ADVISORY: All of Halifax Peninsula, including NSCAD’s three campuses, are currently under a boil water advisory until further notice. All water must be boiled for at least one minute if it will be used for drinking or any other activity requiring human consumption.

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 September 4 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 Senior Administration, 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!  

Location: Orientation Day will begin at the Port Campus, but you will visit all three campuses on your tour. You will receive an email after you RSVP that will provide you more details on the day as the date approaches.  


8:30-9:30 a.m.  

Arrive, register, grab coffee and snacks. This is where you’ll pick up your student ID and other important documents to keep handy throughout the academic year.  


9:30 a.m. – 1:00 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 and you’ll be accompanied by a Student Tour Guide 


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  


  • Catered Lunch will be generously provided by SUNSCAD, the Student Union of NSCAD University. Be sure to grab a bite to eat with your new classmates. This is a great time to make new pals and plan which Welcome Weeks social events you’ll attend 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Orientation Day Presentation – Getting to know NSCAD 

  • Learn about and meet representatives from several important offices and services on campuses that will help support you through your time at NSCAD  
  • Test your knowledge with an interactive BINGO game and compete to win a prize pack filled with NSCAD merchandise and a festival pass to the Atlantic International Film Festival  

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

NSCAD Academic & Service Expo  

  • Looking for a specific office or support at NSCAD? Interested in meeting like-minded folks through a club or society? Join us at our Expo 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 weeks of classes to get you situated at our school, help you learn more about what we offer, and introduce you to your future collaborators and co-conspirators. Visit the full schedule (below) and save the date for our exciting events coming up in September as they are announced.  

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

We can’t wait to meet you! 

Coming soon!

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.