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Leesa Hamilton

Assistant Professor
Three-Year Limited Term Sessional
Division of Craft, Textile/Fashion


Room Number: S302
Phone Number: 902 494 8310


Leesa has been teaching at NSCAD University in Textiles/Fashion since 2007 and held the roll of Fashion Technician for many years, prior to this was a part-time faculty with Dalhousie University, Costume Studies. Leesa holds a Master of Education from OISE/UT in Adult Education, Counselling, Community Development, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Diploma in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University and studied fashion with George Brown College.

Leesa is also an award-winning Costume Designer for Theatre with over 25 design credits with productions touring locally and internationally. Much of her current theatre focus is mentoring emerging BIPOC costume designers.

Leesa has an extensive background developing and delivering community engaged arts programming in Toronto and Halifax. With NSCAD Extended Studies she initiated and developed the NSCAD Art Factory which she has been coordinating since 2016. The NSCAD Art Factory trains and supports NSCAD students to share their practice and provide accessible arts programming to communities who face barriers to arts education. The NSCAD Art Factory continues to provide relevant training and employment to NSCAD students and has developed partnerships with organizations that include Phoenix Youth Programs, ISANS, MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, Wonder’neath Art Society and Laing House.



2007 Dalhousie Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement
20017 Women’s Division Alumni Association Medal in Costume Studies
2009-10 Merritt Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume ‘East of Berlin’, ‘The Crucible’ + ‘Five Easy Steps’
2010 Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist
2013 Merritt Award, Outstanding Costume Design ‘Lysistrata’
2013 Merritt Award Outstanding Set Design, ‘Slowly I Turn’
2014 Merritt Award Outstanding Costume Design ‘Uncle Oscar’s Experiment’



NSCAD Art Factory Program Design and Delivery with Phoenix Youth Program – 2017-20

Nocturne NOISEmakers, Embed and Embellish 2019



NSCAD Picture Book Project – Research Assistant 2017-20