NSCAD UNIVERSITY - [NSCAD], HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - ADMISSION

Halifax, Nova ScotiaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1887Established Year
  927Enrollment

NSCAD University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Providing an educational and rigorous experience, NSCAD University offers 20 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs in a variety of fields. It has an acceptance rate of 74% with a total enrollment of 927.

  • The NSCAD University invites applications for Fall and Winter sessions.
  • For both undergraduate and graduate programs, the students have to apply through the University’s online portal.
  • The university accepts TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, MELAB, CAE, CanTest, IB and AP scores as proof of English proficiency.
  • International applicants must complete their visa process in time.
  • If the period of study will be longer than four months, students must obtain a Permit to Study in Canada.
  • After admission, all the degree students at NSCAD University must demonstrate the ability to write competently in the English language.
  • Applicants should apply before the deadline and keep a track of their application status.

Highlights

Application PortalmyNSCAD portal
Application Fee (nonrefundable)70 CAD
Average SAT/ACT scoresNot Required
Mode of paymentDebit or Credit Card
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SessionFall and Winter session
Financial AidGrants, Entrance and external scholarships.
Acceptance Rate74%

NSCAD University Application Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply well before the given deadlines to be considered for admission by the University.

SemesterDeadline
Fall (September) SessionMarch 1
Winter (January) SessionFall deadline /no later than October 1

Students interested to seek admission in graduate programs must submit the applications by January 15 for the Fall season.

NSCAD Admission Requirements for International Students

All international applicants are required to fulfill certain additional requirements in comparison to the domestic students to be considered for admission.

NSCAD English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose language of instruction either in high school (for at least 3 years) or at the post-secondary level (for at least 1 year) is not in English can submit evidence to demonstrate their English proficiency. The following test scores are accepted by the university as a measure of English Proficiency

English Language TestUndergraduate CoursesGraduate Courses
TOEFL90 with no test less than 2094 with no test less than 22
IELTS6.5 with no band less than 6.07.0 with no band less than 6.0
CAEL69 with no band less than 6069 with no band less than 60
CanTest4.5 with no part less than 4.04.5 with no part less than 4.0
CAEAt least BAt least A
MELAB82 with no band less than 8082 with no band less than 80
IB5 in English A1 or A2 HL5 in English A1 or A2 HL
AP4 in English Language and Composition or Literature4 in English Language and Composition or Literature

SAT/ACT scores are not required to apply to NSCAD University.

  • Writing Requirement:

All degree students at NSCAD University must demonstrate the ability to write competently in English. Students meet this requirement by successfully completing FNDN 1800 Writing for the Arts, in the Foundation year.

Students who attended another post-secondary institution before entering NSCAD may meet the Writing Requirement through transfer by demonstrating that they have previously completed studies in an English-speaking University program.

  • Permit to Study (Student Visa):

If their period of study will be longer than four months, students must obtain a Permit to Study in Canada, which is issued through the Canadian Consulate in the student’s home country. The departmental requirements are:

  • A passport, birth certificate, or other identification that identifies you as a citizen of your native country.
  • The original letter of acceptance from the university.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for the period of study in Canada.

NSCAD University Undergraduate Admissions

NSCAD University offers 20 undergraduate courses to all the applicants. The general application procedure is similar for all courses.

Where to apply: myNSCAD

Application Fee: CAD 70 (non-refundable)

Application Procedure:

  • Join MY.NSCAD.CA.
  • Fill the application form online.
  • Write a one-page admission essay explaining the reason you wish to attend NSCAD.
  • Submit academic records of current and previous studies.
  • A letter of recommendation is not mandatory but can help support your application.
  • Upload your portfolio, sketchbook, and list of works.
  • Pay the application fee and submit the form.

NSCAD University Graduate Admissions

NSCAD offers 3 master courses and various post-baccalaureate certification courses. While the specific admission requirements may vary for each program, the general admission requirements remain the same.

Graduate Application Portal: myNSCAD portal

Application Procedure:

  • Join MY.NSCAD.CA.
  • Fill the application form online and pay the application fee of 70 CAD
  • Submit a statement of intent in not more than 500 words (pdf format)
  • Submit transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation are to be submitted.
  • Submission of optional portfolio and list of works.
  • Submit a sample of current writing(created in the last 6 years)
  • Pay the application fee and submit the form.

Every graduate program offered at NSCAD has specific requirements. The admission requirements for some of the most sought after courses are tabulated below.

CourseAcademic Requirements
Masters of Fine ArtsPost-secondary education transcripts;
2 letter(s) of recommendation; research portfolio
Masters of DesignBachelor of Design or equivalent qualifications (4-year Program);
letter(s) of recommendation; research portfolio
Masters of Arts in Art EducationPost-secondary education transcripts;
2 Letter(s) of recommendation; research portfolio (optional)
Visual Arts Certificate in StudioBachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Design Degree;
2 letter(s) of recommendation, research portfolio (optional)
Visual Arts Certificate for TeachersBachelor of Fine Arts degree or Bachelor of Education program with a first teachable in the visual arts,
2 Letter(s) of recommendation, research portfolio (optional)

The admissions at NSCAD University are considered to be selective. The university’s admission office reviews the applicants primarily on the basis of their portfolio and their admission essay.

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