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Creative Arts

Creative Arts programs at Red Deer Polytechnic offer student artists the opportunity to learn in professionally equipped studios and performance spaces, while working with faculty who are both dedicated educators and professionally accomplished artists.  

All Creative Arts programs offer hands-on skills and real-world business training. You will develop and strengthen your creative skills, while also gaining practical business and industry knowledge that will set you apart, enabling you to be successful upon graduation. 

Students will enjoy working in some of the newest and best facilities in Western Canada, with flexible access extending beyond the typical school day, allowing you plenty of opportunity to hone your creative skills. Our programs will inspire you to bring your creations to life throughout the academic year, as you perform, produce and learn from the experience. Behind every sculpture, performance, prop, character and scene is a commitment to the creative process. 

Can’t find the program you’re looking for? Visit the Academic Calendar for a complete list of programs offered at Red Deer Polytechnic. You can also tailor a program pathway just for you with Academic Upgrading, Open Studies, Flexible Learning and Extended Education opportunities.  

Bachelor of Applied Arts, Animation and Visual Effects

Be the future of animation and visual effects in Alberta with unique training found nowhere else in the province. With a focus in 3D animation and visual effects, you will develop artistic foundations and apply these to 3D animation processes using industry-relevant software including Maya, Z-Brush, Substance Painter, and Houdini.

Bachelor of Applied Arts, Film, Theatre and Live Entertainment

Built on a foundation of communication, storytelling, directing and business/entrepreneurial skills, this four-year degree offers you the knowledge and experience to tell your stories to the world through film. You will engage in traditional artistic experiences and build upon those a strong technical, conceptual and creative skill-set preparing you for current industry demands. 

University Transfer: Bachelor of Fine Art

The Bachelor of Fine Art at Red Deer Polytechnic is guided by a group of experienced faculty, all of whom are practicing artists, you will learn a wide range of studio- based technical skills and theoretical approaches.

Visual Art Diploma

The Visual Art Diploma program at Red Deer Polytechnic is guided by a group of experienced faculty, all of whom are practicing artists, you will learn a wide range of studio- based technical skills and theoretical approaches.

Additional Programs and Pathways


Academic Upgrading and Open Studies allow flexible registration so you can tailor your course selection to your specific goals for the future. Complete details are available below. For a full list of programs offered at Red Deer Polytechnic, visit the Academic Calendar.


Academic Upgrading

The Academic Upgrading program at Red Deer Polytechnic helps open doors to further education and better employment. You can upgrade academic skills, meet entrance requirements for post-secondary programs, earn a High School Equivalency diploma, and prepare for entry into the workplace.

Open Studies

Open Studies is a unique, flexible and customizable program that allows students to take courses that help them work toward their career goals. Students in Open Studies may choose to take courses on a full-time or part-time basis.

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