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Orientation and Welcome WeekS 2024

The Office of Student Experience has been working closely with SUNSCAD and the Mindful Campus Initiative to bring you an exciting variety of events, welcoming you to NSCAD University. These events will give you the opportunity to connect with your student union, meet new friends, and get a taste of what NSCAD has to offer.

The entire NSCAD Community is thrilled to welcome you as you start your academic journey with us. We invite you to join us on January 2 at Orientation Day for all new incoming NSCAD students. 

Attendance is strongly encouraged for all new students, as the activities planned will provide you with an opportunity to tour the campus, connect with the president, the Office of Student Experience, staff, faculty, and each other, and learn about how we as a NSCAD Community will support and guide you through your studies here. 

At this event, you will also collect your Student ID, access card, and much more! 

 Orientation Day will begin at the Fountain Campus. You will receive an email after you RSVP that will tell you where to show up on January 2.

10 a.m. 

Arrive, register, grab coffee and snacks.

10:30 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.

Campus Tours! 

  • NSCAD is a unique and charming collection of hallways, classrooms, and many special nooks and crannies. We will guide you through our campus buildings and point out important spaces and offices along the way.
  • A shuttle will transport students between campuses. 
  • As part of your tour, you will receive your Student ID, Access card and other documentation to keep handy throughout the academic year.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 


  • Lunch will be catered by Subway, generously provided by SUNSCAD, the Student Union of NSCAD University. Be sure to grab a bite to eat with your new classmates! 

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Orientation Day Presentation – Getting to know NSCAD

  • Hear from several important offices and services that you’ll reach out to multiple times during your studies. 
  • Staff members from the Office of Student Experience will be on hand to introduce their services and let you know who to turn to at any time if you find yourself unsure of where to turn. We’ve got you! 

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

NSCAD Services Fair

  • Looking for an office or service? Interested in hooking up with like-minded folks through a club or society? Join us at our Table Fair and learn more about the offices, services and extra-curricular initiatives that are here for you during your time at NSCAD. 
  • Various services and resources will be present so you can learn more about how to get involved in university life and get settled in Halifax. 

Don’t forget! Orientation Day is just one event in a series of activities throughout the first two weeks of classes to get you situated at our school, help you learn more about what we offer, and introduce you to your future best friends. Visit our FULL CALENDAR and save the date for our exciting events coming up in September.

Reach out to if you have any questions about these activities. 

We can’t wait to meet you!


Head, Heart + Handies Bingo
FAB, 1873 Granville Street

NEW DATE: January 9, 5-7pm (due to forecasted storm)

Join Waves of Change + Mindful Campus Initiative for an exciting evening of Bingo hosted by Venus Envy’s amazing Education coordinator, Rachele Manett. This time our ‘Head, Heart, + Handies event will focus on creating a culture of consent and care. Join us for a few rounds of spicy bingo and anonymous Q+A. Pizza party for all and prizes to be won! This event is designed to be a welcoming space for all bodies.  


What’s the Tea? 
FAB, 1873 Granville Street  

January 10, 12-1:30pm  

Join the Mindful Campus Initiative and NSCAD University Opportunity + Belonging team for a relaxing afternoon in the FAB. We’ll be joined by the folks from Eastern Tea Bar for you to make-your-own-tea-blend, perfectly suited to your own mindfulness needs. You’ll also learn about the history of production and blending of tea, how to brew, and more! You’ll leave with your own 20g bag of tea. Warm tea and snacks provided for a bit of socializing and community building plus comfy cushions and yoga mats for your own stretching, lounging, and mindfulness needs.  

RSVP as space is limited for this event.  


Drag Me to NSCAD 
FAB, 1873 Granville Street 

January 12, 7-11pm  

Winter Welcome Week will include a campus favourite, Drag Me 2 NSCAD at the FAB! A collaboration between the Mindful Campus Initiative, the Events Team and Opportunity and Belonging, this show will be a party to remember! Students are invited to come and enjoy amazing performances from talented local queens, and then finish the night off with a dance party featuring DJ Pierre Bear.  

Event is open to those 16+, though a government issued ID will be required to enter. Free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks provided. There will be alcohol available to purchase for those 19+. 


After-Anna Karaoke Night  
FAB, 1873 Granville Street 

January 15, 6-9pm  

Join us for the final showcase in the catalogue of the Winter Welcome Week events. The After Anna – a historic NSCAD favourite – has seen some of NSCAD’s most memorable celebrations of student’s artwork, so we thought there would be no better time than Winter Welcome Week to bring back this NSCAD staple. Come join The Events Team, Mindful Campus, and The Office of Opportunity and Belonging, with support from The Anna Leonowens Gallery to kick of this semester of art making, both in and outside the studio.  

Join us for Karaoke at the FAB after the first opening of the New Year. Event is open to those 16+, though a government issued ID will be required to enter.  

Free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks provided. There will be limited wine and beer available at the event via drink tickets.  

Indigenous Arts Workshop
Drawing Studio D241, Fountain Campus

All NSCAD students are invited to celebrate and learn about Mi’kmaw history and culture through traditional art forms and storytelling.