Community Service Learning (CSL) is a unique opportunity for students, faculty and community-based organizations to work together.  Students can pursue their own CSL experience in partnership with a community organization once it has been approved by NSCAD.  Volunteering and service to the community can be tailored to a student’s particular area of study, creating an individualized experiential learning opportunity.

If you are interested in learning more about community service learning, contact the Office of Student  Experience at for more information


NSCAD’s Art in Schools Initiative, a program created by Professor David B. Smith, provides a unique opportunity for NSCAD students to spend the winter or summer semester in South Africa. Students participate as research assistants in a study that examines the effects of “creative learning interventions” on the outcomes of high school learners. The NSCAD students work alongside a visual arts student from Stellenbosch University and local artist Roderick Sauls at a high school in a township near Cape Town, introducing the learners to visual arts projects.

Since there is no established visual arts programming in the school, the students and the local artist act as artists in residence, giving learners the opportunity to explore creativity within the context of their established curriculum. Additionally, the students and the local artist help to establish partnerships with local organizations, bridging the school with the community.

Students earn up to 15 credits toward their degree (6 credits ARTS 3450 CSL/Internship and 9 credits Studio). The NSCAD Art in Schools Initiative is privately funded thanks to the generosity of a friend to the university, and the remuneration for participating in this research assistantship is round trip airfare, local transportation, housing, and a living allowance (tuition and regular fees still apply). The application call takes place in March for the following academic year.

For more information on CSL opportunities such as the Art in Schools Initiative, email