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NSCAD’s Graduate Studies Programs – Creativity, Innovation, Practice and Theory

NSCAD University offers three graduate studies programs – the Master of Arts in Art Education (MA AE), Master of Design (MDes), and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) that are built with an engaging and hands-on approach to art making, providing students with the proficiency and knowledge necessary to take their place in the creative economy. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2020 – apply today!


Students at NSCAD University have been shaping art, design and craft in Canada since 1887. With an approach to education that includes the strategic integration of arts, culture and community engagement, students thrive in a learning and research environment that is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and academic excellence.

Located in historic downtown Halifax, NSCAD offers students exceptional access to equipment and facilities, and boasts a global reputation for excellence in preparing students for a future in the creative industries. NSCAD’s faculty and alumni represent some of Canada’s most highly regarded curators, designers, craftspeople, filmmakers, artists, educators and entrepreneurs. Close connections between students, faculty and alumni encourage vital and innovative dialogue and collaboration.

Our graduate programs

Master of Arts in Art Education

The Masters of Arts in Art Education is a new graduate program at NSCAD. The program offers rigorous research training and hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in a variety of art education settings. Students choose from three different streams: applied pedagogy in art education, museum and curatorial, and community-based practice.

Master of Design

NSCAD’s 60-credit Master of Design uniquely allows students the opportunity to take both studio and theory courses, culminating in a graduate thesis or degree project. The emphasis of the program is on practice-led research where students will present their findings through their design work, accompanied by an extended written paper, by a public presentation or in a group exhibition.

Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts degree is internationally recognized as a standard qualification required for teaching craft and visual arts at post-secondary educational institutions such as colleges and universities. The NSCAD MFA provides students with the opportunity to develop their work in a context of intense critical discussion. Pedagogy, research, creation and other integral academic courses enhance the studio focus. Students are selected for their capability as artists and craftspersons, their critical abilities, and the personal qualities and interests that might contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.

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