Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), also known as NSCAD University, is a post-secondary art school located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in the heart of the waterfront district. NSCAD was founded in 1887 by Anna Leonawens, originally named the Victoria School of Art and Design to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Arthur Lismer, a member of the Group of Seven, is among the school’s past presidents.


Currently, NSCAD University is regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America. The faculty, students and alumni are at the heart of the burgeoning industry of ideas, with discovery constantly at their fingertips.

Students educated to think critically, to balance academic issues with practical concerns in the studio, and to explore how the visual arts give meaning to both individual and community life. After an experimental foundation year, students gradually decide upon a specialty focus in some aspect of art, craft, design or historical and critical studies.

Undergraduate Areas of Instruction

NSCAD offers five main areas of study within its undergraduate programs:

  • Craft: includes ceramics, jewellery, and textiles
  • Design: includes interdisciplinary design, graphic design, digital design, and product design
  • Fine Art: includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture
  • Historical and Critical Studies: includes art history, English, liberal arts and other critical analysis courses
  • Media Arts: includes film, intermedia, and photography

Undergraduate Majors

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  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History
  • Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary) **no major
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Ceramics
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Film
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Fine Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Intermedia
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Photography
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Textiles

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Design
  • Master of Fine Arts (in Craft, or in Fine and Media Arts)