Strategic Framework

Let me share with you NSCAD’s strategic framework 2015-2020.

As you read on, you will discover our focus is upon four strategic pillars NURTURE, CURIOSITY, STEWARD and CONNECT. I am hopeful we will ignite your curiosity to learn more.

RESPECT, PRIDE, COLLEGIALITY and TRUST are the four core values that will frame critical decision making through a period of transition and enable a positive, vibrant culture
to continue to prosper.

I invite you to connect with us and join our transformational journey to deliver our vision and mission as NSCAD continues as an influential, world-renowned and independent university of visual art, craft and design.

Thank you for helping NSCAD University to realize its mission, and so the conversation continues…

Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing
President, NSCAD University

NSCAD University is well positioned to move forward as an independent institution.

This strategic framework will provide direction for a sustained period of growth, vibrancy and prosperity. It is the result of many hours of consultation, the review of thousands of pages of documents, and the passion of each and every person who
contributed to the process.

With the approval of NSCAD University’s Strategic Framework 2015-2020, the Board of Governors, President, administration, faculty, students, alumni, friends and supporters have a clear pathway to advance.

Now is the time to boldly seize our own future with courage and tenacity, clearly communicating and delivering our vision to set the standard for a 21st century university of the visual arts. Together, we can achieve extraordinary results.

2016–2017 Annual Report


We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2016-2017 Annual Report. To mark NSCAD's 130th anniversary year in 2017, the report has the theme of the "ripple effect," showing how decisions taken in the past reverberate in the present. "A human life made up of choices. Choices we make every day, choices we take forever to make, or choices we never make," said Solmaz Asheri (BFA 2017, BA 2017) in her valedictorian address at NSCAD's 2017 Graduation Ceremony. "One decision, one choice, can set out a ripple effect into the ocean that is our lives."