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Overview

The foundation year comprises the first year of each of NSCAD’s undergraduate degrees. Many students specifically choose NSCAD because of the visual arts foundation component. These exploratory, interdisciplinary courses equip you with the critical skills required to thrive in an art school environment.

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 that’s only the beginning. You also select three studio disciplines—such as moving image, paint, print, constructed forms, or
design—as well as courses in subjects like photography, textiles, socially engaged art, desktop fabrication, wood and metal, computer, or movement art.

The foundation year is intense, challenging, fun and extremely interactive. It provides the rare opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, processes and materials. Students experiment with the unconventional, further traditional fine art skills, and meet friends they will know for the rest of their lives. Students emerge confident and fully equipped to start making choices about where to focus their creative and academic energy in their following years at NSCAD.

Many student specifically choose NSCAD because of the foundation year. This exploratory, interdisciplinary year equips you with the critical skills required to thrive in an art school environment.

Division Chair

Marylin McKay

Marylin McKay is an award-winning author and pre-eminent Canadian art historian. She received a PhD in Art History from the University of Toronto. She is the author of A National Soul: Canadian Mural Painting, 1860s to 1930s (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002), Picturing the Land, Narrating Territories in Canadian Landscape Art, 1500 to 1950 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011), as well as articles in scholarly journals and chapters in books on North American art. Her current research interests include Canadian landscape art and Roman jewellery.

Foundation Faculty

Rebecca Hannon

Rebecca Hannon is a jeweller and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her work she investigates adornment in relation to the human form. A choice to attach an object to the body drives her to question and create stories. Cultural histories gleaned through travel, and the people she meets shape her work. Rebecca maintains an active studio practice in addition to serving as faculty at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and her work could be seen at Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Museum of Art & Design, NYC, and Racine Museum of Art over the past year.

Craig Leonard

Craig Leonard’s work explores transience, ownership, repetition, substrates, platforms, counter-catharsis, inconvenience, storage, paradoxes, participation, administration, repetition and education. Leonard received his Master of Visual Studies from University of Toronto in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught classes on performance, printed matter, sound art, and installation at NSCAD University. Leonard has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including Acme Project Space (London), AXE NÉO7 (Hull), Raid Projects (Los Angeles), Esker Foundation (Calgary), LMAK Projects (New York) and Mercer Union (Toronto).

Barbara Lounder

Barbara Lounder’s current art practice focuses on walking as a creative methodology. Her performative works engage members of the public in carefully designed walking activities, sometimes utilizing prosthetics such as walking sticks, stilts, backpacks, blindfolds, locative devices and portable digital projectors.

Lounder has presented her work in gallery exhibitions and other venues across Canada and in the USA, England, Poland, New Zealand, Germany and Bulgaria. Her work has been critically reviewed in publications such as C Magazine, Parachute and the New York Times. She has participated in artists’ residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Open Studio Printmaking in Toronto, Full Tilt Creative Centre in Newfoundland, and the Kommandantenhaus in Dilsberg, Germany.

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