New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design | Fredericton, N.B. | Founded 1938

International Student Elsa Maria Valiñas, Ceramics (Courtesy of NBCCD)

The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) offers diploma programs that emphasize excellence in the creation of fine craft and applied design but also focuses on entrepreneurship. All students begin their studies in the one-year foundational visual arts (FVA) program, where they learn about 2D- and 3D-design theory, drawing, colour theory, art history, communications and the creative process. FVA also includes a course called Media Explorations, which helps students select their preferred area of study.

At the end of FVA, students apply to a two-year diploma program and can choose to major in one of eight studios, including ceramics, fashion design, jewellery and metal arts, or textile design. Students can also apply to the unique Wabanaki visual arts program, which focuses on the traditional and contemporary crafts of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy peoples of the Atlantic region.

NBCCD has an average class size of 18 in the first year and 12 in diploma programs; small classes create an intimate learning atmosphere in a school of no more than 320 students. Opportunities for experiential learning include student gallery exhibitions, fine craft sales and practicum placements. The campus is located in downtown Fredericton, on the banks of the Saint John River near the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. As the college does not offer student residences, most students rent a room in downtown Fredericton.

Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-graduate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $3,382 $3,382 $3,382 No

Cool Options

  • Foundation Visual Arts: Fine-tune your creativity with a one-year preparatory program that provides a broad overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts.
  • Advanced Studio Practice: Students graduate with the business skills, networking know-how and enhanced studio practice to launch into self-employment or a successful career in the creative cultural sector.
  • Photography Diploma: NBCCD is one of the oldest colleges in Canada, and it still teaches the processing of analog film and darkroom techniques.

Popular Programs

  • Foundation Visual Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Digital Design
  • Photography
  • Fashion Design, Textile Design

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