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What will I learn?

The principal courses of the Fine Art program offer you opportunities to explore the media and practices of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The program is concerned with a variety of approaches to be art making. The faculty members represent diverse backgrounds and offer a wide range of skills, information, and opinions. Through mentorship, practice, and discussion, you will begin to form and articulate an awareness of the historical and conceptual roots of your work. You will develop technical and critical skills and will progress to advanced levels of independent study.

In addition to your chosen area of study, you will have the opportunity to take Interdisciplinary Fine and Media Arts courses that explore a diverse range of visual arts concerns from an interdisciplinary approach. At the senior level, these courses also provide you with opportunities for internship placements in galleries, museums, and artist run centers.

What do Graduates do?

Graduates of NSCAD's Fine Art program are successful studio artists, gallery administrators, and film/theatre set designers, illustrators, professional printmakers, and arts writers. Many peruse graduate studies and become critics, curators, architects, gallery and museum archivists, and college/university professors.

Which department am I in?

Division of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,740.00 (US$ 15,486) per year
Summer: CAN $9,870 semester tuition fee for 15 credits
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

January 2022

Venue

The Port Campus

1107 Marginal Road,

HALIFAX,

Nova Scotia (NS),

B3J 3J6, Canada

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,740.00 (US$ 15,486) per year
Summer: CAN $9,870 semester tuition fee for 15 credits
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

January 2022

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: The Major in Fine Art program is an open entry program. After successfully completing the first two years of study, students may declare their intention to major in fine art. They then continue their studies with fine art studios at intermediate and senior levels. To declare a major, students must submit a declaration form, available from the Office of Student and Academic Services.

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

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

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