Advanced Standing Transfer Credits
Advanced Standing and Transfer from Other Institutions

Advanced standing may be granted to a student who is able to display by portfolio review and/or transcript that s/he has successfully completed work comparable to the Foundation Program and can transfer at least one full year of art-and/or design-related study from a previous university-level program or from certain college-level programs determined to be transferable to the university’s degree programs. Course and program credit is based on demonstration of equivalent academic achievement, knowledge and skills. The university reserves the right to limit entry of transfer students based on the availability of resources. Transfer of credits includes specific equivalence to a given course or category; and/or unassigned (open) credit.

NSCAD University accepts transfer credits at par, according to general transfer credit policies, from those public or private universities and colleges that are either members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, or are chartered or accredited as post-secondary degree-granting bodies by appropriate agencies in other countries. The university does not accept transfer credits from private institutes, schools or unaccredited colleges.

The university will accept as transfer credits those credits earned in Canadian community college programs that are offered as diploma programs at levels comparable to the university’s programs. Community college programs in all regions of Canada will be evaluated for credit transfer by the same standards.

Students who present non-standard transcripts to the university must take individual responsibility to provide sufficient information to allow their transfer credits to be evaluated by the university and may be required to contact a transcript evaluation service to translate and evaluate such transcripts.

Students may transfer 30 semester credits per year, or 15 credits per semester, to the maximum allowable non-resident credits. No more than 75 credits will be transferred toward degree programs at the university. 

A minimum grade of 60% or C in a course will be required to transfer credit from a university or community college course.

Applicants expecting to transfer over two years of credit (approximately 60 semester credits) cannot necessarily expect to begin their visual arts or visual culture studies at advanced levels in every case. Determination of the level of entry will be made in consideration of both previous study and slide presentation. It is not the university’s intention to make students repeat work they have already completed, but placement in courses must comply with degree requirements, evidence of the student’s preparedness for advanced study, and the pedagogical standards practiced at the university. If a student has questions about her/his placement in a course, s/he should contact the Registrar immediately. Advanced standing applicants will be admitted to “general admissions” entry programs: they may apply for open entry and restricted entry Major programs after completing one semester at the university.

Students who are entering the Foundation Program, but have completed previous university study in fields other than visual arts may transfer some of their previous course work toward the university’s degree programs.

In all cases, transfer evaluation is governed by the degree requirements in effect at the university, and some programs may be eligible for fewer transfer credits based on the program requirement. Along with other Canadian universities, NSCAD University has agreed to the full transfer of credits earned in the first two years of a university-level program of study in Canada, subject to the university’s degree requirements.

Applicants are required to provide official records of all prior university or college level study. Art history credits that have been completed more than 20 years previously will be counted as general liberal arts, but will not be counted toward the art history requirements of the University’s degree programs.

Consideration of entry transfer credits will not normally be made beyond one year from the date of the student’s entry to the university.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
NSCAD University is committed to the concept of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition as applied to undergraduate programs at the university. An individual accepted to the undergraduate programs of the university may seek assessment for credit of knowledge obtained through work and non-formal learning that is proven to be equivalent to a course or courses offered by the university. Students interested in seeking Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition should consult the Director of Admissions and Enrolment Services or the Registrar immediately after they have been admitted to the university and before they begin classes.