Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded after the successful completion of 42 credits of course work and other program requirements taken over a 20 to 24 month period, beginning in the Fall semester. The university’s MFA Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their work in a context of intense critical discussion. Academic studies in art history or other relevant subjects form an integral part of the program.

Students are selected for their capability as artists, craftspersons, or designers, their understanding of related critical information, and the personal qualities and interests that might be expected to contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.


Master of Design (MDes)

The NSCAD Master of Design is a 60 credit program like no other. Over the course of study, students take 60 credits in both prescribed Studio and Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, culminating in a graduate thesis or degree project. NSCAD offers the only MDes that allows you both studio and theory courses so that you don’t have to choose between the two. The emphasis of the Program is on practice-led research where students will present their research through their design work, accompanied by an extended written paper; by a public presentation, and, as appropriate, in a group exhibition.