NSCAD experiences enrolment drop

Survey of preliminary data also shows areas of strength
NSCAD University’s enrolment of first-year Foundation students direct from high school is lower than expected this fall, however NSCAD continues to see consistently strong numbers of transfer and visa students.

NSCAD’s international reputation draws students from around the world to study fine art, craft and design in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We are delighted to welcome an increased number of graduate students to NSCAD’s Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design programs this year,” says Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, President of NSCAD University.

The downward trend of the traditional demographic of first-year students coming to university directly from high school is challenging the entire post-secondary sector. NSCAD’s strategy to increase collaborations and articulation agreements with the Nova Scotia Community College and other colleges across Canada is clearly working; however this effort will take time to yield significant results.

“We are very positive about the future and are taking action to address our challenges,” says Prof. Taylor-Gearing.

As the only independent school of fine arts and design east of Toronto, NSCAD has a unique academic portfolio: offering programs in fine arts, craft and design with specialized studios open 24/7. Halifax is known for its creative and cultural vibe that can be attributed in a big way to NSCAD students, faculty and alumni and the university’s three downtown campuses. As well, community studio residencies are bringing recent NSCAD graduates to Nova Scotia’s rural areas and towns, including Lunenburg, Dartmouth, Sydney and New Glasgow.

This year, NSCAD also saw a significant increase in attendance for summer camp programming at NSCAD’s Port Campus. And, on the other end of the spectrum, there has also been more take-up of program offerings only available at NSCAD by the “silver economy."