Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design provides an introduction to interdisciplinary design. Comprised of 30 credits, the program is typically taken in the fall and winter semesters and includes a mix of studio credits, liberal arts and science courses. In keeping with the broad, interdisciplinary approach of NSCAD’s BDes and MDes programs, the certificate is intended as a generalist credential and is not specific to any one area of design.
Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Program: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design
Program Length: 1 year (admission requirements)
Admission Deadline: March 1 (September start only)
The majority of students entering this program are international students. At program completion these students will:
- Have an enhanced understanding of the current practice of design in Canada, North America and Europe.
- Have a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of designers and the importance of critical thought and discourse.
- Have a clearer idea of what is expected from students in a Canadian university at a graduate level.
- Have a better grasp of Canadian culture.
- Be able to communicate more effectively in English.
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Design
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Design: This course gives students a general introduction to the history, theory and methods of current design practice.
Intercultural Issues and Interdisciplinary Design
Intercultural Issues and Interdisciplinary Design: This is an advanced seminar investigation of recent developments in design in Europe and North America.
Intercultural Communication and Design
Intercultural Communication and Design: The global reach of design has created the expectation for designers to perform in collaborative, intercultural professional contexts. This course offers a critical exploration of intercultural competence as it intersects with semiotics, user-centered design, and the relationships between research and practice. Through course readings, hands-on projects and writing, language is reframed as a key tool for ideation, creation, and reflection.
This course focuses on specialized technical and aesthetic issues in Communication Design, emphasizing the inventive use of type and typography for interpreting text.