group? A list of student groups and contact information are listed at www.acadsa.ca/groups

If you have any questions, please email Simone Saunders, ACADSA’s Student Groups Coordinator, at groups.acadsa@acad.ca.

Thank you!

 

1112, 2017

Now Hiring Hear/d Program Mentors: ACADSA

December 11th, 2017|

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POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association Health + Wellness Program Manager (“HWPM”) and with support of other ACADSA staff, the Hear/d Mentor is responsible for acting as a leader within the ACAD community while supporting the student participants of the Hear/d Residency program.

The Hear/d residency is a 3-month long student-run artist residency held on campus. This year the program will focus on the theme of resiliency, to explore the process of dealing with a variety of mental health issues many post-secondary students face. 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 diverse array of creative output. The residency will aim to raise awareness towards the health + wellbeing 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.

For more information about the Hear/d Residency Program visit www.acadsa.ca/heard

The mentorship positions will be split into two separate positions to accommodate for a shared workload and supportive team philosophy.

This is a part-time position with a schedule of up to approximately 10 hours per month, with a compensation of $375.00 honorarium per semester. The position will commence January 24th, 2018 and continues until April 23th, 2018.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Mentor A

  • Support the creation of program promotional materials such as postcards and posters
  • Coordinate studio visit schedule with all participants
  • Install artist statements for the final exhibition

Mentor B

  • Format all written work required for the exhibition
  • Coordinate the photography schedule for all residency participants
  • Create and install vinyl for the exhibition

Joint Responsibilities

  • Develop meeting agendas to cover required information and discussion points with participants
  • Perform studio visits with participants to support the development of work
  • Facilitate the installation and striking of the final exhibition
  • Generate a safe and supportive environment for participants
  • Create joint testimonial to be included in the program catalogue
  • Facilitate residency program group meetings
  • Communicate respectfully with participating students

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A mature attitude and ability to work independently and be a responsive member of the ACADSA team
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have previously participated in a Hear/d program
  • Have a general understanding of mental health challenges facing post-secondary students

ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND ASSETS

  • Previous experience in a leadership position working with small-large groups
  • An interest in curatorial experience
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple deadlines
  • Enthusiasm to exceed performance expectations
  • Supportive and patient demeanor

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter which includes a brief description of the applicant’s’ knowledge of the Hear/d program, and a detailed understanding of the position and required skill. Applicants are also required to submit their curriculum vitae along with a portfolio of work to acadsa@acad.ca no later than noon on January 14th, 2018.

The Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

1112, 2017

Call for Residency Submissions: ACADSA Hear/d Residency

December 11th, 2017|

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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.

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.

RESILIENCE

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)

ARTIST FEES

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.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

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.

APPLY HERE

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 AT MIDNIGHT

712, 2017

Call for Volunteer Jury Members: ACADSA

December 7th, 2017|

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Call for Volunteer Jury Members

Be the change you want to see around campus. Be an advocate for the activity taking place in the Marion Nicoll Gallery, in ACADSA’s Student Groups, and in the Hear/d Residency program. Put the experience on your CV and make your voice heard in your community! Open to current students, all majors in any year, as well as recent ACAD graduates within the last three years.

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https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/jury-volunteer-application

See application form for application and position requirements

Apply ASAP! Marion Nicoll Gallery Jury to meet mid January. Student Groups and Hear/d Juries to meet late January.

Thank you!

412, 2017

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – December 2017

December 4th, 2017|

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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!

PRIZE CONTENTS

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.

Features:

  • 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|

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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:

https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/mng-submissionswinter-2018

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|

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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
community.acadsa@acad.ca

PDF: ACADSA Event Committee Terms of Reference

2311, 2017

Thank You – Donations for ALS Society of Canada

November 23rd, 2017|

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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|

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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|

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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|

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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!

PRIZE CONTENTS

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|

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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|

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