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NSCAD University

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



NSCAD University provides a studio-based model of education, allowing students to learn in an environment that is immersive, hands-on, and intellectually rigorous. Students are encouraged to extend their learning through internships, practicums and exchange programs with 70 participating institutions in 13 countries. “NSCAD has a nurturing culture that is driven by curiosity to achieve academic excellence and a collective well-being,” says president Dianne Taylor-Gearing. Undergraduate students 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 fine arts, media arts, craft and design. Located in downtown Halifax, NSCAD has three diverse campuses. The Fountain campus, an interconnected row of 20 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 program, 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. 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
• Ceramics: This program focuses on three streams of learning: installation and sculpture, tableware, and architectural applications. Hands-on learning is complemented by craft theory, history and discourse.
• Art History and Contemporary Culture: Students take studio courses while studying the critical discourses surrounding the production and reception of art, craft, film, design and architecture throughout history.
Textiles and Fashion: Focuses on conceptual concerns and the technical and design skills needed to understand the traditions of weaving, dye and print, and garment making.

Cool Courses
• Art Now: This course explores the ideas, concerns, strategies, and modes of local, national, and international contemporary art. Class discussions and assignments focus on visiting artists’ presentations, local exhibits and writings on contemporary art.
• Art, Action, and Environment: Students critically engage with contemporary environmentally focused activist art and the rapidly expanding fields of ecological criticism, feminist materialism and environmental studies.

Minimum entering grade Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Arts: 70% (plus portfolio) $6,523 ($7,817 out-of-province) Undergraduates: 799
Graduates: 34
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