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Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30 credit program taken in the fall and winter semesters. It is composed of a mix of Studio (21 credits) and LAS (9 credits) courses. This program is not specific to any particular area of Design; it is meant to be a generalist design credential, in keeping with the broad, interdisciplinary approach in NSCAD’s BDES and MDES programs.

Qualified applicants will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Design granted by a post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction may or may not be English, a letter of intent stating their commitment to advanced design studies, and a portfolio of visual work. Applicants with Bachelor degrees from other disciplines who wish to undertake advanced design studies at the Master’s level will be considered, but may be asked to complete preparatory design courses before they can enter the MDES program or the Certificate Program.

The majority of students entering this program are international students. At program completion these students will:

  • Have an enhanced understanding of the current practice of design in Canada, North America and Europe.
  • Have a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of designers and the importance of critical thought and discourse.
  • Have a clearer idea of what is expected from students in a Canadian university at a graduate level.
  • Have a better grasp of Canadian culture.
  • Be able to communicate more effectively in English

Students who successfully complete the PBAC program at NSCAD, but have not achieved the required GPA for entry to the MDES degree program, may be qualified to apply for admission to the BDES degree program. These students could be eligible to transfer 60 credit hours from a combination of academic work done in the PBAC program and approved previous post-secondary education.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design

Qualified applicants will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Design granted by a post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction may or may not be English, a letter of intent stating their commitment to advanced design studies, and a portfolio of visual work. Applicants with Bachelor degrees from other disciplines who wish to undertake advanced design studies at the Master’s level will be considered, but may be asked to complete preparatory design courses before they can enter the MDES program or the Certificate Program. See More →

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