Can I mail in my portfolio instead of uploading images to my application online?

No, all portfolio and sketchbook submissions must be uploaded to your application online. We cannot accept portfolios or sketchbooks that have been mailed to the Office of Admissions.


Can I apply after an application deadline has passed?

You may still be accepting applications. Contact us at the Office of Admissions and we can discuss the options at


Are there any additional requirements for applicants that have been homeschooled?

For homeschooled students who do not necessarily have documentation of formal assessment of achievement of learning outcomes, we ask for a more broad portfolio than visual art; one that outlines the methodology employed by the student to achieve the learning outcomes that includes evidence of the application of the learning, resources used, bibliographies, courses completed, examples of work, testimonials of mentors or community members in particular fields, etc. As each applicant coming from a non-traditional high school setting is reviewed on an individualized basis, we encourage you to contact us at the Office of Admissions to discuss your options.


Do I need to submit SAT scores with my application if I am applying from the US?

No, SAT scores are not required for application to NSCAD. We’ll instead assess your high school transcripts to determine your academic eligibility. See our Admissions Requirements page for program specifics.


I’ve finished my application but have not yet received a confirmation email. Is everything ok?

An email to confirm that an application has been completed is not sent until each component of the application has been received. If you feel that you have completed your application but have not yet received an email, it may be because we are waiting to receive an official transcript or other document. It’s best to contact us at the Office of Admissions and we can update you on your application status.


I’ve received confirmation from NSCAD that my application is complete. What happens next?

Your application will be sent to our Admissions Committee for review. Once the Committee has made a decision, they will forward that information to the Office of Admissions where a letter will be created and emailed to you, stating the outcome of your application. This letter will be emailed to the address used to create your profile. This process can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks, depending on the time of year and volume of applications to be processed.


I’ve been accepted! What should I do now?

Congratulations! For most programs this means that you’ll complete a commitment form and email, fax or mail it to us at the Office of Admissions. Foundation students will also complete a course selection form that can be returned with your commitment form. You’ll need to pay a commitment fee by international wire transfer, cash, cheque, Visa or Mastercard. Credit card payments can be made over the phone by calling the Office of Admissions. Take a look at your acceptance letter for a full set of instructions. Once we’ve received your forms and commitment fee payment you will await registration in classes. This typically happens in the four months leading up to the beginning of your first semester. If you were given a course selection form to complete, an academic advisor will register you. If you are in a program that did not require a course selection sheet, you will be able to enrol in courses on your own after receiving a NSCAD email and WebAdvisor login. This information will be sent to your personal email address within two weeks of your commitment being processed. Be sure to check your spam folder for the email.


I wasn’t accepted. What should I do now?

Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to contact a member of the recruitment team at the Office of Admissions for portfolio feedback and guidance. It is possible to take some time to further consider your application and improve your submission to re-apply for another deadline. NSCAD also offers an online portfolio development class through the Extended Studies department that is a great way to develop your portfolio.


I’d like to give NSCAD permission to share news about my application, grades, etc. with a family member. How do I go about doing that?

NSCAD respects your privacy and will never share personal information with an outside party. If you’d like to allow a family member to access all of your information held by NSCAD you can request a form at the Office of Student Experience to grant that permission.


I would like to live in a student residence. What do I need to apply for a dorm room?

To apply for a spot in a residence at a neighbouring university, you’ll need your student ID number to secure your placement. Your student ID number can be found on your letter of acceptance. Have a look at our residence page for information on housing options.


Where can I get a letter confirming that I'm attending NSCAD to access funding?

Please contact the Office of Student Experience to request a proof of enrolment letter at


How can I see a list of classes offered at NSCAD?

There are two ways to take a look at the classes on offer at NSCAD. The first is through the Academic Calendar that also includes information on program requirements. To see which classes are being offered in a particular semester, you’ll need to head to WebAdvisor and follow the instructions below.

click on "students"
click on "search for sections"
under "term" select the term that you’re interested in
under "sections meeting after" select "8am”
click on "submit"

You'll now see everything available in that term.


I’m applying as a Non-Degree student and would like to email a faculty member. Where can I find their contact information?

The email addresses for NSCAD faculty and staff follow the formula You can find out who is teaching a class at the WebAdvisor link above.


For all inquires please contact the Office of Admissions at or 1-902-494-8259. We’re happy to help!