Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I can’t access my artwork/portfolio to use in my application?

If you can’t access your artwork because it’s at school and your school is closed, let us know and we will assist in coming up with a solution.

I can’t send or provide official transcripts or language tests at this time. Does this mean I won’t be able to apply to, and attend, NSCAD?

We are aware that there are restrictions being imposed due to COVID-19. As a result, you may experience challenges when trying to complete the application process, including difficulty sending documents through the mail, traveling to take tests or requesting documents from your school. We understand your frustrations and are here to help.

To assist you in meeting the application deadline of April 1 for undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, please note:

–              We will accept unofficial or student copies of transcripts and test scores by email.

–              You may take language tests and submit test scores after the application deadline.

–              We will review applications with unofficial documents without delay.

Please email documents that you cannot upload and any questions to

How does this situation impact Advanced Standing transfer credits assessment?

Please note that if you are applying for Advanced Standing, we will not be able to assess transcripts for transfer credit until we receive official transcripts. We understand that COVID-19 has resulted in many school closures, but we will be unable to process credits for transfer until those have been completed.

What happens if I am unable pay my commitment fee by the deadline due to impact COVID-19 is having on the labour market?

We acknowledge that COVID-19 may be impacting your ability to pay your commitment fee by the deadline, due to unexpected changes in your employment, provisional expenses and self-isolation. Due to this ongoing, unprecedented situation we will extend, if needed, the commitment fee deadline to June 25, 2020, with possible reassessment at that point.

What about spring and summer classes? Will they take place?

We encourage all interested students to continue to apply and register for classes at NSCAD. However, we also ask you to please recognize that the start date and style of instruction delivery could change.

Will courses offered through NSCAD Extended Studies continue?

Due to growing concern over COVID-19, public health recommendations and as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, Extended Studies have cancelled all remaining Winter 2020 classes.

How do I find new information about how COVID-19 is impacting future start dates and deadlines at NSCAD?

We understand the complexities and anxieties everyone is individually experiencing during this time. That’s why we created a COVID-19 update page on our website at You can find all new and relevant information about the evolving situation there, including FAQs.

What if I feel unwell?

Those with flu-like symptoms, who have not travelled internationally to an affected region, should stay at home. Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse in Nova Scotia or see a healthcare professional if you prefer. There is also a Government of Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397.

To help you better understand if you need to talk to 811, please review this simple questionnaire.

Feeling anxious or stressed?

Visit NSCAD’s Wellness website to learn what services are available and how to access them.

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167

Good2Talk Nova Scotia: 1-833-292-3698 (Professional counsellors provide free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling to post-secondary students.)