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Undergraduate Overview

NSCAD University offers a range of undergraduate programs for those wishing to pursue art studies during each of three semesters beginning in September, January and May. Prospective students can submit their applications as one of the following applicant types:

  • Foundation/Foundation Transfer – For applicants who are high-school graduates or who have not studied visual arts at the post-secondary level for a full academic year.
  • Advanced Standing – For applicants who have taken at minimum the equivalent of NSCAD’s Foundation Program.
  • Advanced Standing Art History (Non-Studio) – For applicants who are interested in completing a Bachelors of Art Major in Art History and have completed one year of Liberal Arts studies at another post-secondary institution.
  • Visiting – For applicants who are enrolled in a degree program from another institution interested in taking courses at NSCAD for credit.
  • Exchange– For students at a partner school who wish to study undergraduate courses at NSCAD for a semester.
  • Non-Degree – For applicants who wish to take courses for credit at NSCAD but who do not wish to study as an undergrdaute student.
  • Pre-University Students – For high school student who would like to take a course at NSCAD for university credit in the summer before they enter Grade 12.
Bachelor of Arts, major in Art History

The Art History and Contemporary Culture Division is integral to NSCAD’s studio-based programs in art, craft and design. Courses in art history, English, film history and theory, art education and critical studies serve as both program requirements and general academic electives. Ranging from introductory surveys to senior seminars, these courses bring together students from all divisions, fostering a cross-disciplinary flow of ideas and interaction.

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Bachelor of Arts, major in Art History (Non-studio)

You will enter the Major in Art History after completing a suggested one year (30 NSCAD credits) of social sciences and humanities courses at another university or college.  NSCAD University offers courses in art and film history, critical studies, English literature, Queer studies, material studies, and art education, which all contribute to a strong art history degree. You will gain knowledge and expertise through courses ranging from Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, to Canadian modern art theory and criticism. See More →

Bachelor of Design, major in Interdisciplinary Design

Today, design more than ever is having to respond to client briefs requiring a broader application of design outcomes than those initially expected by a client; across print, web, product and/or the built environment.

As a NSCAD student in the Interdisciplinary Design degree program, one is preparing to understand how a concept can manifest itself in various forms. It is the role of our courses to engage the student in this mode of designing and thinking.

While all designers, including Interdisciplinary Designers, come with their own strengths, weaknesses, and of course specialization, an Interdisciplinary Designer embraces this condition — an empowerment for locating other designers who can bring a broader palette of skill to a project.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Ceramics

The Fine Arts Division comprises the areas of Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking and
Drawing. The Fine Arts Major is characterized by a concentration in elected
combinations of these Areas, but also provides opportunity for exploration in other
disciplines. Formal, contemporary, historical, material and theoretical perspectives are
addressed within our undergraduate courses. In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, Division faculty motivate
students enrolled in Fine Arts courses to be informed and appreciative of endeavors in
all creative realms. The Division is determined to foster continued excellence by
assuring that the facilities, course content, and instructional conditions are optimum for
nurturing the skills and criticality for which we are renowned.

Senior students are encouraged to consider the Professional Practice course or an Internship / Community Service Learning course within the arts or with a non profit organization. In their senior year, students enroll in advanced studio courses, in order to develop an independent portfolio which they can present in a graduating exhibition.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Film

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Fine Art program offers students opportunities to explore the media and practices of the fine art disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Upon completion of the foundation studies, students interested in the major in fine art program take courses in art history and at least two fine art disciplines during their second year. After successfully completing the first two years of study, students may declare their major. They then continue their studies with fine art studios at intermediate and senior levels. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Fine Art (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)

The undergraduate major in fine art program is an open entry program. After successfully completing the first two years of study, students may declare their intention to major in fine art. Students who are in good standing may declare their intention to major in fine art, upon completing 6 LAS credits in required art history courses, and at least 12 credits in at least two different fine art studio courses from among the following fine art disciplines:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • sculpture

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Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Film

The undergraduate major in film allows students 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. Students rotate among many roles: writing, acting, directing, producing, cinematography, production design, editing, and sound design. Assignments challenge students to create more ambitious work while gaining experience in location and studio processes, leading to a final-year thesis project. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Fine Art (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)

The Fine Arts Division comprises the areas of Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking and
Drawing. The Fine Arts Major is characterized by a concentration in a
combination of these Areas, but also provides opportunity for exploration in other
disciplines. Formal, contemporary, historical, material and theoretical perspectives are
addressed within our courses. Division faculty inspire students enrolled in Fine Arts courses to be informed and appreciative of endeavors in all creative realms. The Division is determined to foster continued excellence by
assuring that the facilities, course content, and instructional conditions are optimum for
nurturing the skills and critical thinking for which we are renowned. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Interdisciplinary Arts

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. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Intermedia

Intermedia students investigate non-traditional media such as sound, installation, performance, video, interactive and web media and printed matter, choosing combinations of courses to help form a personal artmaking 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. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing program offers students opportunities to explore the media and practices of jewellery and holloware. Upon completion of the Foundation studies, students interested in the Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing program take courses in art history and craft during their second year. After successfully completing the first two years of study, students may declare their major. They then continue their studies in jewellery design and metalsmithing at intermediate and senior levels. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Photography

The Photography Program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore the practice and history of photography in the context of contemporary photographic art, documentary aesthetics and digital media. The program combines extensive course options in analogue and digital photography with attention to technical skills, the history of photography and the theoretical discussions concerning the medium. Students have the opportunity to combine Photography courses with courses in other areas to map their own program, as well as  the option to complete the BFA Major in Photography. See More →

Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Textiles and Fashion

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Textiles/Fashion program offers students the opportunity to explore the diverse field of textiles and fashion, which encompasses art, science, and technology. The Program integrates three key areas of research: structure, surface and form. This unique approach to textiles education balances conceptual concerns with the technical and design skills required to understand the textile traditions of weaving, dye and print and garment making. Students will examine the relationships between materials, processes, and the maker, as well as the critical role that textiles and fashion have played in world cultures. With a focus on sustainable and organic materials and techniques, the program maintains handcraft values and incorporates appropriate digital methodologies. See More →

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