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Off Campus Study

The Off Campus Study Program at NSCAD University enables students to pursue study away from the university under three circumstances:

  • Independent Off Campus Study allows students to devise individual plans of study within Canada or abroad while registered for courses listed in the university calendar. Internships and practicum placements outside of Halifax would fall under this category.
  • Exchange Study 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.
  • NSCAD Art in Schools Initiative provides a unique opportunity for NSCAD students to spend a semester in South Africa.  Students will participate as research assistants in a study that examines the effects of “creative learning interventions” on the outcomes of high school learners. Studio space will also be provided in the Department of Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University. Students will receive up to 15 studio credits for the session (6 credits ARTS 3450 Off Campus Community Service Learning / Internship and 9 credits of ARTS 4000 level).Applications are now closed for the 2017 placements.  Next deadline for applications for the 2018 academic year is March 15th, 2017.

An information session will be held each semester for those interested in pursuing an Off Campus study opportunity. Dates to be arranged.

Students are eligible to participate if they have completed a minimum of 60 credits and two art/design history courses at NSCAD prior to the off campus semester. Students with transfer credits, who have successfully completed two full-time semesters at the university with a minimum of 60 credits in total, may participate in an Exchange or Off Campus Study.

Participants are expected to document their off campus experience in such a way that the record of his/her experience may benefit other students considering such study. This summary will become part of the resources available in the Office of Student and Academic Services to students interested in pursuing these options of study. Students are required to return to the university and to register for at least one semester. A public presentation and submission of a two-page typed summary of the student's experience is also required. Tuition is paid to NSCAD and credits earned while on exchange or independent off campus study apply toward NSCAD degrees.

Contact Joann Reynolds Farmer, Coordinator Off Campus, International, Advising nscad.ca to book an appointment to discuss Off Campus / Exchange Study options.
For general inquiries, consult our directory.

Exchange / Off Campus Application Deadlines

  • Fall or Summer  March 15th
  • Winter                 September 15th

Some exchange partners only review applications for fall or winter once a year  by the February deadline. Please consult with  the Coordinator Off Campus, International, and Advising for a list of these schools.

Summer study will be considered on a case by case basis only. Please inquire well in advance of the summer semester to see what may be possible.

Students should consult the Coordinator Off Campus, International and Advising four to sixteen months in advance of their planned off campus semester.


Downloads

NSCAD Exchange Application

NSCAD Faculty Recommendation

NSCAD Independent Off Campus Application

NSCAD Practicum Application (design only)

NSCAD Art in Schools Application