Art & Design

Areas of Study

Opening reception in FAB Gallery for Design Latitudes, featuring over 50 submissions of art and design works mapping the innovations and influences in the north

The Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta comprises three divisions—Design Studies, Fine Arts, and the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (HADVC)—offering seven areas of study for a flexible and multi-faceted program, allowing you to create your own experience.


Design Studies

Our interdisciplinary and competitive Design Studies program offers areas of study in Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design.

Fine Arts

Our Fine Arts program provides a dynamic and collaborative environment offering studies in Drawing/Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

History of Art, Design and Visual Culture

Our History of Art, Design and Visual Culture program equips you to think creatively, read critically, and understand visual culture of diverse historical periods.


International Travel Opportunities

The Thames, taken from Tower Bridge during a short-term trip to London (photo provided by Louise Asselstine)

As a student in our Department, you have several international travel and exchange opportunities, in addition to the freedom to plan your own study abroad experience. We have several options such as:

  • Design Student Exchange in Münster, Germany
  • e3 program in Berlin
  • Printmaking student exchanges in Concordia University, Montreal
  • School in Cortona, Italy
  • Faculty-organized and student-organized short-term non-credit trips
  • U of A Go Abroad Program

Undergraduate Studies

Visit our Undergraduate Programs to learn about our degree options.

Graduate Studies

To learn about the degrees we offer, visit our Graduate Programs.