After completion of the Foundation Year, students take courses offered within five areas of instruction: Art History and Contemporary Culture; Craft includes ceramics, jewellery and metalsmithing, and textiles/fashion; Design; Fine Arts includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture; and Media Arts includes film, intermedia, and photography.
The degree programs at NSCAD are designed to provide a balance of theory and practice. Courses offer credit either as studio credit or as liberal arts and science credits. Studio courses focus on the production of art, craft and/or design, though studio practice and related theory. Liberal Arts and Sciences courses focus principally on the written and verbal analysis and interpretation of historical and/or contemporary culture materials.
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.
Enhanced by its setting within an art school, the Major in Art History program enables you to take studio courses while concentrating on the critical discourse surrounding the social production and reception of art. Learn More →
Enhanced by its setting within an art school, the Major in Art History (non-studio) program enables you to study the critical discourse surrounding the social production and reception of art. Learn More →
The Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design is a unique program that takes a distinctly collaborative and process-oriented approach. Because the field of design covers a range of services and products that fuse human factors, technology, and aesthetics, the program will equip you with a variety of skills, including analytical and imaginative thinking, visualization techniques, drawing, typography, and photography, as well as an understanding of production processes. You will also learn to communicate and solve problems across a broad range of media and contexts, including communication, interaction, and product design. Learn More →
The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Ceramics offers students an opportunity to explore the media and practices of ceramics. You will study vessel, sculptural, and architectural ceramics and examine the relationships between design, materials, colour, process, and techniques. An awareness of historical and contemporary issues in ceramics and the relationship between ceramics and other disciplines (such as ﬁne art, design, and architecture) will also enable you to develop an informed perspective on your work and write critically about the discipline. Learn More →
Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing students explore the media and practices of jewellery and hollowware while engaging in critical discussions about content and form. The program offers a broad based metals education, including studies of art jewellery, hollowware, product design, and metal business practice. After developing basic technical skills, you will move on to more advanced technical procedures and carve out your own individual artistic practice. Learn More →
The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Textiles and Fashion program balances conceptual concerns with the technical and design skills required to understand the traditions of weaving, dye and print, and garment making. You will explore the relationships between materials, processes, and the maker, as well as the critical role that textiles and fashion have played in world cultures. Focusing on sustainable and organic materials and techniques, the program both maintains handcraft values and incorporates new digital methodologies. Learn More →
The principal courses of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Fine Art program offer opportunities to explore the media and practices of four different disciplines: drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. After the second year, you will progress to more advanced study in a chosen area. You will continue to take courses from at least two different disciplines to satisfy your studio credits, as well as art history classes and open credits from other Divisions. This requirement ensures that you graduate with a well-rounded visual arts education across disciplines. Learn More →
An Expanded Media major allows you to explore a diverse range of visual arts interests from an interdisciplinary approach during studio classes such as Language into Art, Idea and Process and Media Landscapes. These courses are also designed to provide senior level students with the opportunity for independent study and internship placements. Learn More →
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. Learn More →
The Photography major is designed to balance your acquisition of technical skill with the theoretical and conceptual tools required by you as a photographic artist. You will explore the dynamic technical and historical relationships photography has to the world of visual representation.
The Photography program is designed to teach you essential skills in a variety of digital and analogue formats, with an emphasis on conceptual development. The major in Photography prepares you to continue your artistic practice, provides you the skills required to work as a professional photographer, and provides the necessary requirements for you to continue on to graduate studies. Learn More →
The BFA Interdisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of media and practices in the areas of ﬁne arts, media arts, craft, and design. This program enables you to tailor your studies to your individual interests as an artist. Students will develop a range of skills, knowledge, and techniques that foster crossdisciplinary ways of working. As you engage in the critical discourses of your chosen disciplines, you will gain an understanding of diverse practices and approaches, historical and contemporary issues, and the relationship between conceptual concerns, material, and process. Learn More →