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Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design

Canada

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What will I learn?

NSCAD’s Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design is a unique program that takes a distinctly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and process oriented approach. Design covers a range of design disciplines from communication, to graphic, interaction and product design. Focusing on the process of design thinking and the various visual and technical skills associated with the design disciplines, students learn to solve problems, identify opportunities, and communicate solutions across a broad range of media and contexts.

In this Major, students will gain a variety of analytical, visual, and collaborative skills. This includes: critical and strategic thinking skills, drawing, modelling, typography, digital layout skills, research, presentation, and communication skills associated with the design profession today.

Currently, the BDES is offered in one major program: Interdisciplinary Design. In addition to your major area, you may take a minor in an approved subject. It may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits to meet both major and minor requirements.

Program Requirements:

Entry to & Continuation in the Major Program

All students admitted to NSCAD are eligible for entry into the program after completing the Foundation requirements, if they have completed both FNDN 1450 and DSGN 1500.

Policy on Entry to the BDES Major for Students Previously Denied Entry:

Students who have been denied entry to the Bachelor of Design, major in Interdisciplinary Design, and who wish to reapply for acceptance to the major must have completed nine credits (three courses) of DSGN courses with a combined average grade of “B+” or higher for these courses within the next three semesters immediately after their original application for entry.

Students are not permitted to take Studio 3 and Studio 4 until they have been accepted to the major.

What do Graduates do?

Graduates of NSCAD’s Major in Interdisciplinary Design have successful careers in design firms and agencies. Many advance to become art/creative directors or establish their own design companies. In addition, design strategy is advantageous in fields such as marketing, public relations, the pure and applied sciences, health, and public policy.

Which department am I in?

Division of Design

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,740.00 (US$ 14,723) per year
This fee is for 2020 and it may, subject to change in the coming year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

Start date

4 January 2023

Venue

The Port Campus

1107 Marginal Road,

HALIFAX,

Nova Scotia (NS),

B3J 3J6, Canada

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,740.00 (US$ 14,723) per year
This fee is for 2020 and it may, subject to change in the coming year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

Start date

4 January 2023

Venue

NSCAD University

The Fountain Campus,

5163 Duke Street,

HALIFAX,

Nova Scotia (NS),

B3J 3J6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed high school graduation requirements equivalent to those required for Canadian applicants. All high school applicants must have completed Grade 12 (or the highest grade level required for secondary graduation) with an average of 70 per cent or higher, including a minimum grade of 70 per cent in Grade 12 English for university preparation. Advanced Placement (AP) courses with a grade of four or higher are eligible for transfer credit. A visual portfolio is required for all applicants. English Language Requirements: TOEFL score of at least 90 with no test less than 20; IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; CAEL score of at least 69 with no band less than 60; CanTest score of at least 4.5 with no part less than 4.0; CAE score of at least B; MELAB score of at least 82 with no band less than 80; IB score of at least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL; AP score of at least 4 in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition.

For international students

Admission from High School: Applicants who have completed, or expect to complete high school by year-end but have not attended a post-secondary institution or university should apply to the Foundation Program.

Admission from University or College: All students admitted to NSCAD are eligible for entry into the program. However, students wishing to declare the Major as their degree goal must meet entry requirements and have the requisite academic standing. Students must be in Good Standing and must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses required and/ or leading to the Bachelor of Design major in Interdisciplinary Design degree. To enter the major, students must complete the required courses (listed below), and must formally declare their intention to pursue the major before enrolling in 3000-level CMDS/DSGN/PROD courses.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

TOEFL [code: 3265] - at least 90 with no test less than 20

IELTS - at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0

CAEL - at least 69 with no band less than 60

CanTest - at least 4.5 with no part less than 4.0

CAE - at least B

MELAB - at least 82 with no band less than 80

IB - at least 5 in English A1 or A2 HL

AP - at least 4 in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition

Application deadlines are March 1 for September program start; October 1 for January program start.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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