As a first-year student, you will choose two courses from a selection of five designed to provide you with fundamental skills in making things: Photography, Video, Wood and Metal, Computer and Movement Art. You will also take the seven-week module Introduction to Studio Practice. This course introduces you to a range of media, colour theory, principles of design, and questions of form and content. Following the Introduction to Studio Practice, you will select three from the following Foundation studio modules: Constructed Forms, Design, Film, Modelled Forms, Painting, Print, Radical Forms or a workshop topic course. Foundation workshop topic courses include: Walking & Art, Textiles and Spatial Design.
All Foundation students take two semesters of Drawing. First-year students also complete two liberal arts courses: Introduction to Visual Culture and Writing for the Arts.
A typical week in your life may include shooting a video one day, drawing from a live model the next, attending a lecture by a visiting artist, and learning to print on an etching press. Class sizes at NSCAD are small with an excellent faculty-to-student ratio, and you will be working in peer groups with shared enthusiasms and interests.