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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 Intermedia major will allow you to investigate non-traditional media such as sound, installation, performance, printed matter, electronics, and interactive and web media. You are thoroughly encouraged to explore approaches to art making through language, time, site, and social circumstances, employing a range of tools and technologies.
Intermedia students choose combinations of courses to help form a personal art making practice. Emphasizing subjective and theoretical approaches through language, image, time, site and technology, studio work is pursued in a context of social and theoretical understandings of technology, art and culture.
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 fro 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.
By the final semester, many Intermedia students exhibit at the university gallery or other local venues.
The Multimedia Centre includes a video studio, editing suites, and sound equipment. Computer labs have software for students working in design, web-based media, animation, and image rendering. Technical staff are available to assist with equipment booking and inquiries.