Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) offers programs in fine and media arts, craft, design and historical and critical studies both at the undergraduate (Bachelors) and graduate (Masters) levels. Enrolment has held steady at about 1,000 students for several years. All students submit a portfolio of work prior to acceptance to NSCAD and take afirst year in common, the Foundation Program. The program acts as a base year for all degree programs and includes both studio and academic classes from which students move into their choice of major or an interdisciplinary degree.

Students are drawn to NSCAD from all over Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada and the world. An article in Art in America suggested NSCAD just might be “the best art school in North America.” In 2012, our 125th anniversary year, our reputation holds strong. Maclean’s magazine lauds us as “a big reason Halifax is seen as one of the hippest cities in the land.” NSCAD has several major advantages over other art schools. Our modest class sizes foster intimate, in-depth discussion and individual attention from professors. Students here have access to muchmore studio space, and much of it is open around the clock, seven days a week. The size of the school also helps break down the borders between disciplines.

There are no boring institutional walls here – our Victorian-era campus in Historic properties boasts arched windows, hardwood floors, brick walls, high ceilings and views of the pedestrian Granville Mall. At our newest location, the Port Campus, floor-to-ceiling windows look towards George’s Island and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Our third campus, the Academy Building, sits at the foot of Citadel Hill—a historic Halifax focal point.

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