Foundation Year

The foundation year comprises the first year of each of NSCAD’s undergraduate degrees. Many students specifically choose NSCAD because of the visual arts foundation component. These exploratory, interdisciplinary courses equip you with the critical skills required to thrive in an art school environment.


Art History

Become a skilled writer and an astute observer of contemporary culture. With a strong emphasis on theory, the Art History and Contemporary Culture Division includes courses in art history, literature, film history and theory, art education, and critical studies.


Ceramics | Jewellery and Metalsmithing | Textiles and Fashion

The Craft Division is a place of theory and exploration. Through a combination of rigorous liberal arts scholarship and studio practice, you will develop traditional craft techniques while also learning how your chosen discipline connects to other fields.


Interdisciplinary Design

Students in the Design Division study all aspects of design—from graphic to interactive to product. Sharpen your conceptual skills while learning to communicate and solve problems in a range of media and contexts.


Drawing | Painting | Printmaking | Sculpture

The Fine Arts Division has a rich history and connection with the Canadian contemporary art scene. As a Fine Arts student, you will have the unique opportunity to select a specialization while continuing to explore other art forms.


Film | Intermedia | Photography

Known for producing many of the region’s most renowned photographers, filmmakers, media artists, and technicians, the Media Arts Division is housed within our historic, but fully renovated Academy Campus on Brunswick Street.


Art classes for all ages and skill levels

NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies offers short and long-term courses, workshops, open studios, certificate programs, and online courses for students of all ages.

NSCAD offers visual arts and design programs at the undergraduate, graduate, certificate and post-baccalaureate level. Our school of Extended Studies also offers not-for-credit courses, workshops, open studios, and certificates for all ages.


NSCAD’s four-year undergraduate programs provide a diverse foundation of skills and knowledge in a specific art, design, or craft field. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Design, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Learn More →


A national leader in art education at the graduate level, NSCAD currently offers two graduate programs: a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Design. Learn More →


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30-credit generalist design program that includes a mix of Studio and Liberal Arts and Science courses. Learn More →


The Visual Arts Certificate in Studio is available for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to study a new discipline. Certified Teachers can enroll in the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers to strengthen their visual arts skills for teaching purposes. Learn More →

Foundation/Foundation Transfer

Once the application process is complete and a student is accepted to NSCAD University, students who who have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework, or have completed previous post-secondary studies are eligible to be considered for transfer credit.

Students must submit all final official transcripts from their previous studies in order to compete the transfer credit evaluation process. See More →

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing may be granted to a student who is able to display by portfolio review and/or transcript that s/he has successfully completed work comparable to the Foundation Program and can transfer at least one full year of art-and/or design-related study from a previous university-level program or from certain college-level programs determined to be transferable to the university’s degree programs. See More →

Advanced Standing Art History

Advanced standing may be granted to a student who has a transcript that they has successfully completed work comparable to the Foundation Program and can transfer at least one full year of art-and/or design-related study from a previous university-level program or from certain college-level programs determined to be transferable to the university’s degree programs. See More →


A Visiting student is an individual permitted to take courses at NSCAD for transfer of credit towards a degree/ diploma program at another university of post-secondary institution. Visiting students must submit a Letter of Permission from their home institution before they will be permitted to register See More →


Exchange may also be called Mobility or Study Abroad. Applicants must be registered at an institution with which NSCAD has a formal exchange agreement. Typically, exchange, mobility or study abroad students travel to NSCAD and may study in any division.

If you are a student at a school with which NSCAD does not have a partnership, you may still apply to study here as a Visiting student. See More →


A Non-Degree student is an individual who has been given permission to take a course or courses for credit, but has not been admitted to a degree program of NSCAD. To qualify to become a non-degree student, a person must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent, or qualify for mature student status. See More →

Pre-University Students

NSCAD University offers a Summer Pre-University Credit Study Program for selected high school students who are interested in completing a challenging university-level visual arts studio course, prior to high school graduation. Students with an interest in the visual arts and who are entering Grade 12 the following fall are eligible to apply to the program.See More →

International, Mature Students

A mature applicant is someone who:

  •     is at least 22 years of age;
  •     has never been enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution;
  •     has been out of school for three years or longer; and
  •     may or may not have graduated from high school.

If possible, mature applicants are required to submit all official academic records of previous secondary and post-secondary study. Mature applicants must also request that two letters of recommendation be submitted on their behalf.

Mature applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and may not be held to the exact academic requirements stated. Mature applicants should apply to the Foundation Program.

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