Master of Arts in Art Education

Applicants to the Master of Art in Art Education should possess either a Bachelor's Degree in Fine or Media Arts, Art Education, Design, or equivalent.

Applicants without these credentials or those granted by the NSCAD Visual Art Certificate for Teachers, in consultation with the MA Program Director, must complete a minimum of 12 credits in EDAR or studio-based undergraduate courses. This study will be undertaken at the applicant's own expense, and does not guarantee admission to the MA Program. A minimum grade of B must be earned.

 

 

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. create a LOGIN

 

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. STATEMENT OF INTENT

Submit a statement explaining the direction of your work and intentions in seeking to enter the Program. Maximum length is 500 words. The file should be .pdf format.

 

STEP 4. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS

An academic record of current and previous post-secondary study is required from all applicants. All transcripts must be official and received directly by mail, fax or email from the issuing institution. Unofficial transcripts will delay the review process. Please have the issuing institution send official transcripts to:
Office of Admissions
NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3J6
Canada

or

admissions@nscad.ca

 

STEP 5. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process. There is no standard reference form. Referees are asked to write a one-page letter detailing their experience with you and your suitability for an the program.

You will be asked to list your referees' name and email and they will be automatically emailed a request to submit a letter of recommendation for you. They will be given a link to upload the letter directly and securely to your documents. You will not be able to see the documents' contents, but you will be notified when received. 

 

STEP 6. OPTIONAL PORTFOLIO and LIST of WORKS

Submission of a portfolio for the Master of Arts in Art Education is optional for those applicants with a visual arts background. One may submit up to 10 images following the guidelines on the HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS page. 

LIST of WORKS must accompany a portfolio submission
If you choose to submit a portfolio, you will also need to submit an accompanying List of Works listing each portfolio piece submitted, including titles, dimensions, materials, date, may include web links to applicant's digital/video work for inclusion in portfolio submission.

 

STEP 7. WRITING SAMPLE

Submit a sample of current writing (created in the last 6 years) such as a course paper, report, exhibition catalogue essay, research proposal, published article, scholarly manuscript, book chapter, blog post or web content, etc. The applicant must be the sole author and the work should demonstrate their ability to write professionally, clearly, and persuasively. This file should be in pdf format.

 

STEP 8. APPLICATION FEE

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

 

English Language Requirement

The language of instruction at the university is English. Required courses in all Graduate Programs include small group seminars in which discussion, reading, and writing at the graduate level are expected. International applicants for whom English is a second language must submit evidence of their ability to carry on studies in English. Please refer to NSCAD's detailed English Language Requirement.

International applicants for whom English is a second language must arrange for the results of an English language test to be sent directly to the university. The the MFA program​ may offer conditional acceptance, based on language scores. Click here for more information on language test requirements as well as conditional acceptances.

Transfer From Other Institutions

NSCAD University accepts transfer graduate liberal arts credits at par from those public or private universities and colleges that are either members of Universities Canada Canada, or are chartered or accredited as post-secondary degree-granting bodies by appropriate agencies in other countries.