ADVISORY: All of Halifax Peninsula, including NSCAD’s three campuses, are currently under a boil water advisory until further notice. All water must be boiled for at least one minute if it will be used for drinking or any other activity requiring human consumption.


Follow this checklist when you are preparing your
application to NSCAD.
We also recommend you
reach out to our admissions office for help to walk you through these steps.


Tell us who you are.

Fill out a short form and we be in touch within one business day. We will add you to our mailing list and keep you in the loop about events on campus near you.

Talk with a recruiter.


Explore programs.

Visit the ‘Programs’ sections on our website.
Undergrad programs.
Graduate programs.


Start an application in Slideroom.

All NSCAD applications are done through a portal called Slideroom. Complete your online application form and pay the application fee.


Request your transcripts.

An academic record of current and previous studies including high school and any post-secondary institution is required from all applicants. They must be sent to us through the sending institution. Order these from your school well ahead of the application deadline to ensure that they arrive on time. 

  • Transcript can be sent to us by email from a school official to, through other electronic transcript submission methods like My,Creds, or by mail to:

NSCAD Admissions
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3J6

  • If you attended or are currently attending a Nova Scotia public high school, you can have your transcripts sent electronically to NSCAD University. Simply provide us with your Provincial Student ID number on your application form and we will then be able to access your most recent transcript and add it to your application documents.


Upload your documents.

Take your time preparing your required application documents, including your admissions essay and portfolio images. Be sure to check out the formatting and upload instructions under ‘Admissions’ on the website.
See how to upload your documents.


Submit your application.

Return to Slideroom, our official application portal. Once you have completed all the required sections, click Submit. If you need to pay an application fee, the Payment Information page appears. Complete this page by entering your credit card or debit card (US debit card only) information and clicking Next Step.


Wait to be reviewed.

Applications are reviewed by faculty. You can expect to hear from us with an admission decision 4-6 weeks after application deadline.


Accept your offer.

All applicants receive notice of their application review by email. Accepted applicants will receive a commitment statement that can be signed and returned to the Office of Admissions along with a deposit to hold your place in the program.


Check your NSCAD email.

You’ll be sent login information for your new student email account. Be sure to check it regularly for information about course registration, student orientation and more!
See web access to set up all your NSCAD accounts.


Apply for your VISA.

International students only—visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website to get started.
Go to our international student section for help with this stage.


Confirm accommodation.

Would you like to live in a university residence, shared flat or house? Have a look at the New Student Information section on our website for tips on securing accommodation in Halifax. Your Student ID number printed on your acceptance letter will allow you to register for accommodation at our neighbouring university residence halls.
See housing accommodation.


Send final transcripts.

Are you currently finishing up your Secondary or Post-Secondary studies? You will need to have your final transcripts, by the school, sent to the Office of Admissions.


Register for courses.

New students will be contacted by their academic advisor when it’s time to register.



You are a new NSCAD student! Come to student orientation, get your student ID card and access and start your first year at NSCAD. Go to ‘New Students’ to continue your journey.