Art & Design

The Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta brings together three practices — Design Studies, Fine Arts, and the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture. A breadth and depth of teaching, research, and creative endeavour supports collaborations in design thinking, hands-on studio practice, and critical visual and historical analysis.


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/Media Arts/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 cultures and their histories.


Art & Design News

  • The Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies

    September 12, 2022

    Congratulations to HADVC MA student, Rojina Sabetiashraf, who is the Recipient of the Fatima Al-Fihri Award in Islamic Studies in 2022.

  • Announcing the Five Winners of the 2022 Emerging Digital Artists Award

    August 24, 2022

    Congratulations to 2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Distinction) alumna Wei Li on being one of five recipients of the 2022 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) for critical experimentation in digital media.

  • Three Canadian Artists in UN Environmental Digital Exhibition

    August 22, 2022

    Three artists from Canada are included in a virtual exhibition by more than 30 international artists concerned with environmental issues that's being hosted by the United Nations. (Tanya Harnett, Drawing Professor, Department of Art & Design )

  • Congrats, Dr. Lisa Claypool!

    August 19, 2022

    Dr. Lisa Claypool (Art & Design) has been named a recipient of the University of Alberta 2021 COVID-19 Remote Teaching Award!

  • Announcing CONNECTIONS gallery and exhibition

    August 05, 2022

    CONNECTIONS gallery is now online and in-person — showcasing the relationship between art and neuroscience, portraying the many aspects of neuroscience, brain diseases and mental health in a creative and compelling way. Produced in part by Gillian Harvey and Marilène Oliver

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