Advanced Standing Art History (Non-Studio)

Enhanced by its setting within an art school, the Art History and Critical Studies Division offers a Bachelor of Arts Major in Art History program within a unique interdisciplinary environment. Though it emphasizes western art, craft, design and architecture from the 19th century onward, the program also provides opportunities to study non-western art with a new focus on Indigenous Canadian art, and to engage in critical discourses surrounding the social production and reception of art.

 

You’ll enter the Major in Art History after completing a suggested one year (30 NSCAD credits) of social sciences and humanities courses at another university or college. NSCAD University offers courses in art history, critical studies, English literature, Queer studies, film studies, material studies, and art education, which all contribute to a strong art history degree. You will gain knowledge and expertise through courses ranging from Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, to Canadian modern art theory and criticism.

 

Graduates of NSCAD’s Major in Art History program become writers, gallery and museum administrators and culture workers. Many go on to pursue graduate studies and obtain successful careers as professors of art and film history, curators, archivists, appraisers and critics.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the NSCAD University undergraduate admissions requirements, applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credits and ideally 30 credits or the equivalent of one-year of full-time studies at a recognized university. Eligible transferrable courses in liberal arts, social sciences and humanities include the fields of: history, languages, psychology, gender studies, archeology, English, sociology, Canadian studies, classics, costume studies, philosophy, anthropology, native studies, journalism, or theatre studies. Applicants must have achieved a minimum average grade of 67% or B- and no credit will be transferred for individual grades below 58% or C-.

 

TO APPLY:

STEP 1. JOIN MY.NSCAD.CA

MY.NSCAD.CA is your guide through the application process. It’s where we’ll answer all of your questions and help you prepare to apply and upload your portfolio pieces. You can sign up for a campus visit/event, track your application process and even receive your admission decision.

 

STEP 2. APPLY ONLINE

By answering a series of quick questions, you can begin your online application and provide us with all the details we’ll need to review your application.

 

STEP 3. ADMISSIONS ESSAY

Write a brief one-page essay explaining the reasons why you wish to attend NSCAD University. Your essay should discuss the prior experience that you bring to the university. You might also want to touch on the skills and knowledge that you hope to gain, and where you think your NSCAD education might lead you in the future.

 

STEP 4. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS

All high school, college and/or university transcripts must be submitted. Students who are currently enroled in programs should assure that either the transcript indicates courses “in progress”, or that they include with their application a copy of their current course enrolment. All transcripts must be official and received directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts may be emailed or faxed by an institution to meet the deadline; however, the original copies must follow by mail.

Click here for information on advanced standing transfer credit.

 

STEP 5. PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Applicants for whom English is a second language must arrange for the results of an English Language test to be sent directly to NSCAD. 
Click here for further information on accepted tests and the required scores.

 

STEP 6. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

One academic letter of recommendation must be submitted on behalf of each applicant. The referee should address the applicant’s suitability and academic preparedness for this program.

 

STEP 7. APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable application fee of $70 is required. Pay online at my.nscad.ca

 

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