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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 principal courses of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Fine Art program offer opportunities to explore the media and practices of four different disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. After the second year, you will progress to more advanced study in a chosen area. You will continue to take courses from at least two different disciplines to satisfy your studio credits, as well as art history classes and open credits from other Divisions. This requirement ensures that you graduate with a well-rounded visual arts education across disciplines.
NSCAD also offers an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts, which combines Fine Arts course with programming from other divisions.
Created for students who already hold a visual arts degree (BFA or BDes) that 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 MFA in Fine and Media Arts is internationally recognized and is cross-disciplinary in nature – though you may concentrate in audio and video, digital media, drawing, film, installation, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. General credit requirement are the same for Craft, Fine Arts, or Media Arts.
Students are selected for the MFA program both for their capability as artists, craftspersons, or designers, as well as their academic background and personal interests that may contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.
Fine Arts students experiment with both traditional techniques and unconventional methods and routinely show their work on and off campus.
The Fine Arts facilities are divided between the Fountain and Port campuses. Many of the studios are accessible twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The Port Campus has studio spaces for all levels of sculpture, including facilities for: lost wax casting, foundry for bronze and aluminum casting, stone carving equipment.
In addition there are plastics facility that includes a vacuum forming machine, isolated plastics casting room with ventilation hood, and a rapid prototyper for printing 3D objects.
The Port campus is also home to wood and metal fabrication shops.