“Creative minds have come to Calgary for nearly a century to launch international careers in graphic design, fashion and traditional media. By granting this iconic school university status, we’re cementing an already sterling global reputation. And by investing in AUArts, we’re ensuring it remains a destination for Alberta’s artists, designers and creative leaders.” – Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education
“This historic day recognizes our government’s commitment to the arts and artists, and the important role they play in our society and economy. For more than 90 years, this institution has helped make Alberta become a more creative and artistic province. It is so fitting that this announcement be made during Alberta’s first Month of the Artist, a month dedicated to celebrate Alberta’s artists, and the valuable contributions they make to our province.” – Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism
“This is a historic and most exciting moment for our 92-year-old post-secondary institution. We have been offering professional degrees in fine art, craft and design for decades, and this coming May, students set to graduate will now proudly convocate from Alberta University of the Arts.” – Daniel Doz, president and CEO, Alberta University of the Arts
These changes are one of many actions the Alberta government is taking as part of its commitment to ensuring the post-secondary system is accessible and affordable.