In their own words: Rachael Robertson
February 25, 2016

Exchange student Rachael Robertson on the Halifax waterfront.

Student Rachael Robertson is on exchange at NSCAD through Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland. In this conversation with Joann Reynolds-Farmer, Coordinator, Off Campus, International and Advising, she talks about her NSCAD experience.

Why did you decide to come to NSCAD?

I decided to come to NSCAD because of the area and because the courses seemed to best suit my direction in Fine Arts and seemed very friendly and welcoming. I was interested also in coming to Halifax to perhaps see both the differences and similarities in culture between Scotland and Nova Scotia.

What has been the best part of your experience so far?

The best part of my experience so far has been meeting everyone at NSCAD and the classes I have been attending, getting to experience a new teaching style and learning new skills. It has been an amazing opportunity!

What do you hope to gain by the end of your semester here?

I hope to gain a more in-depth understanding of the processes and concepts behind the materials and topics I've been working with and to be able to talk about my work in a contemporary context. I would also like to learn more about Halifax and its cultures and create lasting friendships and connections.

What would you like other students to know about you and your home country and home institution?

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee is great for its multi-disciplinary approach to the Fine Arts. There are some great facilities and excellent staff members who are very friendly and welcoming across all disciplines! Dundee itself is a fairly small city but it is very friendly and is up and coming in the arts community. There is always a lot going on and it's very accessible for students. 


NSCAD's Exchange Study program allows students to continue study at one of a number of institutions around the world with whom the university participates in an exchange agreement. NSCAD has exchange agreements with more than 70 participating institutions in 13 countries, including the USA schools who participate in the AICAD Mobility Program, and we continue to work to establish new exchange agreements each year.