Survey of fall enrolments
October 14, 2016

An opening reception at the Anna Leonowens Gallery last month. Erica Flake Photo.

NSCAD University’s full-time first-year enrolments are up by 12 per cent, besting the province’s overall rise of 2.3 per cent, according to the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Preliminary Survey of Enrolments.

“This means we’ve reversed the downward trend and are looking forward with optimism,” says Jim Barmby, NSCAD’s AVP Student Experience and Registrar. “This is the area where we definitely wanted to see improvement.”

There’s more good news for NSCAD in the numbers. NSCAD’s full-time international student enrolment is also up (.7%). NSCAD’s classrooms and studios are more diverse than ever, with 22 per cent of full-time students coming from outside Canada, including countries such as China, Brazil, Korea, United States, Bermuda, Bahamas, Iran, Bangladesh and Thailand. NSCAD’s recruiters are on the road—and in the air—again this fall.

NSCAD’s numbers of new transfer students remains strong—159 students came to NSCAD in September from other post secondary institutions.

Another area of growth for NSCAD is its prestigious graduate program. The number of graduate students in Master of Design and Master of Fine Arts (including Fine and Media Arts and Craft) programs increased by 17 per cent (17.2%). This is expected to be an area of continued growth for the university.

According to figures released by the Association of Atlantic Universities on its website, overall full and part-time enrolments are down by approximately one per cent across the region this fall. Although NSCAD’s retention rate is high (86%), its overall, full-time and part-time enrolments are likewise down (-5.2%).

NSCAD's Art Bar +Projects is a busy spot on the Fountain Campus this fall. Above, the Totally Wicked Music Festival on September 9. Erica Flake Photo.