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Program Name: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design
Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Division: Design
Program Description

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30 credit program taken in the Fall and Winter semesters. It is composed of a mix of Studio (21 credits) and LAS (9 credits) courses. This program is not specific to any particular area of Design; it is meant to be a generalist design credential, in keeping with the broad, interdisciplinary approach in NSCAD’s BDES and MDES programs.

Qualified applicants will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Design granted by a postsecondary institution in which the language of instruction may or may not be English, a letter of intent stating their commitment to advanced design studies, and a portfolio of visual work. The Certificate Program may be the recommended preparatory course of study for students wishing to apply to the MDes Program.


The majority of students entering this program are international students.
At program completion these students will:

  • have an enhanced understanding of the current practice of design in Canada, North America and Europe
  • have a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of designers and the importance of critical thought and discourse
  • have a clearer idea of what is expected from students in a Canadian university at a graduate level
  • have a better grasp of Canadian culture
  • be able to communicate more effectively in English

Please review the additional information for applicants from the People's Republic of China

Use this link for more information on admission requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design.

Students may apply for entry to the MDes Program after successful completion of the Certificate. Those students who successfully complete the PBAC program at NSCAD, but have not acheived the required GPA for entry to the MDes program, may be qualified to apply for admission to the BDes of BFA Degree program, These students could be eligible to transfer 60 credit hours from a combination of academic work done in the PBAC program and approved previous post-secondary education. 

Program Requirements:

Students are required to complete 30 credits as follows:

21 Studio Credits:
DSGN 2010 Design Studio 1 (6 credits) OR DSGN 3021 Design Studio 3 (6 credits)
DSGN 2505 Typography (3 credits)
DSGN 2500 Design Studio 2 (6 credits) OR DSGN 3521 Design Studio 4 (6 credits)
Elective course work (6 credits)

9 LAS Credits:
DSGN 2150 Intro to Interdisciplinary Design (3 credits)
DSGN 4907 Intercultural Issues and Interdisciplinary Design (3 credits)
DSGN 4908 Intercultural Communication and Design (3 credits