Welcome to NSCAD University’s virtual campus tour!
We are excited to give you chance to experience our campuses from the comfort of your computer. Feel free to explore on your own or set up a guided tour with one of our recruitment officers—we would love to show you around!
Tours of the various NSCAD campus locations allow guests to experience the school’s departments and facilities first hand. Tours are offered by appointment. It’s easy to sign up for a tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay the night in Halifax, for free
Cambridge Suites Halifax and NSCAD University have partnered to offer prospective students and their families a special nightly rate when you visit for a NSCAD tour or appointment. Call Cambridge Suites directly to make your reservation and request the NSCAD special rate. If you subsequently enroll in a degree program the following fall, we’ll reimburse you for one night’s stay.
Summer pre-university program
High school students who are entering their final year in the following fall are eligible to apply to take one Foundation-level summer course. You will work in a NSCAD studio, study under the guidance of a qualified instructor, and interact with regular degree students who are also registered in the course.
PORT CAMPUS1107 Marginal Road
Perched on Halifax’s waterfront and boasting uninterrupted views of the harbour from its glass curtain seawall, the Port Campus is a renovated historic warehouse repurposed specifically for art education and production. In addition to the many first-year classes and studios that are held at the Port, the three-storey steel and concrete structure houses the school’s more industrial art, design and craft practices, with wood and metal fabrication shops, sculpture studio, plastics lab and foundry. The Port Loggia Gallery and Treaty Space Gallery, on the first floor, expand NSCAD’s exhibition programming.
What will I see at the Port Campus?
Sculpture, metalworking, ceramics, woodworking, bronze-casting, mould making and more!
Where can I park?
The Halifax Seaport has ample parking. There is a pay and display lot in front of Pier 20 (The Seaport Market), and another in front of Pier 22 and 23. Additionally, there is metered parking along Marginal Road.
FOUNTAIN CAMPUS5163 Duke Street
Our Fountain Campus is housed in the Historic Properties district, adjacent to the scenic boardwalks of Halifax Harbour. The Victorian terrace-style campus – the only one of its kind in North America – is an interconnected row of 19 former merchant shops and warehouses bounded by Hollis and Duke Streets and the cobblestone Granville pedestrian terrace. Inside you will find plenty of mysterious nooks and stairwells, open interiors and modern studio spaces, as well as the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Art Bar +Projects and many other student favourites. If you are looking for a place where your imagination can run wild, this is it.
What will I see at the Fountain Campus?
Painting, drawing, printmaking, screenprinting, textiles, fashion, photography, design, letterpress and more!
Where can I park?
While there is metered street parking along Duke Street, Barrington Street, and Granville Street, parking can be limited. There are two lots nearby, Impark Parking at 1815 Upper Water Street, and Scotia Square parking on Abermarle Street.
ACADEMY CAMPUS1649 Brunswick Street
The Academy Campus is located in a Gothic Revival brick building at the base of historic Citadel Hill, originally built in 1878 as a high school. But don’t let the building’s historic exterior fool you, the space is home to the Media Arts division, including NSCAD’s film program. Within the building, you will find edit suites, studio space, sound rooms, a screening room, animation facilities, and faculty offices.
What will I see at the Academy Campus?
Film, photo, multimedia and more!
Where can I park?
There is metered parking on the streets surrounding Academy Campus. There is also a pat and display lot a short walk away at 5565 Sackville Street.
Please note that open facilities and divisions will depend on the time of year, availability of classes etc.
Prospective NSCAD students are encouraged to visit our campus and meet with an admissions representative. Visits may be arranged on an individual basis through the Office of Admissions, please email email@example.com. Another opportunity to meet the NSCAD representatives are at one of our twice-yearly Portfolio Day events.
The Office of Admissions can accommodate larger tour groups (maximum 20 students) on a case-by case-basis. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate tours for children who are in elementary school. We encourage you to contact the School of Extended Studies to learn about art classes and camps that are available for children under the age of 14.
NSCAD Tour and Stay
Cambridge Suites offers visitors to NSCAD a discounted rate of stay of $125/night* while they are here to tour the campuses and explore Halifax as a prospective new home. Just ask for the NSCAD rate when booking.