NSCAD University

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

NSCAD student painting

Dominque Hurst, 3rd year fine arts student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. (Photograph by Andrew Tolson)

NSCAD University provides a studio-based model of education, allowing students to learn in an environment that is immersive, hands-on, intellectually rigorous and supportive. Students are encouraged to extend their learning through internships, practicums and exchange programs with 70 participating institutions in 13 countries.

“NSCAD is committed to making sure art, design, craft and creativity play an important part in every community,” says president Aoife Mac Namara. “Our programs are designed to bring cultures and people together, support local and emerging economies, help all students to flourish and improve lives.”

Undergrads can choose from among a number of disciplines: fine arts, including sculpture and painting; media arts, including film, animation and photography; craft, including textiles and jewellery design; interdisciplinary design; and art history and contemporary culture. There are also master’s programs in art education, fine arts, media arts, craft and design.

Located in downtown Halifax, NSCAD has three diverse campuses. The Fountain campus, an interconnected row of 19 former 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 media arts and animation programs, while the Port Campus houses the university’s foundation division—the starting point for all first-year students—and industrial spaces for ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, stonecutting and the foundry. The Anna Leonowens Gallery, named for NSCAD’s founder, exhibits the work of students and visiting artists, while Art Bar +Projects is a popular hangout and performance art space.

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Standout Programs
Film: This program covers film history, theory and analysis, and provides hands-on learning. Students rotate through many roles, working collaboratively on progressively more challenging projects.
Art History: Students explore the history, theory and critical analysis of art, craft, film, design and architecture; studio courses are included.
Textiles and Fashion: This program balances conceptual concerns with technical and design skills to cover the science, art and technology behind the textile and fashion industry.

Cool Courses
Radical Curating: Students examine exhibitions and their curatorial methods, including their relationship to activism and different critical frameworks.
Drone Photography: Students register with the Canadian Drone Institute to train for licensing while learning flight techniques for photography and film purposes.

$8,271 ($9,554 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%, plus portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 616 · Part-time: 272
Graduates: Full-time: 44 · Part-time: 18
International students: First-year: 30.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 23 to 77
Housing Facts
Residence: Not offered

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