The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design offers diploma programs that emphasize excellence in the conceptualization and creation of fine craft and applied design with an entrepreneurial focus. All students begin their studies in the foundation visual arts (FVA) program, where they learn a combination of 2D/3D design theory, drawing, colour theory, art history, communications and the creative process. FVA includes a course called “Media Explorations,” which helps students choose their preferred area of study.
At the end of FVA, students apply to a two-year diploma program and can choose to major in ceramics, digital media, fashion design, graphic design, jewellery/metal arts, photography or textile design. Students can also apply to the Aboriginal visual arts diploma program, which focuses on traditional craft of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy peoples of the Atlantic region.
NBCCD has an average class size of 10 students, creating an intimate learning atmosphere in a community of about 300 students. Opportunities for experiential learning range from student gallery exhibitions to fine craft sales and practicum placements.
NBCCD’s campus is located in downtown Fredericton, on the banks of the St. John’s River near the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Since NBCCD does not offer student residences, most students rent a room in Fredericton.
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100 words from the director
“A home for builders, makers and designers since 1938, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) is nestled in downtown Fredericton. Small, intimate classes (maximum 15 students) allow for experiential learning, working side by side with instructors who are professional practicing artists, craftspeople and designers. During the first year of Foundation Visual Arts, students explore 6 of our 8 studios, followed by 2 years of their choice of a Diploma program. Graduates have the option of a further 2 years at the University of New Brunswick to receive a Bachelor of Applied Arts, or pursue an NBCCD certificate in Graduate Studies to become the entrepreneurial professional they aspire to be.”
-Director Keith McAlpine