Our Jewellry and Metalsmithing Studios are where our students come to make wearable art. Here one of our students, Clarissa, shares with you her journey at NSCAD.
Your first year at NSCAD begins with two semesters of Foundation Studies. This experience builds a broad base of knowledge in the visual arts. A prerequisite for further study, Foundation introduces critical thinking, the development of a visual vocabulary, and key concepts and practices in art, craft and design. After exploring a wide range of ideas, approaches, processes and materials, you will be well-equipped to start making choices about where to focus your creative abilities and academic energies in the following years at NSCAD.
Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing students explore the media and practices of jewellery and hollowware while engaging in critical discussions about content and form. The program offers a broad based metals education, including studies of art jewellery, hollowware, product design, and metal business practice. After developing basic technical skills, you will move on to more advanced technical procedures and carve out your own individual artistic practice.
Created for students that already hold a visual arts degree (BFA or BDes) who wish to study a new discipline, the Visual Arts Certificate in Studio is similar to adding a minor to your existing education. You will further your exploration of visual art processes through concentrated study in one studio discipline in which no more than 12 credits were earned during prior degree work.
The Master of Fine Arts degree is internationally recognized as a standard qualification required for teaching craft and visual arts at post-secondary educational institutions such as colleges and universities. The NSCAD MFA Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their work in a context of intense critical discussion. Pedagogy, Research/Creation and other integral academic courses enhance the studio focus. Students are selected for their capability as artists and craftspersons, their critical abilities, and the personal qualities and interests that might contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.
Students who minor in the craft programs pursue individual forms of expression while being challenged to think critically and seek innovative solutions. Students learn a wide variety of skills, including traditional methods, new technology and industrial processes.
Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing students experiment with diverse creative approaches to jewellery and hollowware.
The Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing program has three interconnected jewellery studios with 37 large benches equipped with flexible shafts and torches. Adjacent design tables are available for upper-level students. You will also have access to a casting area, finishing equipment, computer design stations with modelling programs, a silversmithing studio, and much more.