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 has a nurturing culture that is driven by curiosity to achieve academic excellence and a collective well-being,” says Dianne Taylor-Gearing, who is wrapping up five years as president.
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 program, 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.
• Ceramics: Covers vessel, sculptural and architectural ceramics; explores historical and contemporary issues. Excellent facilities include kilns and glaze kitchen.
• Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing: Offers a broadly based metals education, including studies of art jewellery, holloware and product design. Students progress to explore advanced technical procedures and to develop their individual artistic practices.
• Expanded Media: Explores interdisciplinary practices in a range of media arts, including film, audio art, digital media, electronics, animation and photography; opportunities for independent study and internships.
• Indigenous Method/Exhibition: Explores Indigenous methodologies for the study of and critical writing on Aboriginal cultural production.
• Art, Action, and Environment: Students engage with contemporary environmentally focused activist art and the rapidly expanding fields of ecological criticism, feminist materialism and environmental studies.
$8,167 ($9,450 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%, plus portfolio
Undergraduates: Full-time: 568 · Part-time: 286
Graduates: Full-time: 38 · Part-time: 5
International Students: First-year: 23.4% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 23 to 77