Clarissa Long BFA 2017

Chelsea Innes BFA 2018

Parris Gordon BFA 2011 & Chloé Gordon BFA 2010

NSCAD Alumni Association

The NSCAD Alumni Association is a link between the university, its graduates, and the visual arts community. We’re committed to promoting the excellence and prestige of NSCAD by supporting programs and academic objectives. 

Board of Directors

Sunil Sarwal (BDes 2002), President, Alumni Association Representation to the NSCAD Board of Governors
Elise Graham (BFA 2013), Vice-President
Bruce Sparks (BFA 1977),Secretary, Alumni Association Representation to the NSCAD Board of Governors
Duane Jones (BDes 2004), Immediate Past President
Jessica MacDonald (BFA 2017), Treasurer
Alani Caruso-Fitterer (BFA 2014), Member at Large
Robin Jensen (BFA 1996), Member at Large
Carol Morrison (BFA 2005), Member at Large
Sarah McKinnon, NSCAD Interim President (Honorary Ex officio)
Laura Lima Nishida, SUNSCAD President (Ex officio)

Meeting Schedule

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Alumni Association President

Sunil Sarwal is an award-winning branding consultant in the food and drink industry, working with innovative companies around the world to build creative brands that people love. Clients range from billion-dollar multinationals such as London-based Compass Group Inc., to small, innovative companies like PEI’s Upstreet.

A NSCAD graduate in 2003, Sunil ran Montreal’s rambunctious design agency the Small Monsters for over 10 years before recently returning to his hometown of Halifax. Sunil uses the pronouns he/him/his or they/them/theirs.

Contact Sunil at

Show your NSCAD pride

To draw attention to the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity of art and design graduates, the NSCAD Alumni Association launched the I AM NSCAD campaign. Logos are provided in various sizes and types suitable for websites, social media (#IAMNSCAD), email signatures, and more.

Download I AM NSCAD Logos


Alumni Ring

The NSCAD alumni ring celebrates a lifelong connection to your academic and creative achievements. Designed and produced by Karen Konzuk, (BFA 97), this stainless steel band incorporates the official NSCAD colour with a side incision of purple powder-coated finish. Inside the band is an engraved Latin inscription of NSCAD’s informal school motto nolo facere insipida, after John Baldessari’s lithograph I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art.

Rings are $200 ($245.00 with tax and shipping within Canada)

Degree Frame

Custom-designed frames from Tempo Framing are available to all alumni. Present your degree alongside the NSCAD colours in a slick matte-black metal frame with branded mat board cut especially for our square degrees. These frames are made in Canada and come pre-assembled.

Frames are $70.00 ($100.50 with tax and shipping within Canada)

T-Shirt and Sweatshirt

Show your school spirit by wearing a NSCAD T-shirt or sweatshirt. Check out the full range of NSCAD branded products at

Proceeds from sales support the Audrey Dear Hesson Scholarship, an undergraduate entrance scholarship for new and transfer students, who self-identify as Black/African Canadian.

In 1951, Audrey Dear Hesson was the first black student to graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art (now NSCAD University), earning the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s medal for highest standing. In recent years, Audrey has been recognized for her role in breaking barriers for black artists. Her work was featured in several exhibitions, including the landmark In This Place: Black Art in Nova Scotia at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in 1998 and Discovery: African Nova Scotian Art Pioneers, at Dartmouth Heritage Museum in 2013. In 2017, she was named a Life Fellow of NSCAD University.

TD Insurance

As a NSCAD alumni, you have privileged access to the TD Insurance program, which provides savings through lower preferred insurance rates. Plus, by choosing TD Insurance you also give back. Our program contributes to NSCAD every year, so while you benefit from savings, you will also be supporting your alma mater.

Get a quote and see how much you can save!
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Masters Robe and Academic Hood

NSCAD graduates from the MFA and MDes programs may now purchase academic regalia comprised of the masters robe and academic hood, specially designed with NSCAD’s colors. DSR Harcourts is the only authorized distributor and NSCAD academic regalia needs to ordered directly from their website at www.harcourts. com.

NSCAD Library

Alumni enjoy free access to the NSCAD Library through the “Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere” program, which also includes access to more than 100 participating libraries in Nova Scotia. Items may be borrowed at one library and returned at another. Visit Libraries Nova Scotia for more details.

Request a Transcript

A transcript is a complete record of your academic history. It lists classes in progress, classes that have been completed, grades received and other information relating to your academic career. Transcripts are printed on security paper and bear the signature of the Registrar. Students can request either an official or unofficial copy of their transcript. Learn more >>>

School of Extended Studies

NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies offers a wide range of short and long term courses, workshops, open studios, and certificate programs. NSCAD alumni receive a 20% discount on all adult courses, Visit Extended Studies for more information.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Present your active professional artist association’s card or artist’s C.V. to qualify for an Artist Membership at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (25% off the Individual member price).

Benefits include unlimited free admission to the Gallery, invitations to member openings, 10% discount on workshops and in the Gallery Shop, reciprocal admission to select Canadian art museums, and more.

To join or renew, email or visit the Visitor Services desk during Gallery hours.

Saltscapes Magazine

Saltscapes gives you the best of Atlantic Canada all year round. Discover the secret places and unique characters that make Atlantic Canada special. NSCAD alumni enjoy a discounted subscription rate. Visit and enter your alumni code: ALNSCAD. With each subscription Saltscapes will contribute to the NSCAD Alumni Association Foundation Scholarship.

The Last Art College

Written by former NSCAD president Garry Neill Kennedy, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1969-1978 traces NSCAD’s fascinating history through the 1960s and 70s as the epicenter of the conceptual art movement in North America.

Publications details: Hardcover, 480 pages, 191 color illus., 410 b&w illus., 8.5×11″. ISBN: 978-0-262-01690-2

Co-published by MIT Press and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.