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Unveiling a renewed Academy Building
It still looks old on the outside, but the Academy Building has been extensively renovated on the inside.

As film students began classes for the fall semester, they entered a renewed, state-of-the-art facility, the Academy building. During a three-year course of study, this is where they learn all aspects of filmmaking—the technical and the creative—everything from how to design titles on their films and send out press kits to directing, lighting and sound design.

“We nurture the artists that build this vital industry,” is the way Sam Fisher, associate professor, NSCAD University, puts it.

Renovations to the building, located on the corner of Sackville and Brunswick Streets, were made possible due to the generous support of $2 million from the Government of Canada through its Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and $2 million from the Province of Nova Scotia. An event to thank government funders and unveil the improvements was held at the Academy Building on September 12.

The overhaul turned the building into a construction zone over the last year, as workers replaced windows and doors, insulated and updated electrical, heating, plumbing and ventilation systems. While the building’s historic integrity has been maintained on the outside, it is virtually a new building on the inside, sustainable and energy efficient.

“There’s no way we could have tackled those fundamental issues without the KIP funding,” said David Clark, chair of NSCAD University’s media arts division. “Now, the building is safe, secure and it looks beautiful.”

The Academy building—NSCAD University’s third campus in addition to the Granville and Port campuses—boasts new classrooms, screening rooms, editing and sound suites and a spacious studio space, which encompasses the entire third floor of the building. Besides being a base for NSCAD’s film program, the Academy building is also home to CineFlux, an interdisciplinary research centre. Proximity to CineFlux researchers allows students to engage with cutting-edge research projects in cinema and the media arts.

“Our government’s investment in post-secondary infrastructure has given NSCAD students and researchers the facilities they need to be global leaders in their fields,” said Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, at the event. “This project will allow NSCAD to strengthen its capacity and build on its reputation as a leading institution of higher learning.”

“This project makes NSCAD a hub for new ideas and technologies in cinema and media and preserves a historic building in the shadow of Citadel Hill,” added Marilyn More, Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Our congratulations to all who supported the redevelopment of the Academy Campus.”

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Volume 23, Winter 2015

Featuring stories on Governor General's Literary Award winner Sydney Smith;  Halifax's art district, Prof. Gary Markle's Worn Well fashion line; and a profile of high school art teacher Anna Whalen.