NSCAD University

NSCAD University | Halifax, N.S. | Founded 1887


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At NSCAD University, students work mostly in a studio setting alongside notable instructors such as filmmaker Sol Nagler, printmaker Ericka Walker, ceramicist Neil Forrest, jewellery artist Pam Ritchie and sculptor Kim Morgan. Undergrads can choose from a number of disciplines: fine arts, media arts, interdisciplinary design, textiles/fashion, ceramics and jewellery/metalsmithing, as well as art history and critical studies. There are also master’s programs in fine arts, craft, media arts and design. Named for NSCAD’s founder, the Anna Leonowens Gallery mounts more than 125 exhibitions a year, and features student work weekly. “NSCAD has a nurturing culture that is driven by curiosity to achieve academic excellence and a collective well-being,” says president Dianne Taylor-Gearing. Located in downtown Halifax, NSCAD’s three diverse campuses reflect the range of experiences and opportunities that a visual arts education has to offer. The Fountain campus, an interconnected row of 20 former merchant shops and warehouses near Halifax Harbour, is the site for printmaking, painting, fashion and more. The Academy Building, at the foot of Citadel Hill, houses the B.F.A. program in film, while the Port Campus houses the university’s foundation division—the starting point for all first-year students—and industrial spaces, including sculpture and stonecutting studios, a foundry and wood shop.

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Standout Programs
• Art History and Critical Study: Offers courses on the history of art, craft, design, film and architecture from ancient times to the present, plus courses in art theory and criticism.
Textiles and Fashion: Students master the basic techniques and design skills involved in the textile traditions of weaving, dyeing and printing. Fashion courses focus on imaginative design and technical proficiency.
Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing: Diverse and creative approaches to such skills as casting, stone-setting, enamelling and construction are taught along with design methods to allow students to pursue their own forms of expression.

Cool Courses
Sculpture: The Airport Project: In this course, students propose and install site-responsive art work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport for thousands of travellers to interact with daily.
• Parks Canada: Keji: This is a summer class that involves a week-long camping trip in the summer and an exhibition in the fall. Students create work in their chosen discipline inspired by the natural surroundings of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site in Nova Scotia’s interior.

Minimum entering grade Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Arts: 70% (plus portfolio) $5,616 ($6,899 out-of-province) Full-time: 739
Part-time: 143
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