Pre-College Program

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Pre-College Program

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Our Pre-College Program is taking place between July 8 to August 2, 2019, and we are currently looking for our 2019 participants! Registration and bursary applications are now open.

Work with supportive, talented artists, meet new friends, and develop a portfolio of work in the AUArts Pre-College Program. Our Pre-College Program is an accredited program for students 16 to 18 years old who’ve completed either Grade 10, 11 or 12. This month-long, intensive program is held each summer and focuses on building your portfolio, a key element of our Bachelor’s degree application process while giving you a chance to check out campus life at AUArts.

The Pre-College Program builds your intellectual, artistic, and practical skills to set you up for success with your post-secondary studies. You get to experience university-level expectations and pacing while earning three AUArts degree credits that count towards a first-year elective course. This program is also recognized by other art schools, and credits are transferable.


Each week, you will receive 25 hours of instructional time that is supported by additional studio hours after class and evening events.

  • Fine Arts – Two full days in a studio (10 hours each week)
  • Design – Two full days in a studio (10 hours each week)
  • Studio elective – One full day in a studio (five hours each week)

During the month, you will also take part in extra activities designed to broaden your horizons and have fun including:

  • Individual portfolio reviews.
  • Field trips to the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, a professional design firm, an artist-run centre or commercial gallery.
  • Evening events: portfolio preparation workshops and life drawing classes.
  • Group exhibition and ceremony.

Fees (can be paid by credit card, debit, or cash):

  • Early Bird (Register by March 31, 2019)
    • $2,200 Domestic
    • $2,350 International
  • Final Registration (Register by June 7, 2019)
    • $2,400 Domestic
    • $2,800 International

For more information and to register please visit or contact the Continuing Education office by email or phone at 403.284.7640.

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