Undergraduate Programs at NSCAD

NSCAD offers three undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Achievement of the degree requires eight semesters of study (usually completed in four years), beginning with two semesters of Foundation studies.

Undergraduate Areas of Instruction

NSCAD offers five main areas of study within its undergraduate programs.

Craft: includes ceramics, jewellery, and textiles

Design: includes interdisciplinary design, graphic design, digital design, and product design

Fine Art: includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture

Historical and Critical Studies: includes art history, English, liberal arts and other critical analysis courses

Media Arts: includes film, intermedia, and photography

Undergraduate Majors

  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History
  • Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary) ** no major
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Ceramics
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Film
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Fine Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Intermedia
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Photography
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Textiles

Undergraduate Minors

Minors provide students with an opportunity to add an additional concentration of study to their NSCAD experience.  Minors appear on the academic Transcript but not on a student's Diploma.  For the most part, minors can only be taken concurrently with a "Major" Program (that is, any of the degree major programs, but not including the BFA, Interdisciplinary).  Minors with an asterix (*) below can be pursued in addition to all NSCAD undergraduate programs, including the BFA Interdisciplinary.

  • Art History *
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies (Metro Halifax Universities Consortium) *
  • Illustration *
  • Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing
  • Print, Paper, Book *
  • Textiles

See the Academic Calendar for more information.

Application Deadlines

September EntryFoundation Program
(Scholarship consideration)
March 1

Final Deadline
June 1

Advanced Standing
February 1

January EntryFoundation Program
(Limited spaces)
October 1

Advanced Standing
October 1

Summer ProgramSummer Pre-University Program
April 15

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