NSCAD UNIVERSITY - [NSCAD], HALIFAX

Halifax, Nova ScotiaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1887Established Year

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) is a post-secondary art school located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Established in 1887, this university is internationally recognized for visual arts and is the first degree-granting art school in Canada.

Why choose NSCAD University?

  • NSCAD is ranked 8421 in the world rankings and 133 in the country ranking by webometrics.
  • The university is officially accredited and recognized by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Nova Scotia.
  • NSCAD is of the oldest post-secondary art schools in Canada.
  • It offers special programs for teenagers and adults

Statistical Highlights

Type of UniversityPublic
Academic staff85
Total number of students632
Undergraduate students598
Graduate students34
Bachelor programs20
Master Programs3
Tuition fee rangeCAD 9,675 - CAD 11,610
Language for coursesEnglish
Test scores acceptedTOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, MELAB, CAE, CanTest, IB, AP
Websitehttps://my.nscad.ca/

Programs offered at NSCAD University

Programs offered at NSCAD are separated into six different division which are as follows:

  • Art History and Contemporary Culture
  • Craft
  • Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Foundation
  • Media Arts

Programs are available in both full-time and part-time options. A student can choose courses from 6 different types of programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Certificate programs

The university offers special programs like Adult programs and Children and Teen programs. The university provides specializes in various below-mentioned fields:

Art HistoryArt History (Non-Studio)
CeramicsInterdisciplinary Arts
Jewellery Design and MetalsmithingTextiles/Fashion
Master of Fine Arts in CraftInterdisciplinary Design
Master of DesignFine Art
Interdisciplinary ArtsMaster of Fine Arts in Fine and Media Arts
FilmExpanded Media
PhotographyVisual Arts Certificate for Teachers, Art Specialist
Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Ceramics, Textiles, DesignPost-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design
Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, General PracticeVisual Arts Certificate in Studio, Film, Intermedia, Photography

NSCAD University Campuses & Housing

There are 3 campuses with each campus offering different divisions. The campuses are:

The Fountain Campus: This campus offers four divisions.

  • Craft
  • Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Media Arts

The Port Campus:  This campus is built recently, which houses many of NSCAD’s industrial program components like sculpture studios, a wood shop, metal shop, and product design and ceramics studios. This campus offers 3 divisions:

  • Craft
  • Design
  • Fine Arts

The Academy Campus: This campus is just a short walk away from the main Fountain Campus. It offers Media Arts division.

NSCAD University Housing Facility

There is no on campus housing available at NSCAD University.  It, however, accommodates its students at the residences of University of King’s College, Saint Mary’s University, Atlantic School of Theology and Granville Hall.

NSCAD University Application Process

Prospective students need to start with the following before applying for the University.

Prerequisites:

  • English language proficiency test scores
  • All official transcripts
  • Portfolio
  • Study permit

English Language Requirement:

An international candidate must prove his/her proficiency in English through English Language Tests accepted by NSCAD.

Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency:

Test NameMinimum score for Undergraduate programMinimum score for Graduate program
TOEFL9094
IELTS6.57.0
CAEL6969
CanTest4.54.5
CAEAt least BAt least B
MELAB8282
IBAt least 5 in English A1 or A2 HLat least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL
AP44

Candidates, who do not meet NSCAD’s English Language Proficiency Requirement, can join one of the pathway programs offered by the university partner Halifax language schools.

Application fee

  • Students have to pay the application fees of amount CAD 70.
  • Fees once paid is non-refundable
  • Fees can be paid via credit card and debit card

Expenses to be incurred at NSCAD

Given below are the outlines of expenses a student may bear while studying at the University.

Tuition fee for undergraduate students:

CreditsDomestic students (in CAD)International students (in CAD)
38671,917
61,7343,834
92,6015,751
123,4687,668
154,3359,585
185,20211,502

Tuition fee for Graduate students

CreditsDomestic Students(in CAD)International Students(in CAD)
38731,935
61,7463,870
92,6195,805
123,4927,740
154,3659,675
185,23811,610

Financial Aid and Scholarships provided by NSCAD

A number of scholarships are available for students at NSCAD University to help them fund their studies. Scholarships are available based on academic and extracurricular performances and financial need. A few scholarships are given below:

ScholarshipAmount
Entrance scholarshipsCAD 500 - CAD 8,000
MFA FellowshipCAD 3,000
Robert Pope Foundation ScholarshipCAD 2,000
Roloff Beny Foundation ScholarshipCAD 5,000
Faculty Union of NSCADCAD 1,000
Joan Catherine DeWolfe Graduate FellowshipCAD 2,000
Teaching assistantshipCAD 2,500

External Scholarships and Bursaries offered to International students

  • Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation
  • Flight Network’s Fly High Scholarships
  • Government of Canada Scholarships for Foreign Students studying in Canada.
  • Ireland Canada University Foundation
  • Elizabeth Paterson International Students of the Year Award
  • Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
  • William and Mary Kotash Award for Film and Video Arts

Career Prospects after graduation from NSCAD University

NSCAD has dedicated job portals like Job Bank, Job Junction, Dalhousie’s Frank G. Lawson Career Information Centre, and Wow jobs etc., and helps students to find employment opportunities after graduation.

All these websites maintain a searchable list of student job openings, occupational descriptions, career portfolios, Further Education, Volunteering overseas, and job search resources etc.

It also provides co-ops, volunteer, exhibition submissions, showing opportunities, collaborations as well as part-time and full-time work to its students.

NSCAD University Alumni Networks

NSCAD has a strong alumni network with presence all around the world. It offers following benefits and services to their alumni which are like insurance, store discounts, career and professional development, continuing studies courses, and mentorship

Some of the notable NSCAD Alumni are:

  • Benjamin H. D. Buchloh – editor, art historian
  • Parris & Chloe Gordon – co-owners of Chloe comme Parris
  • Ursula Johnson – artist, Sobey Award winner 2017
  • John Kahrs – Academy Award-winning director of Paperman
  • Bruce MacKinnon – editorial cartoonist for The Chronicle Herald
Find a Program
$24,972 PER
YEAR

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TUITION
$24,972 PER
YEAR

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TUITION
$25,188 PER
YEAR

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TUITION
$25,188 PER
YEAR

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TUITION
AVERAGE COST
Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 24,972
Bachelors Tuition Fees$24972
Post graduate Tuition Fees$25188
CAMPUS LIFE
Total Enrollment
971
ADMISSION DEADLINES ( FALL SEASON )
Application Deadline
March 01, 2019
Start of Application process August 01, 2018
End of Application process March 01, 2019
Application Fee
$ 70
Application website my.nscad.ca/apply
Accepts common App No
Direct Application Yes
ADMISSION STATISTICS
Acceptance Rate
74 %
Total Applications
-
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    #201
    Ranking Criteria
    46/100
    Academics
    85.2/100
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