Let Chelsea, one of our students, tell you about why she chose to study Media Arts at NSCAD – an art University that changes lives.
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.
Our extensive Film program offers you an opportunity to explore the practice, history, theory and analysis of film production and film art. The program combines comprehensive course options in different film production techniques with an academic overview to the history a theory of film arts. Our film program provides you with a broad understanding of the film production process, as well as the opportunity to create and develop your own projects.
The major in Film allows you to explore film as an art form while preparing for the complex industry of filmmaking. With a focus on hands-on learning, the program weaves together currents of dramatic, documentary and experimental film practice. In collaborative projects, students rotate among many roles: writing, acting, direction, producing, cinematography, production design, editing, and sound design. Assignments progressively challenge you to create more ambitious work while gaining experience in location and studio processes, leading to a final-year thesis project.
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 one of the standard qualifications required to teach visual arts and craft at the post-secondary level. The program provides an opportunity to develop your work in a context of intense critical discussion. Academic studies in art history or other relevant subjects form an integral part of the degree. Once admitted to the program, you can choose to focus on a particular area of study within 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.
The minor in Film allows you to explore film as an art form. With a focus on hands-on learning, the film program weaves together currents of dramatic, documentary and experimental film practice. In collaborative projects, students can study many roles: writing, acting, direction, producing, cinematography, production design, editing, and sound design. Assignments challenge you to think about creating more ambitious work while gaining experience in location and studio processes.
The Animation minor includes courses that introduce you to the methods and techniques of animation. In Introductory Animation, you will explore stop motion, experimental, 2D digital and cell animation techniques through hands on experience.
Intermediate animation provides you with an intensive parctice in digital 2D, 3D, CGI, motion graphics, interactive techniques and processes. You will be encouraged to develop your skills and become proficient with media tools and concepts beyond those introduced in Introductory Animation. In-class seminars and presentations will allow you to explore the creative dynamics between animation, filmmaking and time based practices in contemporary art.
By the final semester, Film students complete thesis work by participating in a substantial film production in the role of a producer, director, actor, animator, or screenwriter.
The Film program’s facilities are located in the historic Academy campus and include a 3,000 square foot sound stage, 16-mm film equipment, high-end digital video cameras, editing and sound suites, professional lighting and grip equipment, and a Cineflux screening auditorium.