The Alberta College of Art + Design offers a variety of support services to ensure student success. On this page, you can find information about counseling, academic skills assistance, and academic advising.

ACAD Counselling Services

Located in the Main Mall, behind Security, in front of the Registrar’s Office.

Jason Bauche
Registered Psychologist, Counsellor

Counselling is available to full and part-time registered students, who may experience a wide range of personal, career, or academic issues.

The goal of ACAD Counselling Services is to help students cope with any stressors that may arise, with the aim of enhancing their emotional and psychological well-being. Counselling Services is here to support your social, academic, and vocational success. An ACAD Counsellor will help you learn to use your own resources (and develop new ones) in order to answer questions and solve dilemmas.

Some of the reasons that students seek counselling include:

  • Feelings of depression or isolation
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Self-esteem or body issues
  • General health and wellness
  • Help with time-management
  • Stressful life experiences
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Career-planning and life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Personal Growth

ACAD Academic Skills Support

Paul Szymanowski
Manager, Learning Assistance Resources

If you feel that you need any academic support, clarification, or you’d just like to discuss your options – drop by the Learning Assistance Resources Office. The LAR also offers support to international students, and students with disabilities.

Academic support is discussed further in ACAD’s mandatory orientation seminars in your first year.

ACAD Academic Advising

Get help choosing the right program, find educational resources, and develop a plan to achieve your academic goals. The Advising office can help you to:

  • Understand program requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Select a program of study or major
  • Evaluate the impact of adding or dropping a course
  • Learn about student exchange and study abroad programs
  • Find resources at ACAD or in the community