Calgary’s Alberta College of Art + Design will officially become the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) on Feb 1. Though, Alberta government granted university status to the institution last year, the new name and status formally comes into effect on 1st of next month.
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Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) will be province’s first university dedicated to fine arts and design. The university offers a number of degree programs, including a bachelor of fine arts and a bachelor of design at the undergraduate level, as well as a master’s degree in fine arts.
Since 2015, the institution has received about $4.6 million in additional provincial funding to support its operations and long-term sustainability. The increase is part of the two per cent additional funding provided yearly to all public post-secondary institutions through the Campus Alberta Grant. To ensure students have access to modern learning facilities, government also provided $2.5 million to the university this past year.