Students at NSCAD University, known by many as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, have been creating our world 1887. With an individualized and engaging Socratic approach to education in the visual arts on three small campuses in historic downtown Halifax, students thrive in a learning and research environment that is immersive and rigorous, yet supportive.

With a cosmopolitan mix of staff and students from across Canada and around the world, NSCAD offers students exceptional access to equipment and facilities, and boasts a global reputation for excellence in preparing students for a future in the visual arts.  NSCAD’s faculty and alumni represent some of Canada’s most highly regarded curators, designers, craftspeople, filmmakers, artists, educators and entrepreneurs. Close connections between students, faculty and alumni encourage vital and innovative dialogue and collaboration.

NSCAD’s three undergraduate programs, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts, include a host of visual arts majors and minors, including Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing; Print, Paper and Book Arts; and Studies in Contemporary Culture. The Master of Fine Art and Master of Design programs are highly competitive graduate programs. In addition, NSCAD offers three post-baccalaureate programs in visual arts and design.NSCAD University’s agenda for research is to demonstrate leadership in media ecology, material exploration, visual and cultural literacies, and building sustainable networks with an infrastructure to support these modules. Research is conducted in design, electronic media, animation craft, infrastructure, Indigenous studies, drawing and sustainable materials. In recent years, NSCAD University has been the home of three Canada Research Chairs.


Full-time (undergraduates)

Full-time (graduates)

Part-time (undergraduates)

Source: Association of Atlantic Universities (graduate numbers are for full- and part-time) (2016 rounded preliminary fall enrolment)



Undergraduate tuition fees:
$6,585 – $7,868

Graduate tuition fees:
$7,207 – $8,490


Undergraduate tuition fees:

Graduate tuition fees:

 Academic programs

As Canada’s first independent degree-granting art school, NSCAD University has offered undergraduate and graduate degrees for more than 30 years.


NSCAD’s four-year undergraduate programs provide a diverse foundation of skills and knowledge in a specific art, design, or craft field. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Design, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Learn More →


A national leader in art education at the graduate level, NSCAD currently offers two graduate programs: a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Design. Learn More →


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30-credit generalist design program that includes a mix of Studio and Liberal Arts and Science courses. Learn More →


The Visual Arts Certificate in Studio is available for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to study a new discipline. Certified Teachers can enroll in the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers to strengthen their visual arts skills for teaching purposes. Learn More →

Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts (2017-18)

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.