Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
NSCAD offers instruction in fine and media arts, craft, historical and critical studies, and design.
Nova Scotia College of Art and DesignNSCAD University, also known as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), was established in HALIFAX in 1887, largely through the efforts of one of its founders Anna LEONOWENS. Originally named the Victoria School of Art and Design, it began as an artistic enterprise to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. In 1925 it was incorporated by provincial charter as the Nova Scotia College of Art. In 1969 it became the first independent degree-granting art school in Canada and was renamed the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). The college was renamed NSCAD University in 2003.
NSCAD offers instruction in fine and media arts, craft, historical and critical studies, and design. Degrees granted include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design, as well as Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (the Visual Arts Certificate in Studio, the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design).
NSCAD University is situated on three campuses in downtown Halifax: the Victorian terrace-styled Granville campus; the restored Academy Building at the base of Citadel Hill; and the Port Campus on the Halifax waterfront. The university has three public galleries at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, as well as the Port Loggia Gallery on the waterfront, all of which are dedicated to showing the work of students, faculty and alumni. Students and alumni can also exhibit their work at the Seeds Gallery, a not-for-profit commercial gallery located across from the Port Campus. Approximately 1000 full- and part-time students are enrolled at the university.