Do you want to make a difference? Your art or design can speak for you. See how students at NSCAD are learning to shape their place in the world – and make art matter.
Your first year at NSCAD begins with two semesters of Foundation Studies. This experience builds a broad base of knowledge in the visual arts. A prerequisite for further study, Foundation introduces critical thinking, the development of a visual vocabulary, and key concepts and practices in art, craft and design. After exploring a wide range of ideas, approaches, processes and materials, you will be well-equipped to start making choices about where to focus your creative abilities and academic energies in the following years at NSCAD.
The Photography major is designed to balance your acquisition of technical skill with the theoretical and conceptual tools required by you as a photographic artist. You will explore the dynamic technical and historical relationships photography has to the world of visual representation.
The Photography program is designed to teach you essential skills in a variety of digital and analogue formats, with an emphasis on conceptual development. The major in Photography prepares you to continue your artistic practice, provides you the skills required to work as a professional photographer, and provides the necessary requirements for you to continue on to graduate studies.
Created for students that already hold a visual arts degree (BFA or BDes) who wish to study a new discipline, the Visual Arts Certificate in Studio is similar to adding a minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study in one studio discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during prior degree work.
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 Program 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.
By the final semester, many Photography students exhibit at the university gallery or other local venues.
Photographic Services provides extensive facilities for both film-based and digital imaging. Students have access to a gang darkroom and individual film processing cubicles, as well as a suite of computers available for digital photographic work. Technical staff are available to assist with equipment booking and inquiries.