Admission requirements change according to your background and your situation. If you need help with any of these don’t hesitate to get in touch with our admissions office.
Check minimum admissions requirements.
Minimum admissions requirements depend on your background and your situation.
Applicants currently completing high school must submit a record of all studies from at least grade 10 onward. These transcripts should include at least mid-term or first semester grades for the graduating year.
All high school applicants must have completed grade 12 (or the highest grade level required for secondary graduation) with an average of 70% or higher, including a minimum grade of 70% in grade 12 English for university preparation. Advanced Placement (AP) courses with a grade of 4 or higher are eligible for transfer credit.
An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum grade of 24 is acceptable for entry to NSCAD. Higher Level courses with a grade of 5 or higher are eligible for transfer credit.
Quebec College d’Enseignement General et Professionnel (CEGEP) applicants must have completed at least one full year of a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) with an overall average of 70% or higher. CEGEP students who have completed a two-year Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) will be considered for up to one full year of transfer credit. Quebec Grade 12 applicants must have an overall average of 70% or higher including a minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 English. CEGEP students who have not had English courses at CEGEP must have received a grade of 70% or higher in their final year of high school English.
For those individuals studying toward the General Certificate of Secondary Education (e.g., in the United Kingdom, West Indies, Bermuda, East and West Africa, Hong Kong), the university requires a minimum of two subjects at the Advanced ‘A’ Level and three subjects at the Ordinary ‘O’ Level, with an overall average of “C” and no subject below a “D” grade. Two Advanced Standard (AS) Level courses may be used in place of one Advanced Level course.
International students will find a complete guide to admissions requirements and the application process on our International students admissions guide.
NSCAD welcomes students who want to change their major, supplement their studies with an art focus or need to build a portfolio for another course of study. We are here to help you during the process to make sure the transfer is easy and seamless.
Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework or have completed previous post-secondary studies are eligible for transfer credits.
Applicants must submit all records of these studies in the form of an official transcript.
Applicants currently completing course work should submit transcripts covering all periods of study up to the last completed period.
If an applicant is enrolled in course work, but no other final results are available, they may submit interim transcripts that include either mid-term results or a listing of the courses in which they are enrolled.
See also https://nscad.ca/future-students/apply/transfer/, there is a lot of info on this current transfer pages.
Transfer, articulation and pathway agreements
Most students transfer from college diploma or university feeder programs, while others transfer from related degree programs at other universities. Some switch to NSCAD to study a discipline not offered at their current school, or to study with a particular faculty member or facility unavailable elsewhere. Whatever your reason for transferring, we will recognize your prior experience and help you realize your undergraduate goals.
Read important details on pathway agreements with other schools.
A Visiting student is an individual permitted to take courses at NSCAD for transfer of credit towards a degree/diploma program at another university of post-secondary institution.
Visiting students must submit a Letter of Permission from their home institution before they will be permitted to register.
Visiting Students should submit their documentation several weeks prior to being permitted to register, as all applications must be reviewed and this may take some time.
The following courses may be taken by Non-Degree and Visiting Students without signature/authorization. Welcoming Non-Degree and Visiting Students into courses must be balanced with a responsibility to assess their ability to succeed in the course(s).
HISTORICAL STUDIES & CONTEMPORARY CULTURE:
AHIS: all classes unless a signature is required as prerequisite
CULT: all classes unless a signature is required as prerequisite
ARTS 1000 Fundamentals of Wood and Metal
FILM 1000 Moving Image
PHOT 1000 Photo
FNDN 1200 Introduction to Visual Culture
FNDN 1800 Writing for the Arts
DSGN 1000 Digital Tools for Designing
DSGN 2xxx level classes
PRTM 2213 Intro Book Arts (NOTE: This course rarely has space available.)
CRFT 2245 Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word
PRTM 2211 Letterpress Print
JWLY 2000 Intro Jewellery
JWLY 2100 Intro Holloware
TEXL 2000 Intro Weaving
TEXL 2200 Intro Screenprinting
TEXL 2100 Intro Resist Dye
We welcome exchange students from partner institutions who are interested in studying at NSCAD University! Join us by first submitting your application. As one of North America’s oldest art institutes, we have been an integral player in developing art school exchange programs around the world. Since 1972, the program has grown to include more than 70 partner institutions in 15 countries.
Students from partner institutions must have approval from their home institution to apply for exchange at NSCAD.
The mobility coordinator at the home institution should send a notice of endorsement to the Coordinator, Opportunity and Belonging prior to student application.
Note: Please be sure to select “exchange” study as opposed to “visiting” student status. Applications will be reviewed through the month of October for those wishing to study at NSCAD during the winter semester, and in the month of March for fall semester study.
We welcome people from all walks of life to join us at NSCAD University. Many mature students have found NSCAD University to be a great place to start fresh, build on their current skills or try something new. If you’re thinking about a change, NSCAD is a great place to begin.
A mature applicant is someone who:
- is at least 22 years old
- has never been enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution
- has been out of school for three years or longer
- may or may not have graduated from high school
If reasonably possible, mature applicants are required to submit all official academic records of previous secondary and post-secondary study.
Mature applicants must also request that two letters of recommendation be submitted on their behalf.
Mature applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and may not be held to the exact academic requirements stated in the academic calendar.
Mature applicants should apply to the Foundation Program.
Reminder: NSCAD University offers a discount of 40% to older adults (60+) enrolled in undergraduate classes.
Find all information related to English language requirements under the International Applications section.
Some programs ask you to provide additional documentation specific to their discipline. It’s your responsibility to check the program’s requirements (e.g. personal statements, letters of reference, or accrediations). Check the program pages to confirm specific documents or ask a member of the admissions team.
We want to get to know you! Write a brief one-page essay explaining who you are and the reasons why you’ve chosen NSCAD. Your essay should discuss your prior experience and pathway to NSCAD. You might also want to touch on the skills and knowledge that you hope to gain, and where you think your NSCAD education
might lead you in the future.
An academic record of current and previous study is required from all applicants. All transcripts must be received in the office mail (Office of Admissions, 5163 Duke Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3J6) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly from the issuing institution to be considered official.
Are you a Nova Scotia public high school student? Students who have attended or are currently attending Nova Scotia public high schools can have their transcripts
sent electronically to NSCAD University. Simply provide us with your Provincial Student ID number on your application form. The University will then be able to
access your most recent transcript and add it to your application documents.
Contact our admissions team at any point in this process if you need help completing your application.