Are your courses in person or online?

Currently all of our course offerings are online to ensure the safety of our students, instructors, and staff. However, we will continue to follow public health recommendations and are hopeful we will be able to begin offering in person classes again at some point in 2021.

Can anyone register for an Extended Studies course at NSCAD?

Yes! Extended Studies offers exciting courses for everyone at every level, from the curious to the professional. Read the course descriptions to find the courses that match your interests and level of experience or stretch yourself and see what you can achieve. If you have no experience – no problem! We keep the website information up to date so please see the current semester for more details, but if you are concerned, email us at!

Do you offer courses for children and teens?

Yes! Extended Studies is pleased to offer an ever-expanding program of courses for young artists and designers aged from 5 to 18 years each semester. We also run Spring Break and Summer Camps so that they can spend some quality time having fun, but expanding their art and design experience and stretching their talents.

How can I access the seniors discount?

The seniors discount is applied automatically to all web payments when the age bracket 65+ is selected during registration.

Where are courses held?

Currently, all Extended Studies classes are hosted online.

When in person, courses and camps are held at NSCAD University’s Granville and Port campuses, located at 5163 Duke Street or 1107 Marginal Road. The “Additional Information” tab for each course will tell you at which location and in which room the class is held.

Where can I buy supplies?

Not all Extended Studies courses require that students purchase supplies but most do. You are welcome to use what you have, but some items are course specific. A list of required and recommended items will be sent out a week before classes begin, however you can reach out to us at any time at to inquire about specifics.

When purchasing supplies, the NSCAD Art Supply Store is a great place to start. Located in the lower level of Granville Mall at 1874 Hollis Street, the store is expected to be open Monday through Fridays, 10am to 5om and Saturday noon to 5pm. Due to COVID-19, their hours may vary, and the store reccomends reaching out ahead by phone to (902) 494-8176 or

Do Extended Studies courses count towards a university degree at NSCAD?

Extended Studies courses and certificate programs do not ladder into the University’s credit programs, but they are a great way to experience art education first hand. The work you produce can be used as part of your portfolio for entrance to NSCAD. All our courses are also a great way to try a new media without the set up costs and invaluable to help meet new friends.

Is there any financial help for Summer Camps?

NSCAD University’s Teen Arts Studio Bursary Program was created in 1983 through the endowed gift of Alexander J. MacDonald. The Bursary Program is designed to engage highly motivated young artists in grades 9-12, from low-income environments, who are keen to explore the visual arts but unlikely to enroll due to registration and transportation costs.

Who is eligible?

Students in grade 9-12 experiencing financial challenges or living in low-income environments may apply directly through their school guidance office for the Teen Arts Bursary. Only students experiencing financial need are eligible for this bursary.

How do I apply?

If you are a student interested in applying for the Teen Arts Bursary, visit the guidance office in your school to find out the specifics of their application process. Completed applications can be returned to the School of Extended Studies.

School representatives may contact: Catherine Allen, Extended Studies Manager by email:, or by phone at: 902.494.8224

Interested in supporting the NSCAD’s Teen Arts Studio Bursary Program and help give someone a chance they will not otherwise get? Contact us for more information on how you can financially support the sustainability of this Program.

How accesible are the courses?

We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about art and design and will make adaptations where possible. The Port campus is mobility friendly, and support personnel and therapy dogs are welcomed. We do ask that you make us aware of any needs before you attend class so that we can ensure we have the all that you need to enjoy your class.

Do we have acces to the University's facilities?

Due to COVID-19, NSCAD Campuses are currently closed to the public, including Extended Studies students.

When in person, specific courses allow access to related facilities under the direction of the course facilitator and as outlined in the course description.

NSCAD University Library with a collection of over 50,000 books and periodicals in the visual and media arts, craft, fashion, and design, the NSCAD University Library is the only Library in Atlantic Canada specializing in the fine arts and design fields. The Library also incorporates a number of special collections for exhibition catalogues, artists’ books, printed matter, and rare books in specialized subject fields. A major feature of the Library is the Visual Resources Collection which has over 140,000 slides, as well as 16mm films, DVDs, videos, CDs and audio tapes. Digital images are currently available through a number of licensed image databases.

Students registered in Extended Studies courses who wish to borrow material from the library may obtain an off-campus borrower’s cards free of charge through the Libraries Nova Scotia initiative. Alternatively, patrons who present a public library card and one piece of photo ID from any public library system within Nova Scotia will gain borrowing access to the library’s collections. Please note that during semesters certain material, including reserves and media collections, is for NSCAD University degree-students, faculty, and staff use only. For information regarding library services and hours, please call 902 494.819.

How can I pay for my courses?

You can pay for your course three ways:


Each course description on the website has to option to register and pay via credit card or PayPal. This is the most direct way to pay.

By Phone

Call 902 494 8185 to book your course with a credit card, or 902 494 8224 for any course questions.

In person

You can drop by our Financial Services office at our Fountain Campus, 5163 Duke St, Halifax, 4th Floor, and pay by cash, Interac or Credit Card. Please note this option is currently unavailable due to campus closures related to COVID-19.

What is the deadline for registrations?

The deadline for registration is typically a week before a class begins and changes each semester. Details can be found under the “Additional Information” tab for each class. If the deadline is passed but you would like to see if it’s possible to register for a class, email us. We would love to hear from you! If we have spaces we will make sure that you can join the class and enjoy learning a new skill. You can reach us by email at

Contact Us

If you have any questions about any aspect of our courses – email us! We would love to hear from you.