Foundation Year

The foundation year comprises the first year of each of NSCAD’s undergraduate degrees. Many students specifically choose NSCAD because of the visual arts foundation component. These exploratory, interdisciplinary courses equip you with the critical skills required to thrive in an art school environment.


Art History

Become a skilled writer and an astute observer of contemporary culture. With a strong emphasis on theory, the Art History and Contemporary Culture Division includes courses in art history, literature, film history and theory, art education, and critical studies.


Ceramics | Jewellery and Metalsmithing | Textiles and Fashion

The Craft Division is a place of theory and exploration. Through a combination of rigorous liberal arts scholarship and studio practice, you will develop traditional craft techniques while also learning how your chosen discipline connects to other fields.


Interdisciplinary Design

Students in the Design Division study all aspects of design—from graphic to interactive to product. Sharpen your conceptual skills while learning to communicate and solve problems in a range of media and contexts.


Drawing | Painting | Printmaking | Sculpture

The Fine Arts Division has a rich history and connection with the Canadian contemporary art scene. As a Fine Arts student, you will have the unique opportunity to select a specialization while continuing to explore other art forms.


Film | Intermedia | Photography

Known for producing many of the region’s most renowned photographers, filmmakers, media artists, and technicians, the Media Arts Division is housed within our historic, but fully renovated Academy Campus on Brunswick Street.


Art classes for all ages and skill levels. NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies offers short and long-term courses, workshops, open studios, certificate programs, and online courses for students of all ages.


NSCAD’s four-year undergraduate programs provide a diverse foundation of skills and knowledge in a specific art, design, or craft field. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Design, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Learn More →


A national leader in art education at the graduate level, NSCAD currently offers two graduate programs: a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Design. Learn More →


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30-credit generalist design program that includes a mix of Studio and Liberal Arts and Science courses. Learn More →


The Visual Arts Certificate in Studio is available for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to study a new discipline. Certified Teachers can enroll in the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers to strengthen their visual arts skills for teaching purposes. Learn More →


Experiential learning gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world experiences apart from their academic environment. This valuable experience builds on their educational foundation, at the same time, confirming and clarifying career goals.