Study at NSCAD
At NSCAD University, not only will you receive a rigorous, interdisciplinary educational experience, but you will belong to a vibrant creative community recognized globally for its impact on art, craft and design. Connecting you with award-winning faculty, you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the creative industries, where you will become leaders, entrepreneurs and experts in your fields.
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.
ART HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY CULTUREBecome a skilled writer and astute observer of contemporary culture. With a strong emphasis on theory, the Art History and Contemporary Culture Division includes: – Majors in art history, art history (non-studio) – Minors in art history, Indigenous studies – Master of Arts in Art Education – Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, Art Specialist and Non-Art Specialist
FINE ARTSThe 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. The Fine Arts Division holds the: -Major in fine arts -Specializations in drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture and interdisciplinary arts -Masters of Fine Arts
CRAFTThe 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. The Craft Division includes: – Majors in ceramics, jewellery and metalsmithing, and textiles and fashion.
MEDIA ARTSKnown for producing many of the region’s most renowned photographers, filmmakers, media artists, and technicians, the Media Arts Division is a tight-knit student community who collaborate on projects, both inside and outside of the classroom. The Media Arts Division holds the: -Majors in film, photography, expanded media and interdisciplinary arts -Minor in animation
DESIGNStudents 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. The Design Division holds the: – Major in interdisciplinary design – Masters in Design
FOUNDATIONThe Foundation year provides exploratory courses in a variety of disciplines that equip students with the critical skills required to thrive in an art and design university environment. In this first year you’ll learn: the vocabulary of visual arts, how to give and receive critical feedback, observational drawing, colour theory, composition, 2D and 3D design, academic writing and analytical skills, visual culture studies, and more.
You don’t have to be enrolled at NSCAD to take advantage of our world-class programming! If you want to explore your creative side in your free time, why not take a class through Extended Studies? There are many formats and learning options, including short and long-term courses, workshops, open studios, certificate programs and online courses.
NSCAD University offers a roster of engaging and innovative online learning opportunities for the NSCAD community. Understanding that traditional methods of learning are not always possible and that many students are looking for flexible learning options, eLearning allows for different educational models to be accessed by our diverse student population.