Artist for a day -- or a lifetime
May 8, 2013

Artist for a Day, a celebration of everything NSCAD, takes place Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside and outside of NSCAD’s Port Campus and spilling onto Marginal Road. The city promises to be hopping! NSCAD’s Artist for a Day coincides with I Love Local Halifax’s Open City event.

You can paint, print, draw, sketch, film and photograph your way through the many activities at Artist for a Day – and we’re only getting started!

But perhaps you’re thinking about being an artist, art historian, craftsperson or a designer beyond just one day. NSCAD’s Admissions staff will be available at Artist for a Day starting at 12 noon to look at portfolios, offer feedback and discuss the application process. Prospective students can also tour the Port Campus and meet professors and current students.

There is still time to get those applications in: June 1st is the deadline for September entry.

Applying to a visual arts university is a little bit different than applying to other universities because students have to submit a portfolio of their creative work.

“If you’ve always thought about art school but haven’t made the step of applying, we’re available to talk,” says Terry Bailey, Director of Admissions and Enrolment Services at NSCAD University. “One of the challenges of applying to art school is the portfolio and we realize that can be intimidating. So we’re here to help with that and really show you what NSCAD can offer.”

NSCAD has a diverse student body: comprising students right out of high school or transferring from another university, at midlife eager for a career change and at retirement age, ready to follow their passion. NSCAD draws students from across Canada and throughout the world.

The Admissions Office will also be hosting free portfolio workshops every Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. until June. For more information, give the folks a call at 902-494-8259 or email