As one of North America’s oldest art institutes, we have been an integral player in developing the continent’s art school exchange programs, as well as those around the world. Since 1972, the program has grown to include more than 70 partner institutions in 15 countries, including:

  • Australia

  • Dominican Republic

  • England

  • France

  • Germany

  • Ghana

  • Ireland

  • Japan

  • Korea

  • the Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Norway

  • Portugal

  • Scotland

  • and the United States

We have direct exchange school partners and also participate in the AICAD Mobility Program.


Exchange may also be called Mobility or Study Abroad. Applicants must be registered at an institution with which NSCAD has a formal exchange agreement and must apply through the appropriate official at their home institution. View our full list of Exchange partner schools here. Typically, exchange, mobility or study abroad students travel to NSCAD in their third or fourth year and may study in any division for one or two semesters. If you are a student at a school with which NSCAD does not have a partnership, you may still apply to study here as a Visiting student. Visiting students must pay tuition to NSCAD while exchange students pay tuition to their home institution and the tuition at NSCAD is waived.


Applicants should consult the timetable for the semester(s) during which they wish to enroll to choose the courses in which they are interested. This list of courses will form the basis of a proposal for exchange study.




APPLY.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.



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. Include a list of desired NSCAD courses.



An academic record of current and previous study is required from all applicants. All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Admissions directly by mail, fax or email from the issuing institution.



Letters of recommendation are required from Exchange applicants. Please have your Exchange Coordinator email these reference letters to us.



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