NSCAD University

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

NSCAD art student

(Courtesy of Aaron McKenzie Fraser/NSCAD)

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.

Interim president Sarah McKinnon says: “While I only recently joined NSCAD, I have already been greatly impressed by the creativity, dedication and passion displayed by our students, faculty and staff.” Undergrads can choose from several disciplines: fine arts, including sculpture and painting; media arts, including film, animation and photography; craft, including textiles, ceramics 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
• Art History: This program includes studio courses and integrates lessons from the new Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery. Students can explore the intersection of art, contemporary Black culture and legacies of oppression and resilience.
• Interdisciplinary Design: Students apply problem-solving and creativity to the design process, developing skills in communication, visualization techniques, drawing, typography and photography.
• Ceramics: Study the practical and theoretical aspects of ceramics, including historical and contemporary issues. Facilities include potter’s wheels, computerized kilns and a glaze kitchen and lab.

Cool Courses
• Craft and Pop Culture: Students explore historical and contemporary representations of craft in pop culture, including examples such as the pottery scene in Ghost.
• Respond/Resist the Archive: Students examine curatorial practices, visit local archives and complete projects that address cultural barriers to sharing knowledge.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$8,350 ($9,633 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%, plus portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 686 · Part-time: 118
Graduates: Full-time: 55 · Part-time: 5
International Students: First-year: 17.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 25 to 75
Housing Facts
Residence: Not offered

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