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Overview

Individuals interested in expanding their expertise in the visual arts and have earned an undergraduate university degree, have a unique opportunity to earn a graduate certificate from NSCAD University. Approved through the NSCAD Academic Council, NSCAD Board of Governors and Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), the 30-credit Visual Arts Certificate in Studio is designed for both art specialists and non-art specialists.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30 credit program taken in the Fall and Winter semesters. It is composed of a mix of Studio (21 credits) and LAS (9 credits) courses. This program is not specific to any particular area of Design; it is meant to be a generalist design credential, in keeping with the broad, interdisciplinary approach in NSCAD’s BDES and MDES programs.

Qualified applicants will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Design granted by a postsecondary institution in which the language of instruction may or may not be English, a letter of intent stating their commitment to advanced design studies, and a portfolio of visual work. The Certificate Program may be the recommended preparatory course of study for students wishing to apply to the MDes Program. Learn More →

The majority of students entering this program are international students. 

Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, Art Specialist

NSCAD University’s Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers has been designed specifically for teachers interested in strengthening their knowledge of the history and theories of visual art and in honing their studio skills and knowledge of teaching methods. Approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) and, NSCADs Academic Council, the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers meets Nova Scotia’s provincial requirements for one level of Advanced Teacher Certification.

Art Specialist Teachers will upgrade their studio skills and pedagogical practices in the visual arts and further their knowledge of art historical and critical studies.   Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, Non-Art Specialist

NSCAD University’s Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers has been designed specifically for teachers interested in strengthening their knowledge of the history and theories of visual art and in honing their studio skills and knowledge of teaching methods. Approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) and, NSCADs Academic Council, the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers meets Nova Scotia’s provincial requirements for one level of Advanced Teacher Certification.

Non-Specialist teachers will gain some experience and understanding of art making, its application to the classroom, and the role of the visual arts in contemporary culture. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Ceramics

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Ceramics is like adding a Ceramics Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Design

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Design is like adding a Design Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Drawing

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Drawing is like adding a Drawing Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Film

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Film is like adding a Film Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, General Practice

Approved by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) and NSCAD’s Academic Council, the Visual Arts Certificate in Studio: General Practice provides individuals that have a Degree not in visual arts the opportunity to develop observational and other critical visual arts skills. They will also gain a better understanding of visual arts theory and practice.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Intermedia

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Intermedia is like adding a Intermedia Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing is like adding a Jewellery Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Painting

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Painting is like adding a Painting Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Photography

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Photopgraphy is like adding a Photography Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Printmaking

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Printmaking is like adding a Printmaking Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Sculpture

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Sculpture is like adding a Sculpture Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Textiles

For those who have a Visual Arts Degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design and wish to study a new studio discipline they haven’t studied before or expand their knowledge of a practice they may have only briefly touched on in the past.

The Visual Arts Cerificate in Studio: Textiles is like adding a Textiles Minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study this discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during your prior degree work.

Certificate participants tailor their study to meet their individual interests through a wide selection of studio and theoretical credit courses designed for NSCAD degree programs. Certificate students participate in the same credit courses with the same faculty as degree students. Learn More →

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