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Undergraduate Programs at NSCAD

NSCAD offers three undergraduate degrees:

• Bachelor of Arts

• Bachelor of Design

• Bachelor of Fine Arts

Achievement of the degree requires eight semesters of study (usually completed in four years), beginning with two semesters of Foundation studies.

Undergraduate Areas of Instruction
NSCAD offers five main areas of study within its undergraduate programs.
Craft: includes ceramics, jewellery, and textiles
Design: includes interdisciplinary design, graphic design, digital design, and product design
Fine Art: includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture
Historical and Critical Studies: includes art history, English, liberal arts and other critical analysis courses
Media Arts: includes film, intermedia, and photography

Undergraduate Majors

• Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History

• Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design

• Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary) ** no major

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Ceramics

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Film

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Fine Art

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Intermedia

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Photography

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Textiles

Undergraduate Minors
Minors provide students with an opportunity to add an additional concentration of study to their NSCAD experience. Minors appear on the academic Transcript but not on a student's Diploma. For the most part, minors can only be taken concurrently with a "Major" Program (that is, any of the degree major programs, but not including the BFA, Interdisciplinary). Minors with an asterix (*) below can be pursued in addition to all NSCAD undergraduate programs, including the BFA Interdisciplinary.

• Art History *

• Ceramics

• Drawing

• Fashion

• Film Studies (Metro Halifax Universities Consortium) *

• Illustration *

• Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing

• Print, Paper, Book *

• Textiles

Graduate Programs at NSCAD

NSCAD offers the following graduate degrees:

• Master of Design

The Master of Design is a one-year program. Over the course of three semesters, beginning in May of every year, students take 42 credits of prescribed Studio and Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, and complete a graduate thesis/degree project. The emphasis of the Program is on practice-led research, hence every student's degree project will be one that focuses on new knowledge gained through reflective practice. Students will present their research through their design work, accompanied by an extended written paper; by a public presentation, and in appropriate circumstances in a group exhibition.

• Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded after the successful completion of 42 credits of course work and other program requirements (including the Final Exhibition and Thesis) taken over a 20 to 24 month period, beginning in the Fall semester. The university's MFA Program, in existence since 1973, provides students with the opportunity to develop their work in a context of intense critical discussion. Academic studies in art history or other relevant subjects form an integral part of the program.
Students are selected for their capability as artists, craftpersons, or designers; their understanding of related critical information; and the personal qualities and interests that might be expected to contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.
The university's MFA Program addresses the main areas of study offered at the university: Craft, and Fine and Media Arts.
The Master of Fine Arts in Craft program is discipline-based in ceramics, jewellery design and metalsmithing or textiles.